ELIZA, pastel portrait, 20x16 in. (50x40cm), available at The Glashaus Studio and Gallery, San Diego, California. Contact me for purchase.  

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Book: MY GRANDMOTHER ASKED ME TO TELL YOU SHE'S SORRY

By Fredrick Blackman. My pen sketch based on the cover of the book.

A story of love, forgiveness, mothers and daughters, and seeing the big picture of love and equality in the world by helping those in need. We see the world through Elsa, a seven and a half  year old gifted child, and her 77 year old grandmother. Cute, and profound. Through the letters to be delivered after her death, Elsa discovered the extent of her grandmother's generosity and love for refugees, disabled and abandoned people, and anybody in trouble. Interesting story, appropriate for today's political situation. I recommend this book!

A story of love, forgiveness, mothers and daughters, and seeing the big picture of love and equality in the world by helping those in need. We see the world through Elsa, a seven and a half  year old gifted child, and her 77 year old grandmother. Cute, and profound. Through the letters to be delivered after her death, Elsa discovered the extent of her grandmother's generosity and love for refugees, disabled and abandoned people, and anybody in trouble. Interesting story, appropriate for today's political situation. I recommend this book!

Women on the Move , Hanoi's Migrant Roving Street Vendors.

Extraordinary book by Jensen, Peppard and Tháng, based on years of study and research of this modern Vietnamese phenomenon.  

This is my sketch and book summary in my notebook. After the farmer and land reform in Vietnam in the 1990s, called DOI MOI, more responsibility was added on the shoulders of women. They started going to the city to sell their products, in order to bring more money home. Family culture remains strongly influenced by Confucian traditions, the man is the head of the family, the woman obeys and works harder than everybody else! Women obey three men in their lives: father, husband, and son.  

This is my sketch and book summary in my notebook. After the farmer and land reform in Vietnam in the 1990s, called DOI MOI, more responsibility was added on the shoulders of women. They started going to the city to sell their products, in order to bring more money home. Family culture remains strongly influenced by Confucian traditions, the man is the head of the family, the woman obeys and works harder than everybody else! Women obey three men in their lives: father, husband, and son.  

PAPA LO SABE TODO, pastel portrait, 20x16in. Riding on a bus in Costa Rica, I saw this father and child through the window, in the bus next to me. I was inspired by the look of trust and love in both of them. I tried to convey those feelings in my portrait. "Papa lo Sabe Todo " means : Father Knows Best, or Father Knows Everything. The world is safe for me. 

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REFUGEE

Pastel portrait, 8x10 in. You can see it in my studio :1815B Main Street, San Diego, California. Contact me for purchase: minnievalero@yahoo.fr or 619-240-6092 free delivery within US.    

Pastel portrait, 8x10 in. You can see it in my studio :1815B Main Street, San Diego, California. Contact me for purchase: minnievalero@yahoo.fr or 619-240-6092

free delivery within US.  

 

ELATION, left, and SALOME's DREAM, right, both 36x36 in., at LA JOLLA COMMUNITY CENTER, Las Patronas Room, part of my show during February and March. Come to the reception Friday, February 10th, 6 to 8 pm. Wine and appetizers will be served. See you there!!!!  

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PAIN, Watercolor, 7x10 in., juried into the San Diego Watercolor Society February exhibition. Reception tomorrow Friday, February 3rd, at the SDWS gallery in Liberty Station, San Diego, California, 5-8 pm. See you there!

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FLOR DE UN DÍA, Watercolor and acrylic, 22x15 in. The title reflects the lyrics of a famous Argentine tango. This painting is one of a series of tango dancing paintings I did after the pain and shock of the death of several family members in a car accident in Argentina. At the beginning I was in such pain I couldn't paint anything, then slowly I felt I had to paint something representing my country of birth. 

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FLOR DE UN DÍA has been juried into the San Diego Watercolor Society February show. I'm honored! Thank you , juror Keiko Tanabe! 

I've decided to post PORTRAITS for a while. I'll post one a day. This is a portrait of my grandson Sebastian, when he was going through his gender transition. This an acrylic on canvas painting, 36x36 in. At this moment it is hanging at the San Diego Watercolor Society till Saturday January 28, when it will go La Jolla Community Center for two months. 

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Coloring for adults

Coloring is good for your health! Drawing, coloring and painting puts you into a flow-like state. It helps you focus, relax, probably lower your blood pressure. According to a study in the journal "Neurology" as cited in the AARP magazine, people who engage in arts and crafts have a LOWER RISK of developing thinking and memory problems!  

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BORN TO SWIM, watercolor, 22x30 in

Matthew swims for pleasure, to compete in waterpolo, and for his job, saving lives. I tried to give this painting the energy and life he displays.   I just finished this 22x30 in. watercolor, it's ready to frame. 

Matthew swims for pleasure, to compete in waterpolo, and for his job, saving lives. I tried to give this painting the energy and life he displays.   I just finished this 22x30 in. watercolor, it's ready to frame. 

Cannery Row sketch

Visiting Cannery Row, in Monterey, California, I enjoyed some quick sketching around town. This is a small ink sketch in my notebook. 

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ROPA TENDIDA, watercolor on Yupo

ROPA TENDIDA, watercolor on Yupo, 20x26 in (51x66 cm.) found a new home yesterday, in La Jolla, California. It was bought at the Juried March Exhibition of the San Diego Watercolor Society.

I painted this watercolor a few years ago, inspired by rooftops and hanging laundry in Lisbon, Portugal. I have "a thing" for rooftops and hanging laundry. Love them! I guess it reminds me of when I was a little girl in Mendoza and Córdoba, in Argentina. There is no nicer smell than the clothes from the line hanging in the sun, is there?

JUNE LAKE LIBRARY, ink and watercolor sketch

JUNE LAKE LIBRARY, ink and watercolor sketch in my sketchbook.
Spending time in the town of June Lake, in northern California, I visited the enchanting thrift shop and the library. The librarian, a lovely lady called Vanisia, was very friendly and welcoming. We talked about watercoloring, sketching, and how you comcentrate and pay so much more attention to details when you have to draw something, than when you are just looking.


BIRDWATCHING FROM JEAN'S WINDOW, ink and watercolor

BIRDWATCHING FROM JEAN'S WINDOW, ink and watercolor in my sketchbook. "oh, baby, it's cold outside!" While in here we are warm, reading, sketching, and enjoying the variety of birds that come to the birdfeeders just outside the living room window in Jean's house.

A real treat, to start the year like this, snowing in June Lake, California. Happy New Year!

VISIT TO MANZANAR, ink and watercolor on sketchbook

VISIT TO MANZANAR, ink and watercolor on sketchbook, 6x6"
About  200 miles north of Los Angeles, on US Route 395, is this Memorial to the Japanese people held prisoners of war here between 1942 and 1945. Men, women, children, old people, even parents of soldiers fighting FOR THE US abroad. How these families managed not only to survive, but to overcome, to make do with what they had, TO MAKE ART! The visitor center is amazing, I was impressed with the stories, the memorabilia, the books, films, photographs.