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Panama Colorful art

My pieces are bright, colorful and contemporary. I enjoy depicting themes that are common in the tropics and, particularly, of my native country of Panama. The name “Panama” means abundance of flowers, fish and butterflies; which are shapes that are staples in my paintings. I believe that art should bring happiness; my cheerful colors are meant to convey just that.

Beyond my own images of what I have observed, I have also been inspired by the Kuna Yala tribes of the Northeastern part of Panama bordering the Caribbean Sea. The Kuna women produce intricate hand sawn cloth designs (Molas) that depict the more traditional geometrical designs, animals, fish and insect shapes to more modern images influenced by the outside world.

Through my art, I feel that I can share a little of my culture. Most of all, I like seeing the joy that my paintings bring to people.

My goal is to enable others to enjoy the enchantment of an intimate encounter with the tropical birds, fish, animals, fruits and flowers from the tropics.

I am always interested in learning about other cultures and images that inspire us. Please feel free to share any of those images and ideas. Perhaps, I could even add such ideas to my collection.

Please let me know if you have any comments or questions. I would appreciate your feedback. Please feel free to contact me here.     

colorful pastel

Colorful Pastels

I enjoy using pastels as a painting medium for its intense and luminous colors. The allure of pastels not only tempts the eye, but the hands as well, because there is something very attractive about the feel of the pastel stick in one’s hands. Perhaps this is the same impulse demonstrated by children when they pick up a piece of chalk or crayon to draw on a wall. Unlike paints, but like all drawing media, pastels offer the satisfaction of immediate contact with the paper; when you use the crayon it feels almost like and extension of your fingers

The most important quality of pastels is its immediacy. It is a dry technique that doesn’t require the preparations before you begin to paint. Unlike watercolor and oil, there is no need for palettes, brushes, or solvents, and there is no need to wait for it to dry between layers.

History of Pastels

The word “pastels” is derived from the word “paste”, the mass formed when powdered pigment is mixed with a gum to bind it together. Patels was first used as a dry medium to add quick touches of colors to portrait and figure of drawings in order to make them more realistic. It is a relatively new invention that in the actual time has become a major painting medium in its own rights.

There are several kinds of pastels paint, varying in composition, shape and size. Each type is used for distinct purposes. My favorites ones are oil pastels because they produce different effects than regular soft pastels because their pigment is bound with oil instead of gum, giving them a different consistency.

Oil Pastels

It is a painting and drawing medium with characteristics similar to pastels and wax crayons. Unlike "soft" or "French" pastel sticks, which are made with a gum or methyl cellulose binder, oil pastels consist of pigment mixed with a non-drying oil and wax binder. The surface of an oil pastel painting is therefore less powdery, but more difficult to protect with a fixative. They adhere much better to the support, although they don’t blend as easily as convencional pastels.

Barron’s. All about techniques in Pastels

Roddon’s. Pastel painting Techniques


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