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Posted by on Jun 12, 2015 in Architecture, Blog, Painting | 24 comments

My Happy Sheds.

My Happy Sheds.

Today I’m excited to share what I did to my sheds. I painted flowers on them! They don’t look sad anymore. The larger one will have to go eventually, because it’s not in good shape. But I’m happy to look at it now. The smaller one has a little broken corner on the left side of the roof. I didn’t try to fix it because I discovered that some little mouse uses it as a door to get inside the shed. I washed that shed with water before I painted it, and a tiny mouse came out all wet and confused. He didn’t understand what was going on. I felt really sorry for him. He was so so so cute with his tiny round eyes. There is so much to do in the area around our house. It has great potential for turning into something beautiful and special. But it will take time. Right now I’m focusing on enjoying the process. Here’s a closeup of the painted door. It’s a tree that produces different...

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Posted by on May 27, 2015 in Architecture, Blog, Etc., My Work | 31 comments

My Basement Workshop.

My Basement Workshop.

* It takes time and a lot of work to make a house feel like home. But I’m getting there. I haven’t stopped being busy ever since we moved to our new farmhouse. One of my favorite things has been turning our basement into a fully functional workshop. In LA we put our power tools in the garage, but I always felt guilty about using them because of the noise. Over here I can make as much noise as I want. So exciting! I never had a basement before but there is something special about being underground. Down here I feel calm, focused, and inspired. That must be how some small animals feel when they retreat underground during the Winter. I love the primitive aspect of this room. Even though it’s strong and solid and it has no issues, it isn’t visually perfect. It’s like the inside of a human body. From this place I can see all of our house organs (heater machine, oil tank…), the veins and arteries (wires, pipes…). Here is...

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Posted by on May 9, 2015 in Blog, Inspiration & Thoughts | 26 comments

My 44th Birthday.

My 44th Birthday.

  Today I’m turning 44 so I’m taking a few minutes to share some thoughts with you. The first thought is that I feel so lucky to be alive. That’s a cliché but it’s a genuine feeling for me today. I have been lucky to experience a lot in my 44 years of life. I’m equally grateful for the positive and the negative in those experiences. The negative things became bricks that helped me built strength of character, and the positive always came as a reminder that if you keep moving forward, one step at a time, good things will always come your way. My husband is one of the blessings that I am most grateful for. I never thought that I would find such a special partner to share my life with. I love him deeply. Our children Natalie and Diego (they wouldn’t be a reality without Bill), and my stepson Miro, have been the biggest prize. Seeing them grow up and become their own selves is such a gift. I’m grateful for...

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Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in Artists, Blog, Illustration | 2 comments

The Real Boat on Kickstarter. A Project Illustrated by Victoria Antolini.

The Real Boat on Kickstarter. A Project Illustrated by Victoria Antolini.

  Dear friends, Today I want to share a beautiful project that Victoria Antolini is trying to bring to life through a Kickstarter campaign, in collaboration with a wonderful team of creatives. Victoria is a super talented Italian artist and her project is called The Real Boat. The Real Boat is an inspiring story written by Marina Aromshtam, perfect to read to your children in a cozy rainy day. The story is about courage, tenacity, and the wonders of the sea. It all starts with a tiny paper boat that is not satisfied with life in a puddle, and dreams of going far away to the wide and deep ocean. Many of us have been that little paper boat at the beginning of our journeys. The idea is to bring the story of The Real Boat to life in a digital format, (phone, tablets, and computers) so we can experience it with motion and sound. You will also be able to interact with it. I’m excited about the visual part of this project. Victoria is the perfect artist for it...

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Posted by on Apr 17, 2015 in Blog, Inspiration & Thoughts | 17 comments

Some Tips  About Reconnecting with your Creativity.

Some Tips About Reconnecting with your Creativity.

  Dear friends, Today I’m sharing an e-mail that I got recently, as well as my answer to it. I thought that you might find it useful, so here we go: I am so inspired by your artwork and I love seeing the art of others that you share on this blog. I have always loved to draw and paint or any type of art really… but I have been having trouble summoning up my creativity. When I was a kid I could sit down and draw anything and I loved it but now when I sit down to draw or paint I can’t think of anything and I get frustrated and end up with something half finished that isn’t very good. I have always prided myself on my creativity but lately I have been so caught up in life and school that my creativity seems to have deserted me… Do you have any tips? You have created so many different types of art that I thought you might have...

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