Robert Ytuarte: Muralist 


  

Robert Ytuarte artist and muralist, who created the mural The  American Dream.

Brenda L. Flores: Can you tell us a little bit about the mural?

Robert Ytuarte: What is it that you want to know about it? There is a lot to say about it.

Brenda L. Flores: How did it start?

Robert Ytuarte: Well George, the guy other there, can you see him?He approached me and commissioned me to start the mural in honor of his father.

Brenda L. Flores: He talked to you about what he wanted you to paint?

Robert Ytuarte: Yeah, al la fresco. On cement because it’s a concreate wall.

Brenda L. Flores: So what do you have to do to paint one face? How does he go about choosing who to paint?

Robert Ytuarte: We sat down and we discuss who should be on there and in what section. I actually paint one person at a time, but we already have in mind to do two, three or four, a group of guys or women.

Brenda L. Flores: How long does it take you to do one person?

Robert Ytuarte: Here, it takes me a long time. It takes me one to two weeks here in the restaurant because I paint while people are sitting and eating around me.  And I get interrupted a lot. Normally it takes me a couple of days to do one.

Brenda L. Flores: Do you sketch at your studio before you put it on the wall?

Robert Ytuarte: You’re correct. First we get the photograph and do research on the person so I can know a little bit about them incase I get asked questions.

Brenda L. Flores: Do you prefer painting more than pencil?

Robert Ytuart: I like to draw more, I think between painting or drawing I prefer to draw because there is a lot more freedom involved.

Brenda L. Flores: What advice would you give new artist?

Robert Ytuarte: Just keep drawing and painting everyday. Try to draw at least 15 to 30 minutes a day.

Brenda L. Flores: What are you working on now in your studio?

Robert Ytuarte: I’m doing the design for another mural that is going to be on that particular wall over there. The continuation of this particular mural.

Brenda L. Flores: Can you disclose that information?

Robert Ytuarte: It’s kind of secretive. You’ll see it when it’s up.

Brenda L. Flores: As a professional artist, do you still enter your work into contest?

Robert Ytuarte: I was never into contest. When I was a kid I competed once and I didn’t like the results that I was turned off so I don’t compete with other artist. I will submit work to be judged, but as far as competition, no.

Brenda L. Flores: Have you ever painted something and threw it away?

Robert Ytuarte: Not throw it away, just put it aside. I actually don’t throw my work away. Little drawings and stuff sometimes I’ll throw it away or draw over them or if it’s a mistake I will continue and it will develop into something totally different.

Brenda L. Flores: There is a lot of passion that goes into your work.

Robert Ytuarte: That’s what I d0. You put passion into what you do.

 

Thank you for stopping by and checking out my blog. I appreciate your love and support.

-Brenda L. Flores

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Interview #6: El Trio Los Oros

  
Los Trios- Lino Javier, Serafin Rodriguez, and Adan Ledezma 

Brenda L. Flores: How many years have y’all performed together? 

Adan Ledezma: 43years. We met at Mi Tierra. 

Brenda L. Flores: Has the music changed throughout the years? 

Adan Ledezma: Yes, people play more of Rancheras, Nortenias, Corridos, Mariachi and Banda music today. 

Brenda L. Flores: Why do you think sad songs are so popular? 

Adan Ledezma: Because we live in sad times and people are scared. 

Brenda L. Flores: Where are you from? 

Serafin Rodriguez: Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico. 

Brenda L. Flores: And you, Adan? 

Adan Ledezma: Michocan. 

Brenda L. Flores: When you sing Serafin you sing loud and with an extra ahh? 

Serafin Rodriguez: The customers want strong and happy songs. Not sad songs. They want to enjoy themselves. 

Brenda L. Flores: Based on your experience as a trio would you want others to continue this type of style of music? 

Serafin Rodriguez: Yes, but today’s generation is different. They have a different mentality.  They don’t want to learn or study this type of music. Romantic music. Their into other styles of music. I would love for the young to learn this type of music. 

Interview #5: The Zavala Brothers

  
Leonardo and Jose Zavala 

I’m Speaking with Leonardo while Jose is walking around in the restaurant.) 

Brenda L. Flores: How long have you and your brother played music together? 

Leonardo: For 46 years.

Brenda L. Flores: When did you decide that you both were going to work together? 

Leonardo: It just happened. We learned and studied in San Luis De La Paz with a teacher named Trinidad and since then we played together.

Brenda L. Flores: Who sings better? 

Leonardo: We both sing the same. 

Brenda L. Flores: Do you miss eachother when y’all are not working together? 

Leonardo: Yes. We are use to being with eachother. 

Brenda L. Flores: Where are y’all from? 

Leonardo: Guanajuato, Mexico. 

Brenda L. Flores: What is your favorite song to play? 

Leonardo: Gema 

Brenda L. Flores: When you sing it looks like you been through a lot? 

Leonardo: Life has given me lots of punches. 

Brenda L. Flores: What do you look forward to? 

Leonardo: Finding a girlfriend. 

Brenda L. Flores: What would you like to be remembered as? 

Leonardo: A musician with heart. 

Blog #15: Lolli and Pops 

   

    

 Lolli and Pops is a candy store at La Cantera Mall. I love going there to try and take some tasty treats home. There are many types of candy there like chocolates: m&m’s, candy bars, almonds covered in chocolates,hard candies like lollipops, jolly ranchers, flavored candy, and a variety of gummies Bears like chocolate covered, spicy and animals shaped. they also offer different brands of soda pops. You can have candies from different parts of the world. Which I think it’s neat. 

   
    
 My favorite is the pecan amaretto chocolate. I always buy and take some home. They are just too good to pass up. So if you want to make me smile just buy me some of these chocolate. Haha!

The workers always give a smile and are willing to help with recommendations. So go on and give it a try. 

To Delicious Candy! 🍫

– Brenda L. Flores 

Blog #14: Hobby Lobby 

  

I enjoy going to Hobby Lobby. I can find so must inspiration there and ideas go through my mind like where can I put this ornament to what am I going to create. 

My favorite aisle is the painting section. They have so much colors to  choose from. And when I look at the colors my mind starts envisioning of all the things to paint. I can’t draw. If you ask  me to draw something for you I probably won’t do a good job because all my paintings have been from my mind. I start from painting a line then I just go with the flow. I can see things like shapes and visions that come to my mind and  my imagination takes me to what comes next.  I can’t force it. It has to come from the heart. I got to say for someone who doesn’t know how draw, my painting come out very pretty. Lol. 

What I also like about Hobby Lobby is they always has sales like 20 percent or 30 percent everyday so it won’t cost you a lot to buy something from the store. I encourage you to go in there and see what you like and what you can do. It’s fun picking up good hobby. 

Cheers to painting pretty paintings! 

Brenda L. Flores 

Blog #13: Big Bibs 

  
I love BBQ and I have been to many BBQ places around town and out of town but this place takes first place. As soon as you walk in the staff is smiling at you and welcoming you. They have a great selection of BBQ items and delicious sides. 

Their brisket is very tasty and moist. They have some amazing sides like the baked potato casserole and potato salad. They even serve grape koolaid. 
  
They have a variety of sauces. If you combine the bib sauce and the tangy gold, you also get a great tasty sauce.   

They serve good portions too. I got a pound of brisket, a half of chicken, a large slide of potato salad and the delicious sweet potato casserole.

These feeds up to 3 people. I think it’s the best BBQ places in San Antonio. Yes, it’s better than Rudy’s. I recommend you to check the place out. You are going to leave BBQ happy. 

-Brenda L. Flores 

Blog #12: Brindles

  
San Antonio’s Best Ice Cream go to Brindles. They make great homemade ice cream. They have all types of ice cream and favors like Italian, gelato and the traditional ice cream flavors, vanilla, strawberry and chocolate. 

  
  
 My favorite favors are raspberry and cream cheese mixed together. I like going there. It’s very refreshing and cool. They also have very nice art from local artist on their walls.

It’s a great place to take your friends and family. I’m sure they are going to love it. 

Cheers to good Ice cream! 

Brenda L. Flores