Thanks a lot :)

Dear friend,

I'm stopping by to say that things are well over here and that I appreciate your words from my previous post so much. I have professional help now regarding that absurd issue and things will be OK for sure. I will let you know if I eventually need concrete help. Thanks a lot for your support.


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I felt very upset/offended for about 10 hours but then I transitioned to not being upset anymore. Life is too precious, time is gold and it's too easy to get lost in  a black hole. I remind myself that we should use our energy on things that are really important such as drawing friendly characters with a black felt tip pen :) playing with my children, communicating with supportive friends and relatives, laughing with My Mom and watching Diego become a LAUSD celebrity.

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My Mom is visiting from Florida. She is a lot of fun to be with plus she is the master of keeping it real. My Mom thinks that genuine talent defends itself by just being and that it always wins no matter what. You know that as Moms, we always think that our kids are geniuses, my Mom is not different. Her recommendation is that I put my energy into creativity while the enemy is busy being wrong. This is all said with her unique sense of humor and her it's-not-the-end-of-the-world approach to life. What would the world be without people like my Mom?! 

Today I'm working on a big gardening project over here with my Mom and our gardener. There is nothing better for the soul than being in touch with nature. It will be lots of fun!

Thanks a lot again and have a wonderful weekend!


(And my Mom, she sends a big THANKS  A LOT to you for supporting her daughter :)


I am so upset.

Dear friend,

A representative from a large company related to the apparel business has contacted Etsy to claim that one of the papercut designs from my Etsy shop has violated  some copyright laws. Meaning that I have copied something related to this company. I have no idea what this is about since nothing visual has been provided. There is no clear explanation. This is so absurd and unfounded. I thought that it was not real, but it is. 

The claim is based on the image below, which comes from one of my papercuts. The original design is here. I created this piece years ago. It is one more of the things that I have created with this signature look that I have been developing for years. My work is personal and honest. That's why the claim from the company in question has left me in shock and upset.

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I have already gotten in touch with them. I received an automatic e-mail so far, which I replied to. All I hope is that this is some sort of mistake and that it can get solved soon. 

Please feel free to post a comment with your opinion about this unfair case. I would appreciate it. Maybe I can send the link to this post to the company. They need to take action and fix this by cancelling their claim with Etsy. A large famous company doesn't have the right to hurt an artist that has been developing a honest career for so long. All I hope is that this is a mistake.

Thanks a lot,





Here's another amoeba for you, this time in red. 

I have been away from this blog because I'm busy doing many things, all of them fun. The only not-so-fun thing is that we all got sick over here, except Diego. As always, he has the strongest immune system ever. How lucky! 

Most of the work that I have been doing is connected to Art is a Way. I'm enjoying every bit of it and I can't wait for January 1st to share it with you. 

It's amazing how fast 2012 is going. Can you believe that in only 3 more months we will be starting a new year?

I hope that you have a wonderful week!

Elsita :)




Here is a drawing of an "Amoeba". I did it to release the stress accumulated in my head from working too much. I lay in my bed armed with a fine pen and paper, so after a long time drawing tons of fine lines my right hand was frozen but the stress was gone. Try this when you need to relax, it works great.

In a totally unrelated note, Bill is now in Venice, Italy,  with the latest movie that he produced. He's there for the Film Festival. Please say hi to him if you're there. He rented a bycicle to move from his apartment to the festival. I wish that I was there!

I hope that you have a nice weekend!

We will have relatives visiting tomorrow, it's going to be fun.

Elsita :)

Natalie's style.

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Here's a picture of Natalie taken with Bill's iPhone. Natalie already has her own sense of style. She knows what she wants to wear and how she wants to cut her hair. That's something that I enjoy.
It's nice when kids have the freedom to be who they are without critisism. I remember a time when we took the kids to the flea market. Natalie was wearing as many things as she could manage to wear: 2 scarfs, a hat, leggings, a t-shirt, a vest, a jacket... An older lady stopped us to thank Bill and I. She said: THANK YOU for letting this little girl dress up like that! I used to be like her when I was little but my Mom wouldn't let me go out unless I was dressed "properly". She went on and on about how children should be free to be themselves. I couldn't agree more :)

Have you heard of Rodriguez? What an amazing and touching story. A man to love.

Bill treated me to Searching for Sugar Man last night, an award winning true-story movie about Rogriguez (see trailer above). I left the theater with tears all over my face and a touched heart. If you haven't heard of Rodriguez I absolutely recommend that you see Looking for Sugar Man, you will be grateful.
This movie tells you the story of one of the most authentic, pure and inspiring artists that I have ever heard of. He's now on my top list of inspiring people. I'm playing his music repeatedely this morning.
I won't tell you too much so you can discover him on your own. I leave you with two songs below (pay attention to the poetry of the lirics). He's 70 years old now and worked in construction until recently. Nobody knew about him in the USA until this movie came out.

Bill said it better here!