Muertos

Here’s a recently completed commission of a Day of the Dead couple. The client asked me to include some elements such as the mountains and butterflies that were symbolic to her, so I wanted to try to capture her vision and merge it with the traditional style. It’s always fun, yet a challenge for me to paint these and try to keep them non-realistic and more representative of Mexican folk art.

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Wet Paint: Las Novias 2

I just finished this Dia de Los Muertos inspired commission. The client liked my first version of the novias, but wanted them wearing traditional Mexican clothes. Novias means girlfriends or brides in Spanish and I was honored to have worked on this, especially after the horrible shooting in Orlando. A very timely labor of love.

(Mixed media on paper, 22″ x 30″)

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Wet Paint: Los Novios

In 1999, I was honored to be asked to be best “man” in my friend Stan’s wedding. Although not legally recognized as married in the state of Florida, he and his partner Joel have been together almost two decades, adopted two beautiful children who were unwanted in Vietnam and Guatemala, and this year they celebrated their 15 year anniversary.

This is my gift to them, the companion piece to the previous, “Las Novias“. Everyone deserves to show their love.

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Wet paint: Las Novias

Happy Valentine’s day! I am one of the fortunate people in this world who fell in love, married her best friend and started a family without persecution or judgement.  My wish is for my kids to grow up in a more tolerant world where love is not reduced to gender stereotypes. Everyone just wants to be loved, so here is “Las Novias” (“Los Novios” coming soon).

Las Novias painting by Sabina Espinet sabinaespinet.com

Wet Paint: Sister

This is a portrait of my husband’s great aunt, known to everyone as just “Sister”. She was born during the great depression, quit high-school to look after her father until he died, married her first love and suffered through his early death and the loss of both their stillborn son and a daughter who died before her first birthday. She faced more tragedies and hardships that most people could handle, yet like the proper Steel Magnolia, she always had a smile on her face and a twinkle in her blue eyes. She often joked that her mother said she had more teeth than brains, because of her smile. She accepted everyone into her home with open arms (and lots of delicious food) and welcomed all of our friends, gay or straight, weird or plain, whatever race or color. We spent many holidays in her river front yard, where she fed the ducks, rabbits and any other stray creature that was lucky enough to wander into her path.

I was very close to her and wanted to honor her strength and positive outlook on life in this portrait.