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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Magical Medallions

If you ever went to one of my events, you probably have seen these.

Magical Medallion Set with 1.5" medallion, $30.
Little Universes, 3/4" medallions, $15.

My friend Elisa Montesinos called hers a Magical Medallion. She just moved to Venezuela and sent me a photo wearing the necklace I gave her before leaving. Notice that when you wear one of these, you get to go somewhere with palm trees and sand.

Elisa in Venezuela.

I thought I would share a little of how the magic is done.

After falling in love with a jar of blue ink, I bought a set. Then I started playing with the inks on BFK Rives paper. I no longer remember why I thought of using the little paintings for jewelry, but when I placed glass on top of the first compositions I made, alchemy happened.

Last night I created a new series. Here they are before cutting them. After they dry, I look for the special places where the colors mix and swirl and blend. I find a composition that looks like a universe. Then I turn each circle into 1.5" or 3/4" medallions, some with matching earrings. They are originals made with love, my kind of magic! 

Magic Medallions in progress. Can you find the painting that matches each?

Monday, February 17, 2014

Julia de Burgos

Julia by Tanya Torres, Acrylic on gessoed board, 10" x 8", 2013. 

Today I celebrate Julia de Burgos' 100th Anniversary.

As a child, her poem Río Grande de Loíza, and her photo hung on the wall in front of our dining table, so each morning and night, I read her poetry and looked at her photo.

She was the first poet I ever encountered. I grew up with her words and her rhythm.

There would be no poetry in my life if it weren't for Julia de Burgos.

Thank you Julia!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Mary Magdalene Celebration 2014

Mary Magdalene, Our Lady of Flowers by Tanya Torres, oil on canvas board, 10" x 8", 2013

This year, Raquel Z. Rivera and I will be celebrating Mary Magdalene again! You are invited to join us on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at El Chante Gallery in Albuquerque, New Mexico with a series of wonderful events hosted by Raquel and I, Tanya: 

Starting around 2:00 p.m.:
•Non-denomimational blessing/service dedicated to Mary Magdalene led by Reverend Zorina Costello
•Tertulia Magdalénica: A conversation to share and listen to the stories of all our journeys with Mary Magdalene. (In English, but we can help you in Spanish!)
•Art workshop, with me!
•Concert with Raquel. Join her in singing her songs to Mary Magdalene. Lets sing and dance to celebrate! Starting at 6:00 pm
•Art Exhibition Opening: My Magdalenes (new ones and some of the images in this page) will be in exhibition at El Chante Art Gallery along with two other local artist. Join us at 6:00-9:00 pm!

You are invited. 
All are welcome. 

More information to come! I am announcing this early so you can save all your money and join us!

P.S. Some friends are traveling from NY, California and Arizona. Take the weekend off and join us in Albuquerque!!!


Are you a devotee of Mary Magdalene? Send me your mailing address to tanyaetorres@yahoo.com and I will mail you a beautiful postcard with her image.

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Valentines for Your Valentine!

Looking for a special gift for your lover (or for conjuring your future lover)?
Click on the captions to see these items in my etsy stores (free shipping in USA and PR) or come visit my studio at Lexington Avenue and 107 street in NYC! (by appointment)

Eros and Psyche
Greeting Card, $5
More Love and the Soul images at my Yellow Butterfly Shop

Beaded Necklace and Earrings Set $30
Ribbon or chain Medallion: $15

Matted Prints:
11" x 14" $20
8" x 10" $12
5" x 7" $5

Sophia's Light Mystical Poetry Pendant Book $20

Includes bronze color chain, crocheted cotton cord  or leather cord.
Destellos de Sofía Miniature Book, $25
(Edition of 50, 3 left)

Sagrario, Erotic Poetry Book, with Eros and Psyche original linocut print inside
(Edition of 21, only one available) $100 Email me for this one: tanyaetorres[at]yahoo.com.

Drawing of image inside the book (the actual print is a linocut)

Journey to the Heart Greeting Card $5 Email me for this one: tanyaetorres[at]yahoo.com