Tuesday, July 17, 2012

WW: Mexican Themed Art {Linky}

I started working on these images about 5 or so years ago. I neglected them, worked on other things. Do you ever have projects like that? Then I dug them out and finished them this summer. They are going in my brightly colored kitchen.

The kids were coloring right beside me. That was fun!


The first one is called Octopus's Garden


I kind of got the idea from the Beatles song, but was also into Mexican art and lots of techniques at the time. I suppose the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo influenced me as well.

Details. The beach is pained with clear paint and different types of sand (fine up front and course as it goes back). There are actual seashells on the sand. I used a newish clear medium that has glass beads in it for the water. The spines on the cacti are toothpicks, cut, sanded and painted. The sombrero is toothpicks as well. I mainly dripped paint on the cacti instead of painting them.



The second one is called Terra Cotta Fish Bowl



I just wanted a piece or two to go with the others. This image is much better in life. They both are. They are longest wise half the size as a standard door. It's hard seeing them small. I just wanted to carry the theme of cacti into this image as well.  I just envisioned a fish swimming in a terra cotta pot.

Details: There's sand on the ground of this one as well. I painted the walls and steps with a pain pallet to give them a stucco feel. Then washed over them. The pot I tried something that was difficult to work with. I painted it with paint, mixed with powdered dish soap. An epic fail. It kept drying and crumbling. Once I went over it with washes it was good. The cacti is dripped paint and toothpicks. Then the fish, lizard and tiles are all made out of found paper and a touch of colored pencil.



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30 comments:

AMBER EDWARDS said...

those are quite fun paintings!

royalegacy said...

They are neat paintings! Thanks for sharing.

Danielle @ Royalegacy

Ai Sakura said...

You are so talented! :)

LOVE MELISSA:) said...

Those are so neat!

Meryl said...

Oh how beautiful I can only imagine how they enhance the beach! Thanks for hosting and have a great week.

Joyce Lansky said...

These are wonderfully unique pieces. Thanks for sharing.

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carmen said...

Wow!! LOVE your work!

Christy Ann said...

OMG I'm in love with these!! They are SO cool!

pc said...

You painted these? Awesome!!!

Now you make me curious about your brightly coloured kitchen;).

Emilee Roberts said...

Those are great! I start projects all the time and end up remembering some time much later to finish them! haha

Jennifer Leigh said...

These would make a great children's book! You should write a story around them.

Theresa said...

I agree with Jennifer. These should be in a children's book. In fact, I thought they were images from one until I read that you did them. You have such a gift!

Veronica Lee said...

WOW!! They are BEAUTIFUL! You are seriously gifted!!!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I love SW style art. These are amazing! I'm so impressed. The Octopus's Garden is incredibly unique and creative.

BusyWorkingMama said...

Great art - like the colors.

tahlia @ the parenting files said...

These are wonderful!!

Felicia Carter said...

Very cute! Guess what? We have a store here called Octopus Garden. Although, it sales things like decorative bongs. Yikes!

LightInEveryday said...

I love the Octopus Garden! Also one of my favourite Beatles songs!

stevebethere said...

Very unusual, loved them :-)

Kristin Aquariann said...

Awesome art! The little fishy on the pot is my favorite part. ^.^

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Katherines Corner said...

fun stuff! xo P.S> I hope to see you at the hop tomorrow!

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

You're creative! I love the textures you used. Really neat!

~ Noelle said...

those are both awesome
i had to take art class and it was not fun for me, as i just could not get into actually doing it..
but... looking at it, I LOVE ...
like museums, I could look at artwork all day long...
thanks for sharing and hope you share more soon.

Jill said...

What great fun art. It's great that finished your UFO. I have a few of those in my yarn bag and scrapbooking boxes. Maybe one of these days.

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NC Sue said...

Thank you for visiting Wordless Wednesday at http://acts17verse28.blogspot.com/. I appreciate you stopping by and sharing your photo this week! I hope to see you again soon.
Have a great week,
NCSue

Art of RetroCollage said...

"I'd like to be / Under the sea..." Very creative & a lot of fun!

Jenny said...

Those are cool!

Dee said...

They're very colorful!

Petula Wright said...

Wow, so creative and unique. I know what you mean about projects that have been sitting and then when you get back around to it's so freeing to finish them.

I'm glad I'm not the only one. :-)

Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious? said...

Wow...those are awesome! One gift I don't have!

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