October 31, 2014

Nuestra ofrenda








Although we celebrated Halloween at school, at home it was more about the Day of the Dead. I have great memories of visiting the "ofrendas" at La Casa Azul (Frida Kahlo's home) and the Anahuacalli (Diego Rivera's studio) with my sister, both of us dressed as witches carrying a lantern made of a "chilacayote" (a large squash) fearing it could catch fire :)

My family used to participate in Day of the Dead altar contests and it was a tradition to go to Tio Hector's house and look at his gorgeous altar every year. 

I think the tradition of setting altars up at home and at cemeteries is not going away, on the contrary, I see it getting stronger, which I love. 

I have been setting up an "ofrenda" every year with few items that I have collected over the years. Maybe one day my kids will have good memories about it too.

Have a great Halloween and Day of the Dead!

October 24, 2014

Calavera


Calavera. Watercolor and ink on paper


I just finished this "Calavera" or Mexican skull used in the celebration of the Day of the Dead.

It will be part of my altar this year.

October 12, 2014

Zinnia Folk Arts









This week I visited Zinnia Folk Arts in south Minneapolis with my dear friend B. What a gorgeous shop! And so inspiring that I didn't want to leave. 

Zinnia's owner, Ann, travels to Mexico several times during the year and personally selects the pieces for her shop. She is very knowledgeable about Mexican culture and traditions and has great taste for high quality folk art.

The store was fully decorated for the upcoming Day of the Dead. It was beautiful! 

You can see the carousel from the first picture moving on my Instagram.

You can find more information about Zinnia and it's online store here.

October 7, 2014

Fall



Fall leaves. Watercolor on paper






I wish I could capture the beauty of the trees around my neighborhood, the fall foliage is gorgeous! It is too bad that the leaves do not stay on the trees longer. 

Autumn is definitely my favorite season!

Today is my mom's birthday and I know she may see this post tomorrow (she is out celebrating right now). ¡Feliz Cumplea√Īos Mami!

October 1, 2014

Designs of ancient Mexico






Designs of ancient Mexico. Watercolor on paper







Lately I have been drawing circles based on Aztec "malacates" (spindle whorls). 

Some of these designs are based on the work of Jorge Enciso, a Mexican artist who documented these circular objects found in archeological digs, and that were very common just before the Conquest. Their motifs are predominantly geometrical or can represent flowers, animals and even human figures.

The three last pictures are from my visit to the "Museo Nacional de Antropolog√≠a" in Mexico City last summer.