Monday, October 28, 2013

Fairy tales and art making

The other day I found an old book of the Grimm's brothers with the fairy tales I've been listening to since I was little, only these are the real ones, not the candy coated I'm used to.  Cinderella's step sisters cut their toes and heels to fit in the shoe and there was no fairy Godmother.  And it turns out Goldilocks wasn't a girl but an old lady.  It's been eye opening for me and it has inspired me to start working on my take on those fairy tales. 

Here's some pictures of my work in progress. I hope you enjoy viewing the process!

I start with the background and a pencil sketch.

Paint the main figure and dress her up.

Paint the hair and add more details.

Draw the face and add more color and details

And paint more details.

 If you want to learn the whole process you can still join me at my self-paced workshop!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Ahoy mates!!! New Mermaids and Pirates invaded my table!

Remember the Fairy bunting kit? It's a set of 10 double sided illustration's garland with 5 of my fairies on it. It's been so popular my friends at Lalaland in Australia had asked me for a set with Mermaids and Pirates this time :)

I've been working on it making mermaids with blue, green and yellow hair and pirates with maps, flags and anchors ready to go and conquer the 7 seas. 

While they work on the bunting kit I got to add some vintage mica to the original pieces and I'm offering for sale at my little shop.


Thursday, October 17, 2013

Who are these bloggers? We Are.

When I learned about the comments Martha Stewart made about bloggers not being experts because we are not trained editors at vogue magazine, it got me angry.

In my case, my blog is very personal and it's where I share my thoughts and my antics, but I read a lot of blogs related to a gazillion subjects I'm interested, and I admire the people who devote their time and money to try out and write about the very recipes and the products that Martha dismissed with an arrogant hand wave.

Precisely because those bloggers try out those things and know by experience if something is good enough to talk about it or not, because they gave their kids a cupcake from a recipe the read about and know if they liked it or not, because they bought a couch and a coffee table and they know if it sucks or if it's good enough to recommend it, they are the experts, not someone sitting in a cozy office at some big name corporation, paid to talk about something that most of the time they have no clue what it is.

The blogger's opinons are the opinions I trust, because like they did, I like to experiment things hands on and get to know if something works out or not. They are not paid to do it, they dedicate their own resources just to try it out and took time and money from their families that could have been used for something else if it turns out that what they tried out sucks. They took chances and I really respect those opinions.

When you hear me talking all exited about something I tried out here on my blog, do you think I like to feel like my opinion does not count just because I'm a small artist and a mom not backed up by a corporation? I don't.

And guess who made you the big corporation you are, Martha? We did. We buy your products and we talk about them. Don't shun us out like our opinions don't count, because they do. And we can take away that too.

Martha, I used to think you were cool. Not any more.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

What I've been up to lately.

Last weekend was a really busy one for us. On Friday we went to the Pumpkin patch at Mesilla, NM.  We had a lot of fun there! It was a school trip and we're invited to go with the kids so my husband takes the day off from work and we take our little one as well and go have a fun day. I went down a huge slide and learned to make a hula hoop go round and round!

Then on Saturday we went to "Chalk the block" in downtown El Paso, a 3 day cultural event with music, art and lots of fun things to do for all the family.  Our favorite thing was this luminous owl mounted on a bicycle, it lighted up from the inside and it was gorgeous!  Every time the rider moved the handlebar the owl's head moved... it was great!

Paul Potts was invited to sing on the 40th anniversary of Juarez University on an open air public concert, so we went there on our way back home and I got to listen to the end of his performance. I sat on the field by myself and did not realize I was surrounded by fireworks launchers until they started firing up. It was so beautiful, I was right underneath them and got to see them under a clear sky, alone with no crowd to interrupt me as if it was a private show.

And these days I've been working on commissions and some new pieces... I have a mess worth of a picture! I think I'll have to clean up eventually, but right now I'm just enjoying the process and let myself do what I love to do without giving much thought about the rest. I'll show you some preview pics soon!

What about you? What have you been up to lately?

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Fairies bunting kits are here!

My friends from Lalalandshop in Australia make the cutest products with my illustrations (and with the work of many other wonderful artists). One of my favorites has been the Fairies Bunting Kits that feature 10 double sided fairies (that means you can hang them in a window and you could enjoy them inside and outside!) and string to hang them. They come ready to assemble and they're so, so cute!

They're sold only in Australia, but I want them to be available to my customers everywhere else, so I got a batch and now I'm offering them in my Etsy Shop (I only have a limited quantity!). If you want one (or two or maybe three!) you can get them here.


I hang mine over a big painting and in my daughter's bedroom. My sister hangs them in her living room window. They just fit anywhere. Where would you put them?

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Guavas and time management

My favorite season of all has arrived. Cool weather, perfect to be outside and falling leaves in that yellow color that I adore. And when I go inside my home the perfect smell of guavas is lingering in the dining room and that's just bliss. There are two foods I will never say not to: Chocolate and guavas.  Once I even found chocolate covered guavas. That was one of the happiest moments of my life! I just love guavas. Guava anything. And my son does too. Which reminds me of the true intention of this post that was to share something else... but I'm like that, my mind skips from one topic to another totally unrelated one from one second to another.

I don't know if I mentioned it but I took my son out of school this year and he's with me at home all the time. I don't have anyone who can help me care for him during the day, so we basically spend all of day together... which leaves me with ZERO time to work during the day. He's fine if I'm in the computer but as soon as I try to work on something he wants to help (by helping I mean he wants to do what I'm doing or grabs stuff and runs away with it because he finds it very funny)  or wants to do something by himself and ask for lots of help so I end up doing nothing until he's asleep. Which is about 9 pm. I used to do that when my daughter was his age and I was younger and it wasn't a problem, I could handle it better. But with 2 kids, a husband, a house and a nighttime shift as an artist sometimes I just crash out. Like yesterday I laid down with my son so he could fall asleep and I woke up this morning. Mr. Danita said he tried to wake me up but couldn't and I don't even remember hearing him or anything, it's like I just passed out.  Sometimes I wonder how much longer I will be able to keep working like this. And then I remind myself that it's only a year until he goes back to school again and I'll have the mornings free and I could work in the mornings then. Meanwhile I just need to work smarter. Just breathe and do the best I can with what I have right now. Just that.