Artist On A Mission: Restoring the Jewels

Here is one more story for 2012. It comes to bear because I am finally taking on the task at hand.

In the late 60’s, an artist created a nude of a young and attractive male. The male gifted the commissioned nude to his artist lover. In a painful demonstration of consideration and respect to the southern conservative matriarch, the recipient of the artwork acquiesced and  the ‘jewels’ were covered with a layer of oil-based enamel from the hardware store, perhaps purchased for that specific purpose. That I do not know.

Early this year I received a request from the inheritor of the art piece to see if something could be done to paint something more fitting. A fig leaf was suggested. Otherwise, the attic could have something else to boast about, unless I wanted the life-sized image myself.

I accepted the challenge with full trust of my commission.

After evaluating the work more carefully I discovered I could perceive a vague outline of the jewels and asked if they would be interested in keeping the piece if I restored the figure, for sentimental value. The response was affirmative.

So as the last day of the  year unveils, I have begun the task to restore the jewels of the dashing gentleman. The painting is mounted on one of my large easels, at eye level, and the first steps have taken place. It will be an arduous task to cover the thick layer of glossy paint and not deter from the delicate matt skin colors.

The weather is not cooperating with more gloomy wet days ahead but there is no hurry. I’m on a mission and ready to do what it takes to restore another art piece. It’s only right to do what I can to right this romantic injustice, for art’s sake. For love.

There will be no photo references with this post to protect the innocent victims of puritan excess.





One More Sunset In 2012

This is still too wet and juicy to photograph but I wanted to share this last sunset from 2012 on 2012.

Art by Lilibeth Andre, Meyerland Sunset, oil, 18x24

Art by Lilibeth Andre, Meyerland Sunset, oil, 18×24

I was in a mood for the palette knife and I decided to tinker with a photo I took coming out of the neighborhood French restaurant I like because it reminds me of the houses I grew up in. The sunset was delicious and I strived to come at least a little bit close to the colors and shades.

I hope you enjoy it. Once it is a little drier I will put it up and make reproductions available.




The Art Year In Brief

The year typically begins to evolve slowly for me. That is quite appropriate because it gives me time to be in production mode and although I prefer to paint with natural light, winter’s short days mean I have to take advantage of the day or resort to painting with artificial lighting. Of course, as an artist with a “day job”, I don’t many times have a choice if I want to be productive ‘after five’.

As I begin to cook up creations at the easel or at the drafting table (or any other surface I randomly come up with when the need arises), opportunities begin to evolve. There are some activities I plan well in advance, there are others that happen.

In 2012, the year began for me with a focus on writing. Poetry and short stories were my preferred mode of expression and though I consider them experiments of expression, I can say I have returned to the word as a mode of expression once again.

More ash-spewing activity from the volcano Popocatepetl in Mexico seemed to remind me I had a filed manuscript. I decided to bring it out for publication. Then, as I combed the manuscript in one of the many editorial reviews I decided I would illustrate the book too.

In the spring I joined the Guiton Street Artists , my studio neighbors, and we opened our studio for our annual Spring Open House. I featured a collection of figure drawings I created over the previous year.

On the verge of summer, I hosted my friend Kimberly Morris for a workshop for current writers with The Essential Workshop for Fiction Writers. It was great fun and we all called for an encore, perhaps in 2013.

My book was in progress. The Lady of the Turquoise Pendant was destined to print. My goal was to complete the artwork and the publication itself before my summer vacation. I decided the illustrations would be portraits of the principal characters in the novel. I had my work cut out for me but that’s never been a deterrent. I focused and got to work.

I left for vacation with full peace of mind. I had a hard cover and a paperback version of the book in my hand and off I went to Europe for the first time! A fitting reward to my hard work.

I returned to an awesome invitation to participate in the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Art’s exhibition: My Journey, My Story/Mi Viaje, Mi Historia: Mexican Art & Culture Exhibition. I am still honored and excited to have been a part of this exciting exhibit that ran from August to December.

Raymond Chong once again tapped me to illustrate for his new book: Orchid Flower Love Poetry. The cover art is also available as reproductions.

I had my first extra-official book reading at Talento Bilingue de Houston. I participated in the Grupo Literario Cervantes-Shakespeare’s peña literaria. To quote my friend R. Clayton McKee, “a peña is an artists’ jam-session” where the members and guests can share their creative expression. The evening included readings, singing and acting. There was also food, wine and camaraderie.

The official book unveiling took place in October. It was an exciting evening at MECA. It was a moment for me when I felt so blessed to see in the audience people from all facets of my life. It felt so right to share the moment with all these special people. I still thank them for making the evening so special.

I created my 7th street mural for Houston Via Colori. The 10 foot by 10 foot pastel piece was a portrait of one of the characters in my book giving me an opportunity to talk about the story and the Aztec culture to hundreds of people attending the festival.

The final book event for the year was at the East End Studio Gallery where I had a wonderful opportunity to read for an audience interested in the cultural background and the story. And the next day I joined them for their Bazaar as well. It was fun to see all the artists and the community come to enjoy the great fall day of art.

Samuel Murcia Carcamo asked me to illustrate the cover of his new and upcoming book: Pasion. This was my first acrylic figure painting and I enjoyed working with the medium on paper. Reproductions of Pasion , the artwork, are also available.

I appreciate all of you who have attended my events and supported my creative work in so many ways. I especially thank Casa Ramirez, Chrissie and Macario are stupendous supporters. I also thank the wonderful venues that hosted my artistic creations and the exceptional people that made those events shine.

As I wrap up the year I am painting new pieces for my existing series of work, and trying out some new things. I hope you enjoy them as I present them next year.

Happy 2013!






Book Cover Art Now Available

Even as I squeeze in as much activity as I possibly can before the end of the great 2012 year is over, I find that there will be so much still left to be done. I will begin the new year with a list of to-do’s already.

A good dosage of family time, a little bit of friends time, a little bit of nature time, a little bit of cooking time (which I enjoy), and of course art time is what I’ve been up to as I wrap up the year.

I have a sunset oil painting, just finished last night, that is too wet to photograph and post so I’ll save it for my next posting.

The book cover art I did for Samuel Murcia Carcamo’s new poetry book, “Pasion” is now available in prints and greeting cards. You can check it out here. There is a ‘discretion’ filter installed in case you’re at work or some unexpected place where a semi-nude image may not be appropriate.

Thanks for reading my blog. Have a very happy and prosperous new year!





The Story of Izta

This Friday, December 7, will be the last exhibition and reading for 2012.*

The show includes the original paintings created for the story of Izta, the Aztec princess in my book, The Lady of the Turquoise Pendant. There will be select prints and a book signing after the reading of excerpts from the book. Come enjoy the story-telling. No popcorn required.

The characters include Topiltzin, the great Tlatoani, featured on the invitation, and the Jaguar Knight Popoca.

EastEnd Invite120712

Friday, December 7, 6:00-9:00 PM
East End Studio Gallery
708 Telephone Road, Suite C
Houston, Texas 77023
(Look for Bohemeo’s – where I’ll be on Saturday, from 10AM-4PM)

* The exhibition at the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Art continues until December 23.

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