Camila Mesquita
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Technicolor Jungle

This landscape drawing is from my first sketchbook. I had just bought a box of gel pens, so I had to try all of them on this spread.

This landscape drawing is from my first sketchbook. I had just bought a box of gel pens, so I had to try all of them on this spread.

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embroidered garden

I want to share here a little bit of my creative process. Painting is a very solitary activity for me, so sharing is very important to keep my work fresh and alive. Everything starts on my sketchbooks. It is there where I try new ideas and materials. I basically let the imagination go uncensored. I love bold shapes, colors and detailed textures and the textile arts are a big inspiration for me. It was a long process until I figured out that I wanted to merge textiles and botanical motifs. So I started drawing flowers stitched with beads, sequins and a variety of embroidery stitches. I enjoyed seeing the results. I could see that I was able to finally marry my passions for plants, painting, textiles and jewelry.

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I love the yellow background on the painting to the left. It feels almost like leather to the touch. The dramatic reds of this piece tell that, even though I am definitely a pink lover, I adore all shades of red too.

I love the yellow background on the painting to the left. It feels almost like leather to the touch. The dramatic reds of this piece tell that, even though I am definitely a pink lover, I adore all shades of red too.

This is a spread I created when I was first experimenting with acrylic pens. I like the fact that the tape I sticked between the pages can still be seen through the layers of paint. It adds a certain body to the piece and makes it very raw.

This is a spread I created when I was first experimenting with acrylic pens. I like the fact that the tape I sticked between the pages can still be seen through the layers of paint. It adds a certain body to the piece and makes it very raw.

I might add a butterfly to this one…

I might add a butterfly to this one…

I painted this watercolor on top of a few sketches of embroidery stitches made with blue pen. I enjoyed the result so much, that it inspired me to create more flowers with textile details.

I painted this watercolor on top of a few sketches of embroidery stitches made with blue pen. I enjoyed the result so much, that it inspired me to create more flowers with textile details.

The pieces on this project page are sketches scattered on notebooks and loose pages. When I put them together here, it surprised me to see that some of them are almost finished pieces. They have a boldness and freshness that I would like to integrate more and more in my artwork.

The pieces on this project page are sketches scattered on notebooks and loose pages. When I put them together here, it surprised me to see that some of them are almost finished pieces. They have a boldness and freshness that I would like to integrate more and more in my artwork.

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I love the spontaneity of this piece. Painting with my non-dominant hand always opens me up to new ideas. I particularly like the stylized cactus with red dots at the bottom.

I love the spontaneity of this piece. Painting with my non-dominant hand always opens me up to new ideas. I particularly like the stylized cactus with red dots at the bottom.

When I uploaded this piece here, I realized that the beads around the petals of the red flower look like roughly sketched teeth.  It surprised me to see how this plant suddenly acquired an animal soul.

When I uploaded this piece here, I realized that the beads around the petals of the red flower look like roughly sketched teeth.
It surprised me to see how this plant suddenly acquired an animal soul.