Archive for the ‘Episodes’ Category


New Website!

January 23, 2012

I am in the process of rebuilding my blog in a new format that will give me more flexibility.  You can get to it with my main URL,  But, I thought I should put a note here in case people stumble across the old site here.  THanks for visiting!  Lots of great info on the Spanish Colonial Arts here in Albuquerque.


Happy Easter! Decoupage Egg Project

April 19, 2011
Decoupage retablo image of Our Lady of Guadalupe on an egg

Image copyright ©2011 SWyD

MAKE YOUR OWN  I made a short video to show you a simple Easter craft project idea.  I am using a color laser image of my Our Lady of Guadalupe retablo to make a decal that can be applied to real or artificial eggs.  I am providing the sheet for your personal use in the “[09] Patterns” link to the right or click here now.  It’s a really fun project.  You’ll need eggs (wooden, plaster or real), Mod Podge, access to a laser printer, a plate of water and a disposable brush.  You may want an acrylic base coat.  I used gold paint.

If you are downloading the PDF for classroom use, I recommend you watch Episode 13 online to learn more about Our Lady of Guadalupe.  She has a beautiful story.

still from the egg episode


Guadalupe eggs in a basket

Image copyright ©2011 SWyD

OR BUY FINISHED EGGS  The finished eggs are also available in my online store.   I only have a dozen or so.  I have some at Jason’s shop in Old Town, too.  If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out.  It has a fantastic selection of traditional New Mexican arts.  If you’re in Santa Fe, you can find them at Susan’s Christmas Shop off the plaza!

Happy Easter My Friends!


Our Lady of Guadalupe Collaboration

April 13, 2011
Jason and Sean at work

Click on image to watch this episode online!

We just completed shooting the final episode of our premiere Season of our respective shows, New Mexican Santera and New Mexican Tinsmith.  Dad had the excellent idea to do a collaborative piece for the final episode.  I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to share with viewers the dynamic of two artists collaborating.  It was very spontaneous since Jason didn’t even know the size of my board before showing up to shoot the show.  He did a fantastic job quickly responding with a design concept and improvising some design ideas.

Our Lady of Guadalupe in Tin

copyright ©2011 Sean Wells y Delgado & Jason Younis y Delgado

We both have a few finishing touches to add, but you can get a sense of the direction of the finished piece.  Jason came up with a Corona gesture for the top piece that poetically reflects the crown of Mary.  He also added delicate stars around the frame and roses to recall the story of Juan Diego.  I asked him to include thorns on his vine to hint at the crown of thorns that Jesus wore.

We decided to take advantage of the project to use it as our submission for the National Hispanic Cultural Center’s annual Art Auction ABQ Nouveau Retablo 2011.  You can view and bid on this piece and many other traditional and contemporary retablo creations Friday May 6 from 6PM-8:30PM at the National Hispanic Cultural Center Pete V. Domenici Education Building.  Check out for more information and to view this piece online next week.

What a fun project!  We hope to do more on-air collaborations next season.  But, until then, the local stations will be rerunning our first season Wednesday nights at 9PM Comcast Encantada | Ch26 Albuquerque  | Ch16 Santa Fe.

Now that we have our first season complete, we plan to offer our shows to the other public access channels of the Southwest.  We will update our list when we get some confirmations!

[Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe]
1531 A.D. | Feast Day Dec 12  | Marian Image

A humble local named Juan Diego claimed to have been visited by the Virgin Mary.  The local Bishop requested a sign.  Juan Diego returned (on what is now her Feast Day) with a gift of blooming roses that had appeared in mid winter on the hill where the apparition spoke to him.  He carried the flowers in his cloak and as he spilled them out for the Bishop, the image of the Virgin appeared on his cloak just as Juan Diego had described her.  The Bishop fell to his knees and built a chapel on the hill.  The cloak still hangs today in a shrine on the original hill.  The image has come to represent the worldly love and peace that Mary has to offer, crossing ethnic boundaries.

detail of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Tin

NOTE:  Videotero, LLC, Delgado Arts, New Mexican Santera and New Mexican Tinsmith have no affiliation with The National Hispanic Cultural Center or ABQ Nouveau Retablo.  We are simply using this opportunity to promote an organization that shares the similar goal of preserving the Spanish Colonial Arts.


How To Paint Retablo episodes online now!

April 6, 2011

[If you are viewing in mail or Facebook, please go to original blog post to view images and links]
FREE EPISODES AVAILABLE NOW:  I’ve decided to release the Saint Francis episodes in their entirety so that visitors can get a good sense of a typical show format.  It is one of my favorite retablos and shows.  Dad did a particularly great job editing these.  I also included the last half of the Santa Barbara episode.  It’s another favorite of mine.  To view, under “PAGES,” click on “08 Episode List.”  You’ll find the link to the Saint Francis episodes there.  Ignore the first five seconds where you will see color bars with a tone.  It’s not broken!  We’re working on eliminating those from our Youtube posts.  I’m also working on making a dedicated page for the show information, but so many other things to do, too!  If you get a chance to view the episodes, please send feedback.  Episodes are also available as DVD’s in the online store.

Still image from New Mexican Santrea

click to view Saint Francis part 1

Still image from New Mexican Santera color blocking Saint Francis retablo

click to view Saint Francis part 2

Still image from New Mexican Santera Saint Barbara overhead

click to view Saint Barbara part 2

New Mexican Santera still image

New Mexican Santera still image

DONATE  LINK:  I’ve added a new “Donate” link to the right under “Sean’s Sites.”  I’m hoping to be able to dedicate more time in the coming year to developing content on this site like the Saint Database and profiles of the Delgado family.  Donations would help me do that.  Any contribution is appreciated.

GIFT CERTIFICATE LINK: I’ve also added a gift certificate link so you can now purchase gift certificates that you can then use in the online Delgado Arts store towards anything there including supplies, kits, videos and of course artwork!

TINTERO RELOCATING:  I’m going to do a more complete post on this, but for now, you can check out  Tintero to find out information on my brother’s Gallery & Workshop relocation from the Radisson to Old Town, Albuqueque.  Doors open this Saturday, April 9!  Please come by and say “Hi.”  I will be helping out and may even try some demonstrations if it’s not too crazy!

NEW MEXICAN SANTERA:  The concluding episode on the Saint Michael retablo airs tonight (April 6) on Comcast Encantada TV at 9PM with my brother’s show to follow.

Albuquerque  Channel 26
Santa Fe Channel 16

And…I’ve got an egg-ceptionally cool post that I’m working on for later!…


San Miguel | Saint Michael

March 30, 2011
Saint Michael Retablo by Sean Wells

Saint Michael Retablo copyright ©2011 Sean Wells y Delgado

As prince of the seraphim the archangel Michael led the charge against the uprising stemming from Lucifer’s betrayal.  Lucifer, at that time was one of the most favored angels.  But, after Michael defeated him, Lucifer is cast down.  Although called upon to defend the Church throughout history, it is not for his military strength that he is revered most, but for his healing powers offering miracle healing at several fonts and on various occasion.  His name translates to “Who is like God?” signifying his humility.  Scales represent his weighing of the souls of Man upon Judgement Day.  His angelic wings imply swiftness and his sword represent his strength.

San Miguel  |  Saint Michael

feast day September 29

Patron Saint of artists, bakers, grocers, mariners, paratroopers, police, EMT’s, haberdashers, bankers

Invoked against illness

symbols:  Conquered Demon/Devil, Sword, Scale/Balance,wings


Detail of Saint Michael retablo

copyright ©2011 Sean Wells y Delgado

NEW MEXICAN SANTERA TO AIR TONIGHT:  To learn more about Saint Michael and his connection to my family, be sure to tune in to Comcast Encatada TV tonight 9PM (Wednesday) to see the second episode on the Saint Michael retablo.  Channel 26 Albuquerque, Channel 16 Santa Fe.

It was a challenging retablo for me on many levels.  But, I have taken a big step forward in my development of the Saint Michael imagery.  I look forward to the opportunity to paint him in the future.  Pattern for this retablo is available on the link to the right labeled “09 Patterns” under “PAGES.”

Saint Michael Painting by Sean Wells

earlier Saint Michael painting copyright ©2011 Sean Wells

I also mention in the episode how I have attempted to paint him several times before I really committed to the study of the craft of retablo.  I like the resulting paintings, but never felt like they were retablos in the true sense of the word.  I found an image of one of the paintings that I promised I would share.  You can see, it is much more animated and realistic with muscles, shadows and has a cartoon graphic influence.  I like this image very much, but I think of it as a painting of Saint Michael rather than a retablo.

SAINT DATABASE LIVE:  I finally got the Saint Database so it is fully searchable!  Now, you can search for your favorite Saint my several criteria including symbols and colors!  I’ve always wanted to produce this database.  I am just starting it, so there are only a dozen Saints so far, but I will be adding to it continuously.  If you’d like to contribute to the development of this database, consider a donation. ¡Hasta Luego!

Saint Michael Retablo by Sean Younis Youth MarketUPDATE:  I located a couple of pictures from Children’s Market more than 2 decades ago!  Thought you would enjoy seeing me and it had a shot of the Saint Michael with my proud little 2nd place ribbon hanging on it!  I was still “Sean Younis” then.  It was actually purchased by one of the jurors.  So, if anyone happens to know who the owner is, I’d love to let them know what I’m up to these days!
Me beaming at children's market so many years ago! 


Santa Barbara | Saint Barbara

March 9, 2011
Saint Barbara retablo detail by Sean Wells y Delgado

copyright ©2011 Sean Wells y Delgado

She shares story with many of the saints.  Like Saint Francis, she came from a wealthy family.  And, like Saint Francis, she rejected the wealth and power offered to her.  Like Saint Lucy, she rejected a marriage proposal from a prominent suitor.  And like Saint Lucy, she suffered torture and death for maintaining her faith.

The marriage would insure her family’s status.  But, she had given her life to the lord and could not marry someone she did not love who did not share her beliefs.  Her rejection was an insult and an embarrassment for her father.  Her father had her locked in a tower for most of her life to protect her from the influence of the outside world.  He requested a bath house be erected across from her.  While he was away on a trip, his daughter redesigned the facade of the bath house to show three windows instead of the two originally planned.  The three windows were to honor the Holy Trinity.  But, upon return from his trip, she admitted to converting and her furious father betrayed her to the local magistrate as a practicing Christian.  The jury asked her to choose marrying the suitor and denouncing her faith or suffering torture and death.  Despite horrific repeated torture, she held true to her faith.  It is said that her woulds healed nightly and that flaming torches would snuff out when in proximity of her.  Finally, sentenced to death, her father volunteered to execute her.  He took her to a mountaintop and beheaded his own daughter.  But immediately upon doing so, he was struck by lightning and burned to death.

Santa Barbara  |  Saint Barbara
feast day December 4

Patron Saint of those in danger of sudden death, electricians, firemen, artillerymen and mathemeticians.

Invoked against fire and lightning.

symbols:  monstrance, martyr’s palm, crown with red plume, red robe or dress, three tiered skirt, three level tower, three windows, lightning bolt

Image Saint Barbara retablo by Sean Wells y Delgado

copyright ©2011 Sean Wells y Delgado

Detail of retablo of Saint Barbara by Sean Wells y Delgado

copyright ©2011 Sean Wells y Delgado

I always go into the show having very little idea where I am going with the colors and detailing.  I have never painted Saint Barbara before, so it was a little intimidating.  But, she evolved beautifully and she really told me just where she wanted to go.  I thought I finished her on the show, but she called me back and kept wanting detail after detail.  I love the rich results, fit for a woman of means.  I also love the way the windows surprised me when they popped with the graphic contrast. The resplendor on the top reminds me of a window to God.  I had actually forgotten to include many of her symbols in the show including the crown and plume, the lightning bolt and the tower in the background.  But, I will make sure they are in the downloadable pattern.  She is just such a complex image, it was easy to get lost in the pieces.

This piece is currently available in my online store.

Dimensions: 5 1/2″ x 12″

Please join me tonight at 9PM on Comcast Encantada TV Channel 26 to learn more about Santa Barbara’s complex symbology and story.  I invite you to share feedback on the show and the blog!


Saint Francis Episode

February 23, 2011

The new episode 1 of 2 on Saint Francis will air Albuquerque on February 23 9PM Comcast Channel 26 Encantada TV. It was a fun shoot, although I was a little slow to get going.  The first episode takes you through most of the main painting and the second will focus on the border.  I talk about the imagery and symbols of Saint Francis.  I also have lots of fun, interesting and touching stories about Saint Francis that I cover as well.  I find his story especially compelling.  Here is the text I include on all my gift tags with my retablos of Saint Francis:


1181-1226AD | Feast Day Oct 4

Patron Saint of the city of Santa Fe, the environment, families & animals

The son of a wealthy cloth merchant, Francis searched for meaning in his life and was moved by the goodness of the Church.  He surrendered all of his worldly possessions and vowed a life of poverty in devotion to God, unknowingly founding the Franciscan order of monks.  He received the marks of Stigmata, appearing only on the most devout of followers.  He is often shown with the marks.  He may be shown with skull, cross, animals.  He will have three knots on his rope belt signifying the three vows of his order:  poverty, chastity, obedience.

Retablo Saint Francis 004In the episode, I mention watching a few videos on Saint Francis.  The two films I can recommend are:

“Francesco” 1989 starring Mickey Rourke and Helena Bonham Carter.  It’s gritty, rough and honest.  Although physically, Mickey does not allow you to enter an authentic view, I think he did a fantastic job capturing the essence of humility, peace and compassion that Saint Francis represents.

“The Flowers of Saint Francis” 1950 directed by Roberto Rossellini.  This is a beautiful portrayal through vignettes of his life in black and white.  The director employed local monks to play the roles of the Franciscan disciples.  It feels like you are watching actual footage as it has an aged quality and everyone is speaking Italian throughout.  It is so sweet and gentle, like Saint Francis might be.  Even the “violent” scenes are done with a quietness.

I painted this board with my sister-in-law in mind.  She told me that as a child, she used to play with a Saint Francis image at her Grandparent’s house that had removable birds.  She had fond memories and still plays with it from time to time.  I had my brother create these pajaritos based on some Christmas ornaments he made for my sons this year.  It is a pattern from my Grandmother.  I tapped some upholstery tacks into the wood and glued magnets onto the back of the birds so they could be removed, rearranged or rotated!  I’m sending the board to my sister in-law for her birthday 😉

I’ve asked my brother to add the bird ornaments to his online store.  If they are not available yet, they should be by tomorrow.  Just visit the Tintero Online Store.

I’m also adding a simplified version of this image of Saint Francis for your personal use in the Patterns link on the right under PAGES.  I’ve left out all the symbols so you can add your own.

I am very moved by Saint Francis’ strength of character.  I especially like his prayer, which I believe is recited in all of the movies I saw.  I want to include it here for you.

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.