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La Conquistadora in Colcha

December 1, 2010
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I just completed the second La Conquistadora retablo. She is shown in a colcha gown by Artist Julia Gomez, featured in the exhibit Threads of Devotion.  The cape is very moving in real life.  It is hand-embroidered using the traditional colcha stitch.  The base is a course, hand-woven wool cloth called “sabanilla,” with a texture like muslin.  I really wanted to capture the textures of the cloth so I used  sgraffito (technique scratching the top surface color to reveal the undercoat color) over the entire cloth area.  It came out very pleasing.  I will have to take a close-up.  The retablo measures 12″x18″ and is done in a mix of natural pigments, clays and watercolor.  I used a real blue to honor the colors of the original gown since Julia uses traditional dyes.  I may be using this as one of my Spanish Market entry submittals.  But, after the jury, it will be available for purchase at Jason’s Tintero Gallery.

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