Monday, October 26, 2015

Work in progress / Em progresso

Ever since I've finished my degree that I'm trying to create some sort of independent business or to just be a freelancer. This is much harder to achieve than I thought. I had to study and make changes to my way of working constantly. I had to develop new skills and go against my own psychology in certain aspects in order to be able to do what I want to do.
And it is OK, one knows it is hard to do what one loves to do. But this year, it has been a challenge. Sickness arrived, not just to me but to my sister and grandmother, all at the same time. I'm only now getting out of all of this so I'm sorry for all the work I wasn't able to do, and for all the emails I wasn't able to reply on time. I'm not like this professionally, this year has been an exception to the rule. I'm trying to get back on track as quickly as possible. I'm sure I'll come back to my normal work pace soon.
Thank you for understanding!


Pintura em progresso em acrílico sobre tela, 1m x 1m.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Facts and Logic

People mistake my sincerity with depression or problems. No, I see psychological challenges as a way of learning and as a way of improving myself, and I talk openly about them because I'm seeing them as my next challenge, not because I feel like a victim and I need help.
So what happens is that after a while people are surprised because suddenly I'm not depressed. Exactly - I was never depressed, I was challenging my own psychological issue at the time and I was sort of gaining a masochistic pleasure from the task itself - what will happen next, what will happen next?? What do I have to do after the outcome?
Maybe I'm weird, but somehow I feel better and better after all of the psychological challenges I impose on myself. I feel more free, closer to the essence of me. I'm sorry if I somehow led someone to believe that I was depressed but I love psychology and I talk openly about these subjects on a daily basis. I really like this thing and I forget others don't. I would be a psychologist if somehow art didn't work for me.

Anyway, I still have to organize a lot of images before I can post everything I've done during the summer course and I have to get to work! Is my blog too open? I'm just not able to not be open about myself, it's very difficult for me, really difficult.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Final Drawing - Movement / Desenho Final - Movimento

This big drawing is also based on my dancing drawings. However, I was trying to add a structure to it, and idea of space. I ended up doing that through mark-making and through the use of specific materials. Something to develop. I may still work on this one more. It was my final drawing, part of a 3rd week intensive course in London.

My longtime battle has been the acceptance of a personality which is greedy for knowledge and which has the subconscious need to understand everything, within a culture which values superficial things, where knowledge is not cherished, where what I like is seen as boring - but my mind can't stop despite such a culture. Because of this - I love solitude, I can be myself when I'm alone, I can do what I like when I'm alone, and I only need one or two people to talk about deep subjects because I'm able to fulfill myself alone.
This trip to London was great for me (I was there for 4 weeks), because I got to see a place where quality was cherished, where knowledge was cherished. There are also bad things there, I know, but I come from a place where knowledge and culture is something that is not valued.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Expanded Field of Drawing, Short Summer Course Exhibition , Slade School

I've been in London for almost 3 weeks now to be part of "The Expanded Field of Drawing" short summer course. It has been an amazing experience and we're now opening for people to see the results - this Friday!
I've been ill very recently, for months, so to be part of this has been amazing for me :) Will update the blog with the works as soon as I have time because this experience, although amazing, has been exhausting for me and I still have one extra week in London.
I know it may seem crazy that after being ill for several months I immediately start a new experience in another country, but that's just how I am.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Painting / Pintura

My work is getting better but I think it will only be truly authentic when I really get to the point when my whole lifestyle and creative process is a full flow experience. And I know I still have a lot to work on till I get there.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Work and Exhibitions / Trabalho e Exposições

I'm slowly coming back and within 2 weeks I'll be in London, taking a short summer course at the Slade School of Art. I'll be there for a month. Is there anything I need to know in order to get the best out of the experience?
Currently I have several of my dance drawings in exhibition at Trindade Gallery in Oporto


Tenho neste momento vários desenhos na exposição "Sentar para ver" na Galeria Trindade, no Porto:

Friday, June 12, 2015

In progress / Em progresso

In progress.
I want to paint using the same thought process as the one I use for drawing. This is the main reason I started to do this kind of work again. I know it lost strength when it comes to the line work but that is my next goal to master after I finally understand how to get into the state of flow while focusing on color, movement and composition.


Em progresso.
Eu quero pintar usando o mesmo tipo de processo criativo que uso a desenhar à vista. O processo que usava antes para pintura era muito meditativo pois planeava tudo na cabeça - dava-me muitas dores de cabeça - até entender como fazer a composição mais equilibrada. Às vezes demorava o dobro do tempo a pensar que a fazer e isso estava-me a chatear muito e dar-me menos vontade de pintar.
Comecei a fazer de novo este tipo de pintura (fiz semelhante em 2006 mas devido a na altura não ter entendido que o que me cativava a fazer isto era a representação da figura humana segui outra linha que depois me bloqueou porque não era o que mais gostava e bla bla bla) porque agora entendi que fazendo assim consigo entrar no estado psicológico de flow mais facilmente, tal como acontece quase sempre quando desenho (à vista só - pois quando precisava de compor acontecia-me algo semelhante até entender certas coisas que estão agora aqui já desenvolvidas). No entanto, agora estou mais focada na cor, movimento e composição em vez do desenho; mas planeio introduzir melhor o desenho assim que tiver este processo mais desenvolvido pois sei que é o que dá mais força ao meu trabalho. Mas agora descobri que não é o desenho que mais me dá vontade de criar, é sim o vício de entrar no estado de flow! E funcionava melhor comigo no desenho devido à forma descontraida como o encarava. Comecei a pintar com telas ao colo e no chão e comecei a entrar lá mais facilmente também.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

VOLK CD / Vinyl Illustration/Ilustração

Listen to VOLK:

Music by VOLK:

Design/Creative Direction by Susan Young:

Cover Illustrations by Catarina Garcia:

Creative process/Processo criativo:

Above: choosing clothes and posture
Em cima: A escolher roupas e postura

Above: Choosing the right composition
Em cima: escolhendo a composição certa

Turning the model into Eleot, the singer.
Tornando a modelo mais parecida a Eleot, a cantora.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

"Exotic Fruits and Nuts of the New World" Book/Livro

My Opuntia ficus-indica scientific illustration has been published in the following book:
However, there is a mistake, I'm from Lisbon :)

"This is a major reference work on exotic and underutilized fruits and nuts of the New World. While many of these are well known in the local markets and in Spanish-language literature, they have rarely been brought to the attention of the wider English-speaking audience, and as such this book will offer an entirely new resource to those interested in exotic crops."


A minha ilustração científica do Opuntia ficus-indica foi publicada no seguinte livro:
Sou, no entanto, de Lisboa, não de Madrid :)