Hispanic Heritage Month: FacePaint



My daughter made fast friends with artist and author, Kathy Cano-Murillo, of CraftyChica.com, at a #LATISM conference a few years ago. (We homeschool and my daughter travels with me on my business trips whenever possible.)  Kathy was celebrating the launch of a new line of her crafting products carried by a major retailer and sent us a box of goodies for us to try out. Eliana, my daughter, immediately wanted to have her face painted as we were actively discussing Dia de Los Muertos at the time. So I painted her face, asked her to look up at me when I was finished, and I captured her spirit and our culture and our history in this image. 

This photograph was honored as a Photo of the Year at the 2015 BlogHer/She Knows conference

I'll be sharing art and photography paying homage to Hispanic Heritage Month and invite you to join me in celebrating all the pieces that connect you personally to our Latino heritage. First Comes Love prints will be made available upon request.  Don't forget to join Melanie Mendez-Gonzales of Que Means What in her #HHM15 photo challenge

Butterfly Warrior

I just finished my first commissioned piece for a new client and I I'm loving what this turned into. The client, a friend, asked for something with Chingonafest spirit for her teen daughter something that would inspire and mind her to focus inward when searching for strength. This is what I came up with.


I call it Butterfly Warrior. And yes, that is a Crafty Chica decal I placed in the center. I also used cut outs from my Crafty Chica packaging from the box of artsy awesomeness Kathy sent me and Eliana last year, acrylic jewels, and acrylic paint on a flat canvas. The piece measures 11x13 and the client loves it. I'll be listing prints in my Etsy shop soon.