Time to Switch Gears 🚙

The New York Times Reader’s Center is looking for inspiring people who prove it’s never too late to switch gears, change lifestyles and pursue dreams. They want to hear from people of all ages who are living according to their own timeline — in regards to career, education, athletic pursuits, family, friendships or another calling: People who learned to drive after the age of 40, found love after age 75 or finished a marathon at age 99.

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Most artists are used to this idea of switching gears. We do it in each artwork. For me it happens when painting and also when writing. I have switched gears in religion too, shifting my whole panorama. It is not the same to be an inherited catholic, a new-age practitioner, or a returned catholic (I passed through them in this order). As an inherited catholic, I did duties because I had to. I saw advantages in dropping it, but I never satisfied myself in new age’s doctrines. I felt no peace and was running all the time, from one place to the other. Of course, physical surgeries made me reflect on my acting, and a trip I took to Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and to Israel. I finally turned to a religion of love, the Catholicism I knew already, with a deeper understanding and embracing the faith. I wish you the same in your Trip, different for each person, in which religion and beliefs are upmost important.

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Did You Switch Gears Later in Life? We Want to Hear from You.
June 16, 2021

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I cry on Tuesdays and Fridays 😭

Michelle Pasos, 46, describes herself as someone who has “always been extremely healthy.” That is until the pandemic (😷😷 this sounds familiar). She ended up in the emergency room because she had a bad reaction to a drug prescribed to bring down her elevated blood pressure. And being there decided she was better than doing housekeeping. So when the hospital gave her the option of going home and monitoring herself, or staying an extra night, she chose to stay. It was the first time she had felt calm in a year.

Raising kids can be exhausting. They run from one place to the other, when toddlers, followed by an adult, for safeness. Later on, when kids, they have to be kept entertained with fun activities to do, or at least an educational TV show to watch. BTW, I made this apparel for children, out of my painting “3 moons”, acrylic on canvas:


Kids bring great joy to families. They contribute with new things and happy moments. Husbands feel grateful to be part of a lucky group, the family. Actually this is the center of the church’s pastoral. Pastoral is built on them starting with the sacred family, the simplest group of 3 members (Jesus, Mary and Joseph). Not only in the Church, families are important in many cultures too, like in Latino’s. The role of the grand parent, for example, is important for most children in these cultures.

Families had resisted these times’ shakes. The pandemic may be tough, but good moments can still be found. It is actually a bless that Michelle used to cry on Tuesdays and Fridays (as explained) and not everyday like in Yemen. I wish Covid vaccines were also provided to kids in all countries, (they are not jet legal in my place). We will eventually find a cure, or solve it somehow 😙

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I Cry on Tuesdays and Fridays
Moms are still primal screaming their hearts out
By Jessica Grose, The NYT Parenting Newsletter, March 24, 2021.

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Digital Painting a Croissant 🥐

Many people ask me, what is Digital painting? It is like regular painting but in the computer, using a special software for this purpose. I like to view it as regular cooking: placing nice colors, one after the other. As simple as that, to select tones that combine in interesting ways is like making food: finding new flavors, heat them to the point, smell the ingredients. Also consider other factors like diet, health, wellbeing; and synchronizing them with proper drinks, time of the day… even the weather and clothing. It is an art, like Digital Painting.

If you think that painting is difficult, directing someone towards a prosperous future✝✝ is even harder. What is a prosperous future anyway? Everybody has different ideas about it. It could be to be rich, or being happy, or both. Health will be the first step, I guess. It will be a good idea to also deal with concepts not tangible, like freedom, or justice. What is the value of being able to walk, for example? Churches try to give faithful spiritual answers that provide guidance. What a magnificent labor this is, considering the complexity of the task! It should be a puzzle to give concrete answers in an open world: a modern world with too many opinions and preferences. Catholic Church has flaws, who doesn’t, but it have done much contributions to development, like the written music monks invented, we should give it a chance…

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Fresh Ideas like salads 🥗

Ideas should be like salads: fresh and ever-new. I like to keep them handy, and ready to use, so when inspiration comes by surprise I am able to quickly react.

The painting, before

I come up with fresh ideas for every painting. In this one, for example, a kiwi emerged from a waterfall cascade (before the remake). In this other one, an eagle is trying to grab some juicy grapes (the link will be available soon).

Both projects are about giant fruits. And both were repainted on top 🎨.

Surprisingly, I was grabbed by an spiritual eagle, as I call it, taken out of Guadalajara and transported far away. Later dropped into were I didn’t understand the culture, neither the language. And then discovered the treasure of the religion I born with, -and abandoned by misunderstanding… I have to eat breakfast now, have a nice day🍳

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Hello “Kiwis and Bars” Painting 🎨

This remake started with an inspiration poem, I wrote myself:

heading blessings
in an open page future
Aquastars get into motion
behind an orange kiwi
that behaves okay…
a TV channel or a series
of an isolated alphabet
bring me a free future:
unpredictable
and in equilibrium

Poem by JAM


Isn’t it a good start for a painting? 😊
As I said in the previous post, starting was the first step🙊, it followed the second, the third, and so on. I started by saying something like: “Come on, lets do it…”. Because yellow and blue resembles me aquastars, look how cool was looking:

This painting is very different to the Hawk-Borrow-painting I am also remaking. This one is more about food and talking, because for me, conversations and food usually happen at the same time, in the same place. This is why an alphabet is show at the bottom. Just the table was left… this is how I resolved it, almost finished:

Some of the making:

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Goodbye fruit-waterfall painting🖐🏻


“A waterfall may be a good scenario for a fruits painting”, I thought first. But after 10 months of getting bored,
I decided right away hahaha: “Let us start a whole remake”…
I don’t mind despising hours of painting to start over. “Let us preserve the best side of the cake (read this post not about cakes)” – I said to myself. Look the “before and after”:


I will post here also the poem that inspired this painting. That will be maybe tomorrow😴 have a nice day .

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