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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Friday, March 22, 2013

Jesus Christ

Jesus the Christ
Public Domain

This work has been released into the public domain by its author, Beatriz Socorro Castillo.
This applies worldwide.
Beatriz Socorro Castillo grants anyone the right to use this work without any restrictions or conditions, unless such restrictions and conditions are required by law.

Jesus Christ

Oil on Canvas
by Beatriz Socorro

Monday, March 11, 2013

More Works in Progress...

I do work in a strange way...more works in progress.

Jesus the Christ
I overcame Death

The Immaculate Conception


Bitsy & Mani


Saturday, February 23, 2013

Cave Paintings & Pottery

Cave Paintings
Art History

Please click on images to enlarge.
To view the details of each work, click on the corresponding link.

Cro-Magnon Artist
Charles R. Knight, 1920
Courtesy of: Wikimedia.org  

Like I've said before, I believe everyone can paint.
Our ancestors knew how to paint before we, as a species,  knew how to write.
As children, even today, we all know how to paint before we learn how to write.

One of my favorite quotes:

When my daughter was about seven years old, she asked me one day what I did at work. I told her I worked at the college - that my job was to teach people how to draw.

She stared at me, incredulous, and said, "You mean they forget?" 

Howard Ikemoto Art-Quotes

This post is to honor the first artists we know of and, as you can see, some of them were excellent!

Chauvet Cave
Courtesy of: Wikimedia.org

Cave of Altamira, Spain
Courtesy of: Wikipedia.org

Lascaux Caves
Courtesy of: Wikimedia.org 

Lascaux Caves
Courtesy of:  Wikimedia.org

Addaura Cave
Courtesy of:  Wikimedia.org
Lascaux Caves, Wikimedia.org

Chauvet Cave
Courtesy of:  Wikimedia.org

Altamira Cave
Courtesy of: Wikimedia.org

Lascaux Caves
Courtesy of: Wikimedia.org

Laas Geel Cave
Courtesy of:  Wikimedia.org

Ice Age - Carved Bone
Courtesy of: Wikimedia.org

Here´s my version of how we discovered painting, stone carving, interior design & pottery:

A very restless child was playing with mud and making mud-cakes and throwing them into the fire when mom wasn´t looking.

Most likely, she was a little tomboy who would much rather be outside playing with the boys rather than sitting in the cave doing such boring things as cooking, cleaning and playing with straw dolls.

When mom came back to stir the fire and start dinner, she found the mud-cakes and, after giving the child a good scolding, she removed them.

To discipline her, she made her go sit in the corner.

Well, we all know how boring that can be !!!

 So, the child picked up a piece of charcoal that was laying nearby and started drawing on the wall.

When mom saw this, she was not very pleased !!!

She took away the coal and told her that now she would have to sit even longer until she learned to behave.

Now the child was REALLY upset !   So, she took a sharp stone that was laying close by and started angrily carving lines and circles and whatever she could imagine on the wall just to get even with mom.

Mom, was now getting really upset as well. There was no way to tame this little monster.

On the verge of a nervous breakdown, mom gave the child a bone and ordered her to go outside and play and hopefully get eaten by a dinosaur.

When mom calmed down, she realized that the clay had hardened and that it certainly would make a nice addition to the usual bamboo she had been using for containers.

She also saw that the drawing and the carving the child had done, actually made the cave look better.

Lo and behold...we had just discovered painting, carving, interior design and clay pottery!!

The oldest clay pottery known to man is from the Japanese early Jomon period.

Early Jomon Pottery
Courtesy of: Wikimedia.org

To learn more about the Jomon period, go to: Wikipedia.org

What did the first artists use for paint?
Berries, plants, animal blood, charcoal and minerals.

Here´s an interesting link: Pigments Through the Ages

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Yoko Ono

Contemporary Art
Modern Art
Art History 

Yoko Ono Celebrates 80th birthday


Yoko Ono´s  Current Art Show - 80 and still rocking. You go, girl !!!

Half-A-Wind Show

Yoko Ono´s Bio

Yoko Ono - Wikipedia

Monday, February 18, 2013

The Deer Dancer

Contemporary Art

I finally finished it   :)))))

The Deer Dancer
Oil on Canvas by Beatriz Socorro

If you want to know more about the Deer Dancer, go to:  The Deer Dancer

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Ancient Art II

Ancient Art
Art History

Alright!! After much difficulty, Maureen was able to open up the pictures in her DVD. I guess they were giving her a hard time too.

As I said before, forgive the quality but it is the content that counts.

If this is your first visit and you have not read the post on Ancient Art to which this one refers, go to:

Ancient Art

Click Photos to enlarge.

Museo Casa Santo Domingo, Antigua, Guatemala
(The Colonial Museum)
Photos by Beatriz Socorro

Detail of writing on the lady´s robe that was painted over...
I would be interesting to know what it originally said.

Thanks, Maureen !!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Vincent Van Gogh

Contemporary Art
Art History

I realized that when people would look at my painting of Van Gogh and Gauguin, they wouldn't notice that he was holding his ear.

Gees,  the most important part of the whole composition went unnoticed !

So, I added some blood.

Can you see it now?

Did he or didn´t he?
Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin
by Beatriz Socorro

Did Van Gogh cut his own ear off or did Gauguin do it? - The controversy...

Wednesday, February 13, 2013


Art History
Modern Art

Just in case you missed this interesting piece of news...

Picasso´s Secret?  Common House Paint - NBC News

He must be laughing right now   :))

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Deb Clem

Oil Painting Lessons
Oil Painting Demos

Being true to my promise to share with you any links that I come across with and that I believe will be helpful to you, be sure to visit:

Friday, February 8, 2013

Ancient Art - Ancient Civilizations

Art History
Ancient Art

  • Ancient Art
  • Mayan Aircraft
  • Ancient Skulls
  • Were the Asians in America before Columbus?
  • Did the Mayas disappear or are they really still among us?
  • Were there already blacks in America before Columbus? 
Warning: this post is only for people with open minds.

Casa Santo Domingo Museum, Antigua, Guatemala
(Museo Casa Santo Domingo, Colonial section)

When Maureen Seewald and I visited the Museo Casa de Santo Domingo in Antigua, Guatemala, we came upon this painting. Unfortunately, the camera we had at the time was not the best and since I didn´t know I would be using it later on a blog, I did not take as much care taking it as I should have. No flash, no tripod and low light...so excuse the quality but the content is what matters:

Photo by Beatriz Socorro
Museo St. Domingo, Antigua, Guatemala

Compare it to the "Glorification of the Eucharist" by Bonaventura Salimbeni, 1600, which now hangs in the church of San Lorenzo in San Pietro, Montalcino, Italy.

 "Glorification of the Eucharist"
 by Bonaventura Salimbeni, 1600

When I was a child, the nuns told us the globe between Jesus and God the Father was the earth. Now, as an adult,t I can see that it certainly has no resemblance to our planet but it certainly looks like a Sputnik.

The photo taken by me and posted above of the painting at Museo St. Domingo is only a detail of a larger painting that depicts Mary, Joseph and the baby, Jesus. The man on the cloud holding the sputnik is God the Father (?). While I was taking the photo, Maureen noticed that under the virgin´s robe something had been written and painted over. Upon closer observation I noticed that she was right. I took a photo of that as well but I think the aliens did something to my DVD because I cannot open it. I did ask Maureen to send me a copy since she also has copies of all the pictures we took during this trip. Hopefully they
won´t mess up her DVD as well  :)). As soon as she finds it and sends it, I will post it here.  I would love to know what was originally written on that robe that someone later decided to cover up.

NOTE: Maureen sent the missing pictures. To see them, go to:
Ancient Art II

To see photos of Sputnik : Sputnik 1 Satellite


I came upon the following websites years ago.

As you well know, one cannot believe everything one reads, sees or hears.

Being a skeptic about everything,   I verified that the paintings had not been touched up. I suggest you also do a separate search of each painting by author and museum.

You be the judge and reach your own conclusions...

crystalinks.com  - be sure you scroll all the way down on this one


In 1974, when I started the trip around South America with my two dogs, Fiera and Corky, I visited the Museo del Oro in Bogota, Colombia, (The Gold Museum). Like I said before, I am a museum junkie.

They had some of these little gold figures of what looked like airplanes but of course, at the time, the archaeologists claimed they were depictions of insects. Watch this video and you be the judge.

History Channel - Ancient Aircraft -  Watch a Mayan plane fly! Awesome Video !!

Dr. Ruth Hover


I took the following photos while dragging Maureen into every museum we happened to come across during  our road trip.

Please, click photos to enlarge.

Museum at the Pyramids of Montealban, Oaxaca, Mexico
Photos by Beatriz Socorro

Skull Trapenations

Archeological Museum, Comitán, Chiapas, Mexico
Photos by Beatriz Socorro

Notice the cheekbones as well...
can humans deform their cheek bones
in such a fashion?

Again, notice the cheekbones.

National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City
Photos by Beatriz Socorro

The Gods of the Lacandons, Metzabock, Chiapas, Mexico
Photos by Beatriz Socorro

Archaeologists claim that humans  purposely deformed their skulls. Well, I beg to differ. Even if they did deform their skulls how do you explain the size and volume on some of the skulls found in other places like Peru and Egypt? Humans might be able to deform their bones but I don´t think there was any way they could increase the size and volume.

I am sure that  there were some earthlings who were cons and purposely deformed their babies´ skulls to fool others into believing they too were related to the gods. But I am also sure they could not have achieved the volume and size  found in the other skulls not matter how hard they tried.

Would this also explain why the Pharaohs wore the hats that they did?

Here are a couple of interesting links:

1. Ancient Skulls

2. The Gods of Cholula

National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City
Photos by Beatriz Socorro


These sculptures were found in the Mayan, Aztec and Olmec Pyramids.

National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City
Photos by Beatriz Socorro

But if you still have any doubts that the Asians were here before the Spaniards, take a look at this:

The Purepechas at Paricutín Volcano,  Michoacán, Mexico
Photos by Beatriz Socorro

Not only were the Asians in Mexico before Columbus but they were in Peru before the Incas. Check out this link:

Gavin Menzies

The Purepechas


Archaeologists today claim that the Mayas disappeared. The funny thing is that I frequently see them walking around in Mexico.

I have seen some that look exactly like the Mayas in the murals in the Pyramids. So, when I see one, I approach them and say:  "You must be a ghost!"  They look at the crazy stranger (me) with surprise . And then I add, "Because, according to what archaeologists are saying nowadays, you people disappeared."

Then they give me a nod and a knowing smile.

I wish I had some photos of them to post here but I never ask them if I can take a photo. I don´t wish to offend.

But I have some of people we met in our travels.

Lake Atitlán, Guatemala

Lake Atitlán, Guatemala

Mayan doing Folklore Dance

Our Lacandon guide, Carlos,
making a walking stick for Maureen
Rafael Tarano Gonzalez
May we meet again.

Lacandon Boy
Mesmerizing Bitsy

National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City
Photos by Beatriz Socorro

If you want to see Mayas walking among us, travel to:

Palenque, Mexico
Metzabock, Chiapas
Lake Atitlán, Guatemala

Keep your eyes open as you walk the streets and you might be fortunate enough to see real Mayas, like the ones in the murals. And then you too can go up to them and say: "You must be a ghost!!"

Who are the Lacandons?

The Lacandons, Metzabock. Chiapas  - go to "language"  and choose English or whichever language you prefer.

The Lacandons - Wikipedia


National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City
Photos by Beatriz Socorro

The Olmecs

The Olmecs

I hope you enjoyed this ancient art and archaeology lesson. 

God Bless!!