The inspiration for every illustration always comes from somewhere. In this gallery I share the thoughts and feelings that gave life to them. Mama & Bean illustrations are more than representations of me and my baby girl, they are visual expressions of timeless concepts of love, wonder, adventure, hope and the beauty of life that are depicted through the simple, yet profound wisdom that Bean embodies.
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Leave something beautiful behind
I am Mama & Bean
Leave something beautiful behindSometimes I get into this tunnel vision of what I should do, accomplish, get. "me, me, me...I,I,I" Then I remember I'm all but a speck in this world. Not insignificant, actually quite significant as I'm a little piece of what makes this world sparkle. But that light only comes from being here, in tune with who I am, with my place in the world, acknowledging that I'm a part of a bigger thing and as such, compelled and invited to leave something beautiful behind in every step I take. ... For the world, for the universe....for the beans that come after you and me.
Kindred SpiritsThis was my 1st drawing! It marks the beginning of this creative, open, sometimes challenging, sometimes exciting journey I decided to embark on to find voice and place in this world. Its path reflects this journey and Bean represents my life line, my inspiration and all that is good in my life. And for that I hold this drawing dear to my heart. I hope you like it!
Viva Children!On April 30th, in Mexico, children - young at heart or age - are celebrated on a special day. This drawing celebrates the colorful imagination and wonder of children in their special day
Rememberance3 years ago, a few days after his birthday, my older brother passed away. This year would have been his 40th birthday. My brother was a natural illustrator from the youngest age. Among the many characters he drew, he really liked drawing smurfs when he was little, which gave him his everlasting nickname: "Pitufo" (the word for smurf in spanish). He was like no one I've ever known, he was was a child trapped in an adult body. A guy with a keen sense of imagination and play. His life was filled with super-heroes and some other fantasy worlds he created for the characters in his drawings. He was like Robbin Williams in the movie Hook! As such he loved children and children welcomed him like one of them. Unfortunately both my nephew and Bean were born after his passing, so he never got to meet them and be the amazing uncle to them I knew he would be. In his loving memory I drew Bean as a smurf.
HappySometimes we just feel happy and we don't know why, and those moments are magical. But other times our happiness is dependent on whether we chose it or not. It's OK , in fact, normal not to be happy all the time. But we should always remember that if we really want it, we always have the option to look for the gold in our lives and chose happiness.
WholeheartedlyI was having one of those days were I felt I sucked! And in that very moment the idea (or story, if I may say) that I was not good enough to do what I wanted to do and many other things felt so real, so over-powering, so limiting. Suddenly I heard Bean waking up from a nap in her crib. Still in my despair I walked to her room to get her. The moment she saw me she squeaked loud with excitement and put on a huge smile as if this was the first time she ever saw me. She was thrilled! In an instant the "truthfulness" of my story about worth vanished. While Bean can't yet talk, I knew that what she said with her smile was: " Whenever you feel you are not enough, know that to me you are the world". And in the end, that is all that mattered. The thing that I'd say, learning from this experience, is: Sure, there will always be moments when you feel you are not good enough, but remember to never lose perspective, never lose sight of what you have, of your accomplishments or the people that love you wholeheartedly and that you love back. There is no scale of worthiness when what you do/say/think is heartfelt.
I am Mama & BeanThis drawing about authenticity and ownership. Because there is nothing more powerful and more beautiful than who you truly are. Honest, unafraid, authentic. Just you! It's always interesting how we sometimes miss what is right in front of us. I drew this sketch after coming back from my first blogger networking event, which was right after another business networking event I attended. The difference between those two is how I showed up and what ensued. The first event was "OK", more like me putting on my business face and trying to make connections. (weird & a bit draining). The second one, where I was representing Mama & Bean was the yin to that yang. It was me, just me. Excited, open, curious, no show, no trying, just having fun and being sooo proud and excited about this blog. The results: I not only felt revitalized, I made many wonderful connections without even trying.
North StarThis illustration came to me when I was in Mexico. Bean and I were sitting in a garden on a beautiful sunny day. During that time I was thinking hard, sooo hard about my purpose, my mission in this life, my north star. Meanwhile Bean seemed to be in the moment, taking it all in, happy, curious and adventuring outside of the comfort of our blanket to touch the grass and the flowers for the first time. I was so deep in the spiral of my thoughts when I suddenly realized I was missing out on this treasured moment of discovery with her. Following Bean's baby approach to life, I decided to get out of my head and take it all in. After a while I realized that my north star & purpose is not to be found in the confines of my brain, but rather in my heart and soul.