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