Enchanted Portraits & Decision Making

Queen Suya in the Cranberry Forest, Gouache on paper

I’ve had this drawing for a long time and it wasn’t until recently that I figured out how I wanted to finish it. The trouble with moving forward sometimes is the infinite choices and possibilities. How can we make it easier for ourselves to finally make a choice?

Setting specific limitations or project boundaries helps.

For example: Things that have helped

•Deciding to only work with a certain number of colors

•Making a time limit or “finish by deadline” regardless of what it looks like

• Choosing one subject matter to focus on

Fairy Book Club

A Fairy Library, 2018, Watercolor & Gouache on Paper ©YanuaryNavarro

Have you ever wondered what sort of mysterious happenings take place in the Florida swamp lands? I wonder all the time because one of the things that makes the state of Florida unique is that due to the weather it is the home to a highly diverse and extensive population of plants and animals. Including book fairies who meet in hollowed-out ancient Cypress trees and fill them with books.

Galactic Lands

Galactic Coral Island, watercolor, color pencil, gouache on paper ©YanuaryNavarro

Maria arrives at a mysterious island after being stranded for days. She cautiously inches closer to this floating land to take a rest from her long journey.

Color Sets the Mood

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‘Lucinda Discovers her Green thumb’ mixed media on paper, 2018

KODAK Digital Still Camera

Color sets the stage for the emotions, mood and vibes in a painting.  In this case, Lucinda is a character who would have a strong personality. A complex combination of boldness, loud, joyful, confident, playful and overall benevolent young adult.

Miniature Painting

KODAK Digital Still Camera

I took time to make something with my hands and some gouache paint today. It is always a grounding experience to push color around with a tiny paintbrush. This image has been in my head for a while. I tend to wait to start a piece until I have figured out what the most effective medium is to tell the story, and I don’t always know where the story may end up. The way I see it though is that the most important part is just to start.

Art & Play

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Sometimes I plan pieces from beginning to end. Other times I find them while playing and moving my paint brush around the paper.

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The new piece “Journey to Water” was  a piece I “found” and I slowly tinkered away at it for brief moments at a time.

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I keep finding inspiration for color palettes and textures while taking walks by the ocean and the park.

 

with smiles

-Yan

Sun and Solitude

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Reflections about the sun and solitude.

Thank you for the sun,

warming my feet outside these four walls.

Thank you for solitude,

the world around me comes to life when not a thought sits in my mind.