18 Jul

Stylish Black and White Decor

There’s something special about black and white. I love their sobriety and simplicity, yet they are strong and powerful. How to ADD STYLE to your decor with black and white? What we can do with these two colors is endless and I want to share with you ten beautiful products that can add a dramatic effect in your decor!

 

1. Adhesive wallpaper by RemovableWallpapers.

2.  Decorative cloud pillow by ProstoConcept.

3. Origami table lamp by TedzukuriAtelier.

4. Bath mat by AhavtiLifeStyle.

5. Paper bags by AgiandtheWind.

6. Mini ceramic cat by DodoToucan.

7. Shower courtain by OJPGallery.

8. Coctail chair from 1970 by updatechair.

9. Chess board by Redrook3D.

10. Original abstract painting by me!  You can see the entire collection here.

Enjoy!

 

17 May

My Creative Life

I really like to read about the “normal” life of artists and to see that every daily experience that seems trivial to them has become part of their creative development, leading them to express art in one way or another. After all, creativity comes from the most unexpected sources. Creativity is everywhere!

This is my story so far:

CHILDHOOD: I did not study much at school, but I always passed everything. I watched a lot of black and white TV and played non stop with my sister (oh yes, Chile in the 70s. That should be another blog post).

UNIVERSITY: I studied graphic design, thinking it was more like art but at that time, computers took over and I didn’t like using computers at all. I realized that my thing was actually artistic work using my hands.

At that time I also made my first abstract paintings – wild and strange creations with hand-made paper -. I devoted myself completely to experimenting with that for a long time and I even wrote a small thesis about the artisan work in design (spoiler alert: a very bad one).

AFTER UNI: I worked as graphic designer with computers, hated it. Quit. Traveled a lot. Arrived in Barcelona and fell in love with someone at the same time as with printmaking. Awesome times!

Then came the day when I signed up for a printmaking course for a few months and when I entered the workshop for the first time, I simply felt that this was my place! Clara Oliva would become my teacher for many years, and to her I owe everything I know in printmaking as well as in expressing myself graphically through abstracts. Several years later, I had a hard time making the decision to go to a workshop on my own and get away from her expertise. I could never separate completely: until last year I was still going to her workshop to do aquatints, methodical and precise technique that contrasts and complements my more improvised and chaotic way of working.

THE STUDIO IN BARCELONA: I left my teacher’s studio and started by myself in a gorgeous old workshop that I shared with other artists. Prolific times developing my work and experimenting with different techniques, work styles, formats and colors.

I generated some great bodies of work and some very bad. I did courses, open workshops and participated in many competitions that allowed me to exhibit my prints at Krakow Triennial in Poland, Guanlan Prints in China and many others. I started selling online.

TODAY: I have less certainty than when I was 20, but I definitely prefer this. I no longer have a printmaking studio due to a slow-life change: I moved from the city life of Barcelona to a small village in South of France. Now I only have a small desk and I have dedicated myself to making illustrations and small paintings. Adapting to working online for my store and website has been quite difficult: the online art world seems a bit false and pretentious to me, but I have to adapt and manage to stand out with honest works. I miss my print studio, but to be honest, not as much as I would have believed it because I found painting! The result was very daring and elegant within so many spots and brushstrokes, I will continue working on it!

 

19 Apr

Black and White Wall Decor

What is it that makes black and white abstract paintings so captivating?

I love monochrome paintings because they seem to hide something, they are mysterious pieces of art! Let’s see why:
Black and white are silent colors with a strong personality. They have a lot to say….
They are dramatic, all the time searching for that perfect “ying and yang” balance…
They are elegant, they are always dressed for a party…
They are modest and ready to make any design perfectly restrained…
They are like discreet people, saying a lot only by the look in their eyes…

Do you agree?

 

 

  

I painted this series on paper and they are available on my website, my Etsy Shop and my Saatchi Gallery.

 

18 Apr

Primary Colors Paintings

 

I love CMYK colors, I think it is such a cheerful palette to play with. To create this series of abstract paintings first I placed one color at a time and waited for the result, it was fun! These colors illuminate, give life, contrast and movement. It is amazing to create so much energy with only a few colors, they have a personality of their own and not only “just to print something” as we normally see them.

What do you think about this bold color combination? You can download a FREE sample of one of these paintings (card size) by subscribing to my list!

These paintings are also available in my Etsy Shop and my Saatchi Online Gallery.

 

17 Apr

A Liberating Brushstroke

I have only a desk as a studio nowadays where I’m painting in quite small sizes and also doing a lot of abstract art journal drawings. I miss my former printmaking studio! But a few months ago I had the chance to use for a short period of time an old house who was going to be entirely renovated. That meant that I was able to do anything on it: paint walls, floors, cleaning brushes anywhere, spill paint all over without control. It was … LIBERATING!

I painted a lot in very large formats for the first time. I felt like creating without control and without searching a specific purpose: the place was the perfect chaos that for many years I was trying to control. No boundaries, no meaning, no titles, no right or wrong to the art world. Experimenting with all kinds of mixtures and colors made me aware that those abstracts are the perfect contrast in my life: I do not dare with a lot of “domestic-real” things everyday, but I can really be bold with painting. I felt I could experience that abstract art is about passion, courage and emotions that become real through colors and textures.


I loved the result, it was very daring and elegant within so many spills and brushstrokes! I called them “Color Studies” because I just picked a color I liked and started to interact with paper until they turned into a cohesive body of work, both colorful and monochrome. You can download a sample of that artwork HERE.

What liberating thing have you done recently?

 

01 Feb

Ink Paintings

I have created these monochrome ink paintings with the simple idea of contrast: contrast between the color and the paper and contrast between drawing materials. What do you see on these small paintings? Do you try to find a significance on the image or do you see abstract colors and textures?

 

This is a large collection of 8″ x 11″ small paintings on paper and they are all available on my website and my saatchi online gallery.

 

15 Jan

Art Journal Inspiration

My art journal pages are now available as booklets! You can have your own collection of my work in tiny version. They are also perfect to get inspiration for your own art journal projects!

You can find them in my Etsy shop.

If your favorite color is not here, no problem! You will certainly find it in the editions to come.

Take a look!

PINK

MINIMAL

YELLOW

RED

BLUE

ANOTHER BLUE

 

09 Dec

Abstract Drawings on Hand Made Paper

At the beginning of the year I received these wonderful hand made papers as a gift from a friend and it took me a long time to decide what to do with them, as it was a meaningful gift for me. These papers arrived by surprise at the time I was about to leave Barcelona. They came from a wonderful person who was the first one to believe in my art skills like a million years ago when she let me be part of her workshop without knowing me at all.

When I received this unexpected gift, it was a complicated moment for me. It made me think about my future as an artist and especially made me look back and remember the year ’96 when I made my final dissertation at university about….hand made paper and graphic design! (Unfortunately, I have no pictures of it: no digital cameras nor phones back then!). Life was telling me something! It made me remember a recent trip to Japan as well: my friend has lived there and we have this same sense of “aesthetics”, we were so connected without thinking about it!!

I made these paintings trying to maintain the texture of the original paper: its threads, sparkles and little pieces. Make the paper part of the design.

My friend’s name is Alexandra and she has a wonderful blog and business about Kyoto (it is in French but do not worry, I do not think aesthetics has a language!). She has also a career as a pattern designer on a website called Tristan and Zoe.

I hope you like these drawings! They reminded of my student years…;)

I have “Mountain in Japan“, “Momiji” and “Pond” listed in my etsy shop if you want to check some details. I will list all of them soon!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/649984647/flowers-painting-matching-art-set

03 Nov

Colorful Marks

 

These are my first attempts at pattern design! I love making marks, and I thought that these random lines could turn into modern and bold patterns… or maybe drawing them directly on a wall? I am still working on it.

You can try it too! The gesture is given by the type of pencil you use. Try to mix as many materials as possible, even if you feel that they “don’t work”, you will be amazed by the abstract result you can have with simple lines!