That Philosopher’s Stone called Marketing.

What do you do with the fruits of your creativity?

In the beginning, everything is focused on finding the strength and courage to actually sit down and manifest ideas, visions, and inspirations that are occupying the mind. The series of factors involved in allowing our creativity to fly, as per previous posts.

Once we are in that Flow again, we finally see some of those visions manifested onto products, they are alive and real. And we are overflowed with enthusiasm.

Now, the next step is to present them to the world and wish that someone will like them as much as you do to take them home with them.

At this point, you enter into the vast and scary world of marketing, without even realizing. Quite a delicate subject for many. Confusing me for the past weeks, so much that I missed my appointment of writing this post on my scheduled day. Not because I was not there in front of the computer writing, but there were just too many thoughts, too many doubts, and nothing really made sense.  The whole purpose of writing is not only to share with you what I am going through but also to give some kind of solution that may help if you are experiencing the same. Adding more confusion is not really great advice.

100_2970 (800x766)Simply, this is just another stage of this long process called Achieving our goal/dream. And like everything it needs to be understood, comprehended throughout and then applied. Like drawing or learning how to create this blog, for example. The beginning is scary and confusing. There is a lot of information to take in and IT IS overwhelming, so much that you could decide to give it all up and find a cave in the middle of a mountain and become a hermit. (if only it could be so easy!)

But we have not got that choice, pushing forward is the only way. And everything can be done with patience (LOTS) and a little bit of organization.

What I have done so far.

Sharing through Social Media. If you are an introvert like me and have not bothered about it up to now, well it takes a while to break the ice, but you can find some really nice people out there that really like to help and lots of inspirational quotes to learn how to overcome our usual fears!!

My first experience with any Social Media was Pinterest, at the time I did not even know it was considered as such. I was looking for special recipes for food intolerances, and this kept coming in my Google searches. I decided to give it a try, and from there I realized I could look for everything, started creating boards of my main interests, DIY ideas, Artwork, life hacks and much more. I re-discovered my old comics love for Garfield!!!

It became really easy to find what I needed and slowly also a source of inspiration and a push to start doing something myself too. At the moment Pinterest is also the place where I mostly share my products from Zazzle. There is still a lot to learn and hope one day I will write a full post on it.

When I started at Zazzle, I opened a Facebook personal account, but then soon learned that for advertising my products, a business page was necessary.

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I personally find it really amazing and beautiful that nowadays more people are able to share their work with literally the whole world with a little investment. And this is the other important feature for me about Instagram, the ability to let your creativity be known and appreciated by other people that are not only your family/friends circle. Connect with others that are doing the same or have the same interests, and giving each other courage and motivation to continue. I think it is really important. We all need encouragement and support, because the obstacles are many, and we are all going through them at one stage or another.

Facebook is something I had left on a side for a while, I would share my Instagram posts there, my new products, other artists work or article, but I have been more a spectator up to now.  It is only friends and family that have shown interest so far and for obvious reasons. From Pinterest, I have found some groups that I am following which have sparked my interest and I am slowly grasping what needs to be done, you can check Jackie Muscat from Craft My Success or Jessica Abel

I was always a believer that if someone likes what you are selling, they will buy it and that’s it. There was no need to do anything else. For me the creation was the most important part, it had to be made with extreme care and love, for someone to perceive it through that object, recognize an affinity in it, creating thus a desire to have it. But through experience, I have realized that it was not enough. Sometimes it seemed that way but maybe because without realizing I had had a great conversation with someone and because of that they felt more attracted to what I was selling. In other words, I was telling them the story behind my creations and sparked their interest. But I was never aware of it because I was not trying to sell anything, I was just having a normal conversation.


100_2784 (600x800)Online marketing, however, is a big world, not a local market, and the way I understand it then is that social media are the tools by which people learn who one is, who is behind the work, their story, how it is done and what is the message they are trying to express, and most of all to form a connection with the person.

As always the most difficult part is the beginning. The learning and application. But I am so grateful for the amount of information we have out there to help us, and for this, We MUST have patience. We  MUST keep on until we see some results.

Thank you, Cristian Mihai for your post  Why to never give up

Who Am I?

The Ancient Greek Aphorism “Know Thyself” inscribed in the forecourt of the Temple of Apollo in Delphi is one that has resonated with me for the most part of my life.

It seems such a simple thing to do, but when going within in depth and analyzing each aspect of oneself, it is not that easy at all.

There are so many factors that influence us constantly that without realizing, it is very easy to get lost in different landscapes thinking they are our own.  And especially now with the accessibility of so much information through the internet, I find very easy to lose touch with one’s core nature.

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There is a self that wants to draw, paint, take pictures, in essence, create beautiful things and continue practicing every day to perfect techniques and abilities. But at the same time, there is information pressing within the mind to learn and acquire new knowledge about the many aspects of marketing these products and make them known.

But as experienced during this whole week, I have not found yet a balance between the two sides. The creative process and the commercial side. Unfortunately for me, the last one is a completely new thing as I want to focus it to be realized only as an online business. Before my conversion to technology, I used to just visit the local markets and festivals. Even then it wasn’t something I ever enjoyed, the selling part. I always preferred someone else doing it for me, of course, they were much more successful. It is something I never really felt comfortable with, preferring to spend my time creating and contemplating Nature. It is something quite common between Artists in general, I suppose.

But it is an important aspect of life in any field and a subject that should be taught from early years, so it is easier to get accustomed to.

This is when it is so important to know who one is, and what is the message that one wants to give with the work.  Understanding that is knowing what makes us enthusiastic about life, what is the spark that lights the fire.

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For not doing what my being was craving for, which was drawing, but concentrating instead in absorbing information, I got lost in the cobweb of the internet forcing myself to follow a system that it is not yet clear to me. And like a note that needs to maintain its frequency in amidst so many million sounds, I have found the importance of being loyal to what my core nature wants to express. And that, in fact, is the sound that makes me vibrate.

When I look at Nature my heart rejoices so that is what I try to recreate in my work, in my own style at this moment in time, the way I am able to do it.

It may not be what is trendy, or what people are talking about and it may not sell as well, or be so popular, but that is the only thing that comes out of me with enthusiasm. If I try to copy or be inspired by someone else’s style because she/he is being successful, or because everyone loves the beach now and I only paint flowers, so I should change, I will not be happy with myself, it is not what comes out of me naturally.

So the question which arises is, how much are you prepared to give up of yourself to comply with the demand of the market?

For as much as I love the work of successful Artists and Designers, it is impossible for me to follow that because that is not what these hands want to draw. And my answer to that question I have learned it this week.

Trying to understand the “rules” of marketing sent me straight to visiting the Dark side of the Moon, where Nothing reigns. No ideas, no inspiration, no joy only the Void. And as soon as I concentrated on doing just what gives me joy, pure energy and inspiration came back.

So I believe that one should never let go of one’s own spark, it can evolve and become better. Maybe it will need more work and time if it is very different from the rest of the world, but there are no choices.

I am what I am and I can only be me.

In these days I have enjoyed collecting all the pictures of flowers I have taken in Portugal and tried to find their names. If you are interested you can check them out here. Flowers of Portugal

I would have loved if Jerry from Quietsolopursuits could have taken them, as I think he is a great photographer but there was only me there with my little compact camera, so hope you will enjoy them anyway!!

Happy Sunday and wishing you a  joyful week.

Time for Reflections

The inability of connecting to the Internet the last week has been a great opportunity first to create without distractions but also at the same time appreciate the progress of technology that allows all of us to be connected.

As my time here in Portugal has come to an end,   I felt the need to reflect and kind of making a point of where this journey has taken me so far and what has been achieved.

Although my initial intention was to re-connect with my creativity by painting on T-Shirts and learn to sell them online, I did not have a real plan or any throughout knowledge on how anything really worked.  But like the cobweb of the internet works, I would be jumping from Google search to a blog than a podcast and another blog, discovering worlds, experiences, people, learn and most of all take the courage to ACT, APPLY what learned and become a participant, a giver and not only a receiver of knowledge.

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I was going through a lot of stress and deep depression and my inner being kept filling my head with flashbacks of those days when I used to be only busy painting.

Thus a dream formed.

A single idea became the rope lifting me out of the hole. Thanks to the internet that idea became a possibility. I cannot thank enough all the people discovered through their blogs who have given me the courage, the push and the support I needed to transform that idea into ACTION and start the process.

To name a few that have been significant  I would start from Pat Flynn , from where I discovered The Abundant Artist and Cory Huff, thanks to whom I learnt about WordPress and Zazzle and so many other things, Kerry Petsinger , her email would always pop up at the time when I was most fearful or doubtful, Erin Matlock about neuroscience and how to understand the brain and master your mind, Jessica Abel on how to manage your priority project and much more, Ash Ambirge and The Middle Finger Project, she really makes me laugh while giving such truthful and useful tips to build your confidence, so many great articles from James Clear , plus all the ones I follow here on WordPress and keep discovering more. Sometimes I wish I had more time to read, but I have learned to balance the pleasure of reading and learning with the joy of working on the projects which are taking most of the time at the moment. My heart really goes to each one of them, a mention is the least I can do to be grateful for their help, wishing one day I may be able to help them financially too.

But my heart also goes to you who are taking the time to read this post, wishing you enjoy it and maybe receive help in some way, it encourages me to continue to share this experience and become better at it.

So looking at my journey in the overall I have realized that up to now, everything has been working towards setting the pillars that will hold the base of that idea.


First the realization of the importance of the environment as a fundamental part of achieving “the goal”,  the hidden structure supporting the process. I have read recently an interesting article from James Clear through this link. The power of environment

An order is related to the environment but if it does not come naturally then it needs a little bit of effort on our part.

When I was much younger I thought I loved chaos as a way of rebellion. When I left my parents’ home and started living on my own, I was so happy I could do as I pleased and order was not much of a concern except when receiving visits. Eventually, I realized that in my job I was extremely organized and successful but my personal life was, in fact, a complete disaster.

Then you become a free rider and you think freedom to be is all that matters and that harmony and order will come by itself. You plunge in your creativity momentum giving it complete freedom but then when results are not as expected, you decide to leave, without understanding.

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I have learnt about order when I started living in a motorhome. There were many places to keep things but if you did not follow an order and put those things where they belong every time, it could take you days to find it again or sometimes never. So order made life become easier. The mind could then be free to focus on creating than finding the tools with which to create, and unconsciously reflect such order in the work.

I found that just like in Nature, the elements present in such a space had to reflect a certain harmony between each other, sometimes you are not even conscious of what kind of harmony, things have to be like this for no other reason just because the mind works better that way. It is not for beauty but as a mirror for the mind to be reflected upon and follow through. The quality of the work that came out following this practice was completely different than anything I had done before, much easier and stress less.

The real understanding of our true motivation and the connection to our creativity. When we want to run our own business or make a living with our creativity, self-motivation is the only way forward as you do not have anyone else obliging you to do anything. You could just listen to that inner voice telling you to ignore it all and lie in bed or just do nothing because it is easier. But you have been there and you know where it took you. So you have to fight and ride the wave because it makes you feel good about yourself because, without it, your life is meaningless. And that moment of rest that you will eventually take will feel like paradise well earned.

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Each action of creating a new design, every bit of painting is a joy in itself and I would not stop until I am in love with what I see, until what I am looking at produces a positive emotion in me. My wish is that when others see that creation they could also feel that same emotion, and when that has happened sometimes, the joy is expanded even further.

The importance of planning a schedule which works, it is fundamental for me.  I could not at the beginning understand how I could limit my time to the creation of something. There were many projects that needed to be looked at and they were interconnected to each other.

Opening my virtual Zazzle Shop was linked to making the actual design, to take pictures and edit them and eventually make the products. That then needed to be known, so learning about social media and marketing. But each project needed time, and I could not understand how to restrict it. So I just decided to let it be and concentrate on the most important one each day. And a pattern emerged which could then be turned into a timetable.

If the schedule is clear I am much more productive as the mind is focused. If I have not set anything, then I will be working in a chaotic state when at the end of the day I would be exhausted but have really achieved very little.

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The joy when you have followed the schedule to the letter and this has produced the result you wanted is indescribable. Another great lesson learned. It is like creating a path in the brain, that the more you walk through it, the easier and automatic it becomes. And the next time that little voice tells you to give up, that beautiful sensation of achievement is remembered and you want to continue and make it better. So what I have understood is to create the schedule according to one’s own rhythm, it is not imposed, it is a natural occurrence in line with ourselves, it becomes part of us and thus easy to follow because one step at the time, the mind associates it with joy and not with stress. It can tire you physically and that has a quick solution but you are a happy chap.

Wow, this has become a really long post, hope you have not got bored halfway!

The Perfection Of Nature

How does the perfect symmetry and harmony between elements found in Nature help us balance our whole body and energy systems?

The other day I was having a conversation about the beauty of Nature. And it took me back to those first years I was discovering Art in school and how my eyes would adjust to observe the particular details of the subject of my painting. To be able to attempt making a similar copy of it, I had to observe it thoroughly and understand its essence, so that when I would look at what I painted, it gave me that same feeling.

In this way, I began to discover the hidden structure behind all what I was observing in Nature and the harmony with each other and within its own structure.

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When then I discovered Mandalas it was magical for me because finally, I had found how to build one of those structures to manifest the perfection of a flower for example. So came the consciousness of the work involved in that expression of Beauty, which increased the value and importance of that flower, or of anything existing in Creation. Understanding the value of each thing from the smallest to the greatest and its correlation to one another made me enter into a world full of significance and discovering.

From Nature I began to fully understand the work of Arts of women and men who have arrived to express such perfection inspired by it, and the amount of work they have had to endure, through practice and learning, to arrive at such results.

I suppose that when one tries to re-create, manifest or care for such beauty such consciousness is acquired. And not only through visual art, I think of great talents being able to transmit such emotions  through perfect words, and what about music and sound and last but not least our taste and smell senses through food and perfumes for example. Combining elements perfectly, resulting in a sublime experience through taste, especially when it is accompanied by the  awareness of the amount of work from people and nature involved in making such a dish, from the first seed, to the talent behind the person that through his/her care has harvested such a great vegetable or fruit, the work involved by all the people that with their expertise make sure that these treasures arrive at our plates safely and so all the rest. The Art of perfumes and the power of smell.  Architects. Engineers.  And so the list could go on forever  including all those that put passion and love in anything they do until reaching all the people that their whole life is dedicated to the care and protection of every aspect of the environment with all the risks involved.  Such is the human orchestra, each playing its own instrument.

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The beauty of Creation,  resides first in what was here before us and the meaning of Life I believe is the glory and emotion of the appreciation of such perfection through consciousness, achieved in the experience of manifesting our own unique purpose. Finding that purpose I believe starts from attempting to express such perfection in our unique way according to our talents,  for the joy and inspiration of others as well as to feel satisfied with oneself.  The Circle of Life.

The influence of the harmony and perfection that Nature offers us every day on our well-being is immense and the work goes on unconsciously. Like the hidden structure behind the beauty of a flower, the hidden structures behind the beauty of our bodies are directly connected with our surroundings. Our eyes thus our unconscious minds recognize that order instantly before we are even conscious of it, like a little child recognizing its parents out of thousand different people. And we feel good.

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I believe that is our Real Nature in all of us. But the struggle for survival that has accompanied civilizations and still does today prevent many from fulfilling that need. The destruction of entire forests caused by man, the torture of animals and people and everything we hear or read in the news every day, it is a result, as I understand it, from people that are deeply suffering within, often unconsciously, due to their life circumstances, for  the inability to do what the True Self needs and find peace, blocking thus the connection to that subtle dimension that Nature offers us.

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Through such an understanding you cannot but ask yourself as for how such perfection has come to fruition when you try to create anything usually perfection does not come out automatically, one needs to practice, learn and continue practicing until the desired result is reached. I am sure even geniuses like Mozart or many others have had to work a little on their grand successes.  We do not have today the answers as to what or who is behind all this incredible Creation, we can only form beliefs. And I believe that it is too perfect for it to be just a fortunate coincidence. We can have theories but it is only through the practical experience that we arrive at real knowledge. And so it is also for the many people that are suffering today, they have not been given the chance or are unable to acquire the consciousness  or sensibility to understand the importance and value of our environment and how Nature is a fundamental part of our existence if we want to see a better and peaceful world for all, leaving not one soul behind.

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What motivates you?

Why are you doing what you choose to do right now?

This is a question I was asked to answer following a great webinar organized by Kerry Petsinger  ( or a  great motivational coach I advise you to follow.

This question came while I was in the process of painting a T-shirt but did not feel like continue. The typical side of the brain that sometimes come up when things are getting tough and tells you to quit fighting for your dream and usually provides very good arguments.

But when I tried to answer this question, it forced me to dwell deeper within me, to really understand why it is so important that I do what I am doing right now. Why pushing myself outside my comfort zone and risking it all? Is it just a dream? Is it only for money? And the answer for both is NO.

When last year I was going through a really deep depression I managed to analyze all the options available to make me come out of it.

I started writing down my professional experiences and everything I went through in life and on the side I wrote down how those experiences made me feel, where they fulfilling, satisfying, healthy? Plus I wrote what I was capable of doing at the moment and my physical health.100_2906 (800x765)

Out of that long list, the things that made me a happy person and gave me the passion for life and so much enthusiasm that physical tiredness and long hours did not matter, were those when I was allowed to be creative, and live in contact with Nature. So those became my Goal. Which then resulted in a Plan or a series of Plans. If Plan A does not work then it could be B or C or….

So you slowly realize what are the things that you need, to take those little steps. You organize the environment, you create the space, you allow the time, creativity is flowing at full speed and then you are faced with a new problem…not another one, please!!

This is when the WHY becomes so important to motivates us to CONTINUE and DO NOT GIVE UP.

The other day I was so affected by all the bad news I read that I stopped doing anything. Everything seemed pointless when the whole world seems to go under! The iceberg that is melting, animals dying, hot temperatures everywhere, man-made fires, wars. What saved me was the thought of my young nephew enjoying his week at summer camp in the mountains and the sound of children playing outside the house. And that is HOPE. Watching so many beautiful pictures of great artists on Instagram and WordPress that highlight the beauty around us. And so I ask myself, do I want to be someone that contributes to negativity with my depression? Or do I want to join those that every day are doing their little piece by adding joy and beauty?

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And there I have the answer to the question as to WHY? I do what I do, which is painting, drawing, taking photos, writing and sharing, because it makes me happy, it makes me feel alive and enthusiastic about life and gives me hope NOW, and because I feel I am contributing even if only a little to the beauty of the world. This is the only choice I have for living as a person spreading positive vibes, other ways which I have already tried, and believe me I have tried almost anything possible, makes me a miserable person.


When I first embarked upon this journey here in Portugal, my motivation behind concentrating every possible waking hour working on the computer and making designs, instead of having fun on the beach or going to explore the place and meet new people, was thinking about the actual persons of my family that had given me the chance to be here.

But that is not enough because when eventually the body weaknesses catch up with you and a few other obstacles come along, you need to have a higher and deeper purpose for pushing you to continue.

The fact that you have realized what your passion is and what drives you does not solve the problems of how you are going to make ends meet until you reach that GOAL. But it is the force that will make you take that one step today, against all odds,  that will eventually take you there.

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Sometimes it is very difficult. Writing this post today has been a challenge for me because I am going through that moment of lack of motivation. But I set to write at least one post every weekend where I share with you this process, being good or bad, and I have to follow that schedule otherwise everything will break. If I miss the appointment with creativity again, I already know what happens….

You can follow me on Instagram too at sunfreestar.

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The Power of Silence

Since I have come here to Portugal and in particular in this lovely village of Almoçageme near the Sintra Mountains, one thing struck me out of the most.

The moment I sat down, the sound of silence surrounded me with such a powerful presence that it was impossible not to notice.100_2389 (640x480)

As you can see from the pictures the houses are next to each other, the roads are narrow and there is activity. People walking, dogs barking and cars passing by.  But the Silence reigns Master here above all.

Even the Mind quiets down in awe, almost not wanting to disturb such serenity with too many thoughts.

I am sure that after a while living here one becomes accustomed to it, but people coming from cities, the first thing that they notice is the quietness. That kind of quietness that unconsciously relaxes the body and mind making us feel at ease.100_2396 (640x480)

It is a complete change of rhythm. When you are in a city what takes over is the mind, there are many information around us that need processing, and everything is usually in the fast mode, depending on the clock. Time is ticking away and we have to get there before it closes, we can’t lose that chance, we cannot afford to lose time. The mind is constantly finding the best way to accomplish the list of tasks that we want or are obliged to do.100_2387 (480x640)

Here there are no such inputs. The maximum concern for me would be getting in time to the grocery shop before it closes! There are different aspects, of course, if you are a local you would have different concerns and priorities, but from my point of view what I perceive is that the rhythm is different, there is no rushing, in anything. And of course, that could cause some distress if you are waiting for someone to turn up to fix anything and they are not in time. But like this, you are forced to learn to relax and Take it Easy.

This makes me realize what are the priorities in life. Our bodies are set to respect the natural rhythm of Nature, and that is slow. Have you ever waited for a Flower to bloom, or for a fruit to become ripe naturally? I have, every day waiting and nothing would turn up, for days, for months, and then suddenly the magical moment occurs. So I understand that even our bodies follow the same code, beyond what our minds think or believe. Yes, you can push it, it is unbelievable the amount of stress a body can take, but at what cost? You can also push Nature but we already know what the price for that is.100_2380 (1024x768)

Silence for me is my Medicine. Even by being here, working every day on my projects, between the computer, learning new things and leaving freedom to ideas to occupy most of my thoughts, it can be a little overwhelming. But if I am able to be aware of the body and force myself to stop and sit quietly with a cup of coffee or tea, just enjoying pure silence, the body quickly regenerates.

Sometimes thoughts are too strong and I am unable to hear anything else, so a stronger Medicine is required.100_2313 (1024x768)

I take the camera and walk away to the lonely paths through Nature that lead to the high rocks on the Ocean. When I enter that space, the Silence is so powerful that all thoughts and ideas suddenly disappear. The only sound is the power of the waves crashing on the shore. Thousands of sparkles of light shine on the surface.  I have attuned to Mother Nature again and I can hear the birds singing.

We all need these breaks, they are fundamental for our well-being, and in my opinion absolutely a must during the process of creativity. Many years ago I read somewhere that even in music the most important part of a song is the silence. It is what determines the rhythm.  Without silence between notes, it would be a long uninterrupted sound, not a beautiful harmonious song.

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So this is my advice to you today. Wherever you are, and whatever you are doing, find a space, in Nature if possible as it is easier,  and allow the Sound of Silence to take over. Nurture it every day, you may notice it for a few moments at first but the more you continue, wider that space will become. Enjoy and  Take it Easy.

Creativity is Calling

Have you ever felt a spiral of ideas taking control over you that you find it hard to maintain a balance with your everyday activities?

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A conversation could give inspiration to another cloud of ideas. While the person in front of you is talking, you are off in another world. And there is no way the other can understand you unless it has experienced the same movement.

Maybe we are not all the same, but in my experience when the grace of creativity calls me, I have to listen, write it down, make a drawing, record it somehow or it will be lost in subsequent thoughts and actions or conversations.100_2675 (1280x960)

I used to write poems when I was much younger and one day I was quietly admiring a sunset when suddenly the perfect words lit up in my mind but I had nothing to scribble on, no cell phones in those days, so there I was, running through people to get back home as quickly as possible, like I was chased by a thief, just to scribble those perfect words. And having a great laugh of excitement in the process.

Inspiration and creativity are not to be taken for granted, at least in my experience.

When my life became too occupied with living and making ends ‘meet, I would let those words and ideas passing me by, I would say “Give them to someone else that has the time to manifest them and be known.” And little by little they seemed to fade in the background as louder thoughts became a priority.

The inspiration for paintings followed the same path. From immediately recognizing a detail for a painting, by allowing time to the eyes to focus, to slowly losing that capacity for being too busy. My vision did not have a deeper purpose, just watching my surroundings to avoid banging my face on a pole……
Attention was focused on something else.

I recuperated that capacity of vision when I decided to give up such a hectic life for a simpler one, with fewer commodities but more time.

Finally, I had that precious time to spend hours or days observing deeply everything around me. Little by little those simple touching details revealed themselves again, and the way you perceive the world around you changes completely. Flowers were not just flowers, they had personalities, different characters,  a perfect portrait. A simple detail like a touch of frost or a ray of light became a vision to share, for that unique vision produced a beautiful emotion in me which wanted to go out there and be a spark for others.100_2247 (1280x960)

And this is what Art is for me, in whatever expressions. Powerful sparks that generate beautiful emotions in each one of us, making us better people and pushing us to recreate a beautiful world by falling in love and recognizing that beauty around us.

A beautiful photo, a painting, a sculpture, a necklace, a song, a dress anything could become that spark for you.

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Time to Fly

Sometimes we realize that the reason why our creativity is not flowing freely it is not because we lack ideas or inspiration. There is something else.

What is it that prevents me from expressing my uniqueness?

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As always the answers come to me from Nature. What prevents a plant from flowering or a tree from producing a fruit? Certain environmental conditions need to be met. The Sun, wind, water, minerals and much more.

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Our potential seed of creativity is always there within us and when those perfect conditions are present they give birth to a beautiful flower.  I suppose even Life on Earth would not have occurred without certain specific elements.

I see each one of us like unique flowers, each one with specific needs that need to be discovered to express our whole beauty.

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The first important factor to look into, for me, to understand what blocks us, should be our environment. Most of it is related to our unconscious mind, so the first step is to become aware of our feelings and emotions in relation to what surrounds us. Realize what are those disturbing elements.

Could it be the workplace? Is it comfortable?  Is there enough natural light? Some plants with flowers on the window or around for inspiration. Minds work better when everything is in its place. Everything around us respects a certain structural order and I believe our mind unconsciously are set to recognize it and if a disorder is perceived we tend to be confused without even being aware of it.

Sometimes there are too many interruptions, from people or other activities we are called upon or too much going on in the mind.

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In my situation I realized there were many factors connected to each other, following one another in a circle.

The most important were the interruptions, it would break the concentration and I would find it very hard to get back where I left it, causing stress and dissatisfaction, which would then lead me to nervousness and I would eventually get up and go do something else easier.  This would turn into tiredness, mental fatigue and again a struggle to start the whole process again.

Remember we are at the starting point of the process when you already have to fight against a mental state filled with doubts and fears, low self-esteem, or tiredness, “what is the point of all this”, “my art will never sell” etc. etc. So once you have managed to fight with all your strength the wave of procrastination and negativity and finally get to start, now you have to stop, because….. And so the mental reasoning and excuses come back,  “but…… so and so is more important”. Unconscious that by giving priority to other factors and not that fragile and subtle voice within, leaves an underground resentment that affects our attitude towards life later and eventually our health. The difficult part then becomes how to say NO, knowing that it could offend some people that we love.

I believe the hardest part is to start and maintain a certain schedule of constant work without any interruption for a good amount of time so that our mind gets accustomed to it forming a habit, and that requires a lot of willpower and strength.

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The solution I found in my situation was that I needed to break away from everything. To look at my life from a different perspective and have the time to dedicate myself fully to the creative process, manifesting all those ideas and inspirations and try to embark upon a small activity with these works which could sustain my life.

So with help from family and friends and more effort to gather all my courage and overcome fears,  I have finally managed to fly to Portugal where I am now for a while able to concentrate exclusively on making my dream come true and share with you bit by bit my thoughts and experiences.

I would love to know how do you deal with unblocking your creativity. Why don’t you share your thoughts below? Thank you.

Nature will save you!

100_2126 (800x544)So you wake up in the morning thinking you will be going to do all the things you have planned the night before. But your head is a bit foggy, and motivation is on the low.

You had so many ideas to put into practice, but this morning neither your mind or body wants to do anything.

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This is the moment to make a re-connection to Nature again and let her wake us up.

Slowly we have breakfast, prepare some rice for our flying friends that come and visit us every day. We go outside and thank the Sun and the Blue Sky for their presence and close our eyes to feel the warmth of the rays caressing our cheeks.

We sit in front of the computer, trying to focus on those projects, but today it seems like it is not the right day again. You want to do, but something is blocking you.

100_1450 (800x776)I look up, and here they come, the birds family that have got used to come and eat every day. They are so beautiful. They know what to do always, it does not matter at what time I put the food out, they always know and come flying from everywhere. It is only us that get lost in a million thoughts and distractions. Sometimes it seems that we are running around in circles when the only single thing we have to do is make one step in the right direction and we are on track.

I was able to catch quick pictures of them and then I remembered how many pictures I had to edit and finally found the right step to move forward. Something I enjoy.

Put earplugs and go to and play one of my favorite station, Destination SPA for relaxation, and as soon as I start looking at each picture, I am into Nature and into another dimension. Listening and looking at so much beauty and perfection, aligns my whole being up to that frequency, and suddenly you know what to do, and everything comes easy without a struggle.100_2137 (600x800)

I suppose it is an act of falling in love with what I see, and that love is the force that allows the creation of something positive which then can be shared with the rest of the world.


Without that single right step, which has led to the birth of that feeling within me, there would be nothing, and I would still be running in circles, turning further away from my creativity, being occupied with something else that does not really fulfill me but was easier to do.

I needed the inspiration 100_2027 (800x600)to write this post. So picked up the camera and went outside for a long walk. The light was magical, Nature was celebrating all around me. Little by little, confused and negative thoughts would slowly fade away, obeying to the silence. And without searching or thinking, ideas started appearing, like happy pigeons leaving me messages from beyond.100_2011

Nature saves me every day, if I let her. If I am humble enough to spend precious time observing her in silence. She teaches us everything we need to know. The birds, the clouds, the little ants, the flowers and everything else, all respect an invisible order and rhythm that automatically calms our mind, regenerates us and softly indicates the path to follow.


The rest depends on us, she gives us the energy, the push, the enthusiasm. The more we listen to her and do what feels right, the clearer will be our goal and how to achieve it.100_2013 (800x796)

One step at a time.
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Discovering Photography

What a great way to express one’s creativity. Since I was a child, painting has been my medium. Everything around me was a vision to be expressed through paints on canvas. Photography never crossed my mind.

100_1493 (1024x768)But I had not been painting for awhile and this energy, this unknown force within, that each one of us have, was crying to express itself somehow.
There was a little digital compact camera lying around that nobody was using, so one day I started taking pictures of each flower that was appearing around the house. The first reason was that I wanted to show my mom, with whom we had been looking after these plants, and then to keep records of these special moments of flowering that sometimes did not repeat itself, either because the plant after flowering would die, or for whatever reason the next year it would not flower, or not in the same way.

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Therefore the desire to capture that unique moment, that special vision, with that special light, that only my eyes could see. I wanted to frame it there, so I could later relive it over and over again, share it with others and eventually use it for a painting. And with the camera it was so easy. I could take picture after picture until I got it right, or until the image in the camera was what my eyes were focusing on.

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And so little by little I have been learning to use the camera, and picture after picture arrive at the desired result.

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I never thought photography could fulfilled me so much. Painting for me was something completely different. Nature has always been my inspiration and expressing it on canvas gave it another meaning, another perspective. At least the way I paint, or used to on canvas. I could not make an exact copy, my own personal style would always predominate, willingly or unwillingly, taking me beyond the original vision.
There are of course many example over the history of Art of exceptional artists that have been able to express unique moments on canvas just like a photo, and there are many today too, and that is so remarkable, because it is not easy at all.

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And maybe that is why I am falling in love with photography now, because what I am not able to express through a paint, I am now able to do it with ease and fun through a camera, at least as an amateur. Giving me a chance to learn something completely new.

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The moment I have had this revelation came suddenly. With all the pictures of the flowers I was taking, I decided to use them as a background theme on the desktop computer so my mother could look at them with a big screen one by one, like a movie.
One day I was sitting in front of the computer and these pictures started shuffling through and looking at them in such detail really amazed me. Some pictures were so beautiful, they just made my heart jump, even more than when I had looked upon that same image live for the first time. And that gave me the incentive to do more, and the more I do the more I want to. It is really magical.

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I will eventually continue painting because it is a totally different experience, but for the moment photography is unlocking my creativity, allowing it to express itself freely.

There are so many outstanding pictures around, highlighting every aspect of Nature that I find impossible not to be grateful to all those that work so hard to achieve such beautiful images, allowing each one of us to appreciate this great Planet of ours in all its glory.

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You can see more pictures in Portfolio.