Showing posts from 2021

Storms Replenish

During quarantine, I plunged myself into my work. I spent countless hours teaching myself to be a better painter which diverted me from the chaos and uncertainty during Covid . Being able to turn to my work in times of hardships brought me into a place of stillness and tranquility.      I went back to good ol YouTube. The video tutorials helped me grasp painting fundamentals when I first started. Following inspiring artists also fostered my love for art. Among these artists are: Lena Danya ,  Val from Vals Art Diary ,  Tim Gagnon  and   Andrew Tischler . Y ears later, I received a degree in Studio Art and although I gained vital art skills, I needed more. If anything, the more knowledge a person gains, the more you realize that there is so much that you don't know.      During quarantine I dug deeper into the art world. I studied inspiring artists such as Swedish painter, Anders Zorn. He used a restricted color palette which allowed him to capture form and light with care free br

Blue-throated Macaw

“ Blue-Throated Macaw” 9″x12″ Watercolor Painting by Andrea Realpe   The Blue-throated Macaws are Critically Endangered according to BirdLife. Popolation size is about 400 in the wild. Threats to these beautiful birds include illegal pet trade and loss of habitat. They are considered the rarest species of macaw in the world. They are located in Bolivia and Trinidad. Macaws are often called barba azul in Spanish, meaning “blue beard,” because of the vibrant blue covering their throats. Thankfully there are conservation organizations such as Association Armoniato to preserve the habitat in Bolivia which not only protects the blue-throated macaw, but also neighboring species like jaguars, pumas and maned wolves. This painting is a tribute to the blue-throated macaw. I will be submitting the original painting of the blue-throated macaw to the Sketch For Survival fundraiser art competition set up by  @explorersagainstextinction Explorers Against Extinction is a wildlife conservation trust w