Monday, August 6, 2012

My grandmother, lovingly referred to as Gramita my whole life, has forever been a strong role model.  My early years of making sock dolls, sifting through heavenly shank button buckets, picnics in lush gardens, her AMAZING cooking and most poignant, watching her work wonders with tin.  Conchita Lopez, my Gramita, is a resident of Santa Fe NM.  Although I'm a Californian to the core, Santa Fe will always be my home away from home.  My Gramita is a well known resident of Santa Fe and has had her tin work available in Sante Fe her whole life. Visiting celebreties and residents have had her work proudly displayed in their homes, and it's said that she has some art at the Smithsonian.  Sadly, she has retired her shears...but her love of art lives on in many of her kids and grandchildren. 

I recently took a class at A Work of Heart, where Andrea picks a book and makes a book club mixed media class, which follows the artist's steps on how to re-create his/her techniques.  This particular book was Pam Carriker's Art at the Speed of Life.  Wow, what a book, and the techniques are dreamy! We created acrylic background on canvas panels, did a version of image transfer onto them and sealed them with Pam's magic sealant.  The sealant is a little stinky but boy are the results amazing! I've wanted to find a way to incorporate this precious picture of my Gramita as a little girl into a piece of art for quite some time now...quite the Spanish Flower, huh?!  Here's my finished project, complete in a gorgeous antique frame my Mom gave me for my birthday.  It's like it was all meant to be! Thank you Andrea for helping us work through the book, thank you Pam for your amazing shared techniques, thank you Mom for this beautiful gift and thank you Gramita for being such an amazing role model in my life...I love you so much!


  1. Such a lovely photo! I love the story, Lexi!

  2. Awesome story about your grandma in the link! I love that all her siblings got to name her! And I love what you've done with her photo. So sweet!

  3. Thanks Ladies! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Xoxo, Lexi