Born in Lisbon, Portugal, descendant of pirates, poets and bards, I sailed to America not so long ago to meet the love of my life, who has supported me to follow my dreams.
My dream is to write books that will inspire future generations to share their stories, worlds, and adventures.
Beyond the Cliff & Courage started as a way to heal my arachnophobia.
The idea came to me (literally) when I was driving to work and an itsy-bitsy spider started to descend from the car roof in front of me (image below) I sang the traditional song, to keep calm and continue driving safely. I sang so loudly that the people in the car next to me turned to see.
The little spider didn’t run away with my singing. In fact, I believe it kept her longer than necessary dancing on a string in front of my nose. No spider, car or person was harmed during this trip. I let her go and named her Valia.
When I arrived home I began to write.
If you walk without your phone in your hands you won't miss it.... What?
There is inspiration in every corner. A story ready to develop, a sketch, even an idea for a painting or the shape and color of the next cake.
I recently started to appreciate walking to my appointments more than taking commuting. The things I have been missing...
Let the past go with each step you take.
I started to focus on my path and then looking forward to what I would discover the next day and the next.
I play this game often. Naming simple things. Tree, stone, flower, bush, post, building...
The next day I realize the building has windows, glass, doors, doorknobs, steps...
The next day I notice the blue door is my favorite. I wonder how many people crossed it... how many stories...
It's a world out there. Don't just rely on pinterest or social media feed to discover it. Create your own inspiration boards.
2019 was the year that I dedicated myself to paint in a smaller format.
The ACEOs ( Artist Cards Edition Original) that are sold to collectors and the ATCs (Artists Trading Cards) have become a very trendy.
There are entire communities of happy mailers and snail mail dedicated to trade these cards and commission artists to complete their collections.
The idea of getting art in the mail turns out to be quite exciting. Some websites are entirely dedicated to the auctioning of some rare cards, specially when it comes to fan art of popular shows, games or movies and/or artwork from a specific famous artist.
The size is perfect to collect (2.5 x 3.5 inches - 6.5 x 9 cm) and quite affordable to acquire an unique and original piece from the artist directly. The prices can vary from artist to artist, but a card can be between $20 to $25 a piece.
Painting in such smaller area can be daunting but the challenge to create detailed artwork makes it even more appreciated. I had lots of fun and I'm certain the new owners of these cards are very happy with the results.
Redbubble finally added the possibility to create my own design for socks. I had these already ready and waiting.
It makes a great gift to be able to send personalized socks with my creations eheheh.
These designs can only be found on my redbubble store.
The third sticker is here.
21st June I will be sending all the donations to the Zoo from the Spring Sticker. You can still grab one of the past stickers if you wish, just let me know in the comment which one you want.
Thank you so much for making my art make a difference!
Get new sticker here:
Created by Tabitha Jensen AKA @pabkins Among the Toadstools Volume II is a Collaborative Fantasy Art Book available now on Kickstarter.
You will find my art in this book and also if you get the tier TOADSTOOL HUNTER you might get one of my original cards (above) or from another amazing artist participating in the Collectors Card Highlights.
Join us now for lot's of amazing art and goodies. Ends June.