Saturday, July 22, 2006
2 Blondes and a Mojito
The blondes are acrylic, collage, galkyd, beeswax, and damar on waterleaf paper. I always polish the beeswax with the palm of my hand after I finish the paintings and I show the new owners how to occasionally buff them up too. It makes the beeswax more transparent although not entirely and really brings out the collage elements partially hidden under the acrylic paint. I've done a number of these small (8x10") faces in the last few days.
Then last night at a family Birthday party I tasted my first Mojita. It was love at first sip. This drink comes from Cuba, probably named by the African sugarcane cutters who toiled there. (Mojo plus ito.) The "ito" ending in Spanish denotes a diminutive so the drink is a little magical spell; how sweet is that? Thus inspired, I painted this little 12x12" canvas. The sides are deep and have a dark background with orange dots.
Tonite we are making Mojitos to enjoy on the deck at sundown. It was a hot day and the work is nearly done. Time for a little magical spell.