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Written in the Stars

"I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream".   -Vincent Van Gogh

No. 3 of my parallel series to Running of the Bulls taps into my fascination with the wonders and eternal beauty of stars. Written in the Stars tells the story of my passionate quest in search of my true calling in life by connecting the my past, present, and dreams of the future. Life is composed of a series of moments, determined by fate and altered by our actions. The relationships we hold with others further intertwine these webs of moments and propel us further into this journey of life. Day by day, we reach towards the stars, connecting points until we have created our own constellation of success. 

Written in the Stars was composed using a variety of acrylic and spray paints to achieve an expressive and textured piece. A deep and energetic backdrop was created with layer upon layer of blue hues, glossy black splatters, and iridescent accents. Each point of stark white paint represents stars, the moments in life which are connected with the world around us. Finally, the bull skull is a representation of me....all of us...fighters for dreams and lovers of life. The skull was rendered with layers of rose gold, yellow gold, and glowing neon pink spray paints to resemble the glittering images of galaxies. Contrastingly, It pushes against the canvas edges attempting to break free from physical limits. These limits are the ones that we choose to place on ourselves, for life is meant to be pursued as freely and vast as the universe itself.

Midweek Muse: Gonzalo Fuenmayor

A few weeks ago I was browsing through my daily dose of interior inspirations when I suddenly became fixated on one image. This particular living room was infiltrated with an abundance of exhilirating artifacts, accessories, and art. With a variance in color palettes, and array of contrasting elements, I felt compelled to dissect what piece was achieving harmony. The one piece that tied it all together was the focal point itself: a large art piece by Columbian artist, Gonzalo Fuenmayor. 

The scale, depth, subject matter, and overall composition was not only the focal point in the photograph, but the main point in the entirety of the living room. The vast black background of the piece draws the eyes in and accentuates the details and beauty of the banana-crowned chandelier. Crystals, tropical fruits, and glimmering lights add the right amount of glamour and mystery to this trendy space. 

I then began my research on Gonzalo Fuenmayor and fell more in love with his work. To me, it creates this magical nostalgia of latin glamour and luxury in the tropics. As a hispanic myself and being raised in Miami and Dominican Republic respectively, I was captivated with the imagery of banana trees, crisp night skies, and an inevitable sense of entertainment. There is also this sublime eeriness that gives a dream-like quality to the images, and truly reels you in. Below are a variety of my favorite Fuenmayor pieces, both charcoal drawings and photographs. His perfection in depicting reality with charcoal pencil will leave you guessing which ones are photographs and which ones are not. Visit the official website to learn more about Gonzalo. 

 

La Peccata Minuta | Nudist Song Illustration

Nudist Song: La Respuesta al Zapato Perfecto

Above is the illustration I created for La Peccata Minuta of the Nudist Sandal by Stuart Weitzman. Maria Conchita Arcala, author and creator of La Peccata Minuta, held a discussion with her audience wether they prefer to invest in a statement piece, such as a Charlotte Olympia style, or something more simple, such as the Nudist by Stuart Weitzman. The majority explained that they rather spend the mullah on a simple, versatile, and more comfortable piece. 

The article, Nudist Song: La Respuesta al Zapato Perfecto (The Answer to the Perfect Heel) goes into detail on the factors that make a pair such as the Nudist Song so desirable amongst celebrities and its fans. Apart from its clean lines and assortment of available materials, the Nudist heel is indeed comfortable for long wear and flattering on all types of feet. In conclusion, this simple pair checks off all the boxes and is well worth the investment. 

Click here to read the full Nudist Song Article