12x9" acrylic and archival ink on canvas 2019
Portfolio Photography by Todd Powers
For anyone new to Loteria: La loteria is a game of chance played like Bingo, only with pictures instead of numbers. The Loteria deck uses 54 images, including characters, instruments, flora, animalia, and objects which have become iconic and synonymous with Mexican culture. Participating artists are asked to create works inspired by the images from chosen cards in the deck. This exhibit is a lot of fun, popular with both artists and arts fans.
This year I chose card #31 from the Loteria deck --Las Jaras, or The Arrows. I've chosen this card once before; arrows have a special significance for me.
Detail of my work from 2017's Loteria exhibit:
I've got an arrow here; what I decide to do with that arrow is up to me.
While drafting, I was mindful of the lines from the book of Isaiah; "They will beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks."
I began with the under-painting of my 12x9" canvas, and then set it aside to dry while I drafted my line-work.
In the past I've used sharpie in my mixed-media applications; this time I'm working with archival ink. It worked well for my purposes, not only for line-work but also for shading when mixed with water.
I strive to think of it as a collaboration, rather than a battle. I bring my ideas, skills, and experiences to the easel, and the symptoms make their individual contributions. Every work is uniquely shaped by the symptoms I am experiencing at the time.