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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Do All That You Can to Make Your Wishes Come True

   Over the summer I had the great pleasure of volunteering at Great St. Mary's Church in Cambridge England. The church has a gorgeous view of the city from the tower. Although it is quite a hike (123 steps) to the top it is definitely worth it for the view! I tried making it up to the top but got startled by the loud bells and the never ending narrow spiraling stairs. Next time I go to Cambridge, I will totally conquer those stairs!
   Until I do so, here is a painting that resulted from that experience.

"Do All You Can to Make Your Wishes Come True"
Oil Painting by Andrea Realpe

Thursday, July 23, 2015


Mist oil painting by Andrea Realpe


            Inspiration comes when you least expect it. During my walk back home, one of my friends flew past me with her long wavy hair. As she ran past me, all that I could notice was her hair flying in the wind. The way that the sun hit her hair was memorizing. It created a golden sparkle on every strand. That beautiful unexpected moment led me to paint Mist
            Other inspirations came from my nature and literature course. During the course we read passages from several writers that used nature as inspiration for their work. Ralph Waldo Emerison was among them. Passages from his journal clearly describe his passion for nature. He discusses in full detail the special unique moments in which he observes nature’s beauty. Not only does he mention the beautiful occurrences in the woods, but he also mentions his unique connection to it. In the woods he finds tranquility like no other. The nature writers of the past spoke about their special connection to the trees and the woods. In Wind-Storm in the Forests by John Muir, Muir takes his love for nature further. He rides the trees back and forth with the wind during a storm in the mountains of California. Muir is able to differentiate between various trees depending on the sound that they make when the wind blows, especially the Junipar and the Dwarf trees.
            Similarly to writers from the past nature has influenced me and my artwork immensely. I am very familiar to the peace and tranquility that Emerson felt when surrounded by the woods. When I was growing up I enjoyed being immersed by trees, bushes, insects, and the list goes on. I use to go mountain biking through the trails in the woods and purposely try to get lost. Not only did the scenery bring me peace but also the sounds of nature brought music to my ears. With every painting that I make I want to experience the peacefulness that nature bestows upon me time and time again.
            In this painting the female figure is being guided towards an unfamiliar place to the right. Although it seems bright and welcoming it is unfamiliar to her. The branches that are growing out of her hair suggest that she longs for stability. She wants to grow roots and remain in a place that is familiar. She does not know what the future holds but she knows that she can turn to nature at any moment for strength.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Project Ecuador Fundraiser Gala 2014

My family started an amazing organization in 2004 and it has been thriving ever since.
Project Ecuador is a charitable organization established to help underprivileged children and underdeveloped schools in Ecuador, Argentina, Guatemala and other countries in central and South America. They offer various programs such as scholarships programs, Communities Organized to Rebuild and Empower (CORE) project, and more.
 Check out their website at this link http://www.projectecuador.org/

Every year they host a fundraiser in order to support their wonderful cause. This year I finally had the opportunity to attend their yearly event and contribute one of my paintings for a raffle giveaway.

Painting for the Raffle.

The winner of the painting!
I had an amazing time at the event! :)