Friday, April 29, 2011

Loteria de los Muertos

I've played around with Loteria images in the past but decided to go back and do a series. This is one of my current projects. I am mixing some of my favorite Loteria cards with Dia de los Muertos themes, some will even have a bit of an Austin flare.

Loteria holds a special place in my heart as it was my Grandma's favorite activity. She lived in an assisted living community so she would have all of her little old lady neighbors over to play just about every day. I tried to play with them a few times but always had to bail out early. They played for money, got cut throat, and you just don't mess with an old Mexican lady's Loteria change... especially when she's waiting on her Social Security check.

My Grandma passed away last year and I still think about her all the time. In the last year's of her life Loteria became a huge part of my family's tradition. Any time we were all together with my grandma Loteria was the thing to do. During Grandma's birthday celebration or holidays when the whole extended family was together we'd break out the change and get our Loteria on. My family still carries on the tradition in remembrance of my grandma Teresa Gonzalez by getting together for Loteria. This June will be our second annual Family Day / Loteria Tournament... GAME ON!

This series is a tribute to my Grandma's memory.

First of the series: "El Borracho 25" 24" X 36" acrylic on canvas, tapestry thread, clay tag 


"El Corazon 27" 16" X 20" acrylic and tapestry thread on canvas

"El Pajaro 20"
16" X 20" acrylic on canvas. 3rd piece in series

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