My students did fantastic work this year…here are the best of their finals: Animated Holiday Cards! This is the link to a playlist, so the 7 holiday messages will follow each other without any prompting on your part. All but one have sound – enjoy!:

And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars.

Revelation 12:1

Blue Maria

On this final day of Loving Lupita, A Virgin a Day, I’m posting one of my favorite images of Maria, a reference to the Black Madonna.

Again, thanks to Rebecca Brooks for creating her beautiful gallery/altar/meeting place and to the many Maria Verehrerinnen (devotees) I’ve met while participating during these last few days.

So glad I found you all!

Day 11 of Loving Lupita!

Mary with Berries

In this version of the Maria retablo, Mary has short hair and what kind of berries? (I don’t know their name, but photographed them in Ohio and loved their bright red roundness, still present even close to winter!)

A question to viewers: Does anyone know of any online virtual altars or holy spaces? The only places I know of are ones like these

Day 10 of Loving Lupita!

Tropical Maria: Verstell' Dich Nicht blue

This is a digitally collaged version of a retablo of the Virgin Mary, which I made to offer aid, comfort, solace and a smile to women who have suffered, directly or indirectly, from breast cancer. The words under Mary’s feet, Verstell’ Dich nicht mean, in German, “Don’t be someone you are not”. The lush background is meant to remind the viewer of the beauty of life and the world in which we live. Mary herself visually displays the traits of a woman with cancer: The hair loss from chemo, a huge blossom covering her breastlessness? She is meant to serve as both a mirror and deity.

The original altar screen that serves as the source material for my work can be seen here along with many other beautiful retablos.

Retablos were often physically transported to those in need. I question whether digital retablos – if they can be referred to as such – can also be viewed as “portable” objects for worship and support. Pls let me know what you think in the comments!

Thank you to all who welcomed me/my work so warmly yesterday. I had little time to respond but am very grateful for your responses and the purported (by wordpress) 75 views per hour (!!).

I am honored to participate in the online Loving Lupita series.Mary in Venlo

This image of Mary, inserted into the face of the Rathaus in Venlo, Holland and surrounded by lights, was one of the first digital images I made of the Nuestra Señora de la Purisima Concepcion. She is not only lit and called attention to by the glittering frame around her, but also – and primarily – by the full moon in this night sky.

Oh my…Wynonna Judd, amazingly beautiful, funny and talented & Billy Dean, handsome, gentle, generous and another incredibly talented singer/writer: 2 concerts in two nights. What to do with so much inspiration?

First, a photo of Wynonna and her husband/drummer Cactus Moser that truly exemplified the evening at the Oak Ridge Boys Theater: Lots of love, Wy’s incredible voice & songs & fun. The crowd was quiet but appreciative and Wy allowed fans to run up to the stage and take photos.

Thanks to Wy for tweeting my photo (below)!

Wy & Cactus in Branson

Kunstsommer-Arnsberg 2014

Just returned from teaching a 3-day silhouette animation workshop at the Kunstsommer-Arnsberg 2014, which was a fantastic experience! The participants were eager to learn and remained enthusiastic for all three 7-hour days. The workshop was really well organized and between myself and organizer Ute Vollmer, we had everything the animation-heart could desire, including a very happy & harmonious atmosphere.

This first video is a montage of some beginning exercises.

This is our group film, shot and completed on the last day of the workshop:


Special thanks to Peter Kleine, Director of the Cutural Office in Arnsberg.


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