UPDATE: Wow! My Kickstarter project hit the minimum funding goal so quickly! Thank you! It's not too late to pledge! I'll keep right on painting calaveras and creating coloring books for you...and...each reward level will now have it's own special 'Dia de los Muertos' bonus surprise included in the package! Gracias!
I'm naturally attracted to skulls.
"Still Waters" 2009, 18" x 24"
I see bright-white skulls as beautiful blank canvases. For a couple of years now, decorated skulls have been the primary subject of my paintings.
Day of the Dead, or "Dia de los Muertos", became the perfect inspiration for my art. I love incorporating my own original illustrations with traditional Mexican “Sugar Skull” designs.
I Remember Mom
"Lena" 2012, 8"x10"
I just finished a Day of the Dead painting in honor of my mother, Lena, who died many years ago. I painted roses (Mom’s favorite flower), a silver Victorian buttonhook (she had an amazing collection), and I used lots of pink (her favorite color).
I painted my Mom’s skull, or calavera on canvas in the style and texture of a mosaic.
For as long as I remember, I've been fascinated with the look and feel of mosaics...thrilled with the whole idea of tiny pieces coming together to make one picture. I am in awe with the talented artists who create mosaic pieces. But, I am a painter, in a small studio. Hammers and goggles and buckets of grout...well, try as I might, I just couldn't cozy up to the process. So, through months of trial and error, I perfected my own process to achieve the effect I love, through my paintings!
On canvas, I paint little “tiles” and little “grout” lines. Then, using tiny brushes, I build up several layers of crystal clear lacquer to only the “tiles”, leaving the “grout” lines flat. The effect is a cool, shiny texture that you can see and feel. People can't resist reaching out and touching them, and they find it hard to believe that they aren't actually ceramic mosaics. It's a very time-consuming process, but worth the extra effort!
I call my technique “Painted Mosaics”.
A New Series of Painted Mosaics:
"Insects" 2010, 12"x14"
Now, I want to do a whole series of calavera paintings, using my “Painted Mosaic” technique…and I want the people who back this project to have the opportunity to personalize some of these paintings.
By combining my designs with your ideas or suggestions, I can paint individual, very original “Painted Mosaics”. Perhaps you would like something uniquely ‘you’, something for your decendants to remember you by. Or maybe there's someone special you'd like to commemorate. By suggesting designs that will represent such things as favorite colors, hobbies, foods, etc.….distinctive traits that you remember about your loved one...you can help create your own very unique piece.
I want to paint these calaveras on stretched canvas, in several different sizes. The larger the size, the more intricate the detail (and the more of your design suggestions I can include) but the smaller paintings will be just as colorful...like little jewels to decorate your home or your Dia de los Muertos alter.
Art Coloring Books:
My own skull is bursting with new ideas to add to these past ideas!
Along with the new paintings, I will also create a fabulous Day of the Dead Art Coloring Book using many of the calavera designs from this new body of work. Depending on the pledge level they choose, people who decide to back my project will also have an opportunity to have their own calavera painting (while it's still in it's 'outline' form) included in this coloring book. These books will be suitable for children and adults…because, let’s face it, grown-ups love to color, too!
My Calavera Art Coloring Book will have a full color cover and will be bound in the style of a large (8 ½” x 11”) notepad. Individual pages can be easily removed for sharing or for framing.
Dia de los Muertos Art Exhibit:
My goal is to have all rewards completed and shipped by the end of October. The rest of the paintings and coloring books will be featured in a Day of the Dead Art Exhibit with an Opening Reception on Friday, November 2, 2012.
If you decide to support my project:
…simply click the green “Back This Project” button on the upper right side of the page. You’ll be asked to enter your pledge amount. From there, you’ll go through the Amazon checkout process. Remember, you must complete the Amazon checkout process for your pledge to be recorded.
Your credit card will not be charged until the funding deadline date…but only if my project is fully funded. It's an all or nothing situation -- if I don’t meet my $999.00 funding goal, your credit card will not be charged and I won’t receive any donations.
Your financial support will defray the cost of supplies, printing, the expenses of the Art Exhibition, and help with a few other basic needs while I'm working on this project. If my project generates more than my minimum funding goal...then I'll keep on painting and printing!
If you are unable to pledge at this time, please consider sharing my Kickstarter link with your friends…help me spread the word!
THANKS so much for your support!
Can my calavera painting be a gift for a living person or even simply just match my livingroom decor?
Yes. Although I want to give people the OPTION to honor a loved one with symbols of the life they once led, I also LOVE painting lots of different styles that will look good hanging in your home year round. So, if you want your calavera painting to go with your Parisian Bathroom, or your Southwestern Bedroom, or your Sports Themed Man Cave, or your Rock and Roll Rec Room, or your Wine and Roses Diningroom, or...well you get the picture. Together we'll create something cool!
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