Mexican folk art is very inspirational to me. Its loud colors and nod to the Catholic religion resonate with me and my artwork. I was excited to present this workshop that featured a popular motif, the corazon, or heart. I use a lot of hearts in my work, and the flaming sacred heart is part of my logo I love it so much. I couldn't help but to create a new lino cut to fit inside the wooden heart and paint then print on the wooden heart. Check out the progress as I sketched it out, hand carved and printed it below. Some are available for purchase at DFAC's gift shop.
Tonight was my first time leading a workshop at my favorite art centers in this area, the Dunedin Fine Art Center in beautiful artsy Dunedin, Florida. Valentines Day was approaching, so I thought this would be a great time to approach them about working with hearts. I decided that I would provide participants with 9 inch wooden hearts I cut out in my Dad's workshop, and bring lots of paint, embellishments like beads, wire, tiny nails and stencils. Students were encouraged, and brought extras like gold leaf, and Milagros to add.
It was a small group of ladies, and it was an extra bonus that that DFAC allowed students to BYOB, which most did! Below check out some prep and outcomes of the workshop.
I plan on teaching a class at DFAC this Fall/ WInter, more info to come with that...
The heart I made during the workshop. XO!