Monday, August 22, 2016

L o v e . A n e w




L o v e   A n e w


just what I needed, but didn't think I wanted

carried in on dreamy piscean waters
and ascending out of the blue

and you lit everything on fire

acutely unlike what I had known

you came bearing gifts 
and submitted them to me
willingly
the gifts of love, lust, passion, attraction, romance, acceptance, tolerance, respect, understanding, self awareness, accountability, open mindedness, patience, honesty, communication, integrity, silliness, fun, swagger, fire, being present...

and oh, how you have perfected the art of being present in a moment

acutely unlike what I had known

astute knowledge of how to love   ----  me
and flawlessly allowing me to to surrender what I haven't given in so, so long

my expired nightmare was one of intolerance, judgement, disrespect, disregard and mockery

and then, there was you

the sweet opposition brought forth to help me erase the dreadful nightmare that was.

sensuality and sexuality residing side by side, like seductive flirting neighbors, with that fervently high goody-good factor. 
oh . my . damn!
2 beings as one, in all things, in all places - in places where 2 should not be 1.

same culture; same sign
similarities unforeseen
what are the chances?

and that instantaneous connection that was damn near too much to bear
oh . my . damn!

shall we continue to play feverishly under the piscean moon and under the...?
we 2, intertwined like we do.
i know you want to,

because oh . my . damn!


Happy Monday, everybody! Here's something to start your week off on a love note. Spread love!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Doodle No. 29 : Love Is [A Loving] Community


When one lives in a few places, both domestic and abroad, one comes to the realization that all places are not created equal. For me, the #1 thing that makes an indelible impression whether good or bad, is the temperament of the people. I have only one known allergy and it is to mean, surly people. That said, this illustration is dedicated to the 520 - Tucson, AZ, the friendliest folks ever! They're not cautious, distrusting, protected, guarded, mean or angry people. They're open, friendly, happy, positive, extremely art conscious (art is everywhere), super community minded and just overall amazing life forces! Love Tucsonans!!! 

Note: A special shout-out to Portland, OR. Both these places were the friendliest I've ever lived. 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Upcoming Workshop : Deets Coming Soon


Happy Monday, art lovers! If you are local peeps, living in the Sonoran, I hope you all join me at my upcoming event! It's all about good vibes, good people, good food, 'n good fun! Stay tuned for more info...

Doodle No. 27 : Scorpio


The second girl from my 'Astrology Sisters' series. 10 more signs to go. Eek!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Doodle No. 25 : The Astrology Sisters : Taurus


I've been working on these new drawings called "The Astrology Sisters". I did the original in black and white of course. B&W is so much easier for me - to draw something and then be out - no deliberating over what colors to use, because sometimes adding color can be tortuous for me, but this one seemed to flow.


As soon as I add the first color or two to a new piece, I know if it's going to work out, or not. lol Luckily, this one worked from the beginning. Wish they could all flow like that.  *pipe dream*


PS: It's very true what research says about coloring being VERY relaxing and soothing. It definitely make stress just melt away. More astrology signs coming up. Stay tuned for yours...

Thoughtful Thursday / Random / Que Preciosa!



Couldn't resist sharing this precious Venezuelan, baby girl, because she's just too flipping cute. Though she's mega adorable, she's talking [to the President] about the very serious and dire circumstances in Venezuela and this is what she's saying: 'President Maduro, I am tired of this situation. I don't have water, I don't have food, I don't have medicine, and most of all, I don't have any shampoo!!'

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Monday, August 1, 2016

Colorful . Happy . Tracyville . Monday!




These 3 colorful graphics are from my most recent stint at coming up with a blog header that resonated with me (the last one was short-lived). While I enjoy their playfulness, colors and typestyle, and almost used one of them, I craved something else. When I finished the lady at the top of the page, she won the competition. Happy Monday, sunny people!

Hello August!


Hold on tight to these 31 days my lovelies, before that nip in the air starts to hit. #shoutouttoallmyeastcoastbaes

Friday, July 29, 2016

The Inspo


Riiiiight?

The Word Fairy : Rest


Sometimes in the midst of creating and working and entrepreneuring, we get so caught up in the doing that we must remind ourselves to r.e.s.t.  

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Doodle No. 23 : You Are What You Say You Are


Most of us have encountered that person who attempts to define others (let's name him/her "The Definer"). Examples: when the subject of ethnicity comes up and they say "you don't look insert ethnicity here" as if they know what ALL the world's people look like (most all afro latinos know what I'm talking about here), or someone says that they're bisexual and 'The Definer' says, "ah, you're just gay".  This doodle was inspired by the world's many "definers" - who, unbeknownst to them, don't have the power to define anyone, but themselves.

NOTE:  While reading this back to myself, it struck me that it sounds like a personal experience post, but actually, it came from many posts I've read in my travels on Instagram - the place where I'm getting much of my inspiration from these days. :)

The Word Fairy : Be Ready


If you are working hard towards a goal, be ready for that moment / those moments when all your hard work pays off and you start to see the fruits of your labor. Be ready.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Doodle No. 22 : Project Light


So much better than projecting that which shall not be named.

The Word Fairy : Connect


This is a word that resonated with me today. Words sometimes change definitions and/or level of importance at different ages. This word is not flimsy. It's about trying to make meaningful, full bodied, positive, loving, uplifting, wonderful, genuine, long-lasting connections. You see, this is what tea does; makes one be still and ponder.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Doodle No. 21 : Happy Monday!


It's a new day, of a new week, to go tackle those goals + dreams! Happy goal diggin' and Happy Monday!

Happy Monday!


It's a new day, of a new week, to go tackle those goals + dreams! Happy goal diggin' and Happy Monday!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Doodle No. 20 : To Love Oneself...


Yes  Oscar, yes! 

The Word Fairy : Soar


Follow those dreams. 

Become what you want to become.

Work for it. 

It will take WORK. 

How badly do you want it? 

Let the work begin. 

Feel your feelings. 

Feel your disappointment. 

Feel your frustration. 

Feel the enjoyment. 

Feel your passion. 

Feel your highs and lows. 

Keep at it. 

Be jealous of no other woman. 

Smile at their success. 

They worked for what they have. 

Let them inspire you to soar. 

Now, get yours. 

Thursday, July 7, 2016

All Lives Matter? Really?


Actually, it's more than apparent that .All .Lives .Do .Not .Matter. 

#whiteonblackcrime#AltonSterling#PhilandoCastile#killersinblue#stopkillingus#murderers#convictallkillers#equalityforall#blacklivesmatter#thoushaltnotkill#1ofthe10commandments#igualdadnoexiste#l'égaliténexistepas#hateandfear=killblacksthengohomeandmakeasandwich#theyregettingawaywithithereonearthbutsomewhereinthisuniversemurdererswillpayfortheircrimes#ifalllivesmatteredtherewouldntbeablacklivesmattermovement#stopbeingpredictableandtalkingaboutblackonblackcrime#talkaboutwhiteonwhitecrimeforachange#hellowhiteonwhitecrimeisat82%#youfearus?#youhateus?#uh,really

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Doodle No. 19 : Afro Latina


Shout out to my loves who came all the way from NYC to visit me in the desert! They lit up more than the evening sky with fireworks! I haven't had that much fun in forever! Thank you doesn't even say how grateful I am for you inspirational, positive and happy beings! MWAH! xoxo 

PS: this piece also nicely coincides with Cape Verde's Independence Day today! Shout out to all the Afro Latinos out there!

Happy Independence Day, Cape Verde!




Viva Cabo Verde y todas las personas de Cabo Verde en todo parte del mundo!!

Doodle No. 18 : Surround Yourself with Human Sunbeams


Yeeeeeeesss!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Doodle No. 15 : Her Stretch Marks Told...


So you don't have to turn your head to read, this drawing says: Her Stretch Marks Told But A Tidbit of Her Body's Divine Journey and Sister Strength. Happy Hump Day!

Doodle No. 14 : Feminism Typography


A pretty 'F' word, along with all it's derivatives...femme, feminine, feminist, fem. ;)

Monday, June 20, 2016

GirlPower . Chloe and Halle



Look what I just discovered today. Their singing was more than enough, but then it turns out they play instruments too?  Young + beautiful + talented beyond measure! No wonder 175K follower on Instagram.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

GirlPower : Amy Schumer + Anna Wintour



This'll kick your weekend off on the right foot. Enjoy the comical stylings of 2 powerful women who are brilliant at what they do!  What can I say about Amy? The girl's comedic timing and delivery is just on point. Simply put, she's a comedic powerhouse! My comments reside with the icon that is Anna Wintour. Number 1) her arms...really? When she simply lifts them up, peep the muscles my friends, peep the muscles! Those arms were not created overnight, my dears! Number 2) when she dropped the mike, I fell on the floor! Number 3) she actually held her own on the funny meter. Whomever had the foresight to put these two together in a video - genious!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Doodle No. 12 : Darrow


This is  'Darrow'...just standing there...being all cute and surrounded in floral-zig-zag-o-licious-ness. Enjoy!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Doodle No. 11 : Bearded Boys Rule


My man crush Monday is this dude, who's rockin' both the cute afro and the beard. I've been crushin' on beards for months now, and apparently, it's still a thing (because, ya know, when it shows up in your work, it's a thing). Enjoy my [rare] drawing of a male. lol

Friday, June 10, 2016

Doodle No. 10 : Women Hold Up Half The Sky


To say that women hold up half the sky is to say that men hold up the other half. Which is also to say that we are equal, which we are not. Am I right? Even though women hold up way more than half the sky, I still like this quote.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Doodle No. 7 : Sisterhood


Happy Monday, sisters...and gents, if there are any gents in the house!

Doodle No. 6 : Self-Love Inspo


Self-love is an absolute necessity in the modern world. NOTE: I said self-love; not arrogance, conceit or narcissism. *sticks tongue out* 

Committment To Dreams = Rough + Amazing!


It's passion-filled + rewarding + fabulous + beautiful + challenging + painful + infinitely tough + struggle-filled 'round-the-clock work and so much more! It is also inexplicably amazing + awesome!

PS: if you follow me on Instagram you may have noticed that I deleted this pic, as well as the feminism graphic (see post below). I'm all about aesthetics and my eyes kept going to both these graphics and they seemed to be overpowering all the posts around them, so they had to go. Love the way they look on the blog tho. :)

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Doodle No. 4 : GirlPower


Most powerful super-power ever! 

June Already!


Hello my friends! Time flies when you're strongly contemplating the direction of your art practice...so much thinking...sheesh! And now it's time to get on with it. Hope things are well with you all! On a bright note, summer is almost here!