Friday, May 1, 2015

Moon Walk by Coco / Paso Lunar por Coco

 Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe

Patron Saint of Manabao, La Vega, República Dominicana

Oil On Canvas, 40 x 30 inches

This painting was created following the way of how the Virgin appeared in Mexico to the indian Juan Diego, and many other details highly relevant to this story.  Notice the shiny white stars surrounding the Virgin:  they have a reason to be spaced as they are. 

Esta pintura fue creada siguiendo la forma en cómo la Vigen se le apareció en México al indio Juan Diego, y muchos detalles más altamente relevantes a la historia. Nota las brillantes estrellas blancas que rodean la Virgen: tienen una razón especial para estar espaciadas de esa manera. 

Paint restoration of The Lady of Guadalupe statue, for Manabao´s church, La Vega. Oil paints were used, the same ones used for painting on canvas. Acrylic paints were supplied to me for this purpose, but being used to my oil paints, I just couldn´t find a way to feel comfortable with acrylics. I didn´t like the behaviior not the results of this product on the statue. The oils took much longer to dry, but it was so worth it!

Restauración de pintura de la estatua de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, para la Iglesia de Manabao, La Vega. Pinturas de óleo fueron usadas, las mismas que se usaron para la pintura sobre tela. Pinturas acrílicas me fueron suministradas para esta labor, pero acostumbrada a utilizar mis pinturas de óleo, no encontré la vía de sentirme cómoda con acríílicos. No me gustaba el comportamiento ni los resultados de este producto sobre la estatua. Los óleos tomaron mucho más tiempo para secarse, pero valió la pena tanto!

Thursday, April 30, 2015


Oil On Canvas
Palette-Knife Paintings (Heavy Texture Paint)

Óleo Sobre Tela
Pinturas a Espátula (Pintura de Textura Gruesa)


(Todus angustirostris)  

Yellow-faced grassquit Cigüita de la Hierba

Indigenous/Nativo(Tiaris olivaceus)

Black-crowned tanagerCuatro Ojos.

Endemic; Endémico. (Phaenicophilus palmarum)

American kestrel; Cuyayas (subspeciessubespecie) Endemic/Endémica(Falco sparverius dominicensis: subspecies of Falco sparverius)

Ridgway's hawkGavilán dominicano

Endemic; Endémico(Buteo Ridgwayi)

IntroducedIntroducido(Passer domesticus).

Village weaver; Madam saga o Tejedor común. Introduced;Introducida. (Ploceus cucullatus)

Common ground dove; Tortolita

Indigenous/Nativo. (Columbina passerina)

Indigenous/Nativo. (Mimus polyglottos)

EndemicEndémico. (Coccyzus longirostris)

EndemicEndémico. (Cholrostilbon swainsonii)

Vervain hummingbird; Zumbadorcito.

EndemicEndémico. (Priotelus roseigaster)

Saturday, September 4, 2010


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Orpheus walks full of hope towards daylight, expecting his beloved Eurydice to follow him all the way out of the underwold. He has been granted an extraordinary and unique opportunity: to have the breath of life restored to his wife. Hades, king of the land of the dead, softened to Orpheus request, marking Greek history as the only time this ever happened with this fearsome god. Even Cerberus, the horrifying hound of the gates of Hades, succumbed to the sad songs Orpheus played. Hades and his wife Persephone conceded Orpheus a chance for getting back Eurydice, alive. She would walk behind him, all the way to daylight, but he could not turn back to look at her, or would lose her for ever.

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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Coson Beach

Coson Beach
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A long, long line of coconut trees, and white foam in beautiful Coson beach, Samana, Dominican Republic.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Apollo And Clytie Greek Myth

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Apollo climbs the sky in his chariot of fire, and ignores Clytie, who betrayed his beloved Leucothea in order to gain back his favors. She suffers silently and finally turns into a sunflower; her face will now follow forever the Sun in its daily path.

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Sunday, August 8, 2010

Daphne And Apollo: Surprise, Surprise!

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Knowing how popular he was among women - and some men, too... (see "Male Lovers", at ); it was better for heart breaker Apollo to spread the rumor that a leaden arrow hardened Daphne's. It would stand badly against his reputation as a seducer if people began to think that the beautiful nymph Daphne simply didn't care for his glorious handsomeness. And Apollo wasn't the kind to take feminine rejections smoothly, apparently. So, one good day he decided that Daphne would have to give in, even if by sheer physical force.

The god chased Daphne around the forest, first playfully, then, seriously, breaking in a heavy sweat. What a moment it must have been for Apollo, to find out how badly the girl despised him, that to stay away, she ran furiously for all she was worth! And, even worse for his overfed ego, Daphne was a very fast runner, and he couldn't catch her. Only a divine favor would allow him to close the distance between them, as he was no match for this lightning-fast opponent!

Just at that moment - his good luck working miracles, no doubt - Cupid decided to give him the aid he required. But as his footsteps ate the space separating him from his sweet goal, right when he could feel the heat of her body on his finger tips, and the brush of her hair against his face, he received an almost heart stopping surprise. Beautiful Daphne turned instantly into a laurel tree! His desperate hands sought the dreamed softness of her skin, but found instead hard bark. He buried his face in her lustrous mane, with the last of hopes, but found only the rustle of leaves, and tiny branches that scratched his cheeks and lips.

So determined was Daphne to avoid him (or not just him, but all her suitors, as the Greek story likes to generalize, to Apollo's relieve...), that she preferred to transform herself completely. She considered her gorgeous form to be responsible for her troubles. She asked her father Peneus for help, and received it in the shape of a huge laurel tree. Now she would be forever rooted to the ground, opposite to the freedom of movement she was so used to have around the woods, which allowed her to be the great runner and hunter she was well known for.

I wonder if she had any idea of what her father had in mind, when she asked him for help. Either her father couldn't think straight in such short notice, or his responses to favor requests used to be this radical. Or maybe he simply just had a terrible dislike for Apollo and his ill reputation with women, now planning mischief with his dear daughter's purity.

Apparently, Apollo's ability to continue his love life as if nothing ever happened followed unimpaired. To me, it wasn't so. I think Daphne marked him deeply, after all... Irreversibly. His declaration as sacred of the green leaves now replacing her hair, isn't one to be taken lightly. Instead of just remembering with reverence her braveness in each Olympic event with laurel leaves as a special symbol, I think he grieved her loss quietly, in every of those magnificent occasions. He was the brave one, suffering silently for the only love he was so obsessed about, and couldn't have, ever.

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