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Femina Plantarum #12.

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While painting this woman/bird I repeatedly listened to the amazing music below. It's a real pleasure to introduce you to Ernesto Lecuona (1895-1963) a musical genius from the island where I come from. I remember how excited Bill was when he discovered Lecuona. If you appreciate old music that touches the heart and energizes the spirit, then you will definitely enjoy Ernesto Lecuona. 

Diego's Progress. From 2009 to 2012.

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Dear friend,

Three years ago I wrote this post about Diego's progress. He was four years old back then. Very soon our boy is going to turn seven. It's amazing how fast time flies. Diego has gone through an amazing transformation in the last few years. His progress has gone way beyond our expectations. He's a boy full of personality and ideas and great energy. There is still a long way to go but I have no doubts that his future will be a bright one. 

To all the parents with recently diagnosed Autistic children out there here is a little message: be patient, be positive and get as much help as possible. But most of all, be patient. Great things will happen little by little.

Here is a list of things that Diego can do now. 

1. Now he can make his own jokes. Before he couldn't understand humor.

2. He plays creatively and invents clever words. The other day he put together a pair of scissors and a miniature plastic sword that I have in my studio then he said: Look Mom! My super instrument! It's called a A SCISS-SWORD!

3. When someone gets physically hurt he spontaneously says: ARE YOU OK?! Before, he didn't care much about other people's feelings.

4. From not having language he now doesn't know how to stop talking. Diego has a lot to say now, all the time.

5. He likes to create stories and illustrate them as well. He has a huge imagination.

6. Sometimes he writes notes to me, mainly to apologize for something that he did wrong. Here is what he wrote the other day when I was about to lose my patience: Mom, I am sorry for driving you crazy. Sincerely. What a woman!

7. Whenever he does something wrong he says: I am so sorry.

8. Even though he still does a little bit of scripting (repeating sentences taken from movies, books etc.) most of the times his speech is coherent and it makes sense.

9. He is much better at expressing his feelings. 

10. He knows what he wants most of the times so he asks for it in a proper manner.

11. He's much better at transitioning from one activity to another.

12. He has a lot more eye contact than before, with new people and people that he already knows.

13. He initiates games with Natalie. Before, he never, ever, started any game.

14. He is much better at following directions.

15. His fine motor skills are so much better now. Diego can build complicated things with blocks and other objects.

16. His reading/comprehension skills are now ahead of his age. Diego reads for personal pleasure at night and he also likes Bill and I to read stories to him often.

18. He had his first "official" play date recently. It was an invitation from a boy that goes to social skills therapy with him. This boy invited Diego and another boy to his house. Under the boy's grandma's supervision they played, watched a movie and ate pizza. 

19. He recently told me that one day, when he grows up, he wants to drive a car.

20. Some of the professions that he's interested in so far are: artist, comedian, astronaut, inventor, chef and ice cream seller.

Diego is such a great teacher to me. I have learned more from him in the last few years than from all the books that I have read in my life. Here is the main lesson that I have learned from him:

1. Be happy being exactly who you are.

Diego loves being Diego from the time he wakes up to the time when he goes to bed. He often says: I love my life. That doesn't mean that his life is easy at all, the opposite. He has to work harder than most children. He has to deal with frustrations more often than most children. But his energy is always focused on the brighter side of the street. 

Femina Plantarum #11.


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Acrylic on paper

9" x 12"


Some animals are lucky to have wings. They can be up in the air see everything from above. These animals are born to fly so they just follow their nature, no school is required. But for humans flying doesn't come out natural, it's something that we need to teach ourselves or learn from others.

The kind of flying that I am talking about is the one that happens internally, in the mind. That feeling of expansion and freedom when we detach ourselves from the material world and become pure energy. While painting this piece I kept thinking about that. About how painful it is to learn how to fly and how wonderful it is when we finally get to experience it. 

Femina Plantarum #9.

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Acrylic paint on paper.

9" x 12"

While creating this series of small paintings I experience that special state of the brain known as Flow. After drawing the idea on paper I start applying colors here and there. Then, in a slow and peaceful manner my mind becomes curious and open to exploration. I travel to many places in my mind. It's like going for a long walk. This is my favorite aspect of being an artist. I keep creating because I need this this kind of experience in my life. Flow is a form of meditation in my opinion and it's very good for you.

From Wikipedia:

Flow is the mental state of operation in which a person in an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and success in the process of the activity. Proposed by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, the positive psychology concept has been widely referenced across a variety of fields.

According to Csikszentmihalyi, flow is completely focused motivation. It is a single-minded immersion and represents perhaps the ultimate in harnessing the emotions in the service of performing and learning. In flow, the emotions are not just contained and channeled, but positive, energized, and aligned with the task at hand.

Femina Plantarum #8.


Acrylic on paper


Here I am enjoying this Monday that has been quiet, relaxing and productive so far. Diego is back from school so it's time to stop working. Wishing you a positive week!

Elsita :)

Femina Plantarum #7.


Acrylic paint on paper.


This was a nice and productive week for me. The key was all in being organized and calm at the same time. I did things slower than usual, I took a deep breath often and I went for a long walk before work. Sometimes the more you run the less you get done. I feel happy and connected with myself and my loved ones.

This morning at the super market there was a lady who was struggling with a machine. She even told the machine: come on! I don't have the whole day for this! I wanted to help her but she was so mad. Have you ever found yourself so des-connected from yourself that you get mad at objects? If that ever happens then it's time to slow down and reconnect what what's really important.

Have a wonderful Friday and weekend! 

Elsita :)

Femina Plantarum. #5

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One more piece from the series Femina Plantarum.

size: 9"x12"

Acrylic paint on paper.

I finally have more information about my show in Miami, Florida.

Opening: September 7th. 2012

Where: PanAmerican Art Projects.

I will be showing my work together with Carlos Estevez. My dream is to attend the opening but I don't know if that would be possible yet. I will let you know as soon as I know. Have a great day!

Elsita :)

Six Unique Brooches.

These brooches are available for reservation. If you're interested in one of them please send me an e-mail to: Or you can also get in touch via my Etsy shop.

Price: $65 each.

Update: Only #5 is available. The rest have been already reserved.

Thanks a lot!

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I enjoyed creating these pieces so much! These brooches are made out of wood clay. I purchased this material 3 years ago but I got comfortable with it only recently. Sometimes it takes time to "understand" a new material. I love this clay because it's very strong when dry and because it's made from real cedar wood.

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This time I decided to give titles to my brooches. Each one of these pieces is a small artwork that could be added to your outfit but it could also be framed in a shadow box for display. 


A Red Bird Discovers Magic Creatures by the Ocean.

Measurements: 2" x 1.5"


The Infinite Journey of a Lonely Bird.

Measurements: 2.5" x 1.5"


A Miniature Bird Dreaming a Big Dream.

Measurements: 2 3/4" x 1 1/4"


The Bird that Collected Spots from all Kinds of Places.

Measurements: 2" x 1.5"


A White Bird in a Drop of Water.

Measurements: 3" x 1"


A Fish that Wanted to be a Bird.

Measurements: 2 1/4 x 1.5"