Be Kind.

I love elephants. I love their loyalty, their bond, their love for each other. I cannot understand why anyone would want to hunt them or hurt them. As Dalai Lama says”our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them at least don’t hurt them”.

I love painting them too. Trying a looser watercolor style. Then i played with some special effects using PicsArt, pretty cool. Can’t decide which i prefer.



Wanderlust. I love this word. I love traveling. It is where I go to find my soul, to open my mind, to be surprised, to be inspired. But I love coming home too. It’s the balance between feeling rooted and grounded and feeling free and open.

Playing in my altered book tonight. I loved the image of this car on a catalogue. Decided to put it in my altered book. It called me tonight. I added the girl and the words to complete the page.

Here’s to going into the wild…

Hello gorgeous

Sometimes it amazes me how tough we can be. Life throws us curve balls but we get through it. I started this piece by playing with splotches of ink, not knowing where it would end up. Added some collage and the words “hello gorgeous”. Then some doodling. All the while thinking of my mother in law who is currently hospitalized far far away in Singapore. I am blessed to have one of the best mother in law anyone could ask for. She is strong, independent and always putting the welfare of her children first. It hurts to think of her suffering and wish we could see her more often. When it came time to finish this piece, I knew what I needed to write in the blank space..

Dedicated to my mother in law and putting this out to the universe… hello gorgeous. Life is tough, but so are you. Keep fighting. We will be home to see you soon…😘😘😘😘

Live, Laugh, Love

Sometimes we have to wait for the right inspiration to finish off a painting. Like tonight.

Decided to dig up some of my older unfinished pieces and came across this mixed media painting that i felt was missing something. A picture of a little girl with angel wings caught my eye and I knew it belonged there. And to finish it off, I included the quote on Live, Laugh, Love.

Viola, it’s finished. Some things can’t be rushed. When it’s time, you will know. And I know this piece is finished now. I think it applies to life too. Sometimes we just have to wait.

Sometimes there is no word…

Practice facial expression tonight. Saw this expression on Pinterest and it just make me laugh. Sometimes that is how I feel. While I may not feel this way tonight, I wanted to see if I could paint this expression. I like it. It makes me chuckle. But for the life of me, I could not find any words to go with it… can you think of any?

I still believe 

A sketch done on the eve of my birthday. It is also the eve of the one year anniversary of when the unthinkable happened. The election results of 2016. Unfortunately my birthday will always remind me of that dark day. But I still remain hopeful. I still believe in the good of people. In the strength of love, the power of hope. #istillbelieve

Love of German Shepherd 

I have always been afraid of dogs. I remembered being chased by stray dogs when I was little. So, when I see dogs, I feel fear and I think they sense it too. Ever since I became a mom, I had to pluck up my courage and overcome my fear of dogs. I did not want my kids to grow up fearing dogs. And now i don’t have the instinct to run away at the mere sight of dogs and can even volunteer at a nearby dog shelter with my son. I have even fallen in love with the big dogs. Like German Shepherds. They may look intimidating but they can also be kind and gentle.

Just this weekend, I watched the movie Megan Leavy, a true story about the friendship between a marine and a military combat dog. It was so touching. Inspired me to sketch the dog. Never sketched a dog before. I really enjoyed it. My son who loves German Shepherds, thought I did pretty well! Maybe I will gift this drawing to him when he leaves for College next year… maybe I can try painting one too? 

What do you think? 

You are beautiful 

Favorite part of finishing a watercolor journal pad is decorating the cover. Mixed media with layers of collage, acrylic paint, doodling and inking for the face. Even have room to add some journaling. YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL indeed. I love the quote by Neil Gaiman. “The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.”

The Universe got my back

Sometimes I paint something and just can’t seem to find the right words for it. This was an example. Painted it a few weeks ago and can’t find the words for it. 

Then I had the most stressful week of my life last week and I am so thankful for escaping what seemed like a death sentence, thanks to friends and things that came together miraculously. I have to believe that the universe has something to do with it. 

So when I saw this quote this am, I knew that this was the perfect quote for this girl. 

Thank you Universe (and friends) for having my back. Forever grateful, Teresa.