Goodbye Sketching, Hello Freehand!

It’s weird, as a designer I was taught / trained to think that process work is key when thinking up a successful design. It all comes together after you have done your research, grasped onto a concept, and are now compiling several sketches to see how your design can come to life. With art I…

Delving Into Paper Maché: Mexican Alebrijes

Ever since I was 5 years old, I was mesmerized by the vivid colors and patterns from my Mexican paper maché figurines called “Alibrijes” (pronounced: al-eh-bree-hess). The first alebrije I purchased was when I went to Puebla, it was this little monster that was meshed to look like a frog with a fish head, dragon…

Birds of a Feather Series

These little birdies were fun to paint, mainly because they aren’t paintings of any particular bird, they were made out of pure random thought. Towards the end of my day I would simply start stroking the brush on the paper and before I knew it, the shapes were looking more and more like birds. I…

Painting No.9: The Orchid Mantis

This is the last painting so far of my mantis series. I’m just so mesmerized by these types of mantids, their color is absolutely gorgeous! Elegance is in everything they do, the way they pose, the way the rock back and forth when they shuffle away from danger. Don’t let their elegance fool you, they…

Painting No.8: The African Mantis

Part of my mantis series, but this one is by far my favorite. I experimented with bright and vibrant colors because these cute little guys have the most adorable expressions on their face. If you are interested in what I used in creating my mantis paintings, check out the links below to get you started…

Painting No.7: The Leaf Mantis

Part of my mantis series, this little guy is the Leaf Mantis. For this painting I used a mixture of watercolor and acrylic paints.  If you are interested in what I used in creating my mantis paintings, check out the links below to get you started on your painting journey!  

Painting No.6: Gambian Spotted-Eye Flower Mantis

I have quite an infatuation with insects….but especially with mantids. This little guy is part of my mantis series where I explore the curious alien-like features these tiny beauties show off. If you are interested in what I used in creating my mantis paintings, check out the links below to get you started on your…