Selfportraits

When it comes to representing myself in a painting, I have mixed feelings about it. A mixture of fascination, fear and challenge only surpassed by the idea that what you consider to be you, is not more than any other subject you deal with when painting. At the end to consider oneself as a character is not different of what actors do with their rolls.  I have also  learn, as part of my personal experience. that being an observer of whatever one do, the way one behave in every life event, is part of the teachings of many spiritual traditions that implies a path of a deep self reflection and knowledge.

besar el cielo detalle

besar el cielo1

arbol

autoretrato jueves

procesoe

tres veces

Selfportraits as a sailor 1

as an elephant

Domingo

self portrait

Sin título-2

wind on the ocean, detail 2( red)

la soledad del selfie colored

Regards!

Birds in my work

Here are some images of birds I selected from different moments of my work.
Birds are creatures related to the most invisible, elusive and intangible of the classical four elements: air. That explain why they have been traditionally so connected with spiritual meanings in multiple levels.

I commonly use birds to represent forces and knowledge that challenge our sphere of familiarity and are beyond of what we humans can conceive or measure.

Birds also remind us that we live in a very uncertain and mysterious universe.

designio red

 

 

columpio

detallef1

reflejo red

lluvia de sabado

Game Piece..

things that happen in my garden1

loque va y no viene detail red

unpredictable wind

Evidencia del Cielo,oil on canvas,56 x 69in, 2004

aves 1

Hallazgo,54x32inches, acrylic on canvas

Temprano

selfportrait

 

 

Have a nice weekend!

Alex

 

 

Three Gardens

The Garden have been a recurrent subject in my work.
While working in a new project about the garden these days I found these watercolors I made in 2010, in Barcelona, after visiting Palau Robert, a very beautiful and quiet place near the heart of the city. Sitting in one of the gardens of the building, waiting for a friend, I remembered how much I had been bonded to the experience of creating a garden with my own hands in the past. Emotionally speaking I was living then one of the most difficult and “nomadic moments” of my life and the feeling of a nostalgic remembrance came to me.
These works belong to the series Small Gardens and represent the idea of becoming a moving garden as a possibility of discovering a new dimension we did not suspect that exists in our self

jardin de lazaro red 1

Lazaro’s Garden II

 

watergarden red

Water Garden.

 

waiting-garden-red

Waiting Garden.

Have a good weekend!

Alex

On the wall.

This is one of the biggest watercolors I have ever made( 49 x 65 inches). It is entitle ” Think we are gonna need a Bodhisattva”.

on the wall

The concept of Bodhisattva is a very interesting belief in some ancient schools of Buddhism. Bodhisattvas are considered enlightened beings of true compassion and power who have put off entering Nirvana in order to help others attain enlightenment. For me is really interesting how a beliefs system had develop such an ideal and I wanted to play with that concept.

on the wall2

on the wall 4

on the wall 3

At the end we are all beings paddling in the same boat in a complex sea with no much knowledge about directions more than our own spiritual certainty.
I enjoyed very much doing this painting.

Have a nice weekend!

Alex

 

 

Calma y respira tres veces ( Calm down and breathe three times). A Self Portrait.

Here are some pics I took in the process of this self portrait

foto1

I have outlined with graphite the almost imperceptible image. Later, when I paint it with watercolor do not necessarily fill the exact drawing, sometimes I go out and others I do not touch the line. Most of the times I prefer not to draw very defined hands, feet and eyes, I think they are important expression points and it is more effective to paint them straight with the brush.

foto2

 

foto3

 

proceso 2

Here  is the resulting image in my table.

procesod

Detail 1

procesoe

Detail 2

calma

The final image.

calma y respira red

Hope you have enjoyed this process.

Have a nice weekend!

Alex