I am working on COURAGE! I have been postponing many important things for a while …lacking a bit of courage. Lack of courage is just FEAR and as someone wrote (don’t remember who) “YOUR FEAR IS BORING”…and it means …MY FEARS WERE BORING ME.
So..in a lonely Sunday and watching Leap Day (the Movie) I start fooling around with a mixed media I made a few years ago thinking about how I can put my art in a Wall Calendar and this one below came up…Not that bad, isn’t it?
I decided I will be creating one page of a calendar each day and will be doing a COURAGE PRACTICE each day for the next 11 days until I finish the art for a 12 months calendar. I thing I might enjoy it…
During the upcoming months we will be moving…a new web page is on the way…soon. I have to solve some issues but as soon as they are done….a new home, a new place..and a new life will be born…. Stay tuned, I am writing again, for good.
Wishing you all the goodness the life can bring!!
Yesterday, as I was making some shores, I noticed that some stores just started with the Christmas decorations. Then I remember that last year I wanted to offer the Three Wise Men Giclees on time for Christmas and then I was too late for that. So now I am offering the opportunity to order these three 10″x30″ Three Wise Men Giclees printed in high quality Canvas with high quality archival inks. They were reproduced form an original mixed media in which I used my own painted papers. The gifts they have in their hands are made in ceramic. The original ones have these gifts and for this sale I will be sending them with the ceramic gifts…and I am serious!!!… The only thing is that you have to wait a little bit until the ceramic pieces are ready, but that will just add a week and a half to be delivered. You can buy them un stretched or stretched.
Each piece is 10″x30″. It is easier to deliver not stretched canvases but I if you wish they can be sold stretched or even framed. They look absolutely gorgeous in any space. It could be a great corporate gift for that special employee.
Any special or custom order just send me a comment or an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Wishing you a blissful time and blessings,
In the middle of the storm we can find ways to clean our minds and get some fresh air! I love my morning walks. I can’t recall how many times I take the same shots. It is not a secret that nature is my inspiration. I enjoy looking at trees with some small branches coming out of the trunk. The images below are an inspiration. How many different designs I have dreamed with them!!At least I made this decorative plate with some branches inspired in….My Morning Walks…..
This one is already at the Old San Juan Store PR Art and Crafts….
Wishing you Peace….. Always
It’s been a while since I wrote in my blog. Life is complicated but I am very glad I came here today, because, in fact, I love to write but can’t find the appropriate moment and enough quality time to make it happen.
I was invited by my talented and super kind artist and friend Kelly Thiel. We haven’t met in person but I am completely sure one day we will have that opportunity and will be talking for many many hours. Kelly and I share the love for ceramic and we both work on painting and mixed media. She was very supportive and collaborated with my Ceramic E-Course and I am very grateful for her constant friendship even that there are many many miles between us.
What am I working on?
This is tough….My bags are full right now and I am working on many projects that were postponed or on hold for a few years. Mostly, I am working on providing the stores that sell my art in Puerto Rico enough ceramic pieces, prints, bookmarks, pillows. This is my main work..but..I am very busy revising the two e-courses I once designed and creating a new one that will be only in Spanish, for now. Course 1: Creating Ceramics with Clay Slabs has a few of the pieces I still sell as part of the projects. Course 2: From a Printable Art to Multiple Products is about the business of making multiple products from a digitized and printable art. I use my paintings and mixed media work in different products like tiles, pillows, giclees, ornaments, wall key holders and more. This E-Course has everything I learned but explained in detail. I spent many many hours learning the technology and solving problems with the equipments and the idea is that the participants could learn everything from one source and in an easier way. Both course are full os information and videos and are available from the moment the registration is completed and approved. Both will be available for the participants for one whole year. This is very convenient. You can check them HERE! The Spanish course will be a combination of PhotoShop, the basic tools to get to work with your art and how to make patterns with a simple or a combinations of hand drawn icons or images taken from your art. I was asked to make this one by some friends in Puerto Rico. It will be in the form of a PDF and some live classes.
I am also working with my art and how I can get it into licensing, which is a process I started a few years ago but was on hold for a while.
Another important thing I am working is creating new art or reworking old art that for some reason I was not completely satisfied. Here is one that I finished today, a reworked one: The Journey:
The following has a story in it. I made this one in a “Basic Painting Class”, which happened to be not that basic. A long story short, after more than 10 years, I erased the coffee pot on the right and painted it again and added a few collage papers. I also changed the color of the background. Now, I am happy with the result.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
My art journey has transformed me and my art expresses that path. It is a very intuitive process, mostly whimsical, cheerful with some words of inspiration depending of the medium used. Most of the mixed media art have collage in it and inspiring words or quotes. Another thing that differs from others is the intuitive palette of colors I use and the fact that I don’t plan what I am going to work or even the palette, I go with the flow. Most people recognize I have a very personal and colorful palette, even in the ceramic work. I am inspired by nature mostly and every day life and my childhood has some influence in my style.
Why do I create what I do?
There is no right answer for this one but the most important one is because I love what I do and I feel inspired. I enjoy the process of creating and it is a life style. I am creating all the time, and this means I am passionate about what I create. I sell most of my work because I need to have a living but could be making it even if I don’t need the money.
How does my creative process work?
My creative process has a lot of inspiring moments and it is mostly intuitive. I see something, anything and it is possible that I could get inspired by a small detail and my mind transforms it in a complete image that can be translated into an art piece. Or I just wake up with an image. It all depends. Sometimes I decide to work in, lets say an elephant, but then I start working on it and the process runs intuitively, even the colors I choose during the process. When I create a collage painting I choose different papers from my already made painted papers in different colors. I paste them intuitively in a way that makes me feel comfortable and happy. Then I draw or paint over the collage the theme that was chosen (at this moment that can also change). I let it rest for a while, hours, days or weeks and then I finish it with details I love. The process with the ceramics is similar but it is a very different medium. Mostly, I think of something for some time, it can be years, and one day Voila…it is done. There are other pieces, like the boat below that was conceived in a moment when I had a few pieces of slabbed clay and it just “appeared” on my mind. After that first one I create a paper mold so I can reproduce it. This has to be done because once the stores start selling it I have to make a lot more.
I loved writing this post, it reminded me how much I love what I do and that I need to find some time to come over and right more.
You are welcome to visit these three artists that are part of this blog tour Stephanie Amos, from KoiSudios, Leanne Wargowsky, From Chaos Comes Happiness and Kim Gann from Kim Gann Art. They are talented artists whom I am happy to know through the fantastic world of the internet. I was blessed to meet Leanne in person in Puerto Rico and Kim and I share the SURTEX experience since 2012.
Best Wishes, Always,
HOW TO BUY MY WORK: Giclees on high quality paper are available to buy from both arts at my easy shop or simply email me at email@example.com. If you live in Puerto Rico or you are around visiting please visit the following Stores where my art and products are sold.
MAPR (Museum of Art of Puerto Rico)
Jose de Diego Street
The Smart Shop
Ponce de Leon Avenue,
Old San Juan, PR
PR Arts & Crafts
Old San Juan, PR
Or if you visit the beautiful tropical forest El Yunque in Rio Grande, please stop by:
Caribbean Trading, Co.
El Yunque Area
Rio Grande, PR
I have been working in projects that will help me continue my journey as an artist. I don’t want to be in the wave of negativity and think that things will be worst, I just can’t think like that. Like Einstein, I am a truly believer that when we face difficult situations and when we are in a critical times, creativity happens.
Today, I want to share this quote from one of my favorite persons of all times, Albert Einsten..
“Do not pretend that things will change if we always do the same. The crisis is the best blessing that can happen to people and countries, because the crisis brings progress. Creativity is born from the distress, as the day is born from the dark night. It is in crisis that invention, discovery and large strategies are born.Who ever overcomes crisis, outdoes himself without being overcome.
Who attributes their failures to the crisis and neglects, violent his own talent and gives most respect to the problems rather than solutions. The real crisis is the crisis of incompetence. The drawback of people and countries is laziness to find solutions to their problems. without crisis there are no challenges, without challenges life is a routine, a slow agony. without crisis there is no merit. It is in the crisis where the best of each other rise up, without crises any wind is caress. Talk of crisis is to promote it, and silent in the crisis is to exalt conformity. Instead of that, work hard. Get it over with the only crises threatening, that is the tragedy of not wanting to fight for it. “
“Without challenges, life is a routine”…I can tell that mine is not a routine at all. Every month, every week, every day, every hour of the day I have to face the challenge that I am the sole provider and that my art is my only way of living. I have learned many lessons since I have been living as an artist while facing difficult personal situations and this is something I am very proud of. Last week I was trying to find ways to improve my life as an artist and was asking myself what is that thing that makes me feel anxious and I found the answer, which I have known for a long time. I don’t enjoy the selling and marketing part of living as an artist. I also learned that receiving a no was in fact a paralyzing thing in my life as an artist. I am very lucky to have great stores selling the art for me. This is something I am very very grateful, because it is not me who sells, who markets. Apart for the joy and excitement of having my art displayed in stores, I was looking for licensing deals because this way I don’t have to sell or market. So, my main goal working as an artist, apart for making art that I like, was finding ways of selling without selling. I can remember that a long time ago I said to myself this: “I want to make something that people will look for it, that people will call me so they could have what I made and that I don’t have to try to make them buy it”… And I am still in that thinking…for good or bad.
I am very successful selling to stores because they see potential best sellers in my art, but selling at whole sale prices that one and only thing you had to make by yourself is not financially acceptable, at least for me. If I could sell at retail prices, that will make a big difference. Besides that, when you sell something that has to be doubled of tripled it is really difficult to get to the right price and that it will sell great. I have 18 years experience making ceramics and selling them this way and it is not that easy, maybe it was at some point, but not at this stage of my life. I need and long for more freedom, which it is not possible when you have to produce them yourself. If I get sick, I don’t produce, If I spend time on vacations or family or simple pleasures, I don’t produce. Besides that, I love to make new things and producing one piece over and over again is not really cool, at least for me.
I have a lot of opportunities, with my ceramic art and now with the mixed media, where I don’t have to produce it by myself, like for example, licensing and/or working for a company who can use my designs to manufacture their products, which AVON did in 2002. Last week I finally accepted that my fear to the word “NO” was paralyzing me. I don’t know where that fear came from, but it is real. When I figured out all the time that I have lost because of that fear I said to myself..”I will overcome that fear”. The truth is that it is easier to say it than it is to make it happen.
Last week I found a post about an artist journey and it started with how she reached for the best and worth things to make while trying to live with her art. I found the post very insightful and appropriate for this specific time of my life and I bookmarked it. I didn’t finish reading it and yesterday when I was trying to think of how to overcome the “NO” I stumbled by accident on the bookmarked post and “VOILA”….the rest of the post was about..”dealing with the NO when you are an artist and you want to reach for the best”… Serendipity? The artist name is Crystal Marie Neubauer and the post is right here. A must to read for an artist and yes, for me.
I am determined to start today, overcoming the “NO” and make it happen. I have a good “plan” to make a good living making what I Iove and it just need to be out, to be where it must be. I am willing to receive a NO or many of them, with the hope and faith that the right YES will come, that maybe it is around the corner waiting for me, for my art, for my talents. My affirmation today is this: “I am open to receive the job that will use my creativity and my talents and where I could express myself in a way that is fulfilling to me and beneficial to others. I will definitely make a good living doing what I love, loving what I do and helping others on the way. I will not let a NO discourage me. I will receive it as a future YES. Each NO will be a step closer to a YES”. It helps to say it out loud, to make this wish of mine public, to share and receive the blessings of the connections made through this amazing community of like minded people who are in a similar journey. Of course I will let you know where this new adventure will get me.
For now, let me share a few of the ceramics I made last week. I hope you like it, they will be in the stores at the Old San Juan in Puerto Rico but if you are interested in any of them, please feel free to email me. I am looking forward to add one by one at my easy shop with free shipping for orders shipped to Puerto Rico. Stay tuned.
Come back for a new tutorial this week!!!….And still time to register for the Ceramic E-Course, information HERE!
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