Thursday, February 26, 2009

saints and sinners xxii

20 x 26 canvas
3d, mixed media

The Folk Tree's annual easter season exhibition, is on view march 7 - april 12, 2009. latin american religious folk art and artifacts, primarily from mexico, are displayed alongside pieces by area artists that more generally deal with issues concerning "the sacred and the profane" and "good v. evil." approximately thirty artists are included, represented by painting, printmaking, assemblage, cut paper, paper mache, drawing, mixed media, jewelry, and more. the public is invited to a reception on saturday, march 7, from 2 - 6 P.M.

easter is the most important holiday of the festival calendar for many mexican catholics. the abundance of easter and lenten season rituals, such as processions, dances, and other observances are evidence of its significance.

to commemorate this season, the folk tree offers old religious medals and vintage prayer cards from mexico, a wide variety of crosses, our lady of guadalupe pieces by woodcarver eleazar morales, paper mache artist joel garcia, and ceramicist demetrio aguilar (all from Mexico); santos (painted and unpainted wood carvings of saints) from mexico and new mexico; and milagros (miracle offerings).

many area artists are represented as well. participants have or will include ulla anobile (paper mache); robin bevan (paper cutting); winifred brewer, rennie marquez, cathy ashworth (painting); bj christofferson (assemblage); and jewelers alba dandridge, lisa rocha, and stephanie schroeter-frymyer, among others.

the saints & sinners exhibition highlights traditional devotional objects as well as contemporary pieces with symbols of christianity and related themes in both worldly and spiritual contexts. Theists and secularists alike will appreciate the variety of work on view.

exhibition dates: saturday, march 7, 2009 - sunday, april 12, 2009
opening reception: march 7, 2009, 2-6pm

217 s. fair oak, pasadena ca
(626) 795-8733

i have a painting "pure" (above) or here , cards, prints,magnets, buttons, ornaments (see below), wood earrings at the show all for sale! i'm extremely greatful to gail mishkin of folk tree, giving me this opportunity! yeh!

the painting was done with all metallic acrylic so the digital file does not do justice! even the prints i have are not close at all but i really wanted to paint our lady of guadalupe in metallic! her robe is designed with swarovski rhinestones! it's much nicer in person!

since the theme is sin and sinners, the earrings are not my signature skull earrings, they are mainly our lady of guadalupe!

so if you have some time, please find time and check out the show, there are some amazing art works!

"beauty in satans"

i made these just for the show!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

dennis mcnett

my new fix!

okay, i couldn't wait, it's been a great week, sold rings and earrings, in return, i treated myself to this or here! dennis mcnett's forked skull linocut print. best of all, its for a good cause! everyone wins!

i can't wait until it's arrival! it's perfect as i'm reorganizing my studio and i am very particular with what i hang on my walls! i don't like just random art, the ones i choose must touch my heart! anyway, just had to share!

Monday, February 23, 2009

just lovely!

i forgot the oscar was on, as i turned on the tv, i saw nicole kidman introducing anglina for best acress nominee. i was just amazed staring at the 2 most beautiful women in the world! then there's anglina and brad, how genuine they look to each other!

and brad was dressed in a tom ford tux and angelina was wearing elie saab. they both looked incredible! i only enjoy looking at them anyway! what i was adoring was the huge green ring angelina had on her right hand! it was gorgeous and matched her earrings! the green on her with that elegant black dress...just lovely!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

long beach antique market

love for old things!

little c and i went to one of our favorite flee market this past sunday, the long beach outdoor antique market. we had only 2 hours to look through the whole thing and it was freezing! to my surprise, there were lots of people shopping under the gloomy clouds! i just love, love, love LOOKING at old things!

i bought a bunch of vintage jewelry for my skull hair clips but there wasn't much that fit well with my designs. as i was filled with disappointments, little c suggested that i make little hair clips. i thought that was a good idea but i didn't have any supplies to make the clips. so i took apart everything and made a bunch of rings out of the possible ones! they turned out pretty cool!
i'm addicted, it was so much fun making them and see the result from turning something old into something simple with the vintage flare! i'll be listing some in my etsy store soon!

Friday, February 13, 2009

mike & chris

my dear sisters sent this to me...if you have extra cash, don't miss this opportunity because this will never happen again! (i think)

Mike & Chris Warehouse Liquidation Sale

Men & Women Lether Bags, Jackets, Shoes, Hoodies, Dresses, Shirts, and more...

Friday February 13th, 10AM - 5PM
Saturday February 14th, 10AM - 5PM

4900 Zambrano Street
Los Angeles, CA 90040

Thursday, February 12, 2009

dennis mcnett

i accidently discovered dennis mc nett's work looking for something on etsy, i can't even remember how but this image, attracted me. i learned that he has been carving out of surly block prints which lead me to his website.

"satan's hook skull" (above)

"nitro snake" (above)

i love, love, love this , i want to have, not the print, the original!

"leopardsnake" (above)

just speechless, amazing images, carved. still speechless. printmaking was something i missed out on when i was at art center. i was always interested and admired the works that came out of those classes. maybe one day...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

i have a dream

one of my idol, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., every time i watch this video, i feel so much appreciation and so inspired by his words. check it out here.
ronni is 3/8 black and i have come to realize the importance of celebrating this part of her in our family. to remember to appreciate on a daily base just isn't as easy as we like it to be. so, having the nation to have a month just to celebrate black history is a great thing!

”I Have a Dream”

On August 28, 1963, some 250,000 people—both black and white—participated in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the largest demonstration in the history of the nation’s capital and the most significant display of the civil rights movement’s growing strength. After marching from the Washington Monument, the demonstrators gathered near the Lincoln Memorial, where a number of civil rights leaders addressed the crowd, calling for voting rights, equal employment opportunities for blacks and an end to racial segregation. The last leader to appear was the Baptist preacher Martin Luther King Jr. of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), who spoke eloquently of the struggle facing black Americans and the need for continued action and nonviolent resistance. —I have a dream,” King intoned, expressing his faith that one day whites and blacks would stand together as equals, and there would be

harmony between the races: —I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” King’s improvised sermon continued for nine minutes after the end of his prepared remarks, and his stirring words would be remembered as undoubtedly one of the greatest speeches in American history. At its conclusion, King quoted an —old Negro spiritual: Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!’” King’s speech served as a defining moment for the civil rights movement, and he soon emerged as its most prominent figure.

~ Martin Luther King Jr.

i decided that starting this month, i will have a monthly giveaway on the 15th of every month (dr. martin luther king jr.'s birthday date)!

the above hair clip will be the giveaway for this month, you can see more photos through my etsy store. i will duplicate it but the skull will not look exactly the same due to the nature of "handmade".
all you have to do is send me a message through email or convo me through my etsy store. i will randomly select a winner from the email messages. your email address will be only used for the giveaway for the month. i will notify the winner by email and i will post your name on this blog!

last week, i made a delivery of new stocks of skull beaded earrings, wood earrings with new images, heart tin boxes, new images on candles, magnets, mirrors, and above hair clips to olverita's village!