Archive for January, 2011


Episode 3 Santa Rita

January 27, 2011

Stills from episode 33rd Episode of New Mexican Santera to air tonight (Jan 26) at 9:00PM on Comcast Encantada Channel 26.  I am so excited to watch tonight’s episode!  In this third episode, I talk about pigments, brush options and begin our first retablo, Sainta Rita de Cascia.  I ge t so carried away with the intro material that I will just only begin the retablo.  But I previewed the material and there was nothing I would want to cut.  So, we’ll be stretching out the Santa Rita retablo over several episodes.

In this episode, I introduce pigment options which include acrylic, watercolor, earthen clays and minerals.  I cover brushes as well.  I recommend a flat, round and liner brush as a basic set to start.  Then, we FINALLY begin painting!  I discuss some basic brush techniques.  I go in with a rough plan of what I want to paint, but I try to share the painting journey with you and make a lot of decisions on camera (which sometimes works out great and sometimes, well…it makes for interesting television, I suppose).

As I paint, I discuss the story of Santa Rita.  She has an intriguing story, married off at age 12 to a wretched man and suffers at his hands for nearly two decades.  Tune in to find out how her story ends 😉  I have posted the PDF of her image for free download.  Just click on the “09 PDF Downloads” to the right and click on EPisode 3-Santa Rita.  I will also make the Santa Rita DVD in its entirety (About 1 1/2 hours) available in the store later tonight.

Saint Rita of Cascia

copyright © 2011 Sean Wells y Delgado

We’re also pleased to announce we just got the notice that Santa Fe Community Comcast Channel 16 will begin airing New Mexican Santera tonight at 9PM as well!  It will also be followed by episode 1 of Jason’s show, New Mexican Tinsmith.

In Summary, Tonight Jan 26:
ALBUQUERQUE Comcast Channel 26 9PM Episode 3
SANTA FE Comcast Channel 16 9PM Episode 1

I am repeating myself, but I have to say thank you to my Dad, Toby Younis at Videotero LLC ( for taking the immense time and energy to produce, edit and promote these videos.  Thanks, Dad!  This adventure is so much more fun with you on board!


Show on NM Santeros

January 25, 2011

Here’s a great little half hour show produced for KNME public television on New Mexican Santeros.  It follows some of the artists into the studio and it is filmed beautifully.  It has many oral excerpts of personal letters from the pioneer period that get you into the mindset of the settler artisan.

It features artists Jose Benjamin Lopez, Marie Romero Cash, Felix Lopez and Cruz Lopez.


Episode 1 Available For Free Viewing

January 20, 2011

Season 1 Episode 1 of New Mexican Santera:  The Art of Traditional Retablo Making.  The first two episodes contain a good amount of background material that will help someone follow the rest of the season.  So I’ve decided to post the first episodes on Youtube.

In this premiere episode, I introduce you to the Spanish Colonial Arts and then discuss board selection and preparation.

Click on the “06 Gesso Instructions” link to the right to see episode 2.  Enjoy!


Episode 2 To Air Tonight!

January 13, 2011

I almost forgot!  9:00PM Comcast Encantada TV will air Episode 2 of New Mexican Santera.  In this episode, we do a quick review of wood and then go into the process of making and applying traditional gesso.  It’s essentially an extended version of the video on the “Gesso Instructions” link to the right.  It’s an interesting process even if you never plan to try it yourself.  You will never look at a retablo the same again after you see this process.  Stick around after to catch episode 2 of New Mexican Tinsmith.  Jason already has DVD’s of his show available for sale (click “My Online Store” to the right) and I will be adding DVD and episode download options to my site soon.  In the meantime, join me on Encantada!


Due to technical problems on the station last night, both shows aired with no sound.  So we will be re-airing our Episode 2 programs next week.


1st Show To Air Jan 5!

January 4, 2011

New Mexican Santera sc1Episode 1 of New Mexican Santera is set to air this Wednesday, January 5 on Comcast Encantada TV channel 26 at 9:00PM!  I’m so excited and I haven’t even seen the cut yet!

In this premiere episode, I’m introducing the Spanish Colonial Arts and some introductory techniques. I cover wood board selection, basic carving and I’m not sure if gesso made it into the half-hour show.  If not, it will appear in the following episode.  In the following episodes, I will take you through the experience of painting a complete retablo in each episode.  I will introduce you to the symbols and stories of a new saint each week.  I will also incorporate advanced techniques as the boards grow in complexity.  By the end of the 13 show season, you will have a thorough grasp of the traditions, techniques and imagery of the New Mexican retablo painter.

You may have found my blog through the pilot episode, “Stamped Retablo Ornament” where I take you through painting two small retablo ornaments.  The show will be filmed in a similar format, with many improvements, of course including better detailed footage of the painting process.

Whether you’re interested in the history, tradition or art of New Mexico, or if you just like sitting back and watching someone create, you’re sure to find some enjoyment if you come along with me!  If you miss the shows, we hope to have DVD’s available through my online store soon.

I consider myself a novice, just beginning this journey to becoming a professional santera.  But, I aim to share my passion and enthusiasm for this special craft and expressing myself through this show is a perfect opportunity to do just that.  We have yet to secure underwriting, so if anyone is interested, there is a 30 second spot that is attached to each show.  We’d like to find something that has a tie to New Mexico, like a New Mexican restaurant or the like.  You’d also be featured here on the blog.  Any suggestions?…

My brother’s show, New Mexican Tinsmith, will air immediately after mine at 9:30PM (see his links to right). So if you catch my show, be sure to stick around!

Thank you to my genius Dad who is producer, director, editor and promoter!

Still from New Mexican Santera carving