I have always loved a good challenge so I decided to participate in this year's Global Talent Search with Lilla Rogers. This will be my third time and the reason I keep going back (aside from dreaming about scoring representation by Lilla) is to learn and grow and be a part of a wonderful artist community. I made it to the Top 50 Semi-Finalists in 2015 and it was really exciting. This year's Round 1 theme was all about creating a cover for a gardener's journal. We were prompted to draw Japanese anemones (OK, I'm obsessed with that flower now) and staghorn ferns. I ended up adding a rabbit because no garden is complete without one. Good luck to all the participants and keep your finger crossed because the semi-finalists will be revealed next Friday.
Hi lovelies! I can finally share some the good news that I've come across recently (part 1 of 3 things I am dying to share with you!) and it's that I have partnered with the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) as a Business Ambassador. This means that I am part of a growing network of small business owners that have come together to make a life-changing difference for animals across the United States. I hope you can help me by supporting my art and business while helping so many animals in need across our great country.
I am proud to support the ASPCA® and its mission to save lives. To learn more, visit: aspca.org.
Here's a picture of my postcard.
Click here to read the article (it's in Spanish, sorry!).
I'm very excited to announce I am working with 109World in hopes of helping out communities in dire need around the world.
"We are in the midst of our #109water campaign and received this amazing artwork by @cativillegas. We still have a long way to go to our fundraising goal in order for us to give an entire community in Nicaragua access to safe water but with your help we are getting there! Spread the word and repost this picture! Donate at www.109world.com/donate or PayPal firstname.lastname@example.org. Buy one of products at www.109world.com/shop
On another note, did you know that seahorses are the only species on earth in which the male falls pregnant and carries the young to term? This majestic creature is highly endangered because of its attractive qualities. Traditional medicine trade, jewelries, aquarium trade and unsustainable methods of fishing puts the seahorse at high risk of extinction."
Prints are for sale now! Click here to visit my shop.
The Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search finalists were revealed today! Congratulations to everybody, all 50 of us, who took so much time to create such different interpretations of the same brief. Yay! for all the 7 finalists, you guys must be ecstatic and very proud!
I want to tell you a little about what it means to "lose" and how I deal with it. We all wanted to win. Seriously, if you were in this competition you wanted to win. It's natural. But it makes me a little sad to see how some people call this one of their biggest defeats, and they cry and mope over not making it to the next round. I'm a firm believer that if it didn't happen, it's for a reason! Something better might be coming along. You simply needed to learn something from this experience. Whatever it is, let it go.
Like everybody else in the semi-finalist group, I didn't get much sleep last night. I tossed and turned, checked my email and refreshed the blog several times. 11:30 pm, 1:30 am, 2:00 am. I finally fell asleep. Then I had a dream where I saw Lilla and asked her if I had passed to the next round. She said no. I asked her if she could tell me something about the work I submitted, to which she replied "What do you think is new about it?". I said, "Well, the line work? The shapes?". She then said, "Give it a new voice". I woke up right after that, checked my phone, and the blog had just been refreshed. Go figure.
Oh man. Try to figure that one out. Anyway.
The other thing I wanted to share is the power of intentions. Setting intentions opens up the door to creating positive events in your life. Whether you set them through yoga (like I do) or simply sitting down and thinking of something that you want, it's interesting to explore. The intention I set for myself yesterday was to be in peace regardless of the GTS outcome. And I felt disappointed upon reading the results but I felt at peace. Here's a little article by Deepak Chopra and intentions.
It's all going to be OK. :)