Archive for December, 2012

From the bottom of my heart…

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Baking more Sculpey things: These look like little burnt Combos. Yup, time for bed!

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Added a self-portrait in paper & cardboard… Baking Sculpey separators tonight for a 3D effect

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  • sculpey teeth
  • overdone teeth
  • weird teeth

I prepped them,

sculpey teeth

I baked them. Mmmmm, don’t they look good?

overdone teeth

weird teeth

This is getting too weird… time for bed!



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Three months later, & it’s finally signed in the corner. This painting is done!!!

See finished piece here »

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  • anna-green-paint
  • anna-lily-in-progress
  • anna-lily-completed

Ultramarine Blue, Titanium White, Hansa Yellow Light & Sap Green = the perfect green for the stamen of a lily 🙂

— And now, The lily & daffodil are done!

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Making teeth out of sculpey for my latest art project 🙂

I usually plan my pieces out to the last detail, but as part of my New Year’s “Revolution,” I’m breaking all the rules and just letting each inspiration build on the last. Excited!

Hope everyone is having a fun & creative day!

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Austere beginnings for my next piece, but so fun to paint!

Here I have done an underpainting in mostly burnt umber, loosely based on a photo I took in the Dominican Republic of the Altar de la Patria. It honors the nation’s heroes Juan Pablo Duarte, Francisco del Rosario Sanchez (no relation — I think!) and Ramon Matias Mella, who were all buried there.

Adesina in Santo Domingo

Adesina in Santo Domingo

My first and only trip to the D.R. in 2010, where my father’s side of my family is from, had a huge effect on me: the fresh air made me feel as though I had only learned to truly breathe for the first time, and the flora and fauna charmed me no end. But most importantly, meeting my extended family for the first time, and seeing the family land and loved ones that we left behind, filled me with a longing that is hard to express.

Perhaps in painting this monolithic mausoleum in sepia tones, I can evoke some of the wistfulness and trauma of a truncated personal history; one which I am only starting to flesh out.

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It’s a little kitsch, but I like adding actual metallic paint to her earrings 🙂 #painting #portrait #surrealism #acrylics

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