Let it Rain

Story Sketches, watercolor & gouache on paper
©yanuarynavarro

Drawing comes easier to me than writing. Yet I love words because they challenge, teach, inspire and trigger. So to work around my own limitations with writing I have been combining drawing with words. Strengthening a weak muscle with a little help from something I already have confidence in due to years of practice.

Our list of limitations are long but maybe they can be embraced and
re-shaped into a new way of doing something we fear. An unexpected new road to walk on.

Story Sketches, watercolor & gouache on paper
©yanuarynavarro

Year in review

Some of the new designs and paper products I developed in 2019

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Greeting Card Design ©yanuarynavarro
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Archival Print Release ©yanuarynavarro
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Archival Print Release ©yanuarynavarro
KODAK Digital Still Camera
Nashville, TN

Nashville, Tennessee is my new home base, I relocated from my hometown in Florida. The hilly roads were intimidating at first considering the tallest structures in Florida are usually buildings not roads.

The change has opened my eyes to new landscapes, new people, new accents, the experience of fall, snow falling, frosty grass, and bone chilling breezes. I welcome all of these. New adventures are what life is all about, is a life truly being lived if we only live to roll out of bed with a frown, drag ourselves to work, eat the same boring meal, and repeat it all over again day after day? I don’t think so. Life is a true gift, the best gift we will ever receive in our lifetime. I am grateful for the chance to experience something new and am excited for the new year and see what 2020 has in store.

Let’s experience something new.
Eat interesting foods.
Say thank you for being alive everyday.
Stay lighthearted.

Back to traditional

Gouache and Watercolor on watercolor paper ©yanuarynavarro

Most of 2019 has been spent working on digital mediums. Learning new techniques using digital software and keeping my digital design skills sharp. But I have missed the feel of a pencil scratching the surface of a blank piece of paper.

The above painting was made using traditional materials. Gouache and Watercolor. Every time I look at it I am reminded of the tiny moments that came together to make this image. There is no going back once you start a watercolor painting. You have to commit or start all over again, and perhaps that is what I like about traditional media. The assertiveness it demands. That I had to just keep moving forward because the option to go back and erase was not available.

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.

Consuelo – Miniature Painting

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Consuelo – A miniature painting ( aprox. 4″ x 5″ inches)

I used Gouache paint on watercolor paper. Gouache is an opaque watercolor that can be applied in thick layers to create a graphic aesthetic. As opposed to the usual transparent look of regular watercolors.