This journal belongs to Mireya.
This is a creative journal for all the thinks I think up including poems, pictures books and my latest positive pouches.
Two words: Tempera paint and spoon fork
…which led to colorful flowers! If I can only remember how to recreate this tone of pink. This awesome texture would be great for a tree trunk.
Now it’s a positive pouch in my shop Soon to be featured in my next book.
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. This was the beginning of my book Ana Bee and George Bird. I needed answers. 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 and to encourage others to do the same. Art is powerful in that it connects us all. That’s why I love music.
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…
Not in this order but 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 my our 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 would imagine a big audience. Nothing to do with fame but to see others smile and dance.Music connects everyone. Juanes described that so beautifully. I sing with paint. My poems need walls. I write songs. I’d like to learn the entire choreography to the Thriller song.–WAIT that’s more than something.
Something interesting (weird) about me…
I would always tilt my head-get lost in thoughts…people would ask what I’m thinking about. They still ask. (laughs) 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.