Thursday, August 28, 2008

Art attack....

I don't know if you have noticed but I'm quite obsessive. Every person who knows me knows that once I have something in my mind I don't rest until it's done... Specially with art. It doesn't matter how but that idea will find a way to torture me restless until I put it on paper... or canvas ... or fabric or in whatever it should be done. It's when I get my "art attacks". Today it's 7:30 pm and I haven't showered... I haven't cooked any food and I'm in my studio cutting and pasting and painting. I have this idea in my mind that just doesn't come right... and I won't rest until it does!!!

Same happened on Saturday.... I took a shower very early, went to buy some stuff and returned home and didn't stop working until 3 a.m. I just needed to make some brooches with my recent faces paintings. They're now finished and they''ll be on my Etsy shop Friday night they are on my Etsy shop if you want to take one home. They are one of a kind as all my brooches and as always... I never know if I'll make more, so grab yours while you can :)

Anyway, I'll go back to work. I'll have to take advantage of this inspired mood while it lasts... see you!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

New print

Hi everybody! This is just a quick note to thank you for your warm response to my last post and to let you know (to the ones who asked) that the print of the painting "Nightgown" is now available at my Etsy shop.

I'm working on new stitched things.. I'll keep you posted!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

What's on your desk today?

These pretty faces are in mine... and can be in your wall pretty soon :) (psst hint: Saturday morning will be on Etsy, unless someone wants them NOW!)

It's not what you're thinking! a new Halloween Painting

This new painting is too cute I had to share it! I'm into Halloween right now. My 2 year old is obsessed with monsters and spiders and pumpkins. The other day she went crazy at the craft store because it was this huge display of pumpkins and she went almost one by one saying "babaza mama, babaza!" (calabaza = pumpkin). All the ladies there were just laughing because it was like she had found gold!

So here's a new beeswax collage inspired in pumpkins:

She will be available this afternoon in my Ebay unless I receive an incredible offer for it I that I can't resist ;)
And she's sold... thanks a lot! ... and now, to make more!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Danita art in the PikaPackage Project!!

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Amy from the Pikapackage Project asking me if I wanted to participate. After jumping and screaming in celebration I said yes and now I'm in the August Pikapackage!!!!

For the ones who haven't heard of this fabulous project, here's what Amy says:

PikaPackage is a monthly collection of goodies from illustrators and artists who sell their wares online, resulting in ONE or TWO free monthly PikaPackage giveaway to readers and the rest to be sold as a lucky dip package to spread the word about their fantastic art.

Don't miss the opportunity to grab one of the packages at the shop. when the August release is done. If you're broke this month don't worry, you still may get one at the monthly giveaway.

Oh and finally, when the Pikapackage is released, don't forget to get your free PDF copy of the Pickapackage Zine, filled with small interviews to all the participant artists :)

Friday, August 15, 2008

Frida Kahlo through the years

It's been almost a year since I was in Mexico City at the biggest Frida Kahlo exposition ever... and I made a Frida doll to celebrate! Frida is considered the most important Mexican artist to date, and I couldn't agree more. She was a pioneer in many things, but the most important to me is that she painted her soul. Frida has been one of the recurrent themes in my paintings and in my dolls and as I was doing the new doll I realized that somehow I always end up using red and white as the basic combination for her outfits. This is I think my first Frida doll ever. It was one of my first dolls too:

Then she followed (with her cast and "viva la vida" leyend):
And here some newer versions:
Frida wasn't not only an artist. She was an icon. Even now we still refer to some mexican items and accesories as "Frida style". And very few artists are inspiration for other artists as she is. I don't see many artists painting Van Gogh or Picasso, but I see way too many using Frida as their main topic. I'm one of them, and this is my last creation. A mixed media doll with everything: fabric, paint, stitches, embroidery, yarn, pastels and crocheted flowers. Available here.
Oops... I just posted (at 2:30 a.m. and it sold right away!... I guess I'm not the only one with imnsomnia)

But don't worry, maybe you can't get the Frida... but there are other new mermaids there too :)

Monday, August 11, 2008

What's on your desk today?

This little stitched characters are in mine :) Original ACEOS .. finally!

They're available at my
Etsy now!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

PFATT MArketplace update for August

Thanks a lot for all the helpful tips and the private emails about my health problems... you're the best, you know? I already feel better just knowing that I'm not alone in this :)

I've been thinking so much about my problems that I almost forgot to share my new offering for the PFATT Marketplace with you!... And also a little beeswax collage that It's for sale at Etsy
right now. If you've been following my art you'll notice that I have quite a obsession with the moon. I'm a night owl after all... So I decide to make this month's offering in honor to rabbit in the moon. What rabbit? you might be asking... I only see a man in the moon, you'd say... Well I don't. No matter how much I've tried. I can clearly see the rabbit and nothing else... and that's because that's what I've been taught since I was a little girl. That's what Mexican people believe. There are several legends about it but the one I like the most is one about Quetzalcoatl.

Legend says that one day Quetzalcoatl, a very good and kind god took a human form and went to travel through the world. He was starving and he found a rabbit eating grass. The rabbit offered him grass but he said he didn't eat grass. Then the rabbit asked what was he going to do then and the God said that he would starve to death. Then the rabbit said: "I'm nothing but a rabbit, but if you're hungry, I'm here. Eat me". Quetzalcoatl was impressed with the kindness and self sacrifice of the rabbit and told him: "You may not be anything but a rabbit, but everybody will always remember you". And he raised him up to the moon and stamped his figure there and told him: "There's you in the moon. For all the mankind and for all the time".

And that's why we see a rabbit in the moon. And this is my interpretation:

And this is the other painting I was talking about:

It's titled "Vestido de noche" or "Night gown". I think of the moon as a woman. And I think of her body as part of the sky. Like if her dress was made out of night... She's for sale She Sold Right Away!!! on my Etsy shop.

Have a happy week full of beautiful moons!

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Oops I did it again!

I know I know I said I would try to post more often but I have a good excuse right now. I've been spending my time at the doctor's office the whole week. And many visits and many studies later... I left told that I don't have anything wrong and that I should drink more Cranberry Juice... So cranberry juice is now the cure to all my problems. It doesn't matter that I have edema like a 9 month pregnant woman or that I live more than half of my life with infections... drink cranberry juice they said!!! Had I known that I should have bought a box full of bottles of juice and save myself all the time and money spent there.... Now I have the tools to a happy existence: a portable hole to make disappear all the unwanted elements and cranberry juice to make disappear all the health problems!!!.. Oh well...

In the little time left I had this week, I managed to make some collages and add some little shrink plastic pendants to the shop, take a look: