On January 6, most of the Hispanic world celebrates “El Dia De Reyes”, the Epiphany, remembering the day when the Three Wise Men following the star to Bethlehem, arrived bearing their treasured gifts for the Baby Jesus.
Even though it’s a Religious event, in Argentina, everyone celebrates it as more of a fun, gift giving holiday.
On the night, of January 5, before going to bed we used to put our shoes outside our bedroom door. We would also leave hay and water for the camels, and some cookies for Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar. We would leave the hay and the water near a door or a window left open so Los Reyes Magos can enter.
The next morning, we would wake up and had gifts next to our shoes. For us kids it was one of the most fun days of our summer vacation in Mar del Plata.
My cousins, my sisters and I would sleep up on the 3rd floor and try to stay awake waiting for the Reyes Magos. We would take turns looking out the window. Of course we would all fall asleep while waiting.
As we got older this is what we found in our shoes…
This work is part of my Hiraeth (meaning “homesickness”) series.
As many of you know, I am the co-owner of a summer day camp. This is our 25th summer!
Due to my long summer camp days, I am finding that lately I have neither the time nor the energy to get to my studio. This will be the case until my camp ends at the end of August. Saying this does not mean, however, that I am abandoning my art. That would be impossible, unthinkable. I live in the beautiful city of Philadelphia and ride a train to and from camp where I am inspired daily by the beauty that surrounds me. Equipped with my handy-dandy iPhone camera, I can’t stop taking pictures. I will continue to share these, my summer art, on my facebook art page and here on my blog. I hope you enjoy seeing them as much as I enjoy taking them.
I have been painting homes and buildings. My latest pieces are homes I find while walking around center city Philadelphia. This house has an interesting story. When I was 16, I had my 4 wisdom teeth out at one time. In those days, the late 60’s you had to stay in the hospital for this. It wasn’t out-patient how it is these days.
While in the hospital I had a room-mate, someone who was married and older than me. We did become friendly and she invited me to her home on 18th street around the corner from Rittenhouse Square. I remember falling in love with the house and with them. I thought it was so cool to have older friends (early 30’s) and that they paid attention to me. Both she and her husband were artists. I was fascinated with their studios and their art. I kept in touch with them until I left to go back to Argentina to Art School.
Walking around the other day I passed by the house. This was the house where my room-mate lived. I took some pictures and painted this piece from the photo. I am planning to use it as one of my paintings on my 2015 calendar.
My new 2014 calendar is on its way. High quality square 8×8 calendar. The theme this year: My trip to France. Every page has one of my paintings followed by a month page with a quote. You can see it below in the sample.
To see what it looks like: Click on link below (be patient while it is loading all the pages) to see the whole calendar. Please remember that this is a low resolution sample of what the calendar looks like. The colors might be a bit off as well.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
This week I am sharing a mixed media/encaustic piece that I made as a wedding gift for a special couple (Andi & Mark). Following is the finished painting but read below to hear the story behind this piece.
Andi & Mark got married on 11-11-11 so as you see I’m a bit past the date with this gift.
I have know Andi since before she was born, in fact her mom & I were pregnant at the same time. That’s why this is so special.
As you know, my paintings all have a story behind them and in my encaustic paintings the story is encased inside the waxy pigment.
I had asked Andi & Mark to give me images they would like encased in the wax. They have twin girls so most of the images were of the girls. This is what I did with the photos.
Reminder: Spring Open Studio ~ Saturday & Sunday, April 27 & 28, 2013 – 12 Noon to 6 PM
915 Spring Garden (between 9th and 10th – entrance is on Percy Street).Philadelphia, PA. 19123
Studio #403 on the 4th floor: http://ow.ly/koPG2