Street of Old San Juan
Buildings of Blue
The Accordion Player
Caribbean Blue, Black, and White
Street of Old San Juan36x36 inchesOil on stretched canvasThis painting is inspired by a picture I took of a long narrow street in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico which led all the way to the sea if you stand to look from the top. This picture has high light and dark contrasts, which is depicted through geometric shapes to show how vibrant this area is. There is a soundtrack of music, singing, and laughter in Old San Juan always and I aimed to show this through the moving shapes and colors.Something that really struck me about this particular historic part of town is how beautiful the old town always looks in pictures and in person, yet when you spend time in the town you will see a fairly large homeless population and stray animals.
Buildings of Blue18x18 inchesOil on stretched canvasMy hope with this series is to increase awareness of Puerto Rico, showcasing its natural beauty, history, and heart. This particular piece was created from a photo I took of blue and purple houses next to a tree in Old San Juan (a beautiful historic and colonial part of Puerto Rico) while I lived there. I wanted to capture the beautiful Caribbean colors of the old town in large geometric shapes to emphasize light and dark registrations of the scene. My process involves digitally distorting the original image so that I can extract out color, light, and dark geometric shapes. Once I am happy with how the distortion appears, I then paint it in oil. The idea here is to capture the vibrancy of emotions and movement of Puerto Rico in its most simplest form.
The Accordion Player18x18 inchesOil on stretched canvasThis painting was created from a photo my fiancé took of an accordion player resting against a brown door in Old San Juan. He is very old, but is there every day to play tunes for visitors and residents. His figure is hunched over with his hat covering his face, which is represented in black. His feet hang out into the cobblestone road as he rests between songs.
Gradients10x10 inchesAcrylic on stretched canvasI was walking through Old San Juan and noticed this blue building being shown in yellow from the street lights. It was a beautiful gradient transitioning from yellow to green to blue. My interpretation in this painting is through a Spanish mosaic tiled lens, which you see everywhere in Puerto Rico. I captured the yellow light from the streets, while the black windows look as if they are dancing figures.
Caribbean Blue, Black, and White10x10 inchesAcrylic on CanvasThis piece is a blue, black, and white version of a photo of a flower I took in El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico. I really like the idea of playing with hue variation--colors are very powerful to me. they communicate energy in its basic form. Instead of black and white, this particular painting is blue, black, and white. These colors have a racial connotation toward Puerto Rico's mixed races as they live among the variants of blues seen throughout the island.
Skyline18x18 inchesOil on stretched canvasThis is a view from a street in Old San Juan of old colonial pink and blue houses in the sun, while the buildings to the right are in the shade. The sky is typical Caribbean blue, no cloud in site. The abstracted version of this photo has been reduced to geometric shapes of color that capture the light and vibrance of the area.
El Yunque10x10 inchesAcrylic on CanvasInspired by a picture I took of a tropical flower in the El Yunque Rain Forest in Puerto Rico.
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