"ARROYO"

A dry channel through which water flows intermittently and irregularly. Kind of like this blog.

My art is an infectious need for me, sometimes a burden but most often a blessing.

This blog is about me and my obsessions, my loves, my need to create and my need of JUNK. I'm addicted to thrift stores, estate sales, flea markets and all roads leading off the beaten track to discover that perfect piece of junk. I recycle old license plates, old shovels, wheelbarrows, saw blades and anything else that's funky using my hand held plasma cutter. I love working with steel, sculpting, photography, watercolor painting, stained glass, and turning everyday utilitarian objects into art. Junked cars ~ I will always veer off the path to search out the beautiful wrecked Arroyo JunKers throughout Arizona, New Mexico and anywhere else the road may lead. When I'm not searching for those JunKers
I ~ RESURRECT ~ STEEL

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Our Lady of Guadalupe


Growing up in New Mexico and being around a very religious culture, I’ve always been drawn to the images of Saints and the retablo’s that you find throughout New Mexico.

I love the style of these images where they look old and weathered and are made in funky old frames and boxes of reused items.   

So, I decided to make my own religious item using the patron saint of Mexico, Our Lady of Guadalupe. She is also the Patron Saint of the Americas, for all favors in sickness, all evil and War.


 I took and old board cut it to size, 
painted some beautiful turquoise blue on it, 
 cut out my pattern with my handy dandy plasma cutter 
and held it there with some rust painted tacks.

A humble adobe structure The Santuario de Guadalupe is located in Santa Fe and was built by Franciscan missionaries between 1776 and 1795, this is the oldest shrine in the United States honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe.

7 comments:

stonepost said...

SooZeQue, what an artist! What a great idea! and what a steady hand you have! Great Job!

rama said...

That was really good, the color, the cutting, everything so perfect. You seem to be blessed with good hands.

Mary C. Nasser said...

Beautiful cutting and colors!!

So glad I found you through the miz kate dot com Artist blog hop!
I am your newest blog follower. :)
Looking forward to seeing your upcoming posts!

I welcome you to check out my art blog, too!

Best,
Mary C. Nasser
http://www.marycnasser.com/blog.html

Denni said...

Did you say old? Weathered? I'm right there with you! I love anything from another time.
I like the rusted Guadalupe she is fabulous!

Kim said...

hi SooZeQue
I've added your blog to TAD (under S)...thanks for the link back :)...please email me image and bio to add to your listing...thank you

Barry said...

SZQ - the contrast of the rust against the blue is very striking - always amazed by the control you seem to have with your hand held cutter. Love the shot of the church - solid rustic feel about it. Go well. B

Anonymous said...

soozeque, sending you love (from Dorothy) and admiration (from Patrice) in NM!!

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