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Friday, September 23, 2011

Still-lifes "a la Mexicana"

Naturaleza Muerta ó Bodegón is the name for still-life in Spanish. There is a Latin-American tradition when it comes to creating still-lifes. The depictions might include: daily life objects, local fruits and foods. Colors tend to be brighter than in European paintings and sometimes artists go for the "faux-naive" effect. These are examples created by yours-truly. Next I will be working on a Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) piece as that time of the year is approaching.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Invitation to dinner

September in Mexico is known as "The Independence Month". Mexicans celebrate the independence from Spain on September 15th each year with dinners where there is plenty of spicy delicious food, mariachi music and tequila shots. This is an invitation I created using Illustrator.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Scottish Dance Logo

Have you ever practiced Scottish dancing? Recently I was asked to create a logo for the local association, so here it is. The mountain on the background of the logo symbolizes Mount Ventoux which is the most famous natural site in this region.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

New Month-New Projects

Wow! Time flies and now the summer is over... So it is back to blogging about projects and pieces currently being developed.
I am starting to experiment with acrylics, gesso and collage.... I don't know if I like the gesso on canvas technique.
I have done two pieces today. The first one is called "Sandias" and it measures 20cmx20cm.
I think it is still a work in progress, maybe I shall add another layer to it, as I find it a bit dull.

The second piece is called "Blue Dreams" and measures 30cmX30cm. The first picture shows an earlier stage of the piece where you can see more of the writing "etched" on the gesso and the basic form of the girl.

This is the final piece. I find that the composition and the technique are working much better here (but then this time I did not started with a layer of printed paper). Plus I really like the echoes of the forms in the piece. This was not intentional, I just realized that I have repeated the forms after I was done.