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Friday, December 30, 2011

La mirada (The Stare)

La mirada (The Stare) by Tanya Torres
Painting on tile, 6" x 6",  2011

Sometimes I just draw a face and see what happens as I paint it. This one stayed half-finished on my table for weeks, until the day before yesterday, when I sat down to finish all the unfinished tiles I had been working on. I am preparing to move fully into a new series I am painting for an exhibition in Prague this April.

She kept looking at me until I finally placed her in front of me. When I was done, she seemed to keep staring with that questioning look: "What do you think you are doing?,"she asks. "Move on, move on!"

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Tocando el Tambor (Playing the Drum)

Playing the Drum by Tanya Torres
Acrylic on tile, 6" x 6", 2011

I had not done any drums for  a while, but my friend Luis Lassen took home a Bomba Dancer and then said: "She looks lonely, I need another one." He was about to choose the African Lady, but I suggested we do a male dancer or a drummer to go with the Bomba Dancer. This is the first drummer I do on tile, for Luis and for his bomba dancer in red:

Bomba Dancer by Tanya Torres
Acrylic on tile, 6" x 6", 2011

Now they can dance together, forever!