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Saturday, November 3, 2007

I posted these pictures last week! I guess they got de-posted! I spent part of last Sunday at the Huntington Museum, one of my favorite places to visit. Every time I stroll through the gardens, I find something that catches my eye. Depending on what time of the year it is, the gardens' palettes can drastically change. Each visit is a surprise and something new is discovered, as evidenced in some of these shots. I try to visit the Huntington several times a year so that I can catch each show that nature puts on. Fall is now becoming my favorite time of year to be outside, in a garden.

I have been in such a deep funk for the last 2 weeks. I don't know what it is exactly, but I have not been feeling like myself. I feel there is a lot of chaos in my life and quite honestly, I feel as though I am being pulled from all directions, both on a personal and professional level. I decided to post 2 of my favorite pieces that deal with the topic better than I can express in words. I haven't been able to work on any of my books in the last month. I have hit a major roadblock, or I am experiencing artist's block, so I have been working in other directions, such as cartooning and collaging, because I can't get beyond a blank page. I am hoping to change that once I get into the studio on Friday, with Lynne Perrella. I feel that if I just start writing in one of my books, all these emotions and words that I have kept bottled up for so long, will just spill out all over the pages. And the words will get my artistic juices going again, so that I can create some new art. Well, Friday will be here soon enough, I suppose. If you can't create in a 3-day Frida workshop, then, you are fucked!

Recently, I bought a terrific little book by Taschen, called
"Mexico Style". I paid under $15 for it. It is a bargain and something I will constantly refer back to. And the best part of it, it fits right into my purse. For many years, I have heard from many people, particularly artists, that I have a great eye for color. I don't know how true that is, but I think that my Latin roots have something to do with that "gift". I am drawn to bright colors and use an abundance of them in my artwork. At home, there are splashes of color throughout the house, but because I am ever mindful of the other half who lives with me, our home is, by my standards, very restrained. However, there is no doubt that Latins live here! So, I decided to post some pictures that celebrate the colors of one of my cultures, my father's Mexican roots. One of my latest pieces is the Frida box. I completed the box last week. The other pictures, the blue staircase and the Day of the Dead niche, come from "Mexico Style".