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Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 in Architecture, Blog, Home, News | 19 comments

Our Maple Tree Farmhouse. Work in Progress.

Our Maple Tree Farmhouse. Work in Progress.

* Dear friends, family, and specially Bill who’s working on an exciting project in Spain at this time (we miss you Billy!), Here’s a report about how things are going regarding our Maple Tree farmhouse remodeling. Long story short: we’re right on schedule and super happy with how things are coming out. We should be moving there on March 1st, 2015. But let’s rewind the cassette a little bit (I used to be an expert at rewinding cassettes with a pen/pencil, a hundred years ago). OK, the remodeling of the house consists on adding a room that will be a provisional studio for me (and a guest room), until we build a larger studio/guest house outdoors. Besides adding that room, which is being done by professionals, I decided to take on the colossal task of painting the kitchen cabinets all by myself. But more about that later. What you see in these pictures is a view of the provisional studio from the outside, on the second floor. The windows are not installed yet,...

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Posted by on Jan 6, 2015 in Adults, Artists, Blog, News | 2 comments

Artists & Makers.  The Magazine for the New Artisan Economy.

Artists & Makers. The Magazine for the New Artisan Economy.

* Interweave launches Artists & Makers! The magazine for the new artisan economy. A couple of week ago I had the pleasure to read Artists & Makers, and I loved it. Artists & Makers is a new publication offering a lively, smart, and contemporary take on the business side of art and making. Created for hobbyists and professionals, the magazine gives you clear, up-to-date information on selling, social media, finance, and studio design, and inspires you with upbeat profiles of top artists, designers, and makers. Below is the cover of their very first issue. In this debut Winter 2015 issue, you will find encouragement and inspiration in in-depth features on established artists and makers. They share their successes, challenges, and best business advice. I loved reading the inspiring story of Kevin Bradley from churchoftype.com, one of America’s most prolific letterpress printmakers. He’s the artist on the cover of the magazine. Here is his shop. Kevin moved from Tennessee to California where he now has an open letterpress studio. You can visit his studio located in 3215 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA Hours: 10–6, Monday–Saturday, 12–5,...

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Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Blog, Home, News | 8 comments

Our Farmhouse. Work in Progress.

Our Farmhouse. Work in Progress.

* Dear friends and family, Here is a short post to give you some updates about our maple syrup farmhouse. We started the construction of my provisional studio on the second floor and things are going as planned. Our contractor (Hugh) and his crew, are working really hard. Besides building the studio, we’re also removing a small window from the master bedroom so we can replace it by a large panoramic one. There is a beautiful view from that side of the house that we want to enjoy from that window. Building that new room on the second floor is changing the whole look of the house. Originally, it looked as if it had a flat “hair style.” But the top of the house “head” is now starting to look better with the added volume. Things will still change a lot when the roof is placed, but here I just wanted to give you an advance. The view from that studio is going to be great! We’re placing windows...

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Posted by on Sep 5, 2014 in Blog, News, Travels | 3 comments

Road Trip from California to New York (Days 9, 10, and 11)

Road Trip from California to New York (Days 9, 10, and 11)

Dear friends and family, I can finally share a report about the last 3 days of our trip. I interrupted the updates due to different reasons, one of them was because we were having problems with our Internet connection. But let’s start with day 9: Chicago. We love going to Chicago because that is the place where Bill was born. What a beautiful city Chicago is! Bill’s Mom, whose name is Joan, and also Bill’s sister, her name is Marguerite, and her husband Shelby, live there. My closest friend, Acela, also lives there, so we always feel like at home in Chicago. Bill and Diego stayed with grandma Joan and Natalie and I stayed with Marguerite and Shelby, but at night we all got got together for dinner. Below you can see the lobby in grandma Joan’s building. The boy is our Diego. Grandma Joan lives in a beautiful apartment with a spectacular view overlooking lake Michigan. Her place is always comfy so relaxing. On then right you see an...

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Posted by on Aug 27, 2014 in Blog, News, Travels | 2 comments

Road Trip from California to New York (Day 8)

Road Trip from California to New York (Day 8)

Dear friends and family, Day 8 of our road trip started in a movie-like way. Bill, the kids and I were kidnapped by a giant unidentified animal, half black, half orange, at a place where we stopped for breakfast. See the evidence in the picture below. By now you probably know that we escaped. Yay! We soon forgot about the scare and continued our trip. Instead of driving all the way to Chicago, which was our original plan, we decided to make a to stop at Springfield here in Illinois, where we are spending the night. Before arriving here we stopped at Mark Twain‘s house in Hannibal. The smallest of these two houses is where he spent his childhood. The little house is now a museum where you can see some of the objects from when Twain was a boy living in poverty. I discovered that Twain and I had 2 things in common: one, we slept on an uncomfortable mattress in our childhood. Two, if we wanted to go pee pee...

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Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in Blog, News, Travels | 7 comments

Road Trip from California to New York (Day 6 and 7)

Road Trip from California to New York (Day 6 and 7)

Dear friends and family, Today I am reporting about our experiences from days 6 and 7 of this trip. Yesterday (day 6) was all about reading the book below, which Bill highly recommended to me. I would need to write the longest post to explain the impact that this book has had in me. I read it during the trip from From Santa Fe to Denver. All I can say is that everyone who wants to understand the history on this country, needs to read it. Burry my Heart at Wounded Knee is about the devastated story of what really happened to the native native american Indians in this country. It is painful but important. This book has taught me not only about what the indians had to go through in the past, but about their wisdom and deep understanding of nature. Their wisdom is something that I want to take with me to the new life that we are about to start in Upstate NY. It is beautiful seeing how the...

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Posted by on Aug 25, 2014 in Blog, News, Travels | 6 comments

Road Trip From California to New York (Day 5)

Road Trip From California to New York (Day 5)

Dear friends and family, Day 5 of our trip was looooong, and peaceful, with plenty to deserted landscapes to enjoy. Taking the picture below in the middle of the road was very special. I had to wait for some cars to pass by, and then I jumped on the yellow line with my camera. I felt like queen of the road for a few seconds, until I heard a car coming, then I felt like a tiny ant so I run away at the speed of light. Now I know how small animals feel about big roads. Taking this picture below made me feel like a little ant again. Our car looked as tiny as a toy car. I started to visualize a giant hand coming down to pick up our car and taking it to who knows where. Fortunately that didn’t happen. Before arriving in Santa Fe we stopped at this restaurant called Presciliano’s Cafe. There were only 4 customer over there, one was me and the other 3 were Natalie,...

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Posted by on Aug 24, 2014 in Blog, News, Travels | 8 comments

Road Trip from California to NY (Day 4)

Road Trip from California to NY (Day 4)

Dear friends and family, We are currently in one of the most amazing places that I have ever seen: Monument Valley. I fell in love with the Grand Canyon, but I have double-fallen in love with Monument Valley. This place is very spiritual and calming. If you ever need to really disconnect from everything and re-connect with yourself, this is the place. Before leaving the Grand Canyon yesterday we had an interesting experience. Bill stopped the car to take some pictures when this crow raven came very close to us. He had such a strong personality, but gentle at the same time. We thought that he was looking for food but he said that he just wanted to wish you the best in our round trip: The landscapes on our ride were amazing and so peaceful. Very minimalistic. Over here at Monument Valley we are staying at a wonderful little cabin, which is part of a hotel called Monument View. This is the perfect place to stay when you come here....

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Posted by on Aug 23, 2014 in Blog, Nature, News, Travels | 4 comments

Road Trip from California to New York (Day 3)

Road Trip from California to New York (Day 3)

Dear friends and family, Yesterday we spent the entire day at the Grand Canyon. What a breathtaking place. Nature did an extraordinary work over here. The variety of colors, textures, shapes and depth, makes of this place a masterpiece. We just woke up and are now getting ready to the next place: Monument Valley! I wish that I could write more. But I leave you with some pictures of the Great Canyon. Have a wonderful Saturday!...

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Posted by on Aug 22, 2014 in Blog, News, Travels | 8 comments

Road Trip from California to NY (Day 2)

Road Trip from California to NY (Day 2)

* Dear friends and family, day 2 of our trip was successful. Here is the report: After breakfast at the hotel we said good-bye to the place. The man who helped us with the luggage was super nice and friendly and very talkative. He volunteered to share lots of tips about life with us. He said that his good looks were due to riding his bicycle everyday. He’s about to turn 60 but looks more like 50, and he was very proud of it. I felt inspired to get a bicycle when we arrive in NY so instead of 43 I can look 33. But as I was thinking about my future bicycle, we discovered a little problem. The chains that someone had installed at the U-Haul place in LA were touching the ground and were turning our car into a mobile firework generator. Those chains were so worn out! Imagine all the sparks that they produced from LA to Las Vegas. Here is a closeup ↓ So we had...

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Posted by on Aug 21, 2014 in Blog, News, Travels | 5 comments

Road Trip from California to New York (Day 1)

Road Trip from California to New York (Day 1)

 * Dear friends and family. I’m in jumping in here for a minute to let you know that we’re doing great. This road trip is going great so far. The starting point was Idyllwild. Nature said good-bye to us over there with a little rain, which is very unusual in that area. We saw those drops as a good sign. Thanks, nature! In the picture below you can see 7 vehicles, one of them is ours. Can you guess which one it is? I will give you a clue: black with a tail on the back. Yay! We are carrying that tiny trailer with us wherever we go. You cannot go anywhere without it because it is connected to the car in a way that it includes some electric wires. Bill has to drive very carefully. He is passing the test great so far. Below you see the view from our first hotel room in this trip, where we are enjoying our first stop. The name of the hotel is The...

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Posted by on Jul 10, 2014 in Blog, News | 3 comments

Our House for Sale. Open House this Weekend!

Our House for Sale. Open House this Weekend!

* Update: Success! Our beloved house has been sold for above the asking price after being on the market for only 12 days. Thank you! * I am extremely excited to announce that our house is already  on the market. Feel free to come over this weekend or next Tuesday to see it in person if you are in Los Angeles, CA. We won’t be here, but our amazing realtor Denise Rosner from Keller Williams Beverly Hills will. She can answer all your questions. Enjoy your time and have some of the free sandwiches that Denise will be offering. See it as an art gallery visit. Many of my artworks are on display as well as some of Bill’s posters from his collection. The good news is that Denise has already a list of people interested in our property. Yay! We can’t wait to meet the special person/family that will own this beloved home. Open house info: Saturday, July 12, from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM Sunday, July 13, from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM Tuesday,...

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Posted by on Jun 23, 2014 in Blog, News, Thoughts | 27 comments

Packing my Studio. Getting Ready to Sell Our House in LA.

Packing my Studio. Getting Ready to Sell Our House in LA.

  Bill and I have something in common, and that is that we don’t waste time going from point A to point B once we know what we want to do. This happened, for instance, when we first met in 2000 in Havana, Cuba. A week or so after that first encounter Bill was back in Havana to spend some more time together as a couple. We both knew that we were meant to be together. A month later I was with Bill in Vietnam where he was producing this film. The idea was to get to know each other better. A few months after that, we were already in LA, living together. A year or so later we got married. Then we had Natalie. When Natalie was a little over a year old,  we went to see our Dr. to hear what she thought about us having a second baby. She said that we should wait, but we did exactly the opposite. Diego was born 9 months later. We were not getting any younger so...

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Posted by on Jun 9, 2014 in Blog, News | 4 comments

We are Selling Our Cabin in Idyllwild.

We are Selling Our Cabin in Idyllwild.

* Dear friend, Today I want to share some exciting news with you. Bill and I have decided to sell our beloved weekend cabin, located in the mountains of Idyllwild, just 2 hours away from Los Angeles, CA. This is one of many concrete steps that we are taking toward our dream project. Yay!! More details coming soon! This cabin has been our piece of  paradise for the last 8 years. Now we are looking forward to finding that special family that we know will enjoy this nest as much as we did. Let’s go for a little tour: We came to Idyllwild for the first time in 2006. It all happened when we won a prize at a silent auction to support Natalie’s pre-school. The prize was a weekend at a lovely cabin in Idyllwild. I had no idea that paradise was only 2 hours away from our home in Los Angeles. Below is a picture of Natalie and I during that first trip. Diego was only a year old. Bill was holding him while taking this photo. As soon...

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Posted by on Jun 7, 2014 in Adults, Artists, Blog, News | 12 comments

Update on Ernesto Tamayo.

Update on Ernesto Tamayo.

Dear friends, This post is to let you know that my brother and sister-in-law are already in Washington DC spending time with Ernesto (I first wrote about him here). My brother wanted everyone to know that Ernesto is doing amazing under the circumstances. He is still eating, somehow alert, but most importantly, very grateful for all the love. In my brother’s words: “Para el [Ernesto] todo está  bien y tiene mucha Paz. Todo le parece “increíble” y “muy bien” “como en heaven”, esas son sus palabras . Siempre con una sonrisa y ni una queja de dolor. Oremos por su transición con paz y amor a una nueva forma de vida.” Translation: “For Ernesto all is well and he has a lot peace. Everything seems “amazing” and “very good”, “as in heaven”, those are his words. Always with a smile and not a complaint of pain. Let’s pray for his transition to a new way of life to be peaceful and with love.” I hope that you’re having a great weekend. Lots of love and let’s...

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Posted by on Jan 1, 2014 in Blog, Inspiration & Thoughts, Nature, News, Travels | 27 comments

Winter Break. Our trip to NY. Day 5.

Winter Break. Our trip to NY. Day 5.

* One of the reasons why Bill and I are in Woodstock NY now, is because we have a dream. We want to buy a property in the middle of nature with some land around so we can build a special place for creative people. What I envision is a large studio and a couple of living spaces with all the conditions for visitors to spend time learning, relaxing and getting inspired. I would offer workshops throughout the year but I would also invite other artists from around the world to come over and teach as well. Wouldn’t that be great? Just thinking about it makes me happy. This is a dream in progress, we’re not ready to make it happen right away, but we’re taking baby steps towards it. Above is one of the places that we explored yesterday. We saw 5 properties in total but this is just the beginning of our search. We also want to look into other towns near Woodstock. All of these places...

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Posted by on Nov 30, 2013 in Adults, Artists, Blog, Inspiration & Thoughts, News, Videos | 0 comments

OUT LOUD. A Creative Team on a Mission.

OUT LOUD. A Creative Team on a Mission.

  Today I want to tell you about a special couple formed by two super creative filmmakers: Jamie Fraser and Debs Anne from Super Mega Action Plus. Jamie is from the North of England, Debs is from the South of Wales. They now live in the centre of London. Jamie and Debs have made films together for 11 years. They have put all their time and energy intro producing other people’s films. But this time they are on a special mission: To produce their own film. I am sharing their story to spread the word and to support this project, because it is going to be great. About the film: OUT LOUD (that’s the name of the movie) asks the most visible human examples of living out loud – musicians, artists, photographers, scientists, writers and other creatively – focussed people – how they live a life they love, for a living. OUT LOUD explores the practice, philosophy and science of being vulnerable, honest, creative, independent and brave. Below are some...

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