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That’s right. On August 8th I unveiled 3 brand new paintings of Casita Del Pueblo’s Annual Summer Collective Art Show in their wonderful Uptown Whittier Gallery. The theme was “Celebration of Music through the times.”

And there you have it kids.  The Mona Lisa in 32 seconds...now you try it!

And there you have it kids. The Mona Lisa in 32 seconds…now you try it!

I was doing a lecture at the Whittier Library along with Jim Lujan and Javier Hernandez who had set it up. We were talking to kids about drawing and the many ways it can enrich your lives. During which a young lady in the audience mentioned how impressed she was with my work. It turns out she is related to Casita Del Pueblo Gallery owner Yolanda García. My wife Hortencia met up with Yolanda, showed her my portfolio and I was in!

Self inflicted picture.  Not bad if I do say so myself.

Self inflicted picture. Not bad if I do say so myself.

I’m very fortunate to have such a beautiful and supportive wife who is willing to do the bulk of the leg work and networking that is necessary for me “get my work out there”. She loves my paintings, drawings, and sketches so much that she squirrels all of them away.

Erika Cabrera from Casitia del Pueblo and my wife Ortie taking in the art.

Erika Cabrera from Casitia del Pueblo and my wife Ortie taking in the art.

Ortie displays the pieces of her choosing in our home and for the longest time never wanted to sell any of it. She organizes and stores it meticulously. Better than I would! I call her Madame Curator. Though she has found it difficult to part with any of my work, ever since the electroshock therapy and Thorazine treatments she has recently shown signs of improvement. She gave my nephew a post it note that I had doodled a dragon on.

I don’t even worry when Ortie is on the case. Besides being stunningly beautiful, she’s smart, fun, creative, and is the kind of girl that gets things done. Plus she is a dynamite cook and quite the fashionista. I love a lady that enjoys getting dolled up. These days walking in heels is a lost art. Not for my lady.

Thanks to her incredible devotion and support, I get to maximize my time creating! Did I mention how beautiful she is?

Can she light up a room with her smile or what folks?

Can she light up a room with her smile or what folks?

So here are the three paintings I entered into the show.

The traditional Mexican  serenade or serenata.

The traditional Mexican serenade or serenata.

“Serenata Pa’ mi Chatita.”
(Serenade for my small nosed girl.)
Acrylic on 12X16 canvas board
(A chatita is Mexican slang for a girl with a small or snub nose, always used as an affectionate nickname.)

Pedro Infante sings and makes the ladies swoon.

Pedro Infante sings and makes the ladies swoon.

“Cien Años”
Acrylic on 12X16 canvas board.
a portrait of the legendary Mexican singer and actor Pedro Infante. His song “Cien Años” is considered to be one of the if not the most romantic and beautiful songs ever made.

Eydie Gormay and Los Panchos

Eydie Gormay and Los Panchos

“Sabor a Mi.”
Acrylic on 16X20 Stretched Canvas.
In the early sixties Eydie Gormé teamed up with the Mexican Trio Los Panchos and recorded the album, Amor in Spanish. “Sabor a mi” which literally translates to “The taste of me” is one of the signature songs. It is a message to an ex lover saying no matter how far away you are or how much time passes you will always carry “The taste of me” on your lips.

They are currently for sale and on display at Casita del Pueblo 6738 Greenleaf Avenue Whittier CA.

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  1. Dude I LOOOOVVED the podcast! I agree 100% even though I’ve criticized my own work in my blog. I see you point. Here’s some else that agrees with you and says it on youtube. Check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mj5IV23g-fE

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