This journal belongs to Mireya.
This is a creative journal for all the thinks I think up. I promise to fill it with my curiosity and imagination. I’ll use my love of nature to create poems, picture books and what ever I think up–no holding back.
Two words: Tempera paint and spoon fork
This awesome texture would be great for a tree trunk.
That led to these flowers, a book idea and good vibes.
As a kid I loved paint by number books, finger painting, markers and crayons. In high school I’d get bored in class and draw in the page margins. I took a ceramics class. In English class I wrote a chapter book. In college I majored in Marketing and studied Design, Advertising, and Western Renaissance Art. I’ve always been creative, curious and imaginative. I stopped physically creating art for a while but it lingered until I gradually began making notebooks, writing, making greeting cards and …art is me, ALWAYS has been and always will be. It’s a LOVE STORY.
I’d see a poster at Disneyland and admire the color. I’ve always been in love with color, and words. One day I sat in my backyard with my dog and this bee story happened. I felt for some reason that I should write it down. That led to learning illustrator and photoshop and hand lettering. I love hand lettering. Then I came across a crayola educational watercolor palette and all these childhood memories. I love to paint and haven’t looked back since.
Describe your process?
I’m curious about everything. I’m a THINKER and obsessed with color and nature. My favorites are monotone shades. I love to paint with blues, pinks, yellows and greens…vibrant colors. I love vintage lettering especially block lettering that knows no rules. I love the vintage post card lettering. It’s simple writing, but behind it are all the emotions the writer feels. I implicitly draw hearts and paint with forks. I’m exploring. I c like to think of my art as an unmistakable song and let color tell the story…yeah that’s good.
What’s the purpose of your art?
…to voice my curiosity and imagination. Art is powerful in that it connects us all. That’s why I love music. I want others to have this “wow” moment and feel like they can do anything.
What’s your motto?
LOVE. Kids have such a loving spirit that allows them to create and imagine and just be. Walt Disney said,” That’s the trouble with the world,too many people grow up. Ideas, well if you have the courage to love them, extraordinary will happen.
I’m inspired by…
Everyone– James Victore and Frida Kahlo. Her life…her pain is right there on the canvas. It’s so fascinating to learn how an artist conveys emotion. Raphael’s School of Athens reminds me of a wonderful world of ideas. Eric Carle’s collage art is amazing! The fact that his genius Hungry Caterpillar came about from punching holes in a paper is crazy. There are tons more..I’m inspired by the notion that art comes from anywhere and anyplace. I get obsessed with songs. I want to know who wrote them and why. I Just read about the artist Tracy Emin. She said, “If I was to make art, it couldn’t be about the f***** picture, it had to be about where it was really coming from.” There’s lots of hand lettering artists too. The more I surround myself with artists, the more I realize I am one.
Something fun and interesting about me…
I love music! I used to sing when I was a kid. I can’t sing so I paint. Music connects everyone. I remember Juanes describing this so beautifully. I want to do murals. I write songs–not on paper just in my mind. I’d like to learn the entire choreography to the Thriller song.–WAIT that’s more than something.
Something interesting (weird) about me…
I tilt my head-get lost in thoughts…people ask what I’m thinking about. (laughs) As a kid I had this habit of asking why. I still do! Most teachers didn’t appreciate that. I’ve always had this obsession with the why and process of what fascinates me. Sometimes it’s what doesn’t. I paint my thoughts and curiosity. That’s why being a painter who writes words and drawings makes sense.
What are you working on?
publishing my first book and a few lots more to follow. I’m working on big projects for the shop. I found a comfortable studio to work in, I mean PLAY in. I’m lovin’ every moment. I am working on a retreat and a teaching workshop…there’s so much and I love it.