Since last time I shared here, lots of change has happened. I built a deck and set up a tipi in the woods; I worked as the art director for a super sweet annual festival (The 17th Annual Subdued Stringband Jamboree); then moved back to town for the Winter (Bellingham, WA), and made a ton of art that I’m ready to start sharing. Also, I’ve been tattooing on the regular and practicing a lot on my hand poke tattooing skills (thank you friends and brave strangers!).
Lots of things shifting in my life, but the one thing that keeps me grounded is the intention to bring more meaning and value to this life and to spread the message of love that wildlife holds so sacredly in word and action.
Thank you for being a part of this journey!
PS: As you may have noticed this blog doesn’t allow comments. But please feel free to contact me if you have something to share or say, or follow me onInstagram and keep the open conversation going.
I ran a giveaway this month! It’s been a little while since the release of “Inside the Blue Whale’s Heart”, and I wanted to keep sharing the inspirational art in it’s pages. The giveaway lasted about 2 weeks, and I’m super thankful for everyone who participated. People entered from Instagram, the newsletter list, and a few people from the Bellingham market. The print I gave away is below, and I REALLY hope that I can run another giveaway soon. I love all those who join in the conversation and see what I create, and this is one way I’d like to thank you!
The way I create my work is through doodling. I can’t imagine creating a piece that I’ve only conceived in my head. Instead, I approach my work in a more intuitive, organic way: I doodle, doodle, doodle, and create collages. Those collages become my art! I thought that by sharing this process with you, you can use my way of working in your own creativity (whatever it may be).
I’m going to use this Elephant piece as an example. Step by step.
Doodling and Drawing: I started by doodling all kinds of animals that I feel compelled to draw. I let my intuition guide me towards whatever I feel is fun, inspiring, or beautiful. I don’t think about it too much, I just draw as much as I can.
After I have a bunch of individual pieces, I choose a few elements to layer together, and just generally play around with them in Photoshop.
Once I have a lovely composition/collage, I clean up each image individually, then bring them back together.
It’s beautiful, but it needs color! I duplicate the artwork onto different layers and create a few different color schemes. They’re not all great, and hardly ever “realistic”, but I can always find one that sings to me.
Where does the color come from? A watercolor painting! I create a small watercolor piece for texture, and I use that piece in all the different color options.
And this is how I did it. In just a few steps, a beautiful and majestic elephant has been born onto my canvas, and I can share it with the world! My hope is that by sharing my process, you can approach your own creative work more intuitively and more freely!
As of this blog post (May 2017),Inside the Blue Whale’s Heart, is available as an eBook on Amazon. It’s for sale in all regions and compatible with all devices. You can read on an iPad, iPhone, Android, Mac, or PC! All you need is the Kindle app, which is available for every platform in the digital realm. Click below on whichever app you need.
Once you’re in the app, just search for Claudia Bernal, or follow the link in the sidebar of this blog, or one of the many links on social media (or on the handy link below!). If you want to sneak a peak at the book, you can view a free sample on the Amazon page. Click here! (Inside the Blue Whale’s Heart).
I promise that you and your family will love this beautiful children’s book. Read it to them or along with them. The big blue whale shows her true heart on a journey through a changing world, a world with which she was once familiar..
Most of these images are inspired by wildlife and nature in Africa. I decided to step out of the wildlife from my closest surroundings, and envision nature in a continent I’ve never been, yet I feel close to me. Elephants, giraffes, cheetahs, wild flowers, and trees have been calling me in my daydreams. Also, some friends have requested seeing more diverse wildlife, so here it is! All images in pen and ink.
While raising this wild child, I focus on allowing him to explore freely. The only boundary I have is “is it safe?”. And only at times, “is it convenient for the pack?”. And even then, sometimes it’s necessary to allow him to take risks. There’s so much learning that can happen when one feels free to explore.
This wild child enjoys exploring the arts, the natural world around him, his own image, and all things creative. There’s so much value that comes with the confidence to make your own choices. My hope is that. with the appropriate guidance, he’ll become a confidently creative and wise explorer of the world. He’ll be a free, inspiring being. Free to be as he is, free to explore, free to love himself, to love others. He can do nothing wrong. No shaming, no punishment. Never. Only acceptance, communication and love.
Hi guys! I’m so excited to share with you my very first book ever! “Inside the Blue Whale’s Heart” is a story for children of all ages (dedicated to 2-5 years of age). It portrays a journey of a “boy” into the biggest heart we know of, and it’s a thoughtful reminder to walk mindfully on Earth. This story is told rich with color, lines and textures. I think no matter your age or background, you’re going to love it! After working on this book all Winter, I’m really happy to share it with you.
If this blog, or the cards and illustrations I make, have brought more value into your life, please remember to share and spread the love.
Thank you so much for being a part of this community that cares about love and connection, wild life protection, nature conservation and loves animals of all kinds, colors and shapes. You are so loved, sweet mammal!
Invite your friends to join the Newsletter so they can enjoy the goodness too!
Also check out the new stuff on the shop if you’re in the mood for stationery, paper mail, scrapbooking, prints and more gifting. Support local, and locally, you’ll be supported.
This wolf sticker was made to remind us about the freedom, direction and strength that we find in the wild.
A wise woman once told me a quote from Clarissa Pinkola Estés: “inside every woman lies a secret life, a powerful source full of good instincts, creativity and wisdom”
In my dreams, the women in us are running with wolves. Joyful, inspired and free. This is one of the wolves who are a part of the pack.
Some of the meanings of the Wolf symbol include direction and leadership. Wolf symbol also embodied both protection and destruction. It signified strength, endurance, Instinct linked with intelligence, family values and believed to give guidance in dreams and meditation.
I’m going to go soak in some of this wild medicine to start the year!
I’m facilitating a Peace Arts Poster workshop at the Peace and Justice Center in Bellingham this week, and you are invited.
In the midst of the social, economical and cultural transition the human race is facing, nothing could have more priority than practicing peace, speaking peace and sharing peace. Whatever it is that you do in your community, if peace is your focus, this workshop was made for you.
Come create a poster with peace in mind to create awareness, promote your peaceful event or spread more peace into the world.
I’ve been invited to facilitate this workshop and would love to see you there. In two hours we’ll cover:
*Graphic design basic elements;
* Creative strategies to understanding how your ideas are a powerful resource for spreading peace
*Illustration basic elements;
*Time to create a poster for peace.