Thursday, January 30, 2014
Minnie Valero: STAR PRINCESS CRUISE Journal, ink and watercolor: Star Princess Cruise to Hawaii Journal, ink and watercolor. My own private journal (with a compass!) of daily activities, events, con...
Star Princess Cruise to Hawaii Journal, ink and watercolor.
My own private journal (with a compass!) of daily activities, events, concerts, lectures, books read, people I met, etc. during the 15 day cruise. I kept a written and painted journal. I will not publish every page, but some.
Day 1: we boarded the cruise ship early, so I had time to paint the bridge in the Port of San Pedro, viewed from the ship, before we left.
That afternoon we watched the movie: "Parental Guidance". My husband and I enjoyed it very much, as we could empathize with the grandparents in the movie.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
I forgot to post this watercolor I painted as a demonstration for the San Diego Museum of Art Artist Guild exhibition in January: REFLECTIONS. I did the demonstration on January 3rd, at Gallery 21, Spanish Village, Balboa Park, San Diego, California. If you didn't see it finished, and took my card with my Blog, here it is!!! Voila!!!
I was reading a quote by Pablo Picasso: "La Inspiracion existe, pero debe encontrarte trabajando."
"Inspiration exists, but it must find you working."
Friday, January 24, 2014
During the Star Princess cruise to Hawaii, every morning when entering the breakfast area we were met by Nic, a young Phillipino man, whose answer to any question was "Fantastic!" with a big smile. So much so, that a comedian in the evening was imitating him producing even more questions from the passengers the following morning. Needles to say, everybody around this young man was smiling. I had to take his picture, and paint his portrait.
What seemed light and funny at the beginning, made me think on the power of smiles and positive expressions. Maybe we need more Mr. and Mrs Fantastic! in our lives. Maybe we could BE the "Fantastic" influences on others in their lives...
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
On the 6th day of our cruise, we visited Hilo, in the big island : Hawai'i. We took a hop-on/hop-off bus. First stop: Rainbow Falls, 442 feet drop to a gorge below. In Hilo Bay we also visited the Lili'Hokalani Park, created in the Japanese Shinto style, and saw sea turtles! Early that morning we had seen whales as we were approaching the islands.
Monday, January 20, 2014
Do you know that the Ohia Lahua tree is one of the main tree species in Hawaii? Its leaves can close if there is gas in the air! How cool is that? They bloom all year long. They develop flowers of different colors to attract different birds. I find that fascinating!
Hawaii has about 8,800 native species, most of them birds. There are only two mammals native to Hawaii: the monk seal and a tree bat. How about that? I learned this in the lectures of Dr. Sharon Faff, the Star Princess cruise to Hawaii's lecturer. She was great! Thanks Dr. Faff!
Sunday, January 19, 2014
Hawaii in January is lovely, I just got back. Kona is a lively port town in Hawaii, easy to explore on foot. Kona is famous for its coffee. There are whales and dolphins here! We visited turtle beach, where many sea turtles are lazying in the sun, on the volcanic rocks, and slowly get in the water when they feel like it, swim a bit, stick a neck out, swim some more. They are huge! The size of a car tire!
We had a lot of "le'a le'a"!! That means a lot of fun, in Hawaiian.
Saturday, January 4, 2014
REFLECTIONS : It is a fantastic show! There are many beautiful pieces, including mine: a watercolor I painted in Sweden last June, at the entrance on the right, called: Norrfalsviken Bay II, 11x15 in. I have shown it here on my blog, a few days or weeks ago. You can look it up.
Thursday, January 2, 2014
I was recently reading about Dušan Djurkaric, watercolorist, painter of the moment, who has said: "There is no blood running through my veins, there's only color". He has also said: "The artist is the only one who can afford to mix in the affairs of God, because the things that God starts, the artist finishes."
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
I was reading recently about Delacroix. He admired Rubens, was a great reader, and very curious. Eugene Delacroix was in constant search of new techniques. He liked to prepare backgrounds, many of them, without any idea how he would later use them. Then, when he was ready to paint, he would look at the 20 or 30 backgrounds, and select the one to start his new painting.