MIKEY ESPINOSA – MEMORIES OF CORNWALL

Last year, I visited a place in Cornwall called Lizards Point, it was beautiful to see mountains, hills and a beautiful sea I would never have expected to see here in the UK. It was very reminiscent of the time I went to St Ives in 2009 to learn how to paint landscapes, so this painting feels like a love letter to that time. I painted using acrylic paints.Mikey Espinosa - Cornwall landscape inspired painting visit sept 2017

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MIKEY ESPINOSA – MY LITTLE PONY – THE PRINCESS CELESTIA AND PRINCESS LUNA

For my nieces birthday, I wanted to paint something she loved, we had our favourite cartoons as a theme for our party. I had Sailor Moon and she had My Little Pony. My nieces favourite characters are Princess Celestia and Princess Luna who are both associated with the sun and moon. The Sailor Scouts are also protectors of the galaxy so I wanted space and the stars to be a common theme. Mikey Espinosa - My Little Pony framed art 2017 OctoberI had the two Princesses attached to string to give the impression that they are floating or hovering around the moon. I also wanted to give the impression that Princess Celestia was making way for Princess Luna to take over the night with the moon.Mikey Espinosa - My Little Pony framed art 2017 October raw moonFirstly I had to paint the moon and the sky and later I then added the stars.Mikey Espinosa - My Little Pony framed art 2017 October - Princess LunaPrincess Luna without the background.Mikey Espinosa - My Little Pony framed art 2017 October raw 2Mikey Espinosa - My Little Pony framed art 2017 October - Princess CelestiaPrincess Celestia without the background.Mikey Espinosa - My Little Pony framed art 2017 October raw 3Mikey Espinosa - My Little Pony framed art 2017 October raw 1

MIKEY ESPINOSA – SAILOR MOON WITH THE SCOUTS

Now that I’ve redesigned the Sailor Scouts, I wanted to have the scouts painted together using watercolour. I took inspiration from Kevin Wadas composition of the Sailor Scouts floating across the galaxy looking like Celtic goddesses. Mikey Espinosa - Sailor Moon redesign - Group painting October 2017Sailor Venus redesign takes inspiration from Greek mythology and ancient buildings, the shape of the columns that held up the temples are evident in the design of the shoes. Because she is the second in command after Sailor Moon and the personal bodyguard, I wanted her to be at the front, leading the group. Mikey Espinosa - Sailor Moon redesign - Group painting October 2017 - Sailor VenusWhen I was redesigning Sailor Uranus, I kept thinking rock climber and digger. I gave her straps to emphasise this and sturdy looking shapes in her designs to show her strength. She floats behind her lover Michiru aka Sailor Neptune, always watching over her and her princess Sailor Moon.Mikey Espinosa - Sailor Moon redesign - Group painting October 2017 - Sailor UranusSailor Saturn always seemed like a dangerous and lonely character. I wanted her to face outwards to show her loneliness and disconnect from the other scouts, but I also positioned her close to Chibiusa since they have somewhat of a close relationship. Mikey Espinosa - Sailor Moon redesign - Group painting October 2017 - Sailor SaturnSailor Pluto, the mistress of time soars above the scouts to show her power. She also playfully cares with Chibiusa who she loves and cares for.Mikey Espinosa - Sailor Moon redesign - Group painting October 2017 - Sailor PlutoSailor Neptune to me represented beauty and the arts and I wanted her to be expressive with her pose. Her clothing is reminiscent of fins and I added the gold droplets to symbolise movement of water.Mikey Espinosa - Sailor Moon redesign - Group painting October 2017 - Sailor NeptuneOur princess is of course in the centre with her hair fanned out showing her connection with everyone.Mikey Espinosa - Sailor Moon redesign - Group painting October 2017 - Sailor MoonSailor Mercury our techy nerd was the second Sailor Scout to be found. To me that shows her loyalty to Usagi, she’s been there since the beginning (Excluding Tuxedo Mask.) She is also the the techy girl and has a key role during battles.Mikey Espinosa - Sailor Moon redesign - Group painting October 2017 - Sailor MercurySailor Mars was the third to be found and I placed her in front of Sailor Moon because of her protective nature towards her. She’s a fiery personality too so I imagine she would be the first to enter the battle.Mikey Espinosa - Sailor Moon redesign - Group painting October 2017 - Sailor MarsSailor Jupiter is the power house and the strength of the inner Senshi, I put her above Sailor Moon because of her over protectiveness for her friends. Mikey Espinosa - Sailor Moon redesign - Group painting October 2017 - Sailor JupiterSailor Chibimoon is care free and fun loving which is why I painted her with a smile and looking upwards. She is beside her best friend Sailor Pluto and close to Sailor Saturn but is behind the majority of the Scouts who love and protect her with all their might! Mikey Espinosa - Sailor Moon redesign - Group painting October 2017 - Sailor Chibi Moon

MIKEY ESPINOSA – BLUE SKIES AND BLOSSOM TREES

I worked on this painting for a lady who once worked in Washington as a nurse and was taken back by the cherry blossoms that were there. For once she took the time to stand back and pause to appreciate something and she wanted that to be recreated in a painting.

I imagined her looking up and noticing the blue skies and how it compliments the cherry blossoms to create light hues reaching towards the sky. I wanted to create awe and grandeur to the viewer as the branches spread across the sky.

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Mikey Espinosa – Golden sunsets

I painted these three pieces for someone in Philippines who wanted to be reminded of the fields in the countryside of the UK. Yellow ochre was my main base to create this image.

The sky was first, I used white to help create a gradient for the sky and the extra white to add clouds .Mikey Espinosa - Sunset set Feb 2017 - Tita Carol raw 2Once the clouds and sky was finished, I added the flora using yellow paint so that the green would not look disconnected from the hues of the sky.

The finished pieces include a small house, a fence and tulips to add focal points.Mikey Espinosa - Sunset set Feb 2017 3Mikey Espinosa - Sunset set Feb 2017 2Mikey Espinosa - Sunset set Feb 2017 1

MIKEY ESPINOSA – 4 BEAUTIES OF CHINA – Xi Shi

Xishi – Said to be so beautiful, fish would forget to swim and sink as she passes by (7th century BC).
Celebrated for her natural beauty, she was selected by King of Yue Gou Jian (who was vanquished by the state of Wu) and was trained in royal court etiquette. Gou Jian sent his minister Fan Li to take Xishi as a tribute gift from Yue to the Prince of Wu. Xishi and Fan Li fell in love and secretly confessed their love for each other. The Prince of Wu welcomed Xishi and was enamoured by her appearance, so distracted he forgot his duties. Xishi continued to distract him eventually bringing political chaos allowing Gou Jian to take back his honour. Xishi was said to have disappeared with Fan Li after the death of the Prince of Wu never to be seen again.

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