Coming soon: Retablo for Lawndale Art Center fundraiser

Zinc retablo plate for Lawndale Art Center fundraiser

Full of possibility: Blank zinc plate for painting a retablo.

Every year, the Lawndale Art Center in Houston holds a fundraiser on the Day of the Dead, auctioning “retablos” made  and donated by local artists. They distribute blank zinc plates in late August to any artists who are interested. I dropped by on Wednesday, August 25 and got one of the last plates available.

In years past, I’ve painted whimsical, surreal animals in unusual situations: a crocodile-angel playing guitar on stage, a feline fairy godmother. I think I’m ready for a change this year, though. What do you think should be my subject?

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