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

Ecology & Our Home

Midnight Gardener illustration by Yanuary Navarro
Midnight Gardener, watercolor & gouache on paper, 2018

 

The first drawing memory I have is of the mountains of Honduras I did in color pencil when I was about 5 or 6. I vividly remember the array of greens and yellows that decorated my paper. I loved the land beneath my feet, sprouting out of the ground like magic beans and I still feel most at home outside within the trees.

Poetry Illustration

One of my favorite projects of 2017 has been collaborating with poet and musician @eyesofapearl

I had the pleasure of translating her writing into illustrations.

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New Growth – eyesofapearl
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Stargazing – eyesofapearl
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Self Study – eyesofapearl

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

A Cure for Creative Blocks

The cure for a creative block for me is:

     1. Leaving the house

• This creates opportunities for new experiences that will influence the work in unexpected ways

 

  2. Exploring a new place/more closely observing a familiar place

• Experiencing something new opens up space for new ideas and noticing something new in a familiar place strengthens observation skills that will develop a refined eye for things such as, seeing how light falls on a tree or how grass is made up of infinitely different greens.

 

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   3. Physical labor that benefits someone other than myself

• This tires the body and slows down a spinning wheel of thoughts and worries by putting them into perspective and in relation to the bigger picture of life and others’ lives.

 

Picking Lemons

Somewhere in Guatemala

Somewhere in Guatemala

A new painting I recently completed. I did experiential-research for this, so I exposed myself to the type of environment I was trying to illustrate and spent a lot of time sitting and walking through nature and staring at trees. Some of my inspiration is below.