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Puerto Rico Art, Puerto Rican Art

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

Many of my best customers are from Puerto Rico.  I love Puerto Rico and on my brief trip to there I brought back many visual memories I wanted to put into my art.  Puerto Rico is a wonderful place and I will go back.  Some of the things that struck me, and appartently most people who visit Puerto Rico were the Maga Flowers, El Morro, the colorful houses, the Taino, the Vejigante.

 I worked hard to capture the spirit, colors and life of Puerto Rico.  The El Morro painting is one that does just that.  All of my original paintings from Puerto Rico have sold.  The fine prints are still available and are still very popular.  I intend on returning to Puerto Rico very soon.

If you have anything special from Puerto Rico that you would like me to capture in a painting please write me and let me know.  Below please find the works I have done for Puerto Rico.El Moro Painting

The Maga Flower

Friday, June 29th, 2007

The Maga Flower

 

Maga is closely related to hibiscus but unlike the common hibiscus, the Maga is a tree. The maga is native to Puerto Rico and is grown in tropical climates as an ornamental plant, but it’s valued elsewhere for its durable timber, which is used for furniture.The Hibicus blooms in a wide variety of colors, but it is the red from Montezuma speciosissima which is the official flower of Puerto Rico. You can find it in few countries in the Caribbean and in the South of  Florida. It can reach between 9 to 15 meters high (30 to 50 feets),. The tree blooms with 5 petals red flowers all year long. The Maga flower is also known as “flor de Candelaria” and is considered a Puerto Rican symbol.

Colibri Hummingbird

Friday, June 29th, 2007


Colibries

The colibri (hummingbird) is a sacred symbol for the Taino Indians, and its image is displayed in the head and on the main page. It is sacred because the hummingbird is a pollinator and therefore disseminator of new life. It symbolizes the rebirth of the Taino Indigenous Nation in the Caribbean. The bird is found on many Caribbean islands, but the most sacred species is the Guani, which 500 years ago inhabited all the islands, but today is confined to Cuba. Although the smallest of the

Caribbean hummingbirds, only about the size of a penny, it is known by the mountain people as the most noble warrior of the valiant Colibris. In the Caribbean the Colibri is also called Zoom Zoom, Zumbador, Pajaro Mosca and Guacariga. It is greenish blue in color. The ancient Taino stories call him the Guaracacigaba or Guacariga, which means the “Rays of the Sun.” They say that the Colibris at one time were flies that were one day converted into little birds by the Sun Father.

Coqui Frog

Friday, June 29th, 2007

Coqui

The coquí – little frog, as it is called in Puerto Rico, has only a minute tail when it is born, and this quickly disappears. Its length ranges between 15mm-80mm and the color of the coquí varies considerably – green, brown and yellowish, sometimes having touches of different colors or two dorsolateral stripes. The genera Eleutherodactylus, which in Greek means free toes. As the name indicates, this genera has no inter digital membrane, which could indicate that they are not adapted to swim. All coquies have disks or pads on the tips of their toes, to help them adhere to surfaces, like moistened leaves. Coquis reproduce year-raound in Puerto Rico, but breeding activity is concentrated in the wet season. This species utilizes internal fertilization and like other eleutherodactylids, the fertilized eggs undergo direct development, rather than passing through a free-living larval (tadpole) stage, which means the parents don’t have to lay their eggs on water, as it happens with other amphibians. The “tadpole” stage occurs entirely within a terrestrial egg, rather than as a free-living larval stage, and adult features form directly, sometimes bypassing the stages normally present in tadpole ontogeny (Hung and Elinson 1996, Hanken et al. 1997). Thus, a tiny but fully functional froglet hatches directly from the egg. Coquis deposit 4-6 clutches of about 28 eggs each (range 16-41) per year, with a development period of 17-26 days. Males guard the eggs to keep them from drying out and remain in the nest for a few days after they emerge. It is a very popular creature throughout the island and enlivens the evenings with its timid ko-kee from which it get its name. The coquies begin to sing when the sun goes down at dusk, singing all night long until dawn. The male coquí sings – not the female. You can find the coquí nearly everywhere, from the margins of the forests where the areas receive large amounts of moisture, in highlands, lowlands, dry and arid places, even in caves depending on the species.

Click the coqui above to see a great example of Puerto Rico art also known as Puerto Rican Art.

Puerto Rico art

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

Isla Coqui Art\

Puerto Rico art