That aside, as a part of my first post I had intended to include both of Mrs. Jennings' books, but my illustration of Rosa took a little extra time, so as she well deserves, Mrs. Rosa Garner gets her very own post.
Sixty Acres and a Bride...
How can you not pick up a book with such a captivating title and cover design? I absolutely love that the heroine of this story is a spunky young woman from down south in Mexico! If you haven’t gotten the chance to read this debut novel by Regina Jennings, I highly recommend it. It won’t disappoint.
There’s a lot to be said about the story, but for now, I’ll just go into my favorite part which takes place in the heart of the story and centers on a traditional Mexican dance called la Mariposa. When I read about Rosa dancing la Mariposa I was sure I’ve seen the dance preformed before. Growing up in San Diego, CA I was exposed to many cultural gems and got to see the traditional dancers performing at my school, in Balboa Park, and Old Town through the years. I always loved watching the ladies twirl with their bright and colorful skirts creating such beautiful arcs of movement! So, of course when I went to draw Rosa, I had to pose her ready to dance!
Rosa loves to embroider so I added some detail to her blouse, inspired from the images on this site:
|Weston can't handle it|
That's all for now, thanks for stopping by!
For further reading, Mrs. Jennings has a fun short story on her blog, a journal entry by Rosa, which was a part of a project among several author's called the Hope Chronicles. Check it out:
The Hope Chronicles Blog Posting:
The Author's Website: