Arriving In The Old West

Pecos River

Pecos River

Lilibeth Andre, Twin Sisters Morning, oil, 12x16

Lilibeth Andre, Twin Sisters Morning, oil, 12×16

Tall boot shopping

Tall boot shopping

Driving to West Texas has given me a little bit more winter. The first stop was the Pecos River. A beautiful green with white banks. A quiet highway and a nice lookout point was inviting. The breeze was just enough to remind me what it’s like to be out with the wind in my face.

I did my first painting the next day. The Twin Sisters shined with the warm morning rays of the crisp morning. I painted until I felt it was complete. The thing about being ‘on vacation’ is that I am off the clock so I have no idea when I started or when I stopped. I just went with the flow, and that is a fantastic feeling.

The town is inviting and so western. I went to visit the shops, the galleries and some of the natural sights.

Fresh Paint!

Lilibeth Andre, La Coleta, oil, 16x12

Lilibeth Andre, La Coleta, oil, 16×12

Just off the easel! This piece will be shown at the 2013 Spring Guiton St. Artists Open Studio Festival. The studios open their doors on April 18, 19 & 20 with sweet music, fine wine, and exciting artists and their art.

I’m very excited about this piece. This is my 7th piece with the palette knife and fitting with my Mexico Series. Looking forward to sharing more fresh paint with you.

You know my work is bold and colorful. I like to represent the force and calm in the landscapes and people I create. The palette knife gifts me with the manipulation of the paint that I’ve been looking for and I am having so much fun with it.

Jim, a heartfelt thanks to you. I finally listened. Looking forward to more exploration. This one’s for you!

On The Road To West Texas

I’m setting out for west Texas. I’ll see  how much I can visit, sketch, paint and just enjoy. I’ve driven by in the past but never really stopped and absorbed it.

No promises but if I can, I’ll see if I can keep you posted on the happenings. I hear this is a good time to visit. I also hear that despite the 70’s and even 80’s weather we’ve had here in Houston, I should pack my jacket for the chilly nights.

I’m looking forward to some beautiful sights and starry nights.

Art Calendar Update

I’ll be updating the 2013 Art Calendar throughout the year. You may want to bookmark the page to return for updates. Updates are posted as events are confirmed.

I hope to see you at one of these events.

Regards,

Lilibeth

Deep In The Heart, To Live Forever

There are people and moments in life that root deep into the heart and live there forever.

This understanding came to me after watching Marina Abramovic’s intense moment of reunion with her former partner and collaborator Ulay, at her 2010 MoMa show.

An amazing expressionist and performance artist, Marina becomes transparent during that part of the performance.

In what I would interpret as a participatory experience, she connects with individual members of the audience with no physical contact other than eye to eye communication. She is then deeply and visibly touched when unbeknownst to her, Ulay steps in and participates in the eye to eye experience after not seeing each other for years.

Having done this eye to eye exercise before, I understood the deep human connection that can be gestated with this experience. Eye to eye contact is not a normal practice in  our every day life. We hide behind evasive looks and avoid that intimate connection. Perhaps to avoid revealing our true thoughts and feelings, to remain at a distance from one another, unemotionally present and unconnected.

To watch the performance, I was deeply moved myself. Not because I was mentally aware of what was occurring but because the act brought to the forefront my own emotions from the past. Emotions that allowed me to connect to Marina and Ulay on various levels. My own personal experiences served as a vehicle to feel with them. My emotions, though perhaps not the same as theirs, allowed me to share the intimacy of the moment. The instances when life brought me to events that joined me to them, and their moment of reunion, also connected us as human beings. This experience brought to mind that there are people and moments in life that root deep into the heart and live there forever.

Art Calendar

The first art event of the year will be my participation in the 8th Annual Frida Festival 2013 at the East End Studio Gallery:

Lilibeth Andre, Yellow Frida, Oil, 16x12

Lilibeth Andre, Yellow Frida, Oil, 16×12

Art Opening and Poetry
Friday, April 5, 6-10pm

Performances and Adult Frida Look-alike Contest
Friday, April 19, 6-9pm

Market and Kids Frida Look-alike Contest
Saturday, April 20, 12-5pm

The Guiton St. Artists 2013 Studio Open House Festival will follow to join with my fellow artist neighbors and invite all our community to visit our studios and see what new work we have to share. This year, the one day event grow to three days:

Thursday, April 18. Doors open from 6 to 9 pm.

Friday, April 19. Doors open from 6 to 9 pm.

Saturday, April 20. Doors open from 2 to 8 pm.

Participating Artists: Bruce Williamson, Jerrie Powell, Candice Goodwin, Linda Bukema, Billie Chasen, John Daniel, Verlinde Doubleday, Maggi Dunwoody, Janis Edel, Rosa Herst, Eleanor McCarthy, Mary McJunkin, Sunny McKinnon, Lenore Prudhomme, Caroline Ratliff, Helene Rob, Tahamia Spain, Paula Winter, and Lilibeth André.

(Not all artists will be present at all times.)

Live Music on Saturday (3-6pm) by Jimmy Dan with Will Golden and a surprise visitor–you’ve heard her on The Voice.

Come and enjoy sweet music, a glass of wine, and exciting art and artists!

Lilibeth Andre, La Coleta, oil, 16x12

Lilibeth Andre, La Coleta, oil, 16×12

In My Nature – Art and Science, by Darra Keeton, A Retrospective, and Second Nature, a show of Darra’s students, at Rice University Media Center, May 30 – September 6, 2013.

Here is information about Darra’s story and how her project came about. Thanks to all her wonderful supporters she has been able to move forward with the project.

I have been very excited to be one of Darra’s students at Rice University, and now, to be her friend. She is an admirably energetic and talented woman who helped me break through in my own creativity and still motivates me today. This retrospective presents Darra’s work. It also includes the Second Nature exhibition, showing the work by Darra’s students. I am very proud and grateful to be included.

Opening Reception: May 30, from 6-8 pm., Rice University, Rice Media Center.  The closing reception will be on September 6, from 6-8pm.

First Saturday Arts Market, 548 19th Street, Houston, Texas 77008, 11am – 6pm.

I’m back at the First SaturdayArts Market! I’ll be joined by my friend Myrna Salaun with whom I began my FSAM run back in 2004. Come down on June 1, 2013.

September arrives with Fechas Patrias, A Celebration of Mexican Independence, a solo art exhibition at Talento Bilingue de Houston, 333 S. Jensen Dr., Houston, Texas 77003.

Exhibition Dates: September 9, 2013 to November 3, 2013

Opening Reception: September 13, 6-9pm

Closing Reception: October 18, 6-9pm

More with the next Art Calendar.

Houston Via Colori 2013, November 17 & 18.

This year I will be painting my 8th street painting to support The Center for Hearing and Speech. This is temporary art so you can only see it this weekend as it is being created so bring your camera. It is washed away on Sunday night. See my past work.

Sugar Sugar

I’ve heard a lot of talk about food and health recently. It seems that people are rediscovering the connection between the foods we eat and our health. Specifically, how adulterated foods impact our wellness. It is refreshing to see more people understanding that connection and educating themselves about the way that foods affect their health.

What was more interesting was the talk about sugars. I am going to share a quote with you that to me says it all. Some years ago I was at the whole foods store (this was before Whole Foods came to town). I made a commitment to invest in my groceries for health and with that thought, I spent a few more dollars in the search of organics and healthier alternatives. I grabbed a box of soy milk and checked the ingredients. It was either a new product or it had new packaging so I wanted to identify the contents. I remember reading, “…developed for the American palate.”

Having started my working life in the marketing field, I was privy to the knowledge that American products in Mexico have less sugar. This led me to recognize that American foods not only have a greater sugar content but also added thickeners (typically starches) to give them consistency to satisfy consumer taste for richness. Of course that means more ‘flavors’ need to be added to enhance the assumed ‘main’ ingredient. Perhaps I’ll talk about those ‘flavors’ another time.

My point is, particularly in sight of the growing diabetes epidemic, specifically among the Hispanic community in the U.S. which is the immigrant community I am most familiar with, as immigrants come and adopt the foods of their new homeland, they also begin to encounter health deficiencies that can be related to increased sugar consumption. Because most typical Mexican food in the U.S. is carbohydrate-based (and many of these grains are bio-engineered to raise production and bring costs down) meaning that the greater percentage of food on a plate is sugars, then the only resort is to burn this high volume of ‘energy’ food as quickly as possible converting them into energy through physical activity or they will be stored by the body ‘for a rainy day’.

Real Mexican food is not so loaded with carbohydrates or fats (future blog). Cheese and cream are a low or infrequent ingredient, and for the most part, the cheese is of the lower fat content. Of course, many of the grains supplied to Mexico are bio-engineered, specifically corn, and we don’t know what that does to our digestive process. The adoption of Americanized food tastes and ingredients is causing detrimental health effects and in many cases, a growing occurrence of diabetes.

So sugar and the derived and processed sweeteners mainly provide calories that will rarely be utilized by the consumer. We don’t break them down due to lack of sufficient physical activity or because our body does not recognize them and ‘holds’ them until it figures out what it will do with them.

I can also understand that sugar can be addictive. As we force our taste buds to become more and more accustomed to highly sweetened flavors we forget what real food tastes like. We are searching for the sugar’s happy feeling leaving us crashing and ‘hungering’ for the next high. Consequently, we begin to see the fat (stored carbos) ratio growing and the anemic ratio following closely behind. If we don’t get the nourishment we need, if we don’t like the flavor of natural foods, we will crave the sugar (and it’s effect) like a drinker craves alcohol. The effects speak for themselves.

So what are some alternatives to sugar? The first step is to cut down on sweetened foods and avoid adding sugar to them. If we cut all the sugar from our diet we would still be getting sugar in the fresh foods we eat but in the form of naturally occurring sweeteners. The beauty of these ingredients is that they come proportioned right and will break down easily by the human machine system. For example, we won’t overeat apples or the natural sweetener in them. Next you can opt to add foods that are naturally sweet to add sweetness. These can be apples, bananas, carrots or beets for example. You can also use local honey. It is obtained from local blossoms helping boost your immunity to local allergens.

One thing to remember is that when fruits ripen on the stem, vine or tree they process the ‘sugars’ through chemical reactions to make them more easily digestible by our amazing human machine. Foods that are picked before they ripen don’t have the opportunity to process sugars in the same way. This can help cause digestive problems that can build up in the long-run. For this reason, eating local foods from area farmers are better. They are fresher and don’t have to be picked before they ripen to allow for travel time. And local growers are many times organic growers.

Do your research and learn more. Check with a nutritionist and plan ways you can cut sugars you don’t really need. Enjoy the natural sweetness of fresh foods.

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