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Our Lady of Guadalupe Collaboration

April 13, 2011
Jason and Sean at work

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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.


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.



Student of Tinwork

February 13, 2011
Tin Votive Sconces
Created by Fr. George Aquaro

My brother Jason just received the highest compliment on his How-To Tinwork DVD.  He was sent this photo from Fr. George Aquaro  who created this pair of votive sconces after watching Jason’s videos!  The whole family was just so amazed and touched by Fr. Aquaro’s work and it is a real testament to Jason’s knack for teaching to see that a novice could create these beautiful pieces.  Now, to be fair to Fr. Aquaro, he must be an artistic, crafty and handy person to begin with.  This is not one of the patterns that Jason demonstrates (to my knowledge).  So, Fr, Aquaro must have designed not only the construction, but the stamp work patterns that appear on these pieces.  So, although I do see this as a testament to Jason’s innate teaching ability, as Jenny Craig would say in fine print, “Results Not Typical,”  lol.  So, Fr. Aquaro has done an exceptional job of absorbing the techniques and concepts taught in Jason’s video and assimilated it into original works of art.  I especially love the quilted backboard, something Jason was working on just the other day for a nicho.  It will reflect the light of the flame beautifully, I’m sure.

I immediately requested to post Fr. Aquaro’s story here and he graciously obliged in addition to sending a testimonial:

I have never worked with tin or sheet metal before.  Jason’s videos helped me overcome my hesitation at working with sheet metal, and has opened a whole new world of art that I really thought was outside my abilities.  His clear and thorough instructions guided me right through the process, from design and aesthetics to construction and finishing.  After watching Jason’s videos and getting a few simple tools, I was able to start working with tin from the local hardware store.  My friends are now making requests for pieces even though I have only been at it a few weeks.  I highly recommend Jason’s video series to anyone who wants to learn a new and fun art form that can be as beautiful as it is practical.  Thank you, Jason!

Fr. George Aquaro
Los Angeles, CA

He goes on to explain that the dimensions of his work is constrained by the fact that he is using rolls of 12″ flashing from his local hardware store.  Jason offers larger sheets locally.

I noted his email address and followed it to his website where he supports the tradition of baking Prosphora.  I had to Wiki it.  It is the term for the bread baked for the Eucharist, marked with a seal.  He has video instructions and recipes to bake the Prosphora.  But, I was particularly taken with the section on the bread stamps or seals.  These are urathane molds used to mark the bread before baking with a variety of Greek, Russian or iconic images.  I believe Fr. Aquaro casts these himself.  I’m not sure what the rules are for the general public using these molds (it seems there are varying rules as to who can bake the bread), but there is an example how someone used one of the molds to cast a plate, so it seems you can use the casts for other purposes.  Although, I would think the resulting piece should be respectfully spiritual in nature.  The images from the stamps are very lovely and I think there would be lots of creative things to do with them.  Here’s (appropriately) the stamp of Saint George:

Saint George prosphora

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Thank you Fr. Aquaro for sharing your work with us.  Keep it up!