Book review

I dusted off "Keys to Drawing" which is my favorite of the "learn by doing" series of books. I found it at Chavón´s library, and it is not just romanticism, it is a fabulous book, with clear and precise instructions, with exceptional results, if carried out step by step.

Another good book I use is "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain". All exercises there are vital in order to learn how to draw from observation. It´s a somewhat heavy read, in my opinion, but this does not detract from the efficiency of its methodology.

Follow your heart

It is very likely that you´ve heard of Steve Jobs, but following his death, many people posted on Facebook with his wise words, which I think is always timely as today, because although I love to do many things, nothing gives me greater satisfaction, according to my heart, than art, which I have put aside these last few months. Digging through my archives, I found these sketches that I made a while ago, that made me feel frustrated at the time, but today I re-start my self motivated drawing classes.

Antoni Gaudi

Antoni Gaudi (1852-1926), is one of the greatest architectural figures of the late 19th,early 20th Century and particularly so in the history of Spanish, and Catalan, architecture. Seen as the genius of the Modernist movement (Art Nouveau). His greatest inspiration was nature. Passionate about plants and insects, he was known to say that the tree outside his window was his greatest teacher, and that nature is the language of architecture.

Casa Batlló (Batlló House), Antoni Gaudi

Gaudi Submarine

Do-it-yourself: Wreaths

You will need wire (use a coat hanger), scissors, thread or floral wire and flowers.

Make a base using two wire coat hangers. Bind small bunches of flowers together using the thread or floral wire. Secure the bunches of flowers to the wire base using additional thread or wire.

I made these for our wedding, I had not yet discovered my artistic side, I was a full time secretary and I loved crafts.

Rebeca, Renée and the rest of the flower girls with their fresh flower wreaths that I made for, Patricia, one of my former Sunday school student´s wedding.

Another fresh and beatiful example: Kate Moss wedding party.

Be still, …

I live on the side of the hemisphere dominated by the Christian faith. Yesterday morning we had an earthquake, with, thank God, no loss of any kind. I read and heard, all throughout the day, all kinds of prayers and pleadings for protection and that is fine; but, it would be much better if we would set aside a few moments every day and raise our prayers to the God of heaven with our worship and would trust in Him; and put all of our worries before him, because He takes care of us. If His Word dwelled in us, we would say as King David did in Psalms 53:6: "What time I am afraid, I will trust in you" and likewise in another passage in Psalms 46:1-3:"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the middle of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof ...". The LORD, the God of Israel and my God, to Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

“Maya blue”

The Maya is a group that will be spoken about a lot this year. This mask is a unique masterpiece and what a surprise: the tiles that were used to make it are a clay called palygorskite, also called "Maya blue". This is the same clay that my husband, Juan, and my son, Juan José smeared on themselves when we visited the Yanigua River, in El Valle, province of Hato Mayor. I keep a bucket full of this clay, which of course, I will use on my next ceramic experiment.