What is a Posada?

Lilibeth's Piñata

Lilibeth's Piñata

The Mexican Posada tradition is religous. It celebrates the pilgrimage of Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem in time for the census when all citizens where required to go to their city of birth to be counted. It also happened that Mary was very close to giving birth to her baby, Jesus. Due to a heavy influx of people into Bethlehem all inns were full. After a long trip by donkey, they needed a place to rest and prepare for the birth.

The celebration includes the traditional piñata stuffed with candy, fruit and coins but before you get blindfolded and spun around to try to strike and break the piñata, the party goers are divided into two groups: those who stay inside the house and represent the innkeepers, and those who will go outside and represent the pilgrims.

The word Posada means lodging. The pilgrims were looking for lodging but were continuously turned away. So the group of party guests that represents the pilgrims wanders in a procession holding candles in their hand, and signing a song that introduces Joseph and Mary and asks for lodging telling their story. The guests representing the innkeepers responds in song turning the pilgrims away. The procession continues until they reach the stable and they are invited to enter, the singing concludes, and the party begins.

Posadas are typically held outdoors so you must bundle up. Traditional foods include a hot fruit punch with rum, tamales, atole, colacion, and of course, the piñata. There is also a special song for the piñata.

The posadas celebrate the Advent (coming), and they begin nine days before Christmas but of course, in Mexico we like to celebrate a lot so we have Pre Posadas which many times are a good reason for a party.

New Studio 1

New Studio

To celebrate the opening of my new studio space, I am having a Pre Posada on December 11, 2010. The celebration takes place at the studio, located in the same building but on the other side of the courtyard.

Saturday, December 11, 2010
3:00 to 6:00 pm.

West Loop Building
4848 Guiton Street (upstairs)
(inside the Loop, off Richmond, behind NTB Tire)

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Via Colori Live or Streaming

This weekend I will be participating in Via Colori for the fourth year in a row. I am one of 8 artists creating the 1,800 square foot collaborative project. Join us downtown or watch the streaming video.
Event details:  http://www.centerhearingandspeech.org/via-colori

Streaming video (Friday – Sunday):  http://www.livestreetpainting.com

My past Via Colori projects: http://www.lilibethandre.com/via_colori_2007.htm

Bagby and Allen Parkway
Houston Public Library
Downtown Houston


Model with Kimono

Red Obi

Lilibeth André, Red Obi, oil, 16x12

During the month of October I worked on two live model poses. The model wore a creme-colored kimono with a red obi. She is a redhead and her alabaster skin reflects wonderful blues.

Ever since I was I kid I have always been attracted to all things Japanese. I used to wear a page boy hair cut with bangs and my grandfather used to call me his “japonecita”.

In school I studied Japanese gardens in my landscape design courses. And I was also attracted to the simplicity, fragile and organic feel of the traditional living space with its use of wood and paper and minimal furnishings.

Red Obi face

Lilibeth André, Red Obi detail face

For the first pose I selected to paint the full figure. This  pose shows the face and arms in shadow with color reflections. Her hair is in a contemporary chignon pinned with Japanese hair sticks. The kimono shines with light and she holds in her hands a folded fan.

Red Obi detail hands

Lilibeth André, Red Obi, detail hands

The second painting is a close up portrait.

I focused on a 3/4 profile to highlight her nose and well cut lips. She has dreamy light blue eyes that can be haunting.

This piece is what I call a bust shot where I focus on the face and chest like a typical “bust” sculpture. I liked her features and the way the light modeled them. Representing the light and shadow while staying true to the features and my personal style of strength and color made this close up view of the model a fun piece to paint.

Ami Portrait

Lilibeth André, Ami Portrait, oil, 16x12

In this session she was not wearing the hair sticks, just her hair in a knott. I represent the shadow and reflections on the face, and the light that hits the side of the face as it continues along the most prominent features while the face turns into the shadow.

Ami Portrait detail

Lilibeth André, Ami Portrait, detail face

Here is a detail of the face to show the face in a close-up view. There is a wonderful shot of light on the collar that enhances the shadow contrast on the face.

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