I’m so excited to have been able to interview my mentor in art Paivi Eerola creator of Peony and Parakeet.  She is from Finland and worked as a software engineer and industrial designer in the past. Her passion for art has driven her to become a full-time artist. She has developed many classes and I will be forever grateful for encountering her through the internet. I  took my first class in April 2017, and since then I have signed up for many more. She is an amazing teacher always innovating as she looks for ways to boost creativity and imagination. Her classes are easy to follow and she finds ways to connect with you and share different processes that lead a beginner like me to create art. She allows each student to express and communicate through painting and we are not tied up to her personal style. On the contrary, she inspires…

I participated in a free online workshop named “Sketchbook Revival” hosted by Karen Abend and sponsored by Sketchbook Skool. The classes were easy to follow and the videos were filled with a friendly approach. I really appreciated all the effort and care provided by Karen Abend and each instructor during this workshop. I loved the way each  of them gave us a little peek to their work and also allowed us to see what inspired them to create their art. In addition to that they also provided tips on how to motivate our artistic soul to keep creating in the middle of our busy life or in those days when we think that our creativity is not sparking as fast as we would like.   I wanted to share with you my “Sketchbook” journal because I think this is a way to show you how much fun I had during this time. I definitely recommend…

Life happens and it does not stop, it gets involved, it gets tangled up without waiting for anyone. What can I say … I am happy that I had the chance to love, to love deeply and intensely. What beauty it is to be able to surrender completely without expecting anything in return. I have been able to love as a mother and I can say that being a mother has been a wonderful and satisfying adventure. I never knew what kind of mother I would become, and well, I have to confess that maybe I’m a bit overprotective, that I love kissing and hugging my little ones as if there was no tomorrow and like every day is a new beginning. My life matters more now than ever because my children depend on me. The days are brighter since I have them, my heart broadens thinking about them and is…

Well if I describe myself, I will not finish today but I can tell you I like the way I am. I am happy with myself, yes I try to change from time to time and sometimes I have succeeded and in other times I didn’t even start trying. What I know is that this is not the only time I will start something and not finish it, but I’m certain that God is going to finish His master plan in me and I do want to be part of that and I do not want to lose time. I want to see myself in a mirror later on and know that I am better and not just for others to see, but for my own enjoyment. At the end of my days, I wish I could see myself and find out that I’m still me and that I am…

I just found out about this event. It is my first time attending, I’m not sure if they had one in the past, I couldn’t find a review, but it is free so I thought to give it a try and I signed up. The workshop officially begins April 23rd and runs through May 4th. Each day you’ll get an email with links to the two sessions of the day. You’re free to do as many of the sessions as you’d like, from all to just a couple. They give a list of supplies per class, but you are able to use whatever supplies you have on hand. Please come back I’ll post my sketches late on.  Sketchbook Revival here I come! **All sessions will be available until May 18th so there is plenty of time. I think this means that you can not download the classes.

Four months have passed by and I wanted to give a review about Bloom and Fly. I’m not sure if it is in Päivi Eerola’s plans to open another one after June or not. Either way, I wanted to share with you my take on this in case you are curious or you want to join. I have enjoyed Bloom and Fly a lot, the camaraderie and the intense infusion of inspirational posts that come daily are amazing. Many creative people working constantly, it is equal to a “brain freeze” in an artful manner. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed as it is hard not to spark ideas of your own and have a traffic jam. The range of skills vary and I sometimes feel like a pre-school girl, but I’m happy to know that I can grow and achieve pieces that I feel proud of, even when I’m also capable…

I have always loved art, the colour, the textures, the way it makes me feel. I wish I could have joined a class early on, but life went on and I didn’t have the opportunity to do it, but instead of keeping on wishing I decided to change my reality and I’m so excited to share with you that in April of 2017 I finally did it! Yes, sometimes those feelings that pull you back are not the ones to hold on to. I will be sincere by telling you that I had also encountered moments of regret regarding the time that I spent wishing and not learning, but I have put them aside by keeping on enjoying the present moment.  I’m still a beginner and I know I have a long journey ahead of me, but I’m enjoying every minute. This is the first post of many more to come. and I invite…

There was a time in my life when I shared every last bit of my life that I could.  I was blogging about two or three times a week and I loved it.  Mostly it was friends that checked out what I was saying because I really don’t think there was too much there that would interest most people.  Blogging ended with getting married.  It was not that there was nothing to share, stories are a part of everyone’s lives.  It is just that everything that happened to me from that point on was not just about me, it was always about Susana and I.  I have become actually quite a private person when it comes to the internet over the past years but Susana is encouraging me to venture out again and it is probably time. This will look nothing like past internet efforts.  I still don’t know how…

I open this area to share my walk with God, I have walked through beautiful fields, prairies, and meadows, but sometimes during my life, I have walked through steep hills, but to me, it was comforting to know that He was by my side. I was a believer since little but started to have a relationship with God since 2001 and that has changed my life. I hope that my thoughts, prayers and the way I reach to God motivate you to in your own walk.

My life is my biggest adventure yet and I’m planning to enjoy it and take the best of it. I’m on a quest to have a positive view, to find beauty in little details and to explore the world that surrounds us. This is the beginning of much more to come.