Monday, March 23rd, 2015
by Carolina
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Sakura

Sakura

Pen and colored pencils on paper, 2005.

 

As a (rather weird eccentric) teenager interested in several things Japanese, I was impressed with the tradition of the hanami and with the delicate beauty of the cherry blossoms. I’d love to visit Japan someday, preferably at the right time of the year to enjoy the hanami!

The girl in this drawing is Sakura (Japanese for “cherry blossom”, and also a pretty name for girls), a character in the romance that my dear friend Carla was writing during our teenage years. She used to send me the chapters as she finished writing them; I was part reviewer, part fanatic enthusiastic reader, occasionally illustrator. That was our way of having fun!

 

Monday, March 9th, 2015
by Carolina
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Anxiety

Shattered by Hilde Skjølberg

I feel my heart beating faster and faster
And the pain in my head grows stronger and stronger

Cold arms embrace my lungs
And a tight fist holds my stomach hostage

Terrible things will happen, I know,
And then more terrible things will follow

I am afraid
I am nervous
I am about to break

No one can save me now
No one but myself

I breathe, and I wait, and I breathe

It takes time for the fog to clear
And then slowly things come to sight

I am brave
I am calm
I am about to break free

06/11/2013

 

Monday, February 23rd, 2015
by Carolina
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Cerrado

Cerrado

Pen on paper, 2008.

This drawing is part of my past life as biologist. I’m serious! For those of you who don’t know, I studied plant ecology in the Cerrado during my undergraduate and graduate years.

This piece was intended as a symbolic, rather than accurate, representation of the impressive Cerrado flora and fauna.

 

Monday, February 9th, 2015
by Carolina
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One thousand

Thunderstorm - active cumulonimbus by Michael

I asked the rain
To wash down my sorrow
Yet I didn’t know
It would take me
One thousand storms
To reach a new tomorrow

Water, wind and mud
Sweat, tears and blood

I thought I’d die in that chaos
And die I did

Slow
Torturing
Painful
Death

When I came to
I was lying on the shore
Weak and confused

Yet
Somehow
Alive
Reborn

One day at a time

I relearned
How to drink
How to eat
How to think
How to dream

I asked the sun
To teach me to shine bright
Yet I didn’t know
It would take
One thousand fires
For me to come alight

30/03/2014

 

Monday, January 26th, 2015
by Carolina
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Golden beach

Golden beach

Markers on paper, 2013.

Another drawing of my golden landscapes series.

This one is available as art print here.

 

Monday, January 12th, 2015
by Carolina
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The hole

Black Hole by Jon Matthies

There is a hole in my soul
That nothing and no one in this world can fill

Sometimes I almost forget it’s there
Sometimes it hurts so bad

Yet the hole guides me through a strange path
As I learn the lesson it tries to teach me

“It’s the journey that fills the hole
And only you can make you whole”

24/09/2013

 

Inspired by this comic.

 

Monday, December 15th, 2014
by Carolina
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Sensory Overload

Rave Reviews by Morgan Harrison

Too much

LOUD voices
BRIGHT colors
STRONG scents
UNWELCOME touches

TOO MUCH OF EVERYTHING

At the same place
At the same time

My head pulses painfully
I am about to EXPLODE

Let me go
Let me go away

I just need some space

some quiet
some darkness
some air
some privacy

I just need some space to calm my mind

05/11/2013

 

Reading The Highly Sensitive Person has really, really helped me understand my seemingly unhealthy tendency to act like a hermit.

 

Monday, December 1st, 2014
by Carolina
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Umi

Umi

Markers on paper, 2013.

 

Continuing with the idea of more “loose” drawings, this one is loosely inspired by Japanese painting.

 

Monday, November 17th, 2014
by Carolina
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Liberation

Cloud Kingdom by Bill Dickinson

The gentle breeze touched my hair
And my feet lifted off the ground
The wind carried me softly
And I felt light

Free

Floating

Rising and rising from the earth
Reaching the clouds in the sky

I was empty

No

I was finally complete

Edited 20/05/2013

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