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

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

Lucinda_Yanuary_signed border

‘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.

The Surrender

The Surrender_Yanuary_signed

Surrender.

As in

to cease

resistance.

A denseness

a ghoul

to breathe free

with an ice-cold shudder

from the depths of the gut

and out through the mouth and the nose.

The Journey Continues

 

Gulf of Mexico
Gulf of Mexico, watercolor & Gouache on paper

2017 was a  year full of new habits such as devoting more of my free time to big goals, like improving my writing skills, reading more, painting everyday whenever and surrounding myself with positive friends and artists that love making things.

Here’s a few pieces I finished during this busy 2017 year.

 

 

BowHeads
War Heart, watercolor & gouache

DReamHouse
Dream House, watercolor & gouache

Somewhere in Guatemala
Somewhere in Guatemala, watercolor & gouache