Thursday, February 11, 2016

Blog move.

Hi all,

This blog is no longer  being updated. I've moved my blog and updates over to:

Thank you for stopping to visit here.

Maria S.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Moleskine watercolor paintings

Happy Friday! I had a great week with lots of great news that I hope to be able to share soon. In the meantime I've been spending the little free time I have exploring watercolors and mixed media in the Moleskine journal. Enjoy! 


Friday, April 03, 2015

Good Friday

It's Good Friday and all is good. Sending out love and blessings on this sacred of days. Taking time to reflect on what is good, the sacrifice made many years ago and the many blessings in my life. I can easily sit here and complain about about a lot of things, but choosing not to. Life is oh so short. So I revel in the little blessings like playing with new art supplies. I picked up this pretty pink Moleskine and some watercolor pencils to get me inspired again. Yesterday started with some abstract drawings and today a little more free form sketches. Feels oh so good to see color dance across this fresh new Moleskine. Maybe these will become larger paintings in the next few weeks to come! 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Pleasure in the familiar.

Taking pleasure in the familiar is something that I need to do when life is full of uncertainty. For whatever reason it seems that a lot of things are on the verge of change in my life right now. I am wrapping up my B.S. and trying to decide on graduate school. We are moving soon and looking for a new home, packing and purging is always a treat (not really) but I have to look at the positive. Purging means less stuff to carry with us into our new home. But the process of purging can be daunting. My work life is also in flux. I am making the best of the situation and opening myself up to new opportunities.

With all of this change and uncertainly I rely on what I am familiar with to soothe my soul. For some people it's music, a massage or a mind trip into a new book. I enjoy getting dirty... with dirt. I know with out a doubt that if I plant a seed it will bloom. Spring will always come, tulips will bloom and our California hillsides will be bright orange with poppies. They are familiar and predictable, when life is not.

I took a break from packing, moving boxes, homework and cleaning this weekend to create a little succulent garden. This is peace to me. It's familiar. It's home.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

En Plena Flor - In Full Bloom

Change is in the air I can feel it. Can you? This time of year always reminds me of how we all have the potential to grow, change and improve. Bloom... yes?  It's been a few months since my last post, and lots has happened since December. I've been very focused on finishing up school and working on some larger personal projects. I am finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and will be done with my B.S. come May. I also was given the opportunity to curate a women's art exhibit En Plena Flor/In Full Bloom for Puerto Alegre in San Francisco (runs through April 28th).

March also ushered in the launch of my personal that will focus on representing emerging & mid career artists in the Contemporary Modern Art space with a focus on Latin@ artists.

I also had the opportunity to be in a group art show in Oakland at the Beso Maya Gallery that will be up until the end of March.

Valentines' was spent with Tim and the girls on a road trip to Southern Cal and got to meet some legends of the Chicano art movement including Gronk, David Botello, Wayne Healey, Sonia Romero, Fabian Debora and David Martinez. Came away very inspired from that trip not mention the blessing of being able to bring home some original artwork.

Today I take a little step back and look at the first three months of the year and can't wait to see what the rest of the year has to bring.  I'm hoping that I'll have some time to paint and create a new body of work.

Cala by Lorena Castillo
hand-colored photo

Lorena is one of the 20 artists participating in the En Plena Flor art show at Puerto Alegre in San Francisco. If you missed the opening but would like to see the artwork. Please visit

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Virgencita on wood blocks

I've not had much time to paint, between work and evening classes. But I did over the holiday weekend find these lovely woodblocks that my niece gave me many years ago. After doing an inventory of my supplies I found them and decided they were perfect for virgencitas, madonna and child paintings. Here are what I have so far. Stay tuned as I will be making more of them. I will have them available for sale at Galera Beso Maya, in Oakland CA.through March, 2015.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Are you Fall ready?

I finally got around to putting out some Fall decorations. Keeping it simple mostly just some garland, twinkle lights and some mini pumpkins.  I love this time of year even though it's the busiest time for me. Here's to a fog filled days and cool nights. The smell of canela spices and brown sugar.

 How are you decorating for Fall?

Current Art Exhibibits 2014

If you are out and about the Bay Area, please stop by and visit these locations. My artwork will be on display and for sale.  check it out!

RICHMOND, CA. Familias Unidas, 35th Anniversary, Dia de los Muertos Benefit/Auction, October 24th. click for more info (curated by Dr. Martina Ayala)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA. Mission Education Development Agency (MEDA), "Arte en la Plaza", group show, (curated by Global America), October 18 - December 18th, 2014

SAN BRUNO, CA. San Bruno Framing and Art Gallery, "Bohemian Nights" (curated by Global America) Sept 9th - October 15th, 2014. (group show)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA. Antologia Vinoteca, Hispanic Heritage Month. August 24th - October 27th. (Curated by Global America) Sales  Contact: 415-685-7866, ,  Address: 515 Broadway St, San Francisco, CA 94133

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Art Exhibit in Honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. Sept 5th. SF.

Antologia Vinoteca, SF. Artist Reception Friday Sept 5th. 6-9pm in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. My artwork will be on display from August 24th - September 27th. Global America and I gladly invite you to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at Antologia. For Questions and Sales contact: Global America 415-685-7866

Bay Area friends I hope you'll come out. They have one of the largest collections of wines from Latin America. Hope to see you there. Curated by America Jimdela.

Antologia Vinoteca
515 Broadway St
San Francisco, CA 94133

Friday, August 29, 2014

ABLA 30 Day Art Challenge. Day 13 Self-Portrait

So far we are on Day 13 of the ABLA 30 Day Art/Creativity Challenge. This is the first self-portrait I've done. Come check the beautiful artwork that has been shared over on the ABLA Facebook wall. You can visit us here!

Friday, August 15, 2014

ABLA 30 Day Art Challenge Starts Today!

Are you looking to wake up your art muse? Here are some creativity/art prompts to help you along the way. Join us on this 30 Day journey into creativity. See you over on the ArtByLatinaArtists, Facebook page.

 "We are all Connected", Mixed media collage & ink. 

Friday, May 30, 2014

Upcoming and current art exhibits...


Upcoming Exhibits:

July 1st, 2014
Pasion de Frida (in celebration of Frida Kahlo's birthday)
Puerto Allegre Restaurant
546 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Group show, curated by Bird Levy.

Currently Exhibiting:

Journey of Motherhood, Group show curated by Valerie Medina
Urban Furniture, 3241 Grand Ave.
May 1 - June 1st.

Luz Luna Shop
527 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA

Catholic Charities, Eastside Neighborhood Center.
  • On permanent view...a selection of paintings from my personal collection are on display at Catholic Charities (Eastside Neighborhood Center) of San Jose, they serve the local low-income senior community thousands of meals every year. Please support this very worthy cause. Visit in person to offer support by volunteering or by financial donation.  
Catholic Charities, Eastside Neighborhood Center
2150 Alum Rock Avenue
San José, CA 95116

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

New ventures and sketching

I've not posted very much here and for that I am sorry. I have been pretty busy with classes and homework and just trying to juggle everything. I am also writing a lot (for evening class) and mostly sketching when time allows. Here is a recent one, exploring fear and the fear of telling stories as I embark on a new venture of creating stories for children's books. I know that deep inside of me there are so many little stories to told and shared. In the meantime I am learning from a wonderful mentor and teacher Maya Gonzalez. Learning to open heart and listen to the stories that want to be shared with children. Learning to play with new mediums and overcoming the fear associated with trying new things and coming the realization that fear will always be there. I need to ignore it and just write, explore and let the words flow. The same way I do with art and painting. The brush takes on it's own magic and it releases what needs to be released.

“It is not fear that stops you from doing the brave and true thing in your daily life. Rather, the problem is avoidance. You want to feel comfortable so you avoid doing or saying the thing that will evoke fear and other difficult emotions. Avoidance will make you feel less vulnerable in the short run but, it will never make you less afraid.” Harriet Lerner

Thursday, December 19, 2013

El Sol y La Sandia

Two new paintings El Sol y La Sandia.. subjects that I always go back to, they are like comfort food to my soul. I've always enjoyed painting them. Plus they remind me of summer and I'd much rather be enjoying the sunshine and warm temperatures than the cold of winter. 

They are both acrylic on canvas panel and are available in my Etsy shop.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Artist Reception Oct. 26th, Galeria Beso Maya

This year I was blessed with the opportunity to share some of my paintings for Dia de los Muertos at Galeria Beso Maya, in Oakland California. I hope to see you there 6-10pm this Saturday, October 26th.  Group show with Oscar Cisneros, Martha A. Rodriguez, Alejandra Oseguera-Palacios, Adrian Delgado, Kathleen Rojas & Valerie Medina. Thank you Yarita Joon. 

Images: Galeria Beso Maya (Yarita Joon)