“Counting Blessings” & “New Year Love”

“Counting Blessings” (©2020 Elsa Pla All Rights Reserved) Medium: mixed media (art pens and markers and colored pencils).

“New Year Love” (©2021 Elsa Pla All Rights Reserved) Medium: mixed media (art pens and markers and colored pencils).

I found it difficult to work on illustrations during 2020. Not while so many people were (and still are) suffering. I sewed masks and made greeting cards instead. The one illustration I did complete (“Counting Blessings”) shows what I tried to do all year long so as to remain hopeful: count all my blessings – all the things I’m grateful for. They’re many.

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“Puerto Rican Coquí”

“Puerto Rican Coquí (Eleutherodactylus coqui)” (©2019 Elsa Pla All Rights Reserved) Medium: mixed media (art pens and markers and colored pencils).

The coqui is a species of frog endemic to Puerto Rico. It’s also its national symbol. (https://theculturetrip.com/caribbean/puerto-rico/articles/heres-why-the-coqui-frog-is-the-symbol-of-puerto-rico/)

“Holly and Ivy”

“Holly and Ivy (Ilex aquifolium and Hedera helix)” (©2019 Elsa Pla All Rights Reserved) Medium: mixed media (art pens and markers and colored pencils).

This is the final illustration for the Christmas flora series.

“Maybe the desire to make something beautiful is the piece of God that is inside each of us.” From “Franz Marc’s Blue Horses” by Mary Oliver

“Christmas Rose,” “Poinsettia,” & “Mistletoe”

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“Christmas Rose (Helleborus niger)” (©2018 Elsa Pla All Rights Reserved) Medium: mixed media (art pens and markers and colored pencils).

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“Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima)” (©2018 Elsa Pla All Rights Reserved) Medium: mixed media (art pens and markers and colored pencils).

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“Mistletoe (Viscum album)” (©2018 Elsa Pla All Rights Reserved) Medium: mixed media (art pens and markers and colored pencils).

I’ve been working on a Christmas flora series which I intend to print as Christmas cards. These are the first three in the order in which they were completed.

“Flor de Flamboyán” & “Canaria”

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“Flor de Flamboyán (Royal Poinciana Flower)” (©2018 Elsa Pla All Rights Reserved) Medium: mixed media (art pens and markers and colored pencils).

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“Canaria (Golden Trumpet)” by Elsa Pla (©2018 Elsa Pla All Rights Reserved) Medium: mixed media (art pens and markers and colored pencils).

Continuing the series of illustrations of flowers, birds, and tropical scenes from Puerto Rico. These are two more flowers commonly found on the island.

“Gloria de la Mañana” & “Amapola”

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“Gloria de la Mañana (Morning Glory)” by Elsa Pla (©2018 Elsa Pla All Rights Reserved) Medium: mixed media (art pens and markers and colored pencils).

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“Amapola (Hibiscus)” by Elsa Pla  (©2018 Elsa Pla All Rights Reserved) Medium: mixed media (art pens and markers and colored pencils).

Continuing the series of illustrations of flowers, birds, and tropical scenes from Puerto Rico. These are two flowers commonly found on the island.