Friday, October 25, 2013

Top portrait "Lucas", a little better, not quite done! Below that, new addition to the portraits "Elena", needs improvement.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

“In mainstream American society and culture, whiteness remains an ever-present and unexamined state of mind and body, a powerful norm so pervasive that it is rarely acknowledged or even named,” says curator Maurice Berger.  
I wonder if i could examine whiteness within Hispanic culture...
or i could say this:

In a series of portraits I will make an analysis of Latino Americans as a multiracial race.  I would like to make visible and thus available the examination and discussion of skin color or race.  Hispanics do not fit into a mold or a stereotype.  In looking at the children of my neighborhood, including my own, in Arlington MA I encounter other Hispanic families with children that do not fit a stereotype.  I believe our diversity is the marvel of the world and represents one of our greatest strengths as a nation.  I cant help but to wonder what, if any, prejudice will these children experience in their future in a country where by 2020 it is estimated that 1 out of every 4 children will be Hispanic or of Hispanic decent.

Thinking.... I want to complete 20.

Friday, October 4, 2013

first layer on portraits... possible direction topic: Race. As a Hispanic American skin color, in the US and Latin American countries, separates social status. Looking at the generation of my child and what the future may be for him as a first generation US born Latino, the question provoked, Will his lightness as a Hispanic affect his future or not? Other children in my community whom are darker, Will their skin color affect how they are portrayed by society?

more fabric details appera

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Figure in Yellow: Yellow was thought to stimulate the nerves and purify the body (Color Psychology, Kendra Sherry) Not sure if I agree with the practice of chromotherapy, but there is something here to research into as I have a fascination for color. This could shed light into my color obsession.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

"a reflection on the collective desire in all of us to retreat from the noise of the world" Eric Zener

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Figure In Red: Red was used to stimulate the body and mind and to increase circulation. (Color Psycology Kendra Cherry)

Figure in Ocher/Orange: Orange was used to heal the lungs and to increase energy levels. (color Psycology bu Kendra Cherry)

Monday, July 8, 2013

Quick drawing that I sketched while on the T ride to campus. Once finished i waited to get off amd handed them to the person. Some reactions were surprise, confused, chuckle, and thankful.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Monday, April 1, 2013

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Im excited for this sitting, done Wednesday 3/20/13. first coat of paint, im in love with the color choice.

Model dancing while I  painted. I did not enjoy painting the model while she was moving, second time posing I had her stay still to capture some of her features. Not sure i am happy with this piece, but now i can say i drew from life while the model was moving. I do think the painting captures the emotion of cleansing oneself, which is what the dancer is conveying with her movement.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

In my generation, or in this generation of babies being born, women do not speak about breastfeeding in public. Yes, it is known that breastfeeding is best for the baby and mothers look forward to being able to do so.  In my case, I was embarrassed to see other moms breastfeeding in public before I had my own child. All I could say, is that it was weird, but maybe because I grew up in a generation that did not promote breastfeeding. Once a mother, breastfeeding became necessity, my baby boy needed to eat. I felt obligated; it was my maternal instinct to do so. Yes, I will confess that the first couple of times I had to feed in public I was anxious and nervous of “what would they say?” I could even sense the anxiety and nervousness in my husband. As the months passed, I started caring less as I noticed or came in contact with other women who encouraged it and approached me with encouraging words for breastfeeding. After all, it is what’s best for my baby. Hence a painting of myself breastfeeding, not in public, but I suppose it is a testament to my courage to do what is best for my son. Even though it may seem to others as normal or repugnant, for me breastfeeding was a journey and a connection with my son Lucas

Thursday, March 7, 2013

First three Music studies

first 3 suggested studies of music. Each done separately, 10x10 inch canvas, while listening to traditional Puertorrican music. Not sure how i feel about them, i did enjoy making sounds to the music while scraping the canvas when the beats asked for some participation on my part. I will try other types of music on the next batch.