Dingo Love: Endures All Things

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Love Endures All Things

Once upon a time, The Dingo was having a very bad day. His usual morning walk was disrupted by a spontaneous thunderstorm. Soaked to the bone, he made his way back home, but soon he was going to find out that the thunderstorm was only the first of many problems that this day had in store for him.

After changing out of his wet clothes, he decided to tidy up a bit around the house and discovered some overdue bills that had fallen behind the couch. The Dingo was never late on his payments so he jumped to address the issue at hand. He tried to ignore the phone which kept ringing off the hook as he silently pondered the amount of late fees he would be accruing for this unfortunate oversight.

All of a sudden, there was a flash of lightening and a huge clap of thunder that not only spooked The Dingo, but it also spooked the cat and next thing you know, the cat is on top of The Dingo’s head! After catching his breath, he turned around only to find out that little Max accidentally spilled his drink on the recently cleaned carpet.

The Dingo didn’t know how much more he could take and he felt his blood boiling with frustration. It’s as if the whole world had turned itself against him. But, then he remembered something very important: Love Endures All Things.

He looked up the word “endure” in the Merriam-Webster dictionary and he found these definitions:

    • to undergo (as a hardship) especially without giving in:
    • to regard with acceptance or tolerance

According to this definition, if love endures all things that means it doesn’t give in, it’s accepting and tolerant no matter what the circumstance. The Dingo decided at that very moment that he would endure!

He brushed aside all his frustration and embraced the day. All of a sudden all the drama didn’t seem so bad. He looked forward to clear skies so he could finish his walk; he called the bill collectors and explained the situation and they happily waived his late fees; to help the cat relax and get through the rest of the storm without incident, he turned on some classical music to help drown out the sounds of thunder; and finally, he helped little Max clean up the spilled milk and the carpet looked as good as new.

The Dingo purposed to make the best out of the rest of his day. He proceeded to plan some fun & creative rainy day activities with little Max which included baking cookies, playing an exciting game of charades, and finally, reading a good mystery together.

Once again, The Dingo saved the day with his quick thinking and his overwhelming desire to always walk in love 🙂

 

Walk in Love.
Y.C.Lozano ©2014

The Dingo Walks in Love is a project that teaches lesson in love with the power of art, social media, books, pubic art, & random acts of kindness.

Dingo Love: Patient

Love is Patient: Prints are now available through my Fine Art America store. Click the pic for more details.

Love is Patient

Once upon a time, The Dingo noticed he was losing his patience in different ways which resulted in fussy and rude behavior and he did not like this one bit.

The Dingo vowed to always walk in love as best as he knew how towards everybody and losing his patience definitely was not a good example of this. If there was one thing The Dingo knew, it was that “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it”* and it was definitely time to do something about it.

First, he started by looking up the word “patient” in the Merriam-Webster dictionary and found this definition:

  • able to remain calm and not become annoyed when waiting for a long time or when dealing with problems or difficult people
  • done in a careful way over a long period of time without hurrying

After reading this The Dingo realized that being patient means more than just thinking about himself, it means thinking about others. It’s thinking about how a rude and fussy attitude could make someone else feel bad, it’s recognizing that others are worth our time and investment and most of all it’s about showing the same love and patience that we would expect under similar circumstances.

As you can see from the illustration above, The Dingo decided to practice patience with his inquisitive little guy by reading him a book called “How to Love Cats.” It’s important for The Dingo to not only talk the talk but he also knows the importance of walking the walk because you never know who’s watching and learning from your example.

Walk in Love.
Y.C.Lozano ©2014

The Dingo Walks in Love is a project that teaches lesson in love with the power of art, social media, books, pubic art, & random acts of kindness.

My Delusional Childhood in the 80s

Image to the left: This is How I Wanted to Dress in the 80s.  Image to the right: But, This is How I Really Dressed in the 80s acrylic on canvas 24"x36" (2 panel) ©2011

Image to the left: This is How I Wanted to Dress in the 80s.
Image to the right: But, This is How I Really Dressed in the 80s
acrylic on canvas 24″x36″ (2 panel) ©2011- Not for Sale

In the beginning, I thought I was a typical child. I was full of hopes and dreams and I truly felt invincible. And then life happened…

Come to find out, I was an awkward child to say the least. I was taller & skinnier than the average bear for most of my younger years and my thick glasses did not help my cause either. Buying clothes and shoes was always an adventure and it required much compromise on my part & I often had to resort to wearing boys clothing & boys shoes.  I had lots of trouble trying to convince adults that I was not older than I appeared and I would often hear comments like “They shouldn’t let her do this Easter egg hunt with the little ones, it’s just not fair to the other children.” or “Aren’t you too old to be trick or treating?” And who can forget the kids who felt the need to constantly be pointing out what they thought were my “flaws” with colorful imagery & loving phrases like “hey Olive Oil!” “Nice coke bottle glasses!” “Long Legged Grasshopper!” “Where did you get your clown shoes!?” etc., etc., etc.

I experienced a lot of unsolicited ridicule for stuff I had no control over.  It definitely took it’s toll. It caused low self esteem issues, I felt undervalued & that I would never be “good enough”, whatever that meant? This teasing led me to avoid eye contact, I developed a serious problem with slouching so I wouldn’t appear taller than what I was, and I preferred to be a wallflower than be recognized or pointed out along with many, many, many, other repercussions…

But, somewhere along the way I realized, there wasn’t anything wrong with me, I started to embrace my quirks, feel blessed that I could reach stuff on the top shelf without a ladder or chair; grateful that with the advancement of technology I was able to wear comfortable contact lenses; overjoyed with the fact that I could walk long distances with my larger than normal feet; content in knowing that my happiness & self worth belonged to me because regardless of what anyone thought: I was, I am, and I will always be “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14) and so is everyone else on this planet. We all have value and worth and it breaks my heart when I hear someone devaluing or dismissing someone else because they are not “hot” or physically “attractive.” It’s amazing that so much more value is put on the beauty of the superficial as opposed to the beauty of the inner heart. A dark heart full of much judgement, ridicule, and hate is way less attractive to me than a few extra pounds, a blemish, crooked tooth, birthmark, or whatever.

When I completed the painting above, it was done with a desire to show that regardless of which type of child I was, a high fashioned trendsetter or a tall quirky kid,  that both versions of me should of been acceptable and not met with unrelenting ridicule by some of my peers. Beauty comes in all different shapes and sizes, but more importantly, it comes from within. Our differences should be embraced and celebrated so that we can be allowed to grow up in a world that empowers us all to be the best person we can be. So smile, life is good, you are beautiful, and never forget to take a deep breath and remember that you are all fearfully & wonderfully made 🙂

 

-Y

NOTE: in Sept. 2019, I got diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome. Looking back at many of my childhood stories and paintings, I realize how this genetic disorder personally impacted the narrative of my life. I’m now hoping to raise awareness of this disorder through my art, stories, and through my #MoosieContemplations instagram campaign.

If you feel inclined, please share theses stories and/or donate to my fundraising page for the upcoming #WalkForVictory on 12/7/2019 with the Marfan Foundation.

 

The 5 Top Reasons Why You Should Buy a 2013 YCL Art Calendar

Are you one of the many people who are waiting ’til the last minute to get your 2013 wall calendar? Or maybe you’re one of those people thinking of just going to Walmart to get one of their mass produced cheap calendars? Well, if you’re either of the aforementioned people, then you might just be setting yourself up for disappointment as you get stuck with some not so exciting generic images of flowers or cats. No bueno O_o

To prevent this sort of lack luster yearlong visual monotony in the upcoming new year with a wall calendar that you don’t really like, take a moment to consider these 5 reasons why you should invest in one (or both) of these two YCL Art calendars featuring my original art work:

Reason #5: You’ll be supporting a local business (a.k.a. a local artist) and as we all know, Going Local (GoLO) is the new black 🙂

Reason #4: After 2013 is over, you will have 12 beautiful fine art prints that can be framed & enjoyed for many years to come…or re-gifted to that somebody special 😉

Reason #3: You know and I know that technology is not always foolproof, especially when we forget to charge our cell phones more than we’d like to admit which makes having a wall calendar a much needed necessity.

Reason #2: Another failed apocalyptic scare has come and gone so you will definitely need to prepare for next year.

Reason #1: It’s almost next year already! o_O

Yup, those are indeed, 5 very good reasons to invest in your very own 2013 YCL Art calendar.

To purchase your very own YCL Art Calendar click here.

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2013 Dingo Loves Jax Calendar

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2013 YCL Art Childhood Calendar