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Thursday, July 31, 2008


As I think about what to write it has occurred to me I haven't made much progress. I have had my good friend Ryan scan my slides and tweak the quality but have yet to start laying out the book. Along, with the series of five large scale drawings are approximately 60 small mono prints that I call "Tortilla Prints". Por Que? Porque they are made with a small aluminum tortilla press used to make tortillas. Most of these are sold but I did take slides of them and there are still some great ones left. My next step is to weed through them and make a selection to add to the book.

And in the back of my mind is the notion of making two or three new works to add to the series and most likely more Tortilla Prints. It will be interesting to see how these new works differ from the original series.

Progress is slow but..."the reward is in the doing of it."

Thursday, July 24, 2008


This is the final (or the first) of the original five drawings from the series, "How to Make Tortillas". It is a portrait of my Mother as a young woman.

I have to send a huge thank you to Ryan up in Bellingham. He has taken my slides, scanned them in and corrected the tilt, the glare and everything else that was wrong with them. He is a genius, a good friend and once he gets his photography website up I'll set up a link.

Now I have to get serious about the additional drawings I want to do for this series as well as the book. That is after a send a couple more slides to Ryan.

Thursday, July 17, 2008


I don't have the last two paintings of the original series professionally photographed. I also didn't want to miss my blog posting this week. So I took a quick photo last night. It did not turn out well but...
I have been thinking about two or three more works to add to the series and really haven't come up with anything solid. My only thoughts so far are maybe more portraits of my mother as a child. Also, making the work more three dimensional. I'm a bit unsure...

Wednesday, July 9, 2008


The series, "How to Make Tortillas", is about my mother. A woman who left her husband in May of 1974 when I was two months old and took it upon herself to raise and provide for her three boys. My mother is the second eldest of 19 children in a Mexican family so raising children and working at the same time was not a new concept for her. As a child every penny my mother made was given to the family. For the next 34 years everything she earned and did was to provide for her family.

I wrote a book to accompany the work that include three short story's about my mother and I and our relationship with tortillas. Tortillas were my favorite things growing up and to me provided a sense of connection with being Mexican. The books were all hand made with corn husk bindings. I am hoping to scan in the work at a high resolution and reprint the book professionally. So far my dealing with my scanner have not been favorable. However, I'm sure I can find a reasonable solution, if not my scanner than there is a professional I can pay to do the work.

In the meantime, here is the preface to my book...enjoy.

When people ask, “what do I choose to call myself Mexican, Mexican-American, Hispanic or Latino?” I always like to say, “Chicano!” Immediately after my reply I always get the follow up questions, “Why Chicano?”, “What is a Chicano?”, “What’s the difference?” Instead of diving into a lengthy discourse of what it means to be Chicano, I like to simply put in the following terms…

The difference between Mexican, Mexican-American and a Chicano is in the making of tortillas. A Mexican will use lard, a Mexican-American will use vegetable oil and a Chicano uses Crisco.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008


I received my official letter from ArtsWest. My show is tentatively scheduled between January 4th through the 31st. I guess I better get started on any new work I want to display but first to make a calendar of all my deadlines. Remember to tune in every week to check my progress.

I haven't blogged much but I recently moved into a new studio. It is a wonderfully large space and since then I have more projects than I can handle which is good. I need to get to work. I am scheduling an open studio for August 23rd to showcase a new series of drawings, "Fenced: A New Story". Be on the look out for postings of this work. Other projects that I have been toying with for quite some time are a line of greeting cards showcasing my wonderful pooch, Pugnacious D.O.G. and a children's book. Also, the Paw Prints of Seattle is still up and running. I'm hoping that the Pugnacious Cards create some sniffing around the Paw Prints site since I have no money for advertising.