Soldiering on

image courtesy  Joanna van der Gracht Rosado

Adelita is the nickname that was given to the  women who fought in the Mexican revolution. I dressed up as one for the Grito party, Joanna gave in September. The Adelita is a powerful symbol, a strong woman, combination soldier, camp follower, nurse, often carrying a baby on her back alongside her rifle.

Darstellung zweier Soldaderas image courtesy Wikipedia Deutsch

Carrying on my La Calavera Catrina theme, this week’s painting combined an iconic image of an two Adelitas that I found on Wikipedia’s German Language Edition, with a calavera catrina. Spanish spellings seem to be variable because I have seen the word written as canterina, catrina and catarina, today, I am using catrina. Tomorrow? Who nows?

For now I have separated the two companions. I am planning on painting the remaining Adelita next week and perhaps the two together after that.

About Theresa Diaz Gray

Born in New York City, I grew up in California, and have lived in 3 countries and 6 states. I'm a first generation Cuban-American who lives in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. I'm committed to living an abundant and creative life and helping others do so too through DIY!


  1. Brenda, thank you.


  2. Steve, thanks, I think. Mistress of discipline? meaning is in the eye of the beholder, afterall.

    Gloria, thank you so much.


  3. Oooh excellent combination Theresa. I love your work.

  4. Nice artistic combination. Death and mistress of discipline combined.

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