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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Interview with Lesa Bellevie of Magdalene.org

Mary Magdalene of the Heart, Oil on canvas, 16" x 20", 2010

I remember answering this interview during my trip to Puerto Rico in 2010, at the airport, in preparation for presenting the Magdalenes at the Porta Coeli Museum of the Institute for Puerto Rican Culture in my hometown San Germán. It was one of the most magical and wonderful times in my entire life.

Here it is, thanks to Lesa Bellevie, who despite the obstacles life presents us, persevered in publishing it.

As I was revising my own thoughts from 2010, I found that there was little to change, just updates on Raquel's and my life.

Now that I am preparing to celebrate Mary Magdalene once again this year, this time in Albuquerque where Raquel now lives, revisiting the interview was not only a refresher on how to word my own feelings and ideas about the Magdalene, but a reminder of why I paint and why I keep going along this beautiful path.

Here it is, Part I: http://www.magdalene.org/tanya-torres-interview-1/
And here is Part II: http://www.magdalene.org/tanya-torres-interview-2/

Monday, April 07, 2014

Moon Water Dance

Moon Water Dance by Tanya Torres
Acrylic and acrylic ink on canvas, 20" x 16", 2014.

Moon Water Dance
Acrylic and acrylic ink on canvas, 20" x 16", 2014.

Sometimes I sit down to draw, and just let images come in. I was thinking of the Full Moon, of the color blue, of a moment in which any woman can connect to the Mother and become Her priestess. She in turn becomes the earth, in a dance with the elements that happens within, in the mind, in the heart. The Moon guides her inner dance, and the tide rises in waves of light. The whole world dances with the Soul.

Ladies, I'm sharing this with you directly because you saw it before it was finished, thank for visiting my studio and adding your beautiful presence to this space


Danza de Luna y Agua
Acrílico y tinta acrílica sobre lienzo, 20 "x 16", 2014.

A veces me siento a dibujar, y simplemente dejo que las imágenes lleguen. Estaba pensando en la luna llena, en el color azul, en un momento en el que cualquier mujer puede conectarse a la Madre y convertirse en Su sacerdotisa. Ella a su vez se convierte en la tierra, en una danza con los elementos que sucede por dentro, en la mente, en el corazón. La Luna la guía en su danza interior, y la marea sube en ondas de luz. El mundo entero baila con el Alma.

Moon Water Dance by Tanya Torres (Detail)
Acrylic and acrylic ink on canvas, 20" x 16", 2014.

To include Moon Water Dance in your art collection, please email me. Payment plan available. $800.

Friday, April 04, 2014

Union-Lovers in Nature

UnionAcrylic on Canvas, 10" x 10", 2014.

As I prepare for upcoming exhibitions, I am painting pieces that revisit my most loved themes, a kind of personal mythology that guides me in communicating through art. It doesn't matter how many times you paint a basic idea, it is always different, and you always find in yourself a new feeling and a new development.

Painting Union, as well as some others I will be sharing as they are finished, the idea that we are literally a part of the earth, made of the same substance and continually growing and evolving in nature guided me. This idea struck me many years ago when I heard a scientist mention it. (I wrote his name somewhere but all I remember he is called David, and must be well known because these were the times when I used to watch the Discovery Channel with my son.)

Raising my child has been an enlightening experience in many ways, and one is watching documentaries with him. A lot of my art comes from those ideas where science and myth intertwine.

Love and the soul as a theme never leaves me, in part because when I publish a drawing or painting, people respond enthusiastically. It touches some deep yearning we all carry, explained in myth as the union of love and the soul, and the search of the soul for its completing part.

Women often ask me for images of a couple to place in their bedroom, for Feng Shui purposes, because the physical reality should reflect the wishes of the soul so that they may come true.

I paint this for my friend who warned me she no longer had lonely figures in her home since she wants love, real and passionate and fulfilling. And I paint it for nature itself, as the priests and priestesses of the past blessed the earth with the sacred act of love. I paint to bless the earth and ourselves with my own thoughts and feelings. And I paint it for myself, and for you, for we all are human and we all want and perceive the joy that the union of physical, emotional and spiritual love bring the soul.

This one is titled Union, and I leave the rest to your vivid imagination, and to your own (avail)ability for spiritual feng shui.

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Union may be reserved and will be available for sale in July. To add Union to your collection, please email me. $400. Payment plan available.