May 27, 2009

Beauty



"For the beauty of the earth,
For the glory of the skies,
For the love which from our birth
Over and around lies."

-Folliot S. Pierpont

May 21, 2009

Eventful Weekend!


My family and I are off to Denver, CO for my baby brother's wedding. The forecast indicates rain in Denver, but I am sure it will still be beautiful. This is the first time in quite some time that my parents, siblings, spouses, and children will be together (10 in total). However, a little after 12:00 p.m. on Saturday we will have a beautiful young woman joining our family. Before I leave for Denver, I wanted to share the second piece of artwork from the "This Series." It is called "This Gift." It doesn't represent a material gift to me. It stands for the beautiful gifts we receive everyday by being around people who love us unconditionally. Enjoy your family today. Lots of love.

May 16, 2009

"This Spring"


I am doing much experimenting these days. (Perhaps a future post might include some of my experiments and/or mess ups and oh, not liking too much.)

This one was the first of a series I created which included "this" in the title. The inspiration came from my son who for a while referred to many things as "this." The patchwork collage for this piece created a lovely background. I wish you could touch "This Spring." It feels pretty nice!!!!!! My favorite part about this piece was the "hair." It was a fun creation which is turning out to be part of a series I am working on. By the way, I am still learning how to take pictures that will capture the essence of the artwork. Bare with me.

May 15, 2009

Art Inspired By Song Lyrics


"The plane rises off the runway. And I looked down to all the houses. I wonder where you could be right now. And if you could ever love me somehow. My friends say it wasn't meant to be. But I don't believe what they believe. Cause in this life you make your own destiny. But I still can't make you love me." Lyrics by Louis Orozco (my talented brother) from his album "Quiet World." copyright 2002-

May 13, 2009

Creativity Around the World 1: Dad














When I ask my father to tell me about himself, the first statement he says is "I am an artist." What a wonderful statement. My dad is an artistic inspiration for me and lives a creative life. He is a romantic and a bit eccentric, but he loves life and beauty.
His creative inspiration as a child was to observe little birds in their nest and see them break away from their shell. He would spent many hours watching them. He also observed the ants carrying their crumbs and how they worked all day long. He would actually follow them until they reached their destination. As a child, he loved walking by himself in the mountains and sleeping outdoors(which might explain why enjoys painting landscapes.) He plays the guitar, piano, and the accordion. He picked up the guitar when boredome set it. At seven years old, he studied music because he loved it so much. One of the fondest recollections I have is being woken up early in the morning to him playing the guitar and singing mainly Christian songs or songs from the 50's and 60's. My favorite is Agujetas de Color de Rosa.

When he was a child, his creative expression was mainly drawing. For him, drawing is observing and feeling the movement. Even as a child, he loved drawing and painting beautiful women. Women are his inspiration. His favorite artist is Sandro Boticelli. His other loves are printmaking, ceramics, painting, and making his own frames.
One of his greatest joys was starting a small art school in Santa Rosa, NM which still operates today. He turned 60 last year (I hope he doesn't get mad for announcing that to the world.) He says that he has plenty of energy to paint and wishes to do art for the rest of his life.

My dad tells the most amazing stories of his childhood in Mexico. One of my favorites is his unique encounter with Diego Rivera which you must read. Learn more about his creative life and his art at Pan y Vino Art Studio. By the way, if you visit the First State Bank of Happy in Canyon, Texas, you will see one his paintings.

The pictures of him in this artwork are the only ones we have of him as a child. The artwork is a layout that is part of an album that I am working on about my dad and mom. Enjoy! Here is one creative life~

May 10, 2009

Mom


My mom is beautiful and a blessing. Love you!!!!!!!!!!!

May 9, 2009

Special Day

Two years ago was the first time I celebrated Mother's Day as a mother. What a special title! Yes! Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful women who are mothers or who are mother figures for someone. Lots of love.

May 6, 2009

Reminiscing





As a child, I remember having paints, paper, and art books all around the house. I specifically remember the joy I felt sitting in the patio of our house in Real del Monte, Mexico with my father's watercolors and paper. The pictures are samples of my artwork as a child; my mother saved this artwork.
My parents certainly made sure we lived a creative life as children. We were frequent visitors of museums and musical concerts in Mexico City. The greatest memory I have were times we went to the Palacio de Bellas Artes. I specifically remember seeing Mocedades in concert and an Austrian Folk singing group. What an amazing experience!!
Creativity to me is a lifestyle. It is about allowing myself to express what I love and feel passionate about in every aspect of my life. I am just rediscovering how to be more creative at work, at home, in my studio (kitchen table :-) and life! I want my creativity to shine no matter where I am. Honestly, I hope someday people who visit my house can say "an artist lives here."

May 1, 2009

Creativity Around the World





Let me take you (and me) on a special journey. In searching for my own creativity, I found that I needed to find out about creative lives. I found I also wanted to go around the world to learn about the creative lives of my own dear family and friends.

Now, let me tell you about my family. My family is spread out around the world: United States, Mexico, Peru, Australia, Africa, and South Korea. You will see my family live their lives with passion and creativity. I have often wondered what it would be like to have "all" the family together. What a Party!!!!! Although I have met some of the family, there are so many wonderful people I haven't met or do not know much about. It's time to meet them even it's from a distance.

Therefore, it's time to connect so we can share and celebrate our creativity. I have no doubt I will be inspired. So lets go on this journey "around the world" to discover creative lives.
 
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