Friday, December 10, 2010


So here's the painting from my crit (Friday's class).

I'm not too sure it went over very well. I feel a bit defeated to be honest. I didn't get a sense that it was all.

But hey... here it is. I like it, that's what counts sometimes.

Source image

There it is! I really enjoyed painting it.. I really enjoyed the class... I may feel better about all of this in a week or so.
On a side note: Yoga with Michelle tonight (with my Mom and Ali!) - SO amazing! I'm sore already.

I found the official source imagery. 

and here is my write up:
Photography allegedly killed Painting, and now Digital is killing Analog.
My inspiration for this painting comes directly from my sources. Not only my source images (taken from 35mm film) but from my personal sources that inspire me in art. I feel displaced in my life and I've always used art as a tool to reconnect with myself and more specifically my roots in Mexico. Mexican Dia de los Muertos has continued to inspire me aesthetically and spiritually within my art.
The specific source image used is the Kodak Digital LAD Test Image found at the head of several commercial and trailer reels in 35mm film. This image is used as an aid to produce properly exposed negatives and prints. The film industry is moving away from 35mm film and towards Digital formats implementing new technology in Projection Booths making the old machinery and the Projectionists obsolete.
In short, this image represents, to me, the death of the Projectionist. I have combined this image with iconic representations of papel picado from Mexican Dia de los Muertos. Paired together I am celebrating what I find beautiful about film; but also celebrating an aspect of the world that is not foreign to me.
This juxtaposition of the Kodak LAD Test image on film combined with the Mexican Papel Picado, for me, expresses a self-portrait from within. Film and Projection has been an obsession and fascination of mine over the past three years that has appeared as a constant theme within my art. Furthermore my tendency to feel out of place and my struggle to connect to Mexico is articulated through the Papel Picado that quietly decorates and interrupts the film. In an effort to express my sense of displacement the portrait was painted sideways at an angle and "backwards" (also so that the words were not immediately legible, ie: distracting). In addition, Film is used as a recording tool where one can go back and retrace specific instances in time, specific memories, and relive them shortly.
Film Projection is an unseen world to most viewers and I enjoy sharing my fascination with these unseen images with an audience.  To further this collection I would like to expand on the use of Mexican imagery to further illustrate my concepts.


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

sketch of Peter...

That's gonna turn into a painting!

Then next week we were going to do lifedrawing set up as a murder crime scene.. but some people (3) had an issue with that... so now it's a girl with headphones and laptop and bag of chips?

I was looking forward to the crime scene... with fake blood... and caution tape... and perhaps Horatio's glasses.

Well.. here is the sketch I made today.. of Peter while he was trying to sketch me.
I don't know how to draw facial hair...

Friday, October 29, 2010

painting WIP!

Working on Gary's painting...

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Zombie Walk

Some of my fave pictures I took today at the Zombie Walk

Friday, October 8, 2010

Recent Painting

Here is my most recent painting.

Acrylic on canvas
Untitled so far.

click on image to view larger.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Day of the Dead Altar.

The first one in my new apartment!

It's not complete yet. I still need photos of loved ones who have passed, and I also need to make some sugar skulls.

But here is a picture for you...

Friday, September 10, 2010

I heart BENTO

My parents were AWESOME and bought me a super cute Laptop LunchBox/Bento Box. You can get one here... or at Chapters I'm pretty sure.


I'm pretty excited about it. These pictures are a mix of my lunch + Monique's lunch. Yea, we have matching lunch boxes. Mine is black with flowers.. and hers is all blue.



Friday, August 27, 2010

Spoon Ring

Yea. I made one. I made a spoon ring.

I went to VV again and they had TONS (i think like.. 30?) individual super fancy spoons. Someone donated like.. a HUGE spoon collection...

So I bought a coupe and I made TWO spoon rings. Here's the first one. Golden Rosey one...

and another one! Mexico Spoon!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Starving Artist - You're Looking Very Shane Today

Hello hello.

So yesterday... I paid my tuition. ALL PAID. All million billion of it...

I am officially a poor starving artist with no money in my bank account.

I'll be working on some paintings to sell.. and I'm working on a blog to keep as a more professional portfolio. For the casual commision to come along. That one is here

Meanwhile I am enjoying time away from school. Tonight will be a fantastic night where my favourite people can come over and drool over Shane McCutcheon


Though really I'm in love with Alice.

Meatloaf Muffins

totally not art related...


Meatloaf Muffins have been made and they are DELISH.

The concept is basically.. meatloaf in muffin-form instead of loaf form.
Makes it super easy for lunches and quick re-heating <3

Recipe comes from my Mom (who got it.. I don't know where..) that she compiled into a big online recipe book (because she's so techy) for my sister when she got married. And once I moved out with Monique it got passed on to us as well :)

Artists need food..a nd this food is delicious! 

Before being baked
All done! (we ate some.. SO GOOD!)
yum yum yum

Friday, August 6, 2010

Loteria Art


This one is my favourite... but the others are great too. I bought the frames at VV for really cheap.. and they're up in my kitchen :)

Wednesday, August 4, 2010


So remember that last post... Well I ordered an authentic loteria set from


Someone has to come over and play it with me.  It has 20 tablas... so I can play with 20 people :)

**Monique took a picture of me with the cards :) I'll post that here when I upload it.


Monday, July 26, 2010

Some recent inspiration

Check out this site where I have found my source material for my kitchen art!

It's your favourite game... MEXICAN BINGO! I know I know, you say, "Paula, I have no idea what you're talking about but it looks amazing!"

It's Loteria. Essentially Mexican Bingo. Replace Bingo Numbers with images of people/things.

Some gems:

On this excellent site I have come across some very... interesting versions of the original which was (quoting the website) from Don Clemente Gallo with 54 cards in the deck.

The way you play is that you have a card that might look like this:

And then you would have some beans... One person would be calling out the cards and as you match up you place a bean (a real bean) on the image. Get beans all over your card and you win!

Here are some of the weird versions... This one is apparently a knockoff from China:

I feel like they couldn't get consistency in their style of images....Though, granted, their parrot is a bit cuter than the traditional one.

These are a couple of the "New Loteria cards designed by artist Teresa Villegas" They have a few new characters...

It looks a bit like they made the hooves on the devil look like high-heels kind of? Very Lust-inducing I'm sure.

And here are some Posada-themed ones:

Very cute! Though I miss the colours of the original deck...

I'll update with some photos of the ones I have painted already.