11” x 14” – acrylic on canvas board – 2011
I started this painting with the idea of rendering organic shapes with the Color Wheel. I often find myself playing with objects in the background and foreground, and capriciously placing them as two-dimensional elements. The opportunity to place these elements suspended in air then came up with the music instrument. These colorful elements became the outcome of the instrument manipulation; symbolizing the different moods that music encompasses.
Another element that I used as a symbol is the butterfly. In some pre-Hispanic cultures, like in the Aztec, butterflies were considered as the souls of deceased ones. These butterflies are drawn in the pre-Hispanic/Aztec style. The ambiguity between these butterflies that seem to appear in the background as in the foreground, serve as a reference to my own cultural background and my own present state.
“Girl with balloons”
11″ x 14″
acrylic on canvas board
… some shots of the PROCESS
… BALLOONS in the balcony
– HOW TO FRAME A PRINT USING A CLIP FRAME –
Clip Frames come with a glass front, masonite backing and small chrome clips to support the frame. They are frameless frames that expose the print to full view giving it a simple and elegant character.
What you need:
Clip Frame (I bought this at Michaels for $3.99)
Fine point pencil
Soft clean eraser
1. Start by pulling the clips out of the back to disassemble the frame. You should find a visual explanation on the frame’s instructions.
2. Get your print and make sure the surface you are working on is clean and dry.
In this case, this print comes with trim marks. These serve as guides when trimming for the specific dimensions.
What it means is that this print is to be cut to fit an 8 x 10 frame. The image is 6 x 8 with an inch of white border all around it. All extra white space out of those marks is supposed to be cut off. Having this extra border gives room for any alteration, plus the option for custom framing.
3. Place the glass (this glass is very fragile, so be gentle and careful when handling it) on top of the print aligning the edges of the glass with the trim marks. You should see an inch of white border surrounding the image.
4. NOW, this is where we are going to do our own professional custom job. If you have visited a museum or an art gallery, I am sure you have noticed that prints are framed in a way that the bottom border is wider than the top one. The reasons for this practice is that aside from having to compensate the space that the title and signature take, it is visually pleasant to have a wider space on the bottom.
So, gently pull the glass down a bit until you see you have a wider bottom. Remember it should look pleasant. I gave mine about 1/8 of an inch. I ended up with 1 inch on the left, 1 inch on the right, 7/8 of an inch on the top, and 1 and 1/8 of an inch on the bottom.
You can also do this type of alteration if your print measures 8.5 x 11. You’ll have that extra space to work with.
5. Once you have established the placement of the glass, hold it gently while you mark the four corners with a soft point pencil (try to mark them softly, you’ll erase them later).
Remove the glass and get a cutting mat. If you don’t have a cutting mat you can use some sort of a slick cardboard, just make sure it is thick enough to withstand the knife.
Position the ruler exactly aligned with your marks and while pressing steady slide your knife along the ruler. Don’t take the ruler off the print until you are sure is completely cut. You may need to press the knife more than once depending on how sharp your knife is. Always be careful when handling sharp knives. Continue throughout all four sides.
Once you’re done cutting, use a soft clean eraser to get rid of the pencil marks.
7. Place the print on top of the backing of the frame. Clean the glass gently with a soft cotton fabric and place it on top of the print.
Holding everything together, flip it upside down and place the top clip first so you get a perfect fitting on the top. Continue with the bottom and the sides.
8. Clean any finger prints, and find the perfect spot for your art to hang 🙂
I decided to hang mine right next to my desk where I keep my calendar, cutouts, postcards and inspirational images.
I love the frameless quality of this frame. It displays the print to full view, exposing the richness of the velvety cotton paper.
11″ x 14″ acrylic on canvas panel 2011.
THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE IDEA
From the beginning I knew how I wanted to approach the figure. But the elements to the left of the composition were too abstract in my head. I wanted to incorporate a flat, two-dimensional element to the composition to play with ambiguity between foreground and background in accordance to the three-dimensionality of the figure. I established the idea with some organic-shape elements that turned to flowers with butterfly wing’s patterns. It was these patterns that in my head developed into these vertical, long “pixelated” color swatches becoming the elements (color in this case) that I use to paint the whole thing.
8″x10″ acrylic on canvas panel 2011.
When she’s lonely and the longing gets too much
She sends a cable comin’ in from above
Don’t need no phone at all
We’ve got a thing that’s called radar love
We’ve got a wave in the air, radar love
(from the song by Golden Earring)
I got acquainted with this family of clouds one lonely afternoon last summer.
I was working with clouds in my last series of paintings. I really don’t remember how this started, but I can say that fluffy, floating things make me smile. And since we uncontrollably make up characters when we look at clouds, why not get acquainted with them?
We can be best friends and rely on each other for comfort.
Three years ago I took a course on html coding. I wanted to have my own website, and I wanted to do it myself. While I was experimenting on my new acquired “knowledge” of html, I got a position as a Math and Science teacher in an Elementary School, here in Dallas. At that time I thought everything would work perfectly. I would work as a teacher, and I would have plenty of time to paint and to publish a website with my artwork. Well, it did not work as I thought it would. I became so passionate about my teaching job that I ended up putting my art aside from my daily activities.
Now three years later, I decide to leave my teaching position and do what I need to do, paint. But wait!!! How about that website? I am ready and eager to paint again, but I’m thinking it will be so practical to have my website ready and running for my new work (that I still don’t have).
Well, I didn’t realize what I was getting myself into. What I thought I knew about coding was minimal. It has taking me the last couple of months to come up with a website decent enough to launch; and that is with the help of all those people that post tutorials on the Web. I don’t think I would have been able to finish it without all that help. Thank you all.