Posts Tagged ‘painting’


Vincent van Gogh’s work entitled ‘Irises’ is one of my favorite paintings. It has a lot to do with the fact that my favorite color is blue which this painting has a lot of. I also love the angles and shapes that he used.

Vincent painted this masterpiece while he was staying at the Saint Paul-de-Mausole asylum for the mentally ill in Saint Remy de Provence, France, in the last year before his death in 1890.

Vincent started painting Irises within a week of entering the asylum, in May 1889, seeing the Irises in the garden at the hospital. He produced an incredible body of work during this last year of his life including this one. By all accounts, painting and art is what he occupied most of his time with during his stay. It was his daily obsession.

He called painting “the lightning conductor for my illness” because he felt that he could keep himself from going insane by continuing to paint.

When I see ‘Irises,’ I see a man who masked his suffering by creating something beautiful. And in that beauty he felt a small glimmer of hope. And that glimmer of hope was enough to keep him going.

-Roz Abellera






It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.

Leonardo da Vinci



“I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.”

-Vincent Van Gogh


“I don’t do drugs. I am drugs.”

-Salvador Dali

Being an artist can be an expensive lifestyle. Art supplies aren’t always cheap and sales are few and far between.  You can find cheap supplies out there but unfortunately, a lot of times, the quality is cheap as well. You get what you pay for.

When you’re starting out as an artist, one of the mistakes you can make is skimping on paint brushes. It’s very easy to do because when you go to your local art store, it’s hard to beat that 25 paint brushes for $9.99 deal.

“What’s wrong with cheap paint brushes? ” You may ask.  Well, from my experience, the main problem with them is that they shed. In other words, the bristle or hair comes out very easily from them. This can be disastrous when they come out and stick in the paint onto your wet painting as you’re working. Sure you can pick it out with your fingers or tweezers, but now your paint stroke is ruined. And as many artists know, a lot of times the “magic” is in the brush stroke. It’s hard to recreate that magic.

So what do you do? For starters, don’t fall into the 25 brushes for $9.99 trap. And conversely, there’s no reason to go all out to the other extreme and buy a thousand dollar paintbrush made from rare Unicorn hair. Be reasonable.

The great thing about the internet is that you can do research. Look at reviews and prices of brushes. This will give you a good idea of how the brushes perform. Go to artist forums and read about what others are using and their experiences.

Personally, when I shop for paint brushes I don’t buy cheap stuff. But I also don’t buy anything too expensive. There’s no need to. I look for something that is reasonably priced but has a good rating for performance.

Right now I’m using these: and I’m happy with them, they do everything I need. They work for me but they might not be what you’re looking for because brushes can be a personal thing. So shop around. Find out what you prefer for yourself but remember my advice: stay away from the cheap stuff.

-Roz Abellera



Pulp Fiction is a 1990’s Gangster movie by Quentin Tarantino. It is not only my favorite movie in the Gangster genre, but one of my favorite movies of all time out of any genre.  I consider it the best movie out of Tarantino’s body of work and I’ve watched it countless times.

In the film, the hitman Jules Winnfield, played by Samuel L. Jackson, recites a passage from the Bible right before he performs a hit. The passage he recites is Ezekial 25:17. These are some of the most intense scenes in movie history and Samuel L. Jackson’s spin on it is unforgettable.

I was asked  by an acquaintance to create something because he was a fan of the verse and this is what I came up with. It is in no way affiliated with Pulp Fiction, Quentin Tarantino or Miramax films but if you like the verse, here you go.

–Roz Abellera