Untitled acrylic painting on cardboard, 06.20.18

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Have been encouraging my mom for so long to go back to creating and today, after one year of me having given her some art supplies, she made something!

When I arrived last Saturday, she was really excited when I gave her a brand new canvas and was already dreaming of what she could paint on it. And, last night, I showed her a Bob Ross video and she was both, blown away & inspired! So, this morning, after neverending chores, she painted something.

It was her first time ever truly painting (something other than the house’s walls and tables haha) with acrylics. She did it on a 180gsm piece of blue paper which could have not ended well, since she was using a little too much water. But, she nailed it!

She was really proud of the results and had loads of fun. Now, she keeps talking about practicing until she gets the hang of it so she can paint on the canvas. I mean, look at her!

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Lots of love for my mom! ❀

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Happy birthday, mama!!

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I love this picture!

I love this picture!

My mother is literally one of the most beautiful and bravest women that I have ever met. And today was her 54th birthday.

Years go by and yet she still remains as beautiful. I am so thankful for all that she is and all that she gives. And I just can’t wait to see her again!

I initially came up with three different ideas in my sketchbook of what I could paint for her. But since I couldn’t make up my mind on which to choose, I decided I would simply paint them all and then pick the best out of them. I had enough time on my hands and of course, I could definitely have used more painting practice!

Last night, at around midnight, I finally completed all three paintings. But, with my tired eyes facing my beautiful creations, I still couldn’t pick one. So I figures, since it is my mom’s present, I will let her pick.

And so, this morning, I call her to wish her the most happiest birthday and I present to her the three 20×20 paintings and tell her that she’s free to choose whichever she prefers. And so, my mom finds it hard as well to choose one and therefore decides that she wants all of them!

Haha So that’s the story behind them, now here’s all of them with some details. It is all flower themed and somehow ended up more like an under water theme…

It was really fun to make! And I really enjoyed working on three at once which allowed me to switch freely from one to the other whenever I felt like I needed a break or while one needed to dry before a next step.

She loved all of them and I am proud of them. So, it’s a perfectly executed job!

I just can’t wait to see her again!!! ❀

The Fool, acrylics on canvas, 05.25.18

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Still listening to City of Stars on repeat. Painted this last night. I was still trying to practice some floral moves for my mom’s birthday present, but I lost all control. The song drove me there. I love my story behind this painting, but I won’t share it out loud, just so you have all the room for your own interpretation! πŸ˜‰

I’m not as proud of it as of my last painting(click here if you haven’t seen it yet), but like I literally just said, I love what it tells and it’s pretty colorful which feels good to look at. And yet, there’s still a little bittersweetness that linger in the back of my mouth when I look at it.

Until next post, keep dreaming through the storms! ❀

Untitled acrylic painting, 05.21.18

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Needed some practice before I start working on my mom’s and brother’s birthday presents. I haven’t painted anything since E’s b-day present!! So, I’m a little rusty and I want my family’s paintings to be as good as it gets!

So, I painted this, on a piece of cardboard:

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I originally intended it to be orientated “upside down” so that it would look like the blue flowers shed their leaves into the fire. But after thought, I realized it would be perfect the other way around! Anyways, here’s some details:

I am so proud of it, honestly! It came out a little messy since I didn’t plan anything, and so my layering was a little “nonsense”, as Emily&Adam like to put it. But the colors are so vibrant and the story it tells is subtle enough that it doesn’t refrain you from enjoying the vibrant colors!!

Yay πŸ˜€

Watercolor portrait of Dee, 04.01.18

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Hi! Yesterday I was trying desperately to learn intervals on the guitar and do some sight reading too and what made it better was having Dee by my side.

For those who don’t know, Dee is the impersonation of my friendship with Esther and therefore is filled with love, darkness and weird. She gave him to me last Christmas and ever since he’s been like our little mascot! He’s always with us when we hang out!

So, as Dee had been staring at me for a couple hours and I needed a break, I figured I could use some watercolor practice and he deserved a beautiful portrait!

So here’s Dee in the woods. Sorta. Behold:

Big boy on his school picture! hehe

I’ve gotten better at watercolor since my first attemptΒ when I bought some watercolor pencils(which have now been passed onto my best friend, Lilly)! But there’s still a long way to go…

It’s hard to control the water properly and also I have a hard time getting any details really. But I’ll get there!

I used pastel in the sky and a little bit in the dark areas below the trees too. Oh and for the black in his eyes since I don’t have black in my palette!

The trees were painted in the same style I made this watercolor back at my mom’s place last year.

I like it very much!! Took me longer than it should have but I’ve been very distracted lately and lacking energy too which renders me slower than usual.

Anyways. That’s probably gonna be my only art of the day!

I’ve got some guitar to do now and also, maybe before, go for a fucking walk to allow my mind to breathe a bit!

Just two more pictures! Side to side:

Until next post, practice, practice, practice! But don’t forget to take breaks, drink lots of water and stretch&move to keep your wonderful bodies and minds healthy! ❀

P.S.: I had forgotten to add the links to my previous posts like a silly goose I am! But it’s all fixed now! x)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ESTHER

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(this is not going to be a long post because I’ve already written her a long enough letter hehe and also I don’t have much time to write right now)

Today is Esther’s birthday! She is turning 19!

I’m really happy that she is my friend. She is so daring, caring, intelligent, funny, beautiful and much much more. She inspires me in many ways and just, really brings smiles to my face and warmth to my heart all the time.

I always rejoice in her presence, so much that, every week a part of me spends all its energy longing for the weekend when we finally meet again. We do the silliest things together and we open up our hearts too, sometimes all at once! And it’s a lovely bloody mess!

This is a beautiful thing that we have and, even though it is not my place to make a wish on this day, I surely hope that this friendship lasts and lasts and lasts…

So, anyway. Like I said, she got a letter already so I must cut this short!

I’m only here to share her birthday present which is, I quote, “the best present ever” and equally, possibly the most amazing piece I have ever created so far. Jk.

The reality of it is that it is a monstrosity that can only be appreciated by the two of us since it is a mash up of two of our inside jokes/homemade memes.

Behold, the painting:

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It is what it is. I won’t explain anything. We know and that’s what matters. Ha ha.

I spent a mere three hours working on it. Might have went faster had I not been laughing every step of the way! I swear, I was going for a simple thing and then the idea of our joke hit me and I was like “No…. YES!”. And I laid down the base for it on the canvas. And then the second one hit me and at first I was scared of what power was inspiring me such daring combination. And eventually I gave in.

It was such a fun painting to make. It’s always fun to make things for the people you love, anyway. But I mean, that one was literally funny to make! And, since she loved it so much, it makes it all even more worth it! I’m proud of it and I’m proud of us!

A couple years ago, hell, last year even(!), had you told me I would become friends with a Spanish girl I would’ve screamed “Get out of my face!”. But Life has a way to scratch you right on the itch… weird way to put it i know My many years of school had me develop a small aversion to the Spanish language so, of course, in my mind it would have been impossible. Yet, here we are. And she even has me wanting to learn Spanish again!.. Boy, if that ain’t love, I don’t know what is! πŸ˜‰

I love you, Esther, tu vales mucho a mis ojos! ❀

BONUS: happy little deer with her love-infused monster

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My first adventure with Bob Ross

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Oh, hi everyone! It’s been a while. I know. February took very unexpected turns but it is none of worries today. (I’ll definitely write about it later on, to reclaim my sanity!)

This post is about something bright and something I’m proud of!

I remember ever since I introduced the kids I mind to Bob Ross, Emily has been asking me when I would try to paint like him because he is “SOOO COOOL” and “WE LOVE BOB ROSS” and today we had the perfect conditions. Well, not so perfect since Emily wasn’t feeling good but it allowed us to chill. We were just going to do some simple drawing to wait and see if her headache would go away but then I had the idea! And finally, I got to try and create with Bob Ross!! ❀

I’d just like to point how amazing Emily and Adam are though. For one, for liking Bob Ross (among so many other “old” awesome stuff) but also for their patience, man… Emily had to sit this one out but Adam stuck through it. It took us one hour and a half to complete his 30 minutes painting and Adam kept at it. Sure, by the end of it he was getting a lil bit tired of it but… That is still 200% amazing, ain’t it?

Anyway. The painting we tried to reproduce was Change of SeasonsΒ and you can watch it on YouTube if you want to (and maybe try it out for yourself! πŸ˜‰ ). I already knew it wouldn’t be as easy as he makes it seem, but, to make it even harder, I was using pastels instead of actual paint. Obviously, it was a chill afternoon and I didn’t wanna get too messy with my acrylics!

Here’s a side to side of Adam’s and mine:

Overall, I am really proud of what I did! And proud of Adam for being so into it!

It was hard to follow him; he’s super fast! I had to pause every change of color (at least!) and then unpause ten minutes later when I was done catching up! Ha ha

But I was simply struggling with the pastel itself. I’m still not very used to the media even though the winter landscape tutorial I followed last month helped me understand it better (Oops! I forgot to post it on here… Will do later, promise!). The main struggle was that the colors kept mixing. Like, for example when trying to get some white on the mountains, it would just mix with the dark brown underneath. Basically, everything with the palette knife was hard for me to reproduce with pastels.

Also, I ran out of space for the whole painting. At first I was like, “oh, his canvas is square and my paper is rectangle….” but it didn’t hit me that I would run out of space instead of having too much! When I got to the mountain, I got way too excited because it was so fun and they came out very nicely. And so we went on, and then I realize that he has loads of dark paint left under the mountains and I look at my page and… Oops! I still managed to fit a little bit of water at the very bottom of the page though! Ha ha ha

“No mistakes, just happy accidents”

It was loads of fun though. And I loved how Adam was really into it too! Not as hard as I expected but still hard, especially with my silly pastels instead of brushes. Without a doubt, it was a lovely activity to end the afternoon!

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I’ve always thought that Bob Ross & chill would be a perfect date for me. And after that, I can only confirm it would be the most perfect one! Not necessarily for a date either! I think it is a nice bonding experience! Whether it be with a friend, a family member or your lover; YES.

It might not be as relaxing as you’d expect it to be. Sometimes it is more of a Panic! with Bob Ross than “Chill” but it is fun! And once you’re done, you can only be proud of having made a thing, no matter what it looks like.

This literally made me so happy! Wow!

I’ll leave you with a slideshow of my progression. Pretty sure it took us around an hour and a half but I didn’t check exactly so I can’t really tell. He he.

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Until next post, keep the light on! ❀