I love watercolors, but it's time for me to say my goodbyes

Over the last few years, I've been MIA in the art world. I've developed a series of health iddues ranging from several alleged benign tumors to nerve damage from what doctors believe is an autoimmune disorder.

Unfortunately, I believed that in due time, I would recover from my ailments and return back to my wonderful world of colorful watercolors. I'm sad to say that I've made my peace and that will not be an option.

 With any type of paint medium, there is still the risk of toxic pigments no matter how small the risk is. Certain shades of cadmium red and magnesium blue for example have been know to cause cancer and correlated with health issues just with any type of exposure. I'm not telling you to give up painting but, for me at least, I can no longer take the risk. Everybody's body reacts differently to paints/chemicals so, perhaps, mine was just not ok with exposure to paints despite painting for ~3 years. I'm not even going to get into the toxicity of liquid fluid mask, paint medium, and other paint thinners. I think my body is rebelling and telling me it's time to move on (haha).

 I'll miss watercolors but maybe I can still use color pencils? I'll keep all my paintings on my site but there will be no more new ones to post.

 

 

The Importance of Color Charts

The Importance of Color Charts

When I first started painting, I didn't have a clue on where to lay out my colors on the palette or distinguish between a cool and warm version of the same color. I ended up with multiple blue paint tubes that would eventually turn out to be all warm blues once I learned the difference. That's where a color chart comes in handy!

Changing it up!

Changing it up!

It's been some time since my last post and I have not had enough time to devote to new paintings so I started some quick sketches these days.  You can view most of them at my watercolor journal.

I usually paint fruits or flowers as the subject of my paintings but these days I've decided to change my subjects and turn away from still life. I desperately wanted to paint something colorful and that's when I stumbled upon some images of lovebirds. Lovebirds are gorgeous and they have a color scheme similar to mangoes with hues of yellow, orange and green.

"Go Fish" - A Story of How I Began

"Go Fish" - A Story of How I Began

"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a Lifetime"

A series of unfortunate circumstances have occurred in my life toward the end of December (which is why you've probably seen a decline in blog posts.) I apologize for the lack of art updates but please follow me on Facebook or Instagram for brief photo updates. The string of events that occurred in December allowed me to realize that not many know how to "fish for himself/herself"

Wednesday Walkthrough: Moon Flower Collab!

Wednesday Walkthrough: Moon Flower Collab!

Happy New Year everyone! I know it's been awhile since my last post but everything was quite hectic in my life during these past months. Here's to new beginnings and betters things in the new year!

I recently finished a coloring entry for Camilla d'Errico's Moonflower lineart back in November and I want to share the steps I took. Unfortunately, I didn't win this contest but the experience was thrilling and I loved it. 

Work desk revamp!

Work desk revamp!

Sometimes you need a bit of organization to feel productive or creative. My desk at work is a complete mess with papers tossed about and notes everywhere. I couldn't even find my phone or notebooks because of the mess I lived in. I set out to Staples to do something about it and came across these lovely bright and fun desk products by Poppin

Porcelain Watercolor Palettes

Porcelain Watercolor Palettes

     A few posts ago, I blogged about the current palettes in my studio and how I love big mixing spaces. Well, today I stopped by a local art store (Davinci Artist Supply) and stumbled upon this giant beautiful porcelain palette that resembled the Tom Lynch Porcelain Palette without all the brush holders. I had extreme difficulty resisting the urge to just pull out my money and walk out the door with it given that porcelain palettes are usually $50+ for any size over 12"

Lots of Sketching!

Lots of Sketching!

With my newfound journals lately, I find myself eager to sketch and brimming with colorful ideas. Usually, I paint apples or flowers but I have been leaning toward painting animals or landscapes these days.