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Ajijic, flora and fauna

Ajijic Plaza Umbrellas

AjijicPlaza copy-web.jpgThis is a small scene in the downtown Centro Plaza in Ajijic, Mexico. It’s a relaxed and sometimes very busy place.  Weekends find artisans selling their wares, musicians playing their instruments in festive songs. Generally it’s a busy but festive place. You can get and ice cream and sit on a bench and people watch or meet friends for lunch at nearby restaurants.  Food carts await and taxis sit at their stations ready to bring you anywhere you want to go.

The atmosphere is always friendly and there’s always the sound of laughter of happy children running in and out of the gazebo.  It’s a wonderful place to share with friends.  Flower are always blooming Ajijic Plaza umbrellas  against a clear blue sky.

alphabet, songs, whimsy

Little Darlin’

    I am following a little dream and a little experiment.  I’m matching vintage songs with my drawings, sketches and cartoons.  I’ve been wanting to do this forever.  So now is the time….here we go.  My hope is that when people of a certain age… 60 and above, see the verse, they will associate it with the melody.  Hopefully, they won’t be able to get the song out of their heads.

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people, Plein Aire Painting, street scenes

Calla Lilly seller

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We are finally having some sun here in Mexico.  It’s been really cold and I can’t get used to it.  So on my patio today I’ve been working on this large watercolor and intermittently putting the painting in the sun to dry.  While it’s drying, I catch as many warm rays as I can.  Boy, the sun feels great.  I have not picked this painting  up in a few months as I’ve been super busy with many things other than painting. So in a day or so, it should get finished if nothing else crazy happens.

fantasy illustration, landscapes of imagination, Nature, sci fi, storytelling art

World Exodus, Follow the Sun

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Another landscape of imagination came to me in a dream.  Imagine our world with no vegetation, no animals, no warmth from the sun.

The last vestiges of people march in robotic style towards a white sun, orange sky with tiny bright distant stars.

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Red sun abstract landscape

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What if?  What if the world were to end like this?  Beautiful colors with unlivable conditions?  What if the sun as we know it failed to support life on this strange planet?

https://www.redbubble.com/people/naquaiya/works/44679886-red-sun-for-a-new-world?asc=u&p=comforter&rel=carousel

fantasy illustration, flora and fauna, landscapes of imagination, Nature

Golden Sun, landscapes of imagination

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It is giving me a great piece of mind to paint strictly from my imagination. I am not sure why it is a healing and soothing activity, but I am enjoying it.  I adore this watercolor paint for its intensity and versatility.  It is pretty magical and powerful color.  the red lines are a red permanent ink done with a speedball nib.gold-quin-wc

miniatures

Landscape of imagination, 2 ocean

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I had a chance to play again on my miniatures.  This one is an ocean view from far, far away.  I keep thinking back to my California days in Malibu with fond memories.

I think playing is good.  These colors look very somber to me now.   Well, it is just a little
exercise.  Another day, another painting to grow with.

animals, Illustrations, Nature

Yellow Koi Green Waters

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I’m painting more fish these days.  These koi are imaginary and don’t hold true as anatomically correct.  That is another reason they are a respite from “correct” drawing and are like a little vacation for me.   Koi are valuable and bred for their size and beauty.  How wonderful is that?  I am having fun with this so I’ll let it be.  The original will have some gold leaf to sparkle it up a little.  That is the next stage so for now, this will do.  I will try to remember to post the embellished version when complete.

I used a fine black marker and a fine white ink over the darks to enhance the patterns.  I love painting the deep water with transparent watercolors and tried to use motion and several thin layers to give a feeling of depth.

Here is a print on textile.