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Or more accurately, when I imitate art.

I love to paint. And doodle. And make type. The only problem is I don’t think I have the knack for it. I took illustration classes before with the master illustrator Danilo Franco himself but I think he liked me mostly because it was fun to watch me struggle. (Kidding, he’s much kinder than that although he did laugh when I churned out feather paintings that looked like overgrown centipedes.)

Point is, I like getting my hands dirty and feeling like I’m creating something beautiful. But most of the time the art I make doesn’t love me back. So I caved in and thought I’d rather just wear beautiful things than try to make them. Take this ForMe shirt for instance. I knew I had to have it ‘coz it features this gorgeous illustration with blooms on her hair. And a top this cute only reaffirms the fact that art doesn’t have to be made by me, it can just be worn by me.

I couldn’t resist the urge to do something about it though so I sat with my brushes and my watercolor and tried my best to copy the piece. This was the result. Not as pretty nor as symmetrical as I would like it to be and I really still need to master  brushstrokes but I’m pretty happy with the fact that I just went for it.

On that note, I leave you with a prompt to do an act of courage.

On another note that’s somewhat related, I leave you a song that’s been on loop – Sara Bareilles’ Brave. I’m such an emotional being and this song brings me to tears. The chorus is exactly the message I want to tell my loved ones. Though not a prompt to a courageous act, more than anything, I would like to prompt them – and you, of course – to be able to let your words, and your truth, to fall out. I know the truth is sometimes painful to say or even remember but more often than not it brings lightness of being and peace of mind. So in her words, here’s a message for you:

“Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave
With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave”

Shirt by ForMe | Brave by Sara Bareilles on loop via