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Art Of The World: Peek Inside The Studio of Argentine Artist, Estela Cuadro

I received a surprise message from Argentine artist, Estela Cuadro, who wanted to share with us her day in the studio. So let’s talk art, music, and inspiration from Buenos Aires–her words, her story.

Alucinógeno
Alucinógeno 1

When I start my day in my studio, I want to listen to some music… It nourishes my imagination, it motivates me.

Alucinogeno 2
Alucinogeno 2
Chamanismo
Chamanismo

…I feel pleasure in that.  I feel like I never want to stop doing this. It´s part of my life.

Cómplices
Cómplices
Constelaciones
Constelaciones
Copete
Copete

When I begin a new artwork I used to use a special cardboard that allows the pigments and water to react in a special way; giving textures, shapes, deformations and then letting my imagination act freely.

El Banquete
El Banquete
Eminencia
Eminencia

I used lots of techniques, like pencil, small coal and oil. Especially when I was young.  Nowadays I like to use more than one technique at the same time, and make different results.

Encantamiento
Encantamiento
Encuentro Desencuentro
Encuentro Desencuentro
Entre Perros y Gatos
Entre Perros y Gatos

I use India ink with salt, and I let them act freely on the support. I use other things to generate texture, and I use oil painting, pencils and pens to realize details.

Giran Soles
Giran Soles
Levitando
Levitando

If I had to pick a style for my art,  it would be quite difficult. Perhaps I associate my work with surreal art.  My characters and their environment have nothing to do with reality.

Los Años No Vienen Solos
Los Años No Vienen Solos
Magnético
Magnético
Nevado
Nevado

The distorted reality is part of my inspiration, my contacts and my experiences. My artwork is based on the unconscious – all associated with my dreams, relationships & with life itself.

Saltando en El Ocaso
Saltando en El Ocaso
Serie Mujeres Coquetas
Serie Mujeres Coquetas

I don´t try to tell stories in my artwork. My work isn’t the realization of an illustration for a story, book or magazine (with a text behind the artwork).

Serie Mujeres Coquetas
Serie Mujeres Coquetas

There are always ideas or suggestions (of a story) but it’s not a literal sort of story. I take fun in other people’s freedom in interpretation.

Serie Otra Mujer Coqueta
Serie Otra Mujer Coqueta

I feel that it is important to feel total freedom without restriction and without much precise meaning. I like to leave the interpretation of each piece to each person, you can get carried away like I do in every piece of art. 

Supergalactico
Supergalactico

I think each work has something special, they are part of my “games”, my pleasures. 

Suprahumano
Suprahumano

When I talk about a “game” in relation to my work as an artist, I mean that’s the way that I have fun with the characters, animals and plants when my playfulness arise. You’re letting it flow! So you have to let go of the restrictions and really play with everything that is created, generating a new and unique artwork.

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I would say that the (core) passion about art, is to feel free, to have your mind open to all the things new that can appear.

Thanks,

ESTELA CUADRO

For more information on Estela Cuadro and her art, visit her Tumblr page and follow her on Facebook.

Thanks again to Estela for sharing her story.

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A Pop-up Market in the Heart of L.A.’s Skid Row

I hit up downtown LA for the LA CANVAS x Love Nail Tree: 6th Street Market–a pop-up market featuring a variety of fashion boutiques and shops. Below are pics from the event which took place at the Warehaas in the heart of skid row. If you’re not familiar with the area– google it.

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Homemade in Los Angeles. Miss Wax http://misswax.com
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Reminds me of 1. The Simpsons; 2. Odd Future; 3. Randy’s Donuts [Miss Wax misswax.com]
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“Testing the limits of style with a not so typical accessory line.” — Miss Wax misswax.com
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Olde Good Things. The coolest antique store in LA…and NYC.. and PA oldegoodthings.com
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Crate full of glass lanterns… I think [Olde Good Things oldegoodthings.com]
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Nice turnout at the Warehaas
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Love Nail Tree jewelry 👌 http://lovenailtree.com
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6th EDI T ION
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Love NAIL Tree… get it?
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“Let Peace Take Flight” [Love Nail Tree http://lovenailtree.com]
Live Nail Tree bracelet
Love Nail Tree bracelet

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The detail 👌[Love Nail Tree http://lovenailtree.com]
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Camera [Love Nail Tree]

Love Nail Tree http://lovenailtree.com
Love Nail Tree http://lovenailtree.com

Bird ring [Love Nail Tree http://lovenailtree.com]
Bird ring [Love Nail Tree http://lovenailtree.com]
A little smaller than a pocket watch [Love Nail Tree]
A little smaller than a pocket watch [Love Nail Tree]

Love Nail Tree http://lovenailtree.com
We will change the world with the stories we tell
We Will Stand Tall [Love Nail Tree]
We Will Stand Tall [Love Nail Tree]
The Mission
The Mission
More tops
More tops
"I'd rather be a starving artist" Possibly my favorite tee from Love Nail Tree
“I’d rather be a starving artist” Possibly my favorite tee from Love Nail Tree

"Story can change the heart" (I 1st thought "sorry")
“Story can change the heart” (I thought this said “sorry” for some reason) [Love Nail Tree]
"I wish you could photoshop the scars off"
“I wish that I could photoshop the scars off” [Love Nail Tree tee]

Your cold shoulders
Your cold shoulders tee from Love Nail Tree
"Is this just in my head?"
“Is this just in my head?” Tee from Love Nail Tree
Who speaks french?
Who speaks french?

Lee was here. [www.lee.com]
Lee was here. [www.lee.com]
Hex showed up in an old school VW van. How hipster of them lol [www.shophex.com]
Hex showed up in an old school VW van. How hipster of them lol [www.shophex.com]
A little mirror action. [Hex www.shophex.com]
A little mirror action. [Hex www.shophex.com]

Hex www.shophex.com
Hex www.shophex.com
Nice way to display travel bags [Hex www.shophex.com]
Nice way to display travel bags [Hex www.shophex.com]
Go DJ
Go DJ
That's my DJ
That’s my DJ
It says coffee shop but all I smelled were tacos...
It says coffee shop but all I smelled were tacos…
Where chaos and peace come together [Love Nail Tree]
Where chaos and peace come together [Love Nail Tree]
Tees. Literally by the crate full.
Tees. Literally by the crate full.
Los(t) Angeles.
Los(t) Angeles.
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Grab A Bomb & Run For The Hell Of It: Color Me Rad

Run wild through the streets of L.A. covered in brightly covered cornstarch– check ✓. Below are pics from yesterday’s Color Me Rad, a 5K run loosely based off the Hindu Festival of Colors, aka Holi. And if you’re wondering, YES this is the best (and in my opinion the ONLY) way to tie-dye shirts.

Run through the streets of L.A. covered in brightly colored cornstarch-- check✓
Run through the streets of L.A. covered in brightly colored cornstarch– check✓
The faces of RAD. I took their picture while waiting in line to take more pictures.
The faces of RAD. I took their picture while waiting in line to take more pictures.
I hope this stuff was safe to breathe...
I hope this stuff was safe to breathe…
That's going to leave a stain...
That’s going to leave a stain…
Everyone got a pair of Color Me Rad sunglasses. Next time, we may need goggles...
Everyone got a pair of Color Me Rad sunglasses. Next time, we may need goggles…
And the shades come in an assortment of colors to match the face
And the shades come in an assortment of colors to match the face
Covered in color yet his tutu  is spotless. I have know idea how that happened...
Covered in color yet his tutu is spotless. I have know idea how that happened…
A color bomb.
Color bombs. My weapon of choice.
Go Orange
Go Orange
Could this be more Pink?
Could this be more Pink?
He has a phone pouch-- genius.
He has a phone pouch– genius.
Caught throwing bombs
Caught throwing bombs
Everything is purple. Everything is purple.
Everything is purple. Everything is purple.
Meet the newest member of the blue man group!
Meet the newest member of the blue man group!
Ironically, my bib was the only thing that stayed clean!
Ironically, my bib was the only thing that stayed clean!
Face of RAD
Face of RAD
So this is where they keep the ammo...
So this is where they keep the ammo…
Blue bombs
Blue bombs
Green bombs
Green bombs
Made it out alive
The blasting station. Really, really yellow.
Rad Since Forever.
Rad Since Forever.

…And by the end of the 5k you’ll have the rainbow  boogers to show for it.