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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Recently finished painting up for sale!

You can see this work in progress on my Twitter Page!

Thanks for watching...Ana

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Miniature Sculptures...Secret Keepers

Here's an update on the latest pieces I've been working on...

Secret Keepers 
Secret Keeper 4 
Secret Keeper 3 
Secret Keeper 3 
Secret Keeper 2 
Secret Keeper 2

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Started new sculptural mini's

I had forgotten how much I enjoy working with clay.

This particular one I'm using is called Creative Paperclay (made in Japan).
It is an air dry clay, meaning you don't need to bake it and can paint on it once dry.
It ends up being fairly hard, although I wouldn't test it too much.  It's definitely for smaller projects, but I recommend it.

Here is what I did so far today...

Monday, June 22, 2015

New Artwork

I wanted to share a couple of pieces I finished recently.

Thank you for watching!

(acrylic inks, sumi ink and marker, 12x9")
It's part of my ongoing "reproductive system" series.

"Amygdala Response"
(oil pastels on handmade indian paper, 11x15")

Movie, Ana's Brain, Slice 4

Here's a movie of the entire slice #4 of my brain MRI.

It's sort of a preview of the 5 pieces I will create next from this particular huh??


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Working on a new Series

A couple of months ago I had a Brain MRI done.
Once I received the cd with the images, I was mesmerized by them.
I just thought it was fascinating to see all the details of what is inside my head, lol.

I was inspired to do a series titled: Ana's Brain. There were approximately 10-12 different "slices" which contain several detailed images.  Some are slightly repetitive, so I've decided to do 5 pieces for 11 slides, for a total of 55 pieces.  They are all 8x8 inches on watercolor paper.

I would love to have them exhibited together as a group (I can visualize it)...but of course I also would love to sell these!

I need to get the ball rolling on selling my artwork.  I have been scared and have lost some confidence regarding my work, because I've sort of been in a "bubble"...not really getting my work out there, other than on Facebook and Twitter, which doesn't garner much response honestly.

I love my work.

I'm proud that I've stuck to my guns and have continued to do work that is personal and introspective.  I constantly get "why don't you just paint birds, or flowers, etc". "your stuff is too weird or disturbing."


I can and have in the past done those types of paintings when I've been in that mood.  Don't get me wrong, I enjoy them, but that is not my main body of work, the serious/real stuff.
If no one will like my work, well then that's the way it is.  But I will not compromise myself and my vision and my voice.

Anyway, enough ranting.

Here are a few photos of the Brain series....let me know your thoughts!

Monday, October 6, 2014

October Pigment&Palette box.

I'm so happy with these boxes! Every month has had supplies that I actually use! I love it!!

These were the contents:
- Ampersand Aquaboard - a 5x7" clay surface board with a watercolor surface 
- QoR Modern Watercolor sampler, with a 4x4" watercolor paper.
- ArtGraf Graphite Stick - it's water soluble !
- Mono Zero Erasure - A high-quality precision eraser.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

September Pigment & Palette box

This is my 2nd box, and I've been very happy with all of them, I recommend you try them! 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Some recent works...

Here are the latest pieces I've worked on, feel free to provide feedback! :D
Unless otherwise noted, these are mixed media on paper (inks, acrylics, marker), 9x12"

            "A" is for Abject (or apple)

           "B" is for Blinded (or ball)

              "C" is for Catatonic (or cat)

             " i AM the circus"

       "Lobotomy Jane" (ATC, 2.5x3.5")

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Artwork I did yesterday

Somewhat happy with these...let me know what you think!
Abstract, 4", mixed media
Abstract, 4" , mixed media

Not titled yet, 11x14", mixed media 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Saturday, May 3, 2014

New artwork - collage

Did this one today...I must admit that I'm in love with it!

I'm doing a few collaborative collage pieces with artist Omar Alvarez , and this is my first contribution. 

Please let me know what you think .

     "Walks alone" - 9 x 12" 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Lots of doubts...

Searching for images of other artists....other contemporary artists...well, it can be severely depressing.

I currently find myself "on a roll", artistically speaking.
I am working on a fairly regular basis now although I'm not completely satisfied with the sizes of the current works (they're small!).  I want to be able to do large pieces again and am always wondering when that will happen.  I know it will, but when?

Anyway, I am always searching for inspiration and to see (curiosity killed the cat, remember?) what other artists are doing.  Inevitably, I come across a LOT of awesome, wonderful works and I get REALLY depressed for a while afterward.

I start to feel like I'm not cut out for this...I'm too old...I don't sell anything...blah, blah, blah (huge pity party).

So yeah...I'm not feeling confident, having tremendous self-doubts...but, what's new?   (lol)

Alright, here's some of the latest pieces.  If you feel anything, please let me know (hate it, love it, don't care about it, it scares you, etc.)
mixed media on watercolor paper
 "i dreamt i was normal"
mixed media on watercolor paper
 Work I completed this past weekend...from my "ineffectual womb" series.
Each is 4"x8" (mixed media on watercolor paper)
♦I'm linking this picture to a cool artist, Omar Alvarez.  Check out his work!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

I think my work definitely follows this rule, lol. Let me know what YOU think :D

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

My "artist-self" is alive again!

I've been on a roll lately with the art thing.  I keep wanting to call myself an artist, but feel guilty about doing so since I haven't been able to consistently do my "work", but I feel myself coming back...

Every weekend my boyfriend and I do "art/craft" time and it's allowing me to let go and have fun again.  Also, his excitement with the paintings he's currently doing, is keeping me inspired.

Here are a few of the recent paintings/drawings I've completed.  I know...they're "weird", but they're MINE!!!  :D


Saturday, January 4, 2014

Kibbehs - Day 3 (365grateful project)

Had lunch with my honey, at a local Middle Eastern restaurant. The Kibbehs  and hummus were super yummy.  

I was hesitant because it was a packed house and I despise being surrounded by so many people...yes I have issues, lol. But he was craving it, so I persevered and we were able to find a quiet table in the side-porch area.

He has introduced me to many different types of cuisine.  Before I met him, I wouldn't have been too willing to venture out of my comfort zone. I'm very grateful he has been willing to expand my mind to new things.

I'm very lucky to have him in my life.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Dolls- Day 2 of 365Grateful Project

I've been obsessed with dolls and doll parts lately...well, not just lately.  I've always loved dolls.  But recently it's been a strong desire to create and alter them.  I've been patiently waiting, collecting bits and pieces and now I'm ready:

Today I'm grateful that I have the courage to begin this weird journey with the dolls.  I'm excited.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

"Grateful" to be back

It's been a LONG time...

I won't come up with any's just been life.

Maybe it's the start of a new year or maybe it's just wanting to continue where I left off...

I am just feeling inspired to get back to my blogging.  I miss the writing, the analyzing, the observing, the ranting, lol.  I've missed terribly the off-the-cuff expressions in virtual form.
When I first started, this little place in the world became my sanctuary.  When I felt I had no one who understood, no one to truly listen...this space embraced me.

So here I am again...

On Facebook, a friend put a link to a project titled 365 grateful....

So I decided to partake in this, as I am at a crossroads with my creativity, my depression, my everything.  I can definitely benefit from recognizing gratitude in my life.

I will take photographs with my new iphone5c (I can finally say "yay"! after a rough start getting to learn its secrets...damn these convoluted technological contraptions :) ).

#1 was:

(I redacted last names)

Hopefully, I can continue this project...

I believe I can...
I believe I need to...

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

 haiku 4 u

his hands were so soft
his feet were so supple too
he is a keeper

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Steampunk Paper Dolls

I've finished my two dolls for the "Le Papier Dolls" swap on the Roses on My Table site.

The theme for February was "Steampunk"...after doing some research and reading a little bit about it, I took out the materials that I wanted to work with and "let go" typical way of working.

These were a lot of fun to make and will be difficult for me to give up...

This is "Lady Eve" (Steampunk Paper Doll, mixed media, 2012)

This is "Inquisitor Lila Flinn" (Steampunk paper doll, mixed media, 2012)

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

My January BirchBox

I thought I'd share what I received this month in my Birch Box.

I got it a bit late in the month...not sure why that is, but better late than never, I say. This is a good one and I'm thrilled to bits (despite having a horrendous headache as we "speak").

For those of you who might not know what Birch Box's basically a subscription to receive beauty-related samples on a monthly basis.  It costs only $10 (which includes shipping) and you can cancel at any time.

The samples are hit and miss...although I've mostly been very satisfied with them.  In the past I've received a Laura Geller blush, a Stila eyeshadow, there's chances of getting some good stuff that I otherwise wouldn't buy.

This month included the following:
- BEFINE (Night Cream) - "Achieve glowing skin year-round with this potent cream, which smooths fine lines as you sleep". 
      *The sample size is a fairly generous 0.5 oz. (full size price would be $30). I'm looking forward to trying this I have fine lines AND I like that it can work overnight.

- JUICY COUTURE (Viva La Juicy perfume)- "This scent will bring out your inner girly girl.. Wild berries flirt with mandarin and soft floral notes to create a fragrance that's fun and happy".
      *This smells delicious!  I have always wanted to buy this, but never got around to it...always distracted by other scents, but I think this year I might partake (Full size ranges from $69-89).

-STILA (Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner, in Blue Ribbon) - "It's time to put down the black liner. This colorful pigment makes eyes stand out and stays put for hours".
      *This is an awesome "sample"...although it's the full size product. This is a gorgeous color.  Sort of a dark gunmetal/blue, it's metallic, glides on smoothly...gorgeous. ($20)

-VMV HYPOALLERGENICS (Re-Everything: Eye Serum) - "Make a vow to conquer those dark circles once and for all. This anti-aging eye serum brightens and revives your under eye area" (full size is $80).
      * I am excited about this one too...I have pretty dark circles...if this works, I'd be willing to shell the ginormous price for this product.  I'll try to do a review once I've tried it.

- 'WICHCRAFT (Granola) - "This toasty granola, from Top Chef judge Tom Coliccio's NY-based 'wichcraft chain, takes care of snack cravings without any guilt." (Full size $8).
     * This is an extra item included in the box...I'll let you know what it tastes like.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Gosh, I'm struggling right about now.

I find myself shocked on a regular basis at how very disappointing some human beings are. 

Lol, this cryptic message is not going to be easily understood, because for once, I don't feel like clarifying...just venting for a minute...but suffice it to say that I just don't get how some people can walk around breathing the same air that I do. I'm not judging anyone, on the contrary...I'm trying to be a little bit more open-minded, the older I get.

Why is it so difficult to be honest?  I am filled with fear...have had a lifetime of it, yet I find myself facing my fears dead doesn't happen on a regular basis, but every once in a while I just look in the mirror and bite down real hard and just do whatever it is that scares me the most.

Ugh...I myself don't even know what I'm writing here...

I just wanted to make sure that I never abandon my blog again.  This "place" has served me well in the past, with my frustrations, ideas, accomplishments, etc.  I doubt anyone reads this, but I suppose that's not important.

OK, I'm just rambling incessantly, so I'm off to bed.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Recent listings on etsy

I'm slowly getting back into organizing my etsy shops. It's been difficult for me to keep it up, but if I can just try to do one project a day or every couple of days...I'll be satisfied. My life is in another transition period and I think it's going to be more challenging to have time for "me" I need to take advantage of any spare moment I have.

I'm are the recent listings (if you click on the photos it will take you directly to the shop). Any feedback would be appreciated.

3 pink butterflies           

I ♥ Trees

"Waiting in Red,4" - mini print

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Worry Dolls - for Sale [group 1]

 Update: These are no longer for sale.

Traditionally, worry dolls are made in Guatemala.  A person who cannot sleep due to worrying can express their worries to a doll and place it under their pillow before going to sleep. The person will wake up without their worries, which have been taken away by the dolls during the night

My version of this doll, comes with a stack of small paper, where you will write down your worry or prayer. You then slip it into the back pocket and forget it.  You can also just hold the soft doll while praying,etc.  I had made one for myself a while ago and thought that others might also benefit from having one.

Doll specifications:
- all are unique, as they are handmade, so no two are identical
- approximately 7-8" tall
- made with that is made from 100 percent post consumer recycled water bottles.
- this item is not a toy, therefore not intended to be used by children or pets

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I might be listing more of these on my etsy shop, but a few people who are not registered on etsy showed interest, so I thought I'd make them available here as well.

Thanks for they are...