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July 31, 2010

One more day to enter my giveaway!


Check my GIVEAWAY! Comments close Sunday at 10:00 PM (GMT+1)
Good luck!
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July 29, 2010

Painting a farewell

I am painting goodbyes and memories into this little moka. For the first time, I am working on a piece with someone in mind. My good friend Heidi is moving back to the States, and her departure was a surprise to all of us that know and love her.

Heidi is not only a fellow runner (a force of nature at that,) but she has been a dear friend and a supporter of my work. Just over a month ago she gave me the opportunity to sell my work at her house, and from that moment on, my official business was born. All I needed was that friendly push to finish the run!

Heidi has purchased my three prints featuring mokas, and she mentioned that she would love a real moka to go with the prints. Of course I jumped at the chance of making my first custom order as her gift.

I am making a 3-D version of my Moka monte, similar colors and concept. The bottom of the pot will be different shades of blue, the liquid sky ready to be poured out.

The top will feature my signature triangle texture. I am still debating if I will add a layer of my signature branches. I have to wait and see how all the colors look together before I make a decision. It is a dialogue, you see? The painting talks back, it whispers colors and shapes to my hand.

One thing I know I want to include is wings. I wanted to make them out of Papier-mâché  but I won't have enough time. I will paint them. These are just images of the process, first layers of color. I will show you the finish product soon!

I hope you like it dear friend!


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July 28, 2010

#199 Radius on gray

I am having so much fun with gray! I can't hardly believe it. When I chose this color I was a little afraid of gray; not a real color I said, not fun, not bright, not attractive... I was wrong! Beautiful, beautiful gray... Thank you!

199/365 Radius on gray
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July 27, 2010

#198 Stone wall

A simple image of a stone wall. So many different variations of gray, it is beautiful.


198/365 Stone wall
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July 26, 2010

#197 Balance

Just like the smallest stone on top, I am trying to keep my place in the world. Transitions can be difficult, frightening, and beautiful in their precariousness.


197/365 Balance
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Celebrating Etsy GIVEAWAY!



Hello and welcome to my first giveaway! I am celebrating the opening of my Etsy Store with you, my lovely readers.

I am going to give one of my signed prints away; your choice! All you have to do is leave a comment in this post with your name and a short sentence describing what Italy means to you.

If you want to increase your chances of winning, you can become a follower on my Facebook page and share the giveaway with your friends. Please leave another comment on this post to let me know.

Only comments on this page will be entered in the giveaway. I will pick a random name on August 1st (comments close at 10 p.m. GMT+1)
I will announce the winner on Monday morning.

Thank you for your support.
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July 25, 2010

#196 Composition in gray and ochre

One more for the collection. I am back, and I will try to post with some regularity. It is a hard life! ;)


196/365 Composition in gray and ochre
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July 23, 2010

#195 Trulli gray

One more from this wonderful trip. We visited the fairy-tale town of Alberobello today. These are the tradicional roofs of the constructions known as trulli. Breathtaking!


195/365 Trulli gray
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July 21, 2010

#194 Portoselvaggio gray

I am teasing you a little with my latest pictures. I will post images of the sea, the sand, the beautiful places we have visited soon. I am trying to stay on top of my 365 Days in Color challenge. Suffice to say that these rocks are found in one of the most beautiful beaches we have seen so far. Lots of places to jump for my boys, lots of quiet and beauty for me.


194/365 Portoselvaggio gray
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July 19, 2010

#193 Baroque gray

We are traveling in the south of Italy, visiting the heel of the boot. The weather is incredible, the people are friendly, the food is to die for, and the internet connection is spotty. We visited the city of Lecce today; I have no words to describe it. I am sorry I am posting just a small detail of the fantastic ornamentation to be found here. Once I have more time I will post more images. A nice glass of wine is calling my name now... got to go...


193/365 Baroque gray
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July 15, 2010

Laundry

New work in the store, a different Italy than before. I am still exploring the possibilities. I am going to see where this takes me. Feel free to leave your comments, I enjoy them.


Laundry
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July 14, 2010

#192 Mokas

One more gray, with one of my favorite subjects, off course. Tomorrow is all about packing and getting ready, ready for some sand in our toes and salt in our hair... I can't wait!


192/365 Mokas
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July 12, 2010

Laundry in progress

Just the first layer of color to this point. I hope to have it finish by tomorrow. Keeping with the subject of Italy, but moving away from the Mokas... for now.


Laundry in progress
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July 11, 2010

#191 Old gray

Looking up in the old part of Azzate. Beauty in the little details.


191/365 Old gray
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July 9, 2010

#190 Textures

Gray is beautiful. It is the perfect color when it comes to contrast. It brings all the warm of the wood in this case. Humble gray, I like you a lot!


190/365 Textures
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Step by step

Yesterday I made a banner for my Etsy store. I took a couple pictures along the way so that you can have a sneak peek into my process.

The first thing I did was to get the proportions of the banner on paper, Etsy suggests 760 pixels wide by 100 pixels high. Long and narrow. Then I did a quick drawing of a Moka on the left, and decided to use some of my triangles pattern in the background. I usually design on tracing paper and I transfer my finish idea to watercolor paper.


Then, it was color time. Mixing and balancing different colors


And color some more


Almost done.  Then I worked all the details with ink.


When all the details were finished (I forgot to take a pic of this step,) I scanned the image, cropped it to size and then I added the name in photoshop. This is the final product. Click to enlarge, or better yet, go visit my store to see it in place :)





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July 8, 2010

#189 Gray fence

Posting and running... sorry!


189/365 Gray fence
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July 6, 2010

#188 Some color

Doors and windows. I guess the architect in me is never far from the photographer. Little or big openings, open or closed, so telling of the care or of the neglect inside. The paper flowers were left after a local festival, enough color to make this window come to life.


188/365 Some color
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July 5, 2010

#187 Two clover window

Beauty is found in the balance of delicate and harsh. The organic stone framing the window, the texture of the wall, the hand made curtain. All of it together makes for a great story. I want to learn how to crochet...


187/365 Two clover window
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A photoblog no longer...

Hello and welcome. If you have visited this blog of mine before, you know that images always took precedence over words. This is going to change. I will keep posting my 365 Days in Color images, but I am going to start writing about my art, the process and the inspiration.

So, without further ado, lets get the new and improved blog started!


This is the corner of my house where most of the magic happens. On the left and out of the picture there is an empty desk with a fabulous window facing a nice view of the town of Azzate, northern Italy. This desk is where I sketch, and paint. I get most of my inspiration from my surroundings, my everyday.

I recently started a brand new series of work based on an icon of Italian design and a household essential: the Moka.


I used to make work that related to my identity as a Colombian. It was a personal look into my cultural roots and the displacement I felt living away from the place I called home. Then we moved again (from the US to Italy) and I found myself longing for my other home; my cultural identity is now that of the traveler, the suitcase carrier, the wanderer. I am now interested in exploring the places I temporarily inhabit, and how we relate to them. The concept of the souvenir is essential to my work as I am interested in the idea that an object can convey a place, a memory, a still moment in time.


This is how Italy as a souvenir was born. Both the two-dimensional and the three-dimensional works start with the iconic, the object that stands for the place; then I modify this object to make it my own. I use it as a canvas of sorts. I appropriate it with my paintbrush. Sometimes the shape of it is the main inspiration for the design, sometimes it is just the background to an idea. 


Ideas inspired by keeping my eyes wide open, looking for that detail that makes a moment and a place special. I am a keeper of moments, I track them with my lens, I keep records of the fleeting, the sporadic. Stills as collections, stills that transform the landscape into a cultural object. Another kind of a souvenir.

There. I wrote it down. This is why I do it.




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July 4, 2010

#186 Gray geometry

Happy fourth! We had a bbq and fireworks at home... no pool, no margaritas... I could have used either as it is hot here! I'm just saying...
A little bit of gray from home. Lovely detail on the windows.


186/365 Gray geometry
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July 3, 2010

#185 So Italy

Gray is the color for July! Gray? In July? Of course! Better to do it now that everything is bright and colorful, when one would not be driven to a deep depression when looking for gray... and I need an easy color this month... too much happening in my life. Let's celebrate gray!


185/365 So Italy
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