Who is the character in your watercolor paintings?
Her name is Lupita and she is a representation of women & girls across the world who seek out beautiful moments. I have several different collections of Lupita paintings reflecting the many sides of my Lupita character.
The Lupita on a Journey collection is my main collection and is inspired by the Japanese ancestor doll, where the viewer imagines the face of a loved one inside the blank face of the doll.
Other collections include the Lupita Sisters, Lupita Portraits, Lupita Dreams, and the beloved Lupita Monsters, who are full of mischief and often broken-hearted, a compliment to the sweeter Lupita versions.
This painting is part of a series I made in the Lupita on a Journey collection of Lupita with wings in different designs and colors. As you can see here, the years I lived in Japan have influenced my artwork a great deal, especially in terms of space and pattern.
[Japanese doll photo taken by Emily Lupita Plum-Guclu at a private home exhibit in Miyakonojo, Japan, 2003]