Happy Valentine’s Day 2020!

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A day to celebrate love! And after thinking about it a bit, it becomes obvious how unfair it is to keep it only for a significant other.
There’s love in all friendships and that is something to celebrate in itself! Specially as sadly, there are cases where the love from a friend is greater and more genuine than the love of a spouse or partner with whom people stay in regard to circumstances.

Go forward and celebrate love! Just make sure you’re clear about celebrating friendship-love, just to avoid misunderstandings and awkward replies…

★stay inspired★

StarTwo Inktober 2019 – Day 04

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The safety of a tower when a familiar voice is heard from outside. Calling out to him would be giving his identity away, and when bad news are involved, there’s always second guessing.

On her way out, this Dame was suddenly stopped by hearing the voice of someone she used to know so well. From the square she can see the speaker, but the situation keeps her from reaching out to him and risk identifying the bringer of bad news.

Watching from afar for now, to later find information to arrange a safe rendezvous becomes imperative.

★Don’t lose hope and stay inspired!★

A Portuguese Folk Tale – Almond Trees ~ Lines

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Here we go, another little snippet of lines underneath a finished illustration.

We shared its colour counterpart on our last post “A Portuguese Folktale – Almond Trees”. It spoke about the love that was almost cut short with the sickness of the “Northen Beauty”, doomed if not for the beautiful Almond Trees.

Despite the strain on getting it right, just like rendering hair, facial hair has its potential when it comes to therapeutic inking~

★Have a great week and stay inspired★

A Portuguese Folk Tale – Almond Trees

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Back in primary school, we were first introduced to the myriad of people and empires that ruled over these lands that are now the country of Portugal.

From Celts to Romans, Suebi to Visigoths and finally, the Moors, all left a little of their inheritance behind and became part of the intricate tapestry that is the Portuguese past. Our beautiful region of Algarve, land of golden sand and crystalline waters, still shows clear signs of Moor presence, starting with its name, Algarve, which was Al-Gharb in the 8th century A.D. And among words, architecture, food and music, the Moors also left us the gorgeous almond trees.

With their characteristic beauty, a legend about almond trees seems inevitable, doesn’t it? Right you are! This lore is one of the most beloved stories passed down through the centuries, weaved with some veracity as many of the names and places existed and though it hints a rather romantic vision of invasion and conquest that we end up appreciating because we will always believe that love can conquer all.

Sit back with your favourite treat and let’s travel together through old lands under the regency of the Crescent Moon…

The Legend of the Blooming Almond Trees – A Folktale from Algarve

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A Portuguese Folk Tale ~ Almond Trees Sneak Peek

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Moors, Love and a mysterious disease! Make sure to check our next Folktale as it will portray one of the most cherished Portuguese legends of love.

★stay inspired★