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Little red riding hood in soft pastels

 

I took my pastel boxes out this week and I decided to give them a go. Since I have been experimenting a lot lately, I wanted to see what would happen if I made a painting using only pastels.

I really love to see the boxes open and all the colors waiting to be used, and believe me, I have collected a lot of them in the time that I have been painting in mixed media. Here are some of the brands I used to create Little Red Riding Hood. Panpastel, Rembrandt, Sennelier and Conté à Paris are among the brands I love to use.

It’s a very challenging experience, because I am so used to work with liquid medium you can apply and blend in with a brush, and the physics and the feeling of the material are completely different to paint.

It also made me realize that working with pastels is much more drawing than painting, and it required me to pay a lot of attention to what I was doing.

Little red riding hood looks for the big bad wolf on this beautiful painting created by Danita Art

But, in the other hand, I can add extremely fine detail to the eyes and faces of my girls and the colors blend in a very subtle way, I love the dreamy effect I can achieve while keeping the eyes full of life.

The eyes of Danita's female portraits really shine when she uses soft pastels on wood, like this green eyed little red riding hood.

Definitively, I am going to keep using more of the pastels for full paintings instead of just highlights and details!

Little red riding hood, a beautiful soft pastel painting drawing on wood panel by Danita Art

You can see more photos of the painting in detail on my online shop, just click on the image and it will take you to the detailed pics and the page where you can adopt her if you wish to take her home to live with you.

The evolution of Alice

Every time I want to experiment and evolve, Alice in wonderland comes into view. There’s just something about Wonderland that entices me to create.

img_2811Everything always starts with a sketch from my sketchbooks, then I transfer it to a blank canvas that will be the home of my next creation.

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Blobs of color start appearing all over the space, defining shapes and deciding what will this painting will become.

Usually I only work on a painting at a time, but this time it just felt right. I wanted to test out new techniques to give my faces more depth and detail and working with both paintings together was just what I needed.

img_2819You can see that with time, the faces start getting more and more detail. By fusing and diffusing color strokes with my brushes I achieved a smooth, dreamy quality on their faces.

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But no face looks quite right without eyes, so that’s the next step. Adding the basic shapes to these new beautiful faces was a welcome challenge to my skills, and a lot of fun to make.

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Almost done here, the detail on their faces is deeper and smoother than my previous work. The faces have a more three dimensional appearance and they seem to jump off the canvas like they did not do before.

Alice falls trough the white rabbit's hole to wonderland on this acrylic painting by Danita Art
Tumble down the rabbit hole with with Alice in wonderland.

Alice tumbles down the rabbit hole on the finished painting, slowly floating down towards wonderland. [shopify embed_type=”product” shop=”danitaart.myshopify.com” product_handle=”freefall” show=”button-only”]

Alice and the caterpillar original acrylic painting by Danita Art
Adopt Alice and the caterpillar and travel with them on a journey towards wonderland.

And here is Alice and the caterpillar, she holds him with great care as she is ready to travel in wonderland with her new friend. [shopify embed_type=”product” shop=”danitaart.myshopify.com” product_handle=”alice-and-the-cartepillar” show=”button-only”]

So, what do you think of the style I used on them? Do you like where I am headed now? Let me know with a comment, I’d love to hear what you think!


Sharing the process

Lately, I’m getting obsessed with color pencils. I really love to see them ready to be used, all the different colors and textures really fuel my soul and I just want to get going and draw and paint.

And since I love it so much, I want to share part of the process with you. I love how the layers start to pile up and then out of the sudden, a beautiful image appears out of nowhere.

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And then, it’s not only color pencils. I found some soft pastels in pencil form and I had a ton of fun with them! Just see the result of working them over a shabby metal frame I found.

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It’s starting to look a little different than my usual whimsical art, but I really like where this new artistic direction is taking me. What do you think, do you like what you see?

Let me know in the comments!

My interview with Miriam Schulman

I’m very proud to have been interviewed by Miriam Schulman on her “Artist chats” series, where we talk about my latest solo art show, “Among princesses and wolves“, the motivation behind it and what makes me tick 🙂

But we also talk about my new upcoming online class, “Handcrafted Holidays” where I teamed up with another 9 artists. We will teach you how to create a variety of beautiful handmade gift ideas to share the handcrafted spirit in your gifts!

Click on the images and links to learn more about this super fun class, there’s lots and lots of things to discover and we will have a great time learning from amazing artists!

SIGN UP TODAY!

See you in class very soon!

Among princesses and wolves

On June 8th, 2016, I had the honor to have my second solo exhibit at Gameros Manor, in my hometown, Chihuahua, Mexico.

The museum I showed is a beautiful Art Noveau mansion built in 1910 that now serves as the regional art museum of Chihuahua.

I was lucky enough to show my art on one of the main rooms in the second floor, just in front of impressive stairs and a massive stained window, and I felt just like the high society ladies that lived there during the times of the Mexican revolution, with fluffy dresses and elegant jewelry.

This exhibit was called Among wolves and princesses”, I got inspired by the original fairy tale stories from the Grimm brothers and many others.

I did extensive research and I learned a lot about the original stories, which have a much darker tone that the sugar coated versions that have been passed to us over time, and god forbid, the saccharine Disney versions.

I also had the opportunity to work on large format paintings, something I don’t do very often, but it was super fun letting my darker side lurk around in the canvas, with new interpretations of the fairy tales I had read since I was a child.

Opening night came and I got to give a short and emotional speech that made me shed emotional tears, I was very happy to see all my family and friends gathered for such an special occasion.

My parents helped cut the ribbon for the official opening and everyone came in to enjoy my art… I was so nervous because I did not know how many people was going to attend outside my friends and what were they going to think.

It turned out to be a packed night! There was lots and lots of people and a queue formed outside to let people trough, and everyone was taking selfies with my paintings and me… It’s such an unusual experience having complete strangers asking to get a picture with you!

My super sister decorated the pace and turned the food table into a little handmade forest with cupcakes, candy and moody lighting and decorations, she made sure everyone had an amazing experience there.

I really had a wonderful time, and I treasure the memories I made, the friends I met and the comments I got about my work. It really made me feel proud of being an artist and doing my part to make the world a better place.

The paintings will return to me soon and I will share the ones that have not been sold at the museum in case you are interested, they are a twist of my usual work with moodier colors and more mature themes, but I am sure you are going to love them.

Just take a look at the main piece, sleeping beauty, and you will know what I mean,  bound by thorns, naked and vulnerable as she holds a rose in her hands, but her body hides a secret that only once you look you understand.

I’ll let you know when they are back and prints and the originals are available for you to enjoy.

Many special thanks to my friend Marcela for getting me the show, and to the University of Chihuahua for providing the venue for my second show.