As an artist, I often find my inspiration from the intricate connections between colors and patterns. I notice these aspects in the world around me; in architecture, the variety within landscapes, and the tones and quality of light. Too, I see a little piece of my native Argentina in the elements of my work. When I reflect on my development as an artist, I can clearly see how others have also left an indelible mark on me and contributed to my evolution over time. Over the next few months, I plan to highlight other artists who have inspired me or helped mold me. I hope you will enjoy learning about these wonderful artists.
To start, I will begin with an artist who made an impression on me way back when I was in art school in Buenos Aires. Benito Quinquela Martín, “a man who is a synonym for the neighborhood of La Boca” is known for his colorful depictions of ports, ships, and port life in his beloved neighborhood.
Benito Quinquela Martín was so devoted to his neighborhood that, in the 30’s, he used the success he acquired there to begin giving back. In 1933, he donated land for a public school and later money to build a theatre – the Teatro de la Ribera – “a kindergarten and a breast milk center and, finally, a Pediatric Dentistry Hospital.” In the 50’s when La Boca began to decline, Martín infused his neighborhood with his artistic color and “created an outdoor art exhibition space devoted to artists and craftsmen. He recreated an old street filled with colorful conventillos on a stretch of a disused railway line. [T]his path was named Caminito after a popular tango written by Juan de Dios Filiberto.”
My friends and I used to go to La Boca and sit in the street or in a park to take it all in and paint. We were in awe of the color!
Benito Quinquela Martín’s presence is still visible throughout the neighborhood of La Boca today – a vibrant place full of energy, music and street performances. And Martín’s bold palette surely impacted me!
I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina on September 14, 1951 in Sanatorio (medical center) Otamendi . At the time my parents lived on Inocensio Arias street in Castelar the west part of Buenos Aires.
My father had his laboratory there. He did blood tests and everything else a lab does.
I remember that we had a wooden 2-person swing in the backyard. I am amazed that I remember this since we moved out of this house when I was 3 years old.
I recall that my grandmother’s housekeeper, Paula, would come to pick me up, and take me on the train to my grandparents’ house. At that time, going to their house was the most wonderful thing in the world. They had a big house with a big glass and iron door. It was called a Petit hotel, I guess because it had many bedrooms, a big garden/patio and several rooms for the people who worked there (the cook and housekeepers).
When I visited my grandparents’ home, I slept in the room with my aunt, who was only 14 when I was born. I felt like a princess every time I was there.
My grandparents had a television set (I am talking about the 1950s). One of those big Zenith sets.
Whenever I was there I loved to have breakfast in the “comedor diario” – the casual dining room. I could watch the TV while eating. TV’s were something very new at that time. We didn’t have a TV in our house so this was a treat.
This work is part of my Hiraeth (meaning “homesickness”) series.
It’s almost Ho, Ho, Ho time. Only 11 more days until Christmas.
What are you doing for the holidays?
We have a full schedule. We will be spending Christmas eve with our little grandson and his parents at their house in Media, Pa. Only about 1/2 hour from center city Philly where I live.
Then on Christmas day we are hopping on a train and going to New York City to celebrate with my son, daughter-in-law and her family. We will then spend a few days in NYC with them.
It’s been a snowy week here in Philly. I think it snowed more this week than it did all of last winter. Here is a photo of how it looked last Tuesday. It was taken from my apartment window up on the 32nd floor.
I want to thank everyone who follows my website, and follows me on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram. You are totally awesome. I appreciate all of your comments and discussions. Thank you for hanging out with me and sharing my art with your friends.
To say Thank you, I am offering a big Holiday sale for any of my available paintings in my shop. I am giving you 20% off plus free shipping. If you find a painting that you would like to purchase, email me at: email@example.com and I will take the 20% off before you pay.
This sale extends to digital collages as well.
I will also offer 10% off any item on my brand new Sol Design website. Use coupon: holiday10%
With any purchase of my art, or which I am truly thankful and grateful, I am able to donate a portion to Unite for Her. Purchases include both my original art & my products. I explain more about this great Organization here.
When I’m in the studio I paint and listen to music or books. Lately I have been listening to music. I have different playlists which I make myself. This actual playlist I was listening while painting this piece has many of my favorite songs. Each piece I have been working on for the last few weeks represent one of the songs. This is one of my favorite Joni Mitchell songs.
Sixteen springs and sixteen summers gone now
Cartwheels turn to car wheels through the town
And they tell him, “Take your time. It won’t be long now.
‘Til your drag your feet to slow the circles down”
And the seasons they go ’round and ’round
And the painted ponies go up and down
We’re captive on the carousel of time
We can’t return we can only look behind
From where we came
And go round and round and round
In the circle game
So the years spin by and now the boy is twenty
Though his dreams have lost some grandeur coming true
There’ll be new dreams, maybe better dreams and plenty
Before the last revolving year is through.
“Piano Tune”, the basic scale is made up of 7 notes, which are the white keys on the piano.
My painting reflects the rhythm and movement of the music you can make with the piano keys.
“Piano Tune” was selected for a Juried Show title “Seven”. When I heard the title which was the theme for the exhibit I came up with many ideas. My first idea was to work on the seven sided shape called a heptagon. I did many drawings with my ideas but it just wasn’t happening.
Finally I went back to my music theme which has been in my mind for a while now and came up with the idea of the 7 notes in a traditional scale (Do, Re, Mi, Fa, So (or Sol), La, Ti (or Si)) or (C, D, E, F, G, A, B). That made me think of a piano which I had played for many years as a child. From there I started making the keys of the piano and collaging them into the painting. And that’s how Piano Tunes was born.
The exhibit will be held at:
Castle Hill Gallery,Truro
Opening: Thursday, May 30, 4:00–6:00 p.m.
Closing: Thursday, June 6, 4:00–6:00 p.m.
Hours and directions: www.castlehill.org
If in the Philly area, stop by City Hall (2nd floor…the Mayor’s floor ). Exhibit will be up until Nov. 30th.
The cultural section of the Embassy of Argentina is pleased to announce the opening of “An Art Journey from Argentina in Philadelphia”, a juried art exhibition featuring a selection of artwork created by Argentine artists residing in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC, working in a variety of media and themes.
“It is my hope that this event will be the first of many to promote the arts of Argentina in the city of Philadelphia,”notes Alfredo Ratinoff, Chief Curator for the Embassy of the Argentine Republic.
The exhibition, housed in display cases along the second floor of City Hall, is presented in partnership with the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, and its opening is timed to coincide with the celebration of Argentine Week (Oct. 29 – Nov. 3). The works will remain on display through November 30th.
The story behind my two pieces:
“Reflection Too” is painted on an old shutter that I found at a local flea market. I collaged some “found” wood and metal pieces on to the wax.
This piece brings memories of the Southern Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Argentina, which I have visited since I was a little girl. This shutter is a reflection of the water in that ocean. What happens to these shutters or doors when they live so close to the salty ocean water? I wanted them to look aged from the effects of the sun and the salt spray. I love to see all the interesting textures and faded colors caused by years of ocean side living.
“1974” is the year I graduated from Art School in Argentina. Collaged into this piece are many memories from those art school years. I included some drawings and writings from school as well as brochures from art exhibits.
Artists whose work is featured in the exhibition include:
Anibal H. Reimondez
Emiliano Orestes Begnardi
Miguel Pérez Lem
A “Rainbow” is an optical and meteorological phenomenon that causes a spectrum of light to appear in the sky when the Sun shines on to droplets of moisture in the Earth’s atmosphere. It takes the form of a multicoloured arc. Rainbows caused by sunlight always appear in the section of sky directly opposite the sun.
In a “primary rainbow“, the arc shows red on the outer part, and violet on the inner side. This rainbow is caused by light being refracted while entering a droplet of water, then reflected inside on the back of the droplet and refracted again when leaving it.
In a double rainbow, a second arc is seen outside the primary arc, and has the order of its colours reversed, red facing toward the other one, in both rainbows. This second rainbow is caused by light reflecting twice inside water droplets.