Monday, March 26, 2007

Underconstruction!


I realized several things today.


#1 Although it was a good use of time to paint in my office on my lunch hour it's not the best idea. First of all now my desk has paint on it and my room smells like chemicals but mostly I learned that even though you sign out unless they see you get in your car and drive away fast they still bang on your door.


#2 I quickly figured out that my previous "Estebans" were large, 24 X 36 inches, and there was more freedom to swing my brush and give him the curved brushstrokes that his world is made of. This smaller version , 8 X 10 inches, was very constrictive. I like the opportunity to create smaller pieces that are done quicker but I'm going to have to adjust my process.


This little Esteban is under construction. Poor guy, one leg is painfully skinny. I'll post him again when he's done.

14 comments:

ron said...

I like these, probably cuz I couldn't do them.

Cara Dawn Romero said...

Sure you could...but don't. Ha Ha!

Michelle Smith said...

Hi Cara,
Thanks for your comment on my blog. Your work is very "painterly". :-) Your blog description made me smile. That's cute. Like your "View from the Top" painterly painting.

Cara Dawn Romero said...

Thanks Michelle - I'm glad you came by for a visit. When I painted " View from the Top" there was (and maybe still is)this craze in NM for coyotes carved in a simple style out of wood. They were everywhere and my son used to make fun of that. So when I did my next Esteban I had to stick in a coyote just to tease him and he loved it. It was the only painting I ever did that he asked for.

W. K. Moore said...

Cara.. cool patterns.. reminds me of the New Mexico or AZ Hopi culture world - universe.

Cara Dawn Romero said...

Thanks Bill -

These are very southwestern in their influence. I get a kick out Esteban - he has a mind of his own and sometimes I'm surprised to see the finished product.

Visit again when his leg is fixed!

musician @ heart said...

painting in your office during your lunch break really amuses me.

Cara Dawn Romero said...

Thanks Michelle - but it probably wasn't one of best ideas.

Todd Bonita said...

Hi Cara,

Thanks for the nice comments on my blog, You made me laugh with the left arm quote. Nice work here Cara, your versatile too. Some of your compositions remind me of Edvard Munch. Be good.

Todd

Cara Dawn Romero said...

Thanks Todd - by the way, amazing painting of the key on your blog.

rob ijbema said...

Edvard Munch came to my mind too,seeing this painting.
i understand the Mexicans have a fascination with death and even have festivals of death...

Cara Dawn Romero said...

Rob – Thanks for stopping by.

As for whether or not the good people from the country of Mexico have a fascination, I don’t know enough about their culture to say. I know they do have a festival for the Day of the Dead.
I’m sure some of that culture has influenced New Mexico’s in some ways.

You are the second person to bring up Munch’s name in reference to my work. My character, Esteban, is really a very upbeat humorous character. Not a screamer at all…

I always enjoy your blog and appreciate your comments on mine - Thanks again.

rob ijbema said...

oops sorry,NEW mexico silly me
whole different country!

Cara Dawn Romero said...

Hey Rob - not a problem. Most people in the USA don't realize New Mexico has been part of the union since 1912.

Living in Missouri I have folks ask me all the time if I speak "Mexican". I laugh and say "No, and no one else can either - there's no such thing." I never cease to be amazed at my fellow citizens.