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Taurus Bull Zodiac Art

Taurus Bull Zodiac Art Print

Those born between April 21st and May 21st have their Sun sign in Taurus! This includes my 2nd son, so I am fairly familiar with the characteristics and personality traits of Taurus.

The Taurus zodiac sign is represented by the bull:

Taurus Bull Zodiac Art Print
Taurus Zodiac Painting

Taurus is very practical and grounded, as it is an “Earth” sign (as opposed to fire, water, or air). Being very earthy, they also love physical pleasures and material things, whether it be good food, sensual touch, nice furnishings, etc. They love the finer things of life, so to speak! This makes sense, as Taurus is ruled by the planet Venus, which is all about pleasure, harmony, and enjoyment.

Like the bull, Taurus is slow moving and can be very stubborn and inflexible, as if their earthiness gets them stuck in the mud. However, they can also exhibit exemplary dedication and steadfastness, with a patient energy, able to stick with projects and relationships.

I can attest to this, as my little Taurean son is super duper stubborn (amplified by the fact that he’s only 4)! However, my father has his Ascendant sign in Taurus (the Ascendant is equally as important and influential as the Sun sign), and he is also very stubborn! On the other hand, they’re both practical, grounded, caring, and enjoy the comforts of life!

While there is much more to the Taurus sign than I’ve written here, I hope this can serve as a short, informative introduction to the qualities of this sign!

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Pisces Zodiac Art

Pisces Fish Zodiac Art Print White

This is my first in a series of posts about zodiac astrology sign paintings, of which I intend to create art for all 12 signs.

As a preface:

Most people are familiar with what is called their “Sun” sign. For example, my Sun sign is Pisces, so I could say “I am a Pisces”. However, although one’s Sun sign is a major part of their natal chart, it is only one piece of a complex whole. So, along with having a Pisces Sun sign, I also have elements of many other zodiac signs and planets as part of my whole being (including Sagittarius, Aquarius, etc.). To illustrate this further, my brother and sister are also both Pisces, as is my wife and brother-in-law. But we are all very different people!

The Pisces zodiac sign is represented by a fish. Why a fish?

Fish swim in water, and water can be open and deep, like the ocean. Pisces are drawn to a palette of blues, especially sea blue tones.

Pisces is the twelth, or last, sign of the Zodiac, which means that Pisces have a bit of every other Zodiac sign in them, making it easier for to relate to just about anybody. Pisces is a mutable water sign, meaning they can easily go with the flow and adapt to many different environments, like a chameleon. The ruling planet of Pisces is Neptune, which is symbolized by spirituality, mysticism, dreams, illusions, deceptions, and all things subtle.

Pisces have a rich imagination, dreamy inner life, lots of creativity, and compassion for others. As with most things, there are positives and negatives to this. While a Pisces may excel in creative professions and in helping others, this can sometimes cause them to get lost in day to day, practical realities, to help others at the expense of themselves, or even to be taken advantage of. But, even though Pisces can be more sensitive, they are actually as solid as rocks.

Pisces can also be very spiritual and are not as concerned with the physical, material realm of life, or what they see as trivialities, such as having an expensive house and car, climbing the “corporate ladder”, doing something just for the appearance of it, etc.

Often, the Pisces sign is shown as two fish swimming in opposite directions, to represent how Pisces often feel pulled in different directions. This can also represent one fish swimming downstream and the other swimming upstream. In other words, a Pisces may get drowned in their own negative emotions and their life may take a negative downward spiral (downstream), or, they may tap into their deep well of personal strength and resilience, and swim upstream.

For this Pisces painting, I painted the fish swimming in one forward direction, as a positive interpretation of swimming upstream.

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Zodiac Paintings and Thoughts about Belief Systems

In the past couple of years, I’ve delved into a deep study of astrology.

This was a realm of knowledge that I had previously dismissed, as I thought it to be mere superstition or “conspiracy”. How easy it is to dismiss whatever doesn’t fit into our own personal belief system. Especially nowadays, with so many things politically charged, and attention spans so short.

It seems to be that through a lived experience that runs counter to, or does not actually fit within one’s beliefs, it sparks the thought of “wait a second, that isn’t what I thought to be true, or at least isn’t what others were saying to be true”.

For example, racism is a very energized subject currently. As a kid, I heard my paternal grandfather and uncles make jokes and complaints about black people (my Dad thankfully never participated in this). I never found their jokes funny, and knew that they were egregiously wrong with their beliefs about black people. I enjoyed playing basketball in my driveway with a black friend next door, and my lived experience ran totally counter to what they expressed. As an adult now, I still often play basketball with a diverse group of friends and many times am the only white person.

Another example – when I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica from 2006 – 2008, I began to have digestive issues and lost a lot of weight. I intuited that I had a parasite infection. So I saw the nurse, and she said I do not have parasites, and to eat more fruits and vegetables (I was already eating plenty). But, I trusted what she said. She was the official Peace Corps nurse on staff, after all, and who was I to question her? However, when I got back to the U.S. after my service, I still had digestive issues and could not gain any weight. I began to look more pale. So I saw many doctors about this, including Gastroenterologists. I had blood and stool tests done to check for parasites. I even had a colonoscopy done. They all came back negative. So I was given pharmaceutical medications for irritable bowel syndrome. I distinctly remember questioning one of the doctor’s who prescribed me a medication, and his indignant resentment that I, who am not a doctor, had the nerve to question him. I was starting to feel desperate, and looked sickly. No one could help me, it seemed. The medical system that I trusted in and never thought to question, was not working for me. My lived experience at that time was running counter to my beliefs about health and medicine. Thankfully, my mother-in-law recommended that I see a Naturopath who she learned about. As a sort of last resort, I made an appointment. This Naturopath did a simple non-invasive muscle testing and said, yes, I do have parasites, and even pinpointed the specific species of parasite. To most people, her testing would have looked like “hokey pokey”. She gave me a nutritional herbal supplement to take to kill the parasites. So I did. And over the course of the next few weeks, about 30 long tapeworms passed out of me. It was then that I began to question everything that I thought to be true about conventional western medicine (and the inextricably connected system of money we operate in).

Anyways, when I began to read more about astrology a couple of years ago, I found the teachings and interpretations about one’s natal chart to be very accurate with my own life and personality. Then when I looked at other’s natal charts (my wife, kids, etc.), I also found the concepts to be very accurate. While by no means am I an expert, I’ve enjoyed learning more and more about astrology since then.

As an Artist, I am naturally drawn to paint my interests! So I’ve started a series of zodiac sign paintings. With my other art projects going on, it will probably take me at least a year to paint all 12 zodiac signs, but over the course of this time, I’ll post brief articles about each zodiac sign and its corresponding artwork, starting with Pisces tomorrow.

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Ibiza Art – Pensive Mediterranean Blues

Ibiza Spain Seascape Painting Art Print

I’ve always found the beautiful blue tones of the Mediterranean Sea to be very relaxing and deeply thought-provoking, carrying a subtle creative energy.

This painting was inspired by the scenery at Dalt Vila, a preserved UNESCO World Heritage site on the Spanish island of Ibiza.

Ibiza Seascape Painting inspired by scenery at Dalt Vila

Most know Ibiza as a festive party island, but my wife and I have experienced it through its quiet, beautiful nature!

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Mmm Cafecito Rrrico Coffee Mug

There is nothing like a well made batch of coffee!

“Cafecito Rico” means “delicious coffee” in Spanish. Adding a couple of r’s onto the beginning of rico adds an extra emphasis.

My wife and I both love to drink a good cafecito rico. She is Hispanic American and I also speak Spanish fluently, having worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica back in the day. Every now and then when drinking a good coffee, we let out a good “mmm cafecito rrrico”.

Last year, we were watching an episode of the Netflix series “Bolívar” (which I highly recommend), and a young Simón Bolívar was giving a heartfelt speech to his farm workers, about his big plans to start a coffee estate in Venezuela. He sipped a cup of fresh coffee and proclaimed “mmm cafecito rrrico”! We said “hey, that’s what we say!”.

And that is the inspiration for this coffee mug design!

Spanish Coffee Mug 15oz
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Freedom, Liberty and Justice for All

Statue of Liberty Art Print NYC

The significance of the Statue of Liberty is the right of #freedom#liberty, and #JUSTICE for all, which is especially important for those in positions of governmental power, from the federal down to local levels, to reflect upon, given the backdrop of events and the 4th of July coming near. #unityindiversity #onenation #epluribusunum #outofmanyonepeople #equality

Statue of Liberty Art Print NYC

State of Liberty Hand-Drawn Illustration in Black and White

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Abstract Elephants Art

Journey through the Savanna

Yesterday during movie time with my kids (we watched “Elephant” by Disney Nature), I was inspired to create elephant art!

They are such beautiful, intelligent animals, and roam such beautiful landscapes.

Elephants Watercolor Art Print
Elephants Watercolor Art Print with Wood Frame Options

For this artwork, I drew out the elephants (adults and kids alike) in earth-tone colors, set against a colorful backdrop of an African savanna landscape. The landscape is lush with greenery and water, which they are always in search of! This art print is available framed or unframed, with a variety of wood stain color options.

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Beautiful Paradise in Costa Rica with Bodhi Surf + Yoga

Uvita, Costa Rica | Bodhi Surf + Yoga

It’s been a while since I’ve been a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica, but I still feel very connected to the culture and people that I experienced there. One of my friends during my service never actually left Costa Rica. He got married there and founded an amazing company called Bodhi Surf + Yoga with his wife.

In addition to surf and yoga experiences, they advocate for protecting the world’s oceans and have a program called “Ocean Guardians” that I recently signed up for, so that I can participate with my kids and learn what we can do together to protect the oceans.

They also recently came out with a cookbook full of delicious Costa Rican recipes, which you can download and offer a donation for here – https://www.bodhisurfyoga.com/food/costa-rican-recipes

Bodhi Surf + Yoga is located in Uvita, a small town on the Pacific Coast in the Bahia Ballena (Whale’s Bay). I visited there a few times and always remember walking out into a whale’s tail formation during low tide (you can see a photo of this on their website), and watching hundreds of crabs scramble about the sand!

This seascape artwork that I painted is from a photo that I took along the beach in Uvita. If you ever wanted to experience a quiet piece of paradise, this is the place!

Costa Rica Beach Art Uvita
Costa Rica Framed Beach Art – Uvita

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Spread Love It’s The Brooklyn Way – California Love

Biggie and Tupac Art and T-Shirts

At some point last year, I was listening to the Notorious B.I.G.’s 1994 song “Juicy”, and was inspired to create this artwork:

Spread Love It’s The Brooklyn Way

Biggie Brooklyn Art Print on Matte Paper, Optional Wood Frame

Biggie Spread Love Brooklyn Art Print
Biggie Art – Spread Love It’s The Brooklyn Way – 2 Color Options, 3 Wood Stain Options

Biggie Brooklyn Wall Art Print on Birch Wood Panel

Biggie Smalls Wall Art Wood Print
Biggie Brooklyn Wall Art Print on Birch Wood Panel – 3 Color Options to Choose From

These have been popular as an art print and on shirts, and it’s been cool to see how many customers from Brooklyn have bought the art and shirts!

Biggie Spread Love T Shirt Organic Cotton UnisexBiggie T Shirt Brooklyn Organic Cotton

Biggie Brooklyn Organic Cotton Unisex Shirt – Black Shirt Also Available

Biggie Spread Love Women’s T-Shirt Organic Cotton and Recycled Polyester

Biggie Brooklyn Shirt Women's
Biggie Brooklyn Women’s Shirt – Multiple Color Choices

Given the popularity of this Biggie art, I just had to make similar Tupac art, which I finally got around to recently:

California Love Tupac Bandana Art

Tupac Art Print on Matte Paper, Optional Wood Frame

Tupac California Love Art Print
Tupac Art Print California Love – More Color Variations and Wood Stain Options Available

Tupac California Love Print on Birch Wood Panel

Tupac Wall Art California Love Wood Print
Tupac Wall Art California Love Birch Wood Panel – Multiple Color Options

Tupac California Love Organic Cotton T Shirt, Unisex

Tupac California Love T Shirt Organic Cotton
Tupac California Love T Shirt Organic Cotton Unisex – Black Tee Also Available

Tupac California Love Women’s T-Shirt, Organic Cotton and Recycled Polyester

Tupac Women's Shirt California Love
Tupac Women’s Shirt California Love – Multiple Color Options

Every week I usually play pickup basketball, and nowadays I’m one of the “OG’s” on the court. At 36, I can still easily hang with the guys 15 years younger than me! I just can’t jump as high anymore. As a Dad with 3 kids, they probably see me as old haha. Anyways, I’ve seen some of them wear Biggie and Tupac shirts, and it strikes me that they weren’t even born yet when those guys were alive! But as they say, legends never die.

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Blue Jay Watercolor Painting

On a nature trail walk with my sons a few weeks ago, we came across a blue jay, one of my favorite birds.

In the following weeks, my wife bought a bird feeder that we installed on our kitchen door. Within a couple days, the birds really took a liking to it, and it’s great entertainment for the kids to watch. They also made homemade bird feeders outside with pine cones, peanut butter and seeds, and those have been eaten up quickly as well.

This has all boded well for my artistic inspiration! I’ve been meaning to paint a series of bird paintings for some time, so here comes another – a blue jay watercolor painting with a bright green nature background:

Bluejay Watercolor Painting
Bluejay Watercolor Painting