Fiesta San Antonio is the soul of the city. Although it is technically only a weeklong event at the end of April – filled with street parades, river parades, festivals, and balls – the city’s citizens and businesses always find a way to stretch it out into a whole month. And with that amount of non-stop socializing, excessive partying, and still having to go into work on Monday, it is no wonder that this city has become well stocked in coffee shops. I particularly appreciated this when I participated as a Duchess in the 2013 Fiesta. When you have to be dressed and ready at a parade route by 8 am - after attending a ball the night before - your saving grace, your life line, your power to fight away the puffy eyes … is caffeine. And LOTS of it.
Fast forward to a couple years later, … while I was working as a veterinary technician, I often had to give IV and subcutaneous fluids to patients. I have the distinct memory of thinking to myself one day, “Ya know, wouldn’t it be nice if us San Antonians could have an IV of caffeine for Fiesta week?” And from that point it was just a funny, random thought that remained in my mind.
As I built up my Fiesta inspired collection, Viva by VC Art, I started thinking – how could I make this funny idea into a painting? The image of IV bags filled with coffee popped into my mind, and I thought that arranging the bags in a symmetrical formation would give them an “pop art” feel (rather than a scary medical feel). The final touch to brighten up the painting was making the background a vibrant, beautiful color that would complement the brown of the coffee. So, I chose one of my favorite colors to use when painting, a turquoise blue swirled with a pearlized blue.
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Viva Fiesta, ya'll!!