117th Annual Juried Art Show of the NHP&CC

Very proud to be part of the 117th annual juried show of the New Haven Paint & Clay Club. Beautiful curated show by D. Samuel Quigley from the Lyman Allyn Art Museum. Out of my two paintings, β€œThe Drummer” got the Lucille Davis Grimm Award. The show will be up until 6/2 at Creative Arts Workshop, 80 Audubon St, New Haven CT

Board of Directors

I am honored to announce that I was elected to the board of directors of the New Haven Paint and Clay Club, one of the oldest art organizations in the country, founded in 1900 by graduates from the Yale School of Visual Arts. I am looking forward to helping the Club's mission of supporting and encouraging the Arts and its creators.

New Haven Paint and Clay Club member's show

My painting "Electric Karma" is part of the member's show at the John Slade Ely House in New Haven. I am really excited to be showing this piece. There will be a closing reception on 10/15 from 5 to 7pm. If you are in the area please come take a look at it. 

 

Best in Show award

I am honored to announce that my painting "La Chica de Humo" won Best in Show (Weiss sisters award) at the 115th annual juried New Haven Paint and Clay Club. This painting, 6ft tall, I made while still recovering from knee surgery and it was a challenging but also very rewarding piece. Please come to the opening on Friday May 13th, 2016 from 5 to 7pm at the Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven CT..  The show will run until June 10th.  

La chica de Humo, oil on canvas, 30x72"
 

Stamford Symphony

On Saturday March 12 I had the opportunity to help organize an event for Stamford Symphony before their Spanish Concert featuring Carmen. We had flamenco dance by Yohanna Escamilla, accompanied in the guitar by Val Ramos, tapas by Barcelona and I exhibited some of my Spanish inspired paintings. The event was a big, sold-out success and allowed me to show a series of my work among the Spanish culture I adore. www.stamfordsymphony.org

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Painting at John Slade Ely House

I am proud to announce that my painting "Stroke" (Oil on canvas 36x60) will be part of the 114th Annual Juried Art Exhibition of the New Haven Paint & Clay Club. She show will until april 12, 2015 and the opening reception will be on Sunday March 22 from 2 to 5 pm.  Come down to see interesting paintings at this great location.  Some of my friends will be showing as well and I am very proud to be included in this crowd. 

 

Working in the studio

I love being in the studio. It is a refuge, an sanctuary and a spa at the same time (and work-out room and dance studio as well).  I want to share some pictures of the many hours I spent there working.

New studio

A few months ago I moved into a new studio. It has been very interesting getting used to the different light, environment and specially the high ceilings. Although the main window faces north, providing the studio with stable cool light, I also have a west window that provides me a beautiful warm sunset light and also a south window.   I am looking forward to seeing the new direction of my work in the new studio.


CT Society of Portrait Artists

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I am very proud to be part of the biannual Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists "Faces of Winter 2014". The show will be at the gallery of UCONN- Stamford campus from February 6th to the 28th, with an opening reception on the 6th from 6-8pm. I will be showing my painting "Vuelo de Luna" for the first time. Hope to see you there.

The gallery is open Monday-Friday 9:00am-7:00pm / Saturday 9:00am-1:00pm

Painting Pregression

In my opinion, the most magical moment of a painting is when after the initial sketch I put the first blocks of colors.  I love seeing how shapes and volume start appearing without the constraint of accuracy. A moment of complete freedom. I am not worried about the future, of how the painting is going to look, I am just in total communion with each brushstokes.  That is probably one of the reasons why I enjoy working alla prima so much, because it is like floating in this stage for 2-5 hours.  Then that bliss is followed by the moment of questioning each brushstoke, revising the drawing, making corrections, making decisions. In a way it seems I start a painting with my right brain before calling an audience with the left one, from the ultra expressive to the analytical one. 

Even when this second stage does not sound as fun, I have to admit that dealing with it has taught me great lessons is life, including that sometimes mistakes are OK, and that almost everything can be fixed (as long as it has a good foundation).  To remind me how I sail between these two shores I have started taking progression shots of my work.  Here are a couple of examples. One is a still life that I am still working on and the other one a 3-hour charcoal drawing. 

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