Bella Vida by Letty


misrepresentation vs. misinterpretation

distortion, misreckoning, delusion; error, mistake, misunderstanding, illusion, miscalculation, misconstrual, misinterpretation , mistake, non sequitur, notion, paradox, perversion

**** All of these photos were taken by me during the Wynwood Artwalk in Florida earlier this year. None of the artwork is my own.  These are amazing pieces which fascinate me by other amazingly talented artists.****

wynwood artwalk 2011

I was thinking about how easy it is to misinterpret something said on the internet without the benefit of the author’s tone or expression.  As a writer my ultimate goal is clarity. An author has to communicate by using only the written part of language: words.  The best writers understand how important it is to chose the BEST word to convey an idea.  Ray Bradbury, Neil Gaimon and Truman Capote blow me away with their expertise. They make it look easy.  I wish I could master the ability to chose the right words. In the meantime it’s playtime with the thesaurus. 😛

When I’m painting I don’t feel this grand pressure to precisely communicate an idea.  I know what I am painting.  I know the feeling I am expressing with paints and I don’t have to think about it each step of the way.  I never worry about how my art will be interpreted.

Interpreting art may seem tricky to some.  I believe there is no wrong interpretation.  Art should stir some feeling inside of you and that feeling will be particular to each individual.

Look at the above photo of a gorgeous painting that caught my attention during the Wynwood artwalk earlier this year.  There is no doubt the artist (sorry I didn’t find a name) is skillful, the colors beautiful and eye catching.  It is the interpretation of the subject matter that will cause a debate. This is a good thing.  It’s how art teaches us to form  opinions.  Some people will be appalled, some people will be amused and others like myself will appreciate that the artist did a great job of stirring emotions.

What do you think of the piece? What do you think the artist was trying to say via those big beautiful innocent eyes?

wynwood art walk 2011
wynwood art walk 2011
wynwood art walk 2011

BS, baloney, bend, bias, buckle, coloring, contortion, crock, crookedness, exaggeration, intorsion, jazz, jive, lie, line

“Silence is a statement that is open to gross misinterpretation.” Craig Bruce

“I think my passion is misinterpreted as anger sometimes. And I don’t think people are ready for the message that I’m delivering, and delivering with a sense of violent love.” Charlie Sheen

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1. The ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning.
2. A thing that one knows or considers likely from instinctive feeling rather than conscious reasoning.

Rainy Night Midtown Miami 2.2011

It’s very interesting to me that some people believe we can develop our own intuition. I’ve never thought about it that way before.

There are Four Primary Intuitive Senses
Intuitive seeing – we see with our inner vision rather than our physical vision.
Intuitive Hearing – may or may not sound like your own voice.
Intuitive Feeling – a physical or emotional sensation.
Intuitive Knowing – clear and spontaneous knowing.

I’ve experienced intuitive feeling and knowing but I just took it for granted that everyone had that. When in doubt I always check to see what I’m feeling then go from there. I had an experience a while back and since then I always listen to my intuition.

It was the weekend and a group of friends were at the house. We were laughing, listening to music and having a good time while getting ready to go dancing. But by the time I got into the car I had this awful feeling that wouldn’t go away. I didn’t know what it was so I got out of the car. I asked my friends to wait so I could leave my purse at home. All of a sudden it occurred to me that I didn’t want to carry it so I placed my keys, money and lipstick in my pockets.

The club was bumping good music, we got our dance on and everyone had fun that night. It wasn’t till we left the club to go back home that we found my friends car had been broken into and the sound system stolen.

If I would’ve brought my purse I would’ve left it in the car but I followed my gut instinct and left it at home instead.

Has something like that happened to you?

“Intuition comes very close to clairvoyance; it appears to be the extrasensory perception of reality.” Alexis Carrel

Rainy Night Midtown Miami 2.2011
clairvoyance, discernment, divination, feeling, foreknowledge, gut reaction, hunch, innate knowledge, inspiration, instinct, intuitiveness, perception, premonition, presentiment, second sight, sixth sense

“Good instincts usually tell you what to do long before your head has figured it out.” Michael Burke

“Trust your hunches. They’re usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level.” Joyce Brothers

“Follow your instincts. That’s where true wisdom manifests itself.” Oprah Winfrey


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Do you pay attention to your interior as much as you exterior?

“Journal writing is a voyage to the interior.”
Miami Book Fair 2010
Miami Book Fair 2010
“Art can only be truly art by presenting an adequate outward symbol of some fact in the interior life.” Margaret Fuller
Miami Book Fair 2010
Miami Book Fair 2010

“There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky; there is one spectacle grander than the sky, that is the interior of the soul.” Victor Hugo

Some philosophies state that our interior life creates our exterior life. In literary criticism, stream of consciousness is a narrative mode portraying an individual’s point of view by giving the written equivalent of the character’s thought processes in connection to his or her actions. So if we affect each other with our actions that would mean that we are constantly creating and recreating the now.

Our thoughts affect us physically as well as emotionally. If we stopped to find out what is in our stream we could essentially control the exterior by manipulating our thoughts. By thinking a certain way we would be living a certain way. I’m going to let you ponder before my brains start oozing out my ears.

When was the last time you explored your thoughts?

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“The only Zen you find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.” Robert M. Pirsig
Amicalola Falls, Dawsonville, Georgia Sunset 2009

I can’t remember ever feeling more relaxed than at this mountain top.  After a day of hiking and exploring among nature I felt fulfilled.  My body wasn’t sore.  I wasn’t tired.  Sitting in a comfortable Adirondack chair with my feet propped up on a stone wall taking in the view was completely satisfying.

“Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.” Chinese proverb

Amicalola Falls, Dawsonville, Georgia Sunset 2009

I was in no rush to do anything or due to be anywhere.  
I was free to simply be.  
To feed my soul in contemplation,
To feed my eyes with the beauty of nature,
Fill my lungs with fresh air
and do nothing.
Free to do absolutely nothing.

“The quieter you become, the more you can hear.” Baba Ram Dass

Amicalola Falls, Dawsonville, Georgia Sunset 2009
“Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.” William S. Burroughs
“Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.” Ovid

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Every turn is a New Opportunity

San Juan Puerto Rico 2008
“Take wrong turns. Talk to strangers. Open unmarked doors. And if you see a group of people in a field, go find out what they are doing. Do things without always knowing how they’ll turn out. You’re curious and smart and bored, and all you see is the choice between working hard and slacking off. There are so many adventures that you miss because you’re waiting to think of a plan. To find them, look for tiny interesting choices. And remember that you are always making up the future as you go.” Randall Munroe

La Puerta de San Juan Puerto Rico 2008

“The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.” Don Williams, Jr.

La Puerta de San Juan Puerto Rico 2008
“The world turns aside to let any man pass who knows where he is going.” Epictetus

“A wise man turns chance into good fortune.” Thomas Fuller

“Fiction is a piece of truth that turns lies to meaning.” Dorothy Allison


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Favorite Places ~ Old San Juan Puerto Rico

“You can fall in love at first sight with a place as with a person.” Alec Waugh
Old San Juan Puerto Rico Sunny Day 2008

My favorite place on the planet is Old San Juan Puerto Rico.  I never tire of walking street after street. Each visit holds new surprises. If you end up walking with me you’re in trouble because I can walk forever.

I love the off balance sensation of stepping on gray worn cobblestone laid centuries before.  I love the mystery of following unplanned paths that will eventually lead me to the deep blue oceans edge.  There is no wrong way.  There is no getting lost. Taking the challenging uphill walkway past a music school I saunter to the pace of bomba which will transform to salsa, reggaeton or merengue as I continue onward.  At the top of Calle Cristo my eyes are greeted with an explosion of colors. On every facade is a festival for the eyes in a pattern eluding repetition.  My eyes feasting on colors like candies; pilon lollipops  pasta de guayaba, coco-pina, miel con almendra, ajonjoli, limber de parcha, papaya-lechoza and crema de coco.



Old San Juan Puerto Rico – rainy day 2008

Seeking relief from the sun or natures other elements the museums, art galleries and studios became my playground   Shops and boutiques display cultural treasures; local handmade arts and crafts. Admiring and appreciating every piece made on this island fills my soul with inspiration.  I feel a camaraderie with these artists. The commonality of artistic qualities and roots to the island is very comforting. I am less lonely knowing there are others like me.

I feel connected to this place with every swirling sound, graced texture, dancing vision and pleasing aroma.  I feel connected by family, by blood by DNA from the ends of my long curly black hair to the tippy tips of my aura. Every cell of my being has been switched ON to happy.


La Fortaleza – Palacio de Santa Catalina Puerto Rico – rainy day 2008


I get that sensation each time I visit my favorite place.

“How hard it is to escape from places. However carefully one goes they hold you – you leave little bits of yourself fluttering on the fences – like rags and shreds of your very life.” Katherine Mansfield

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Rainy Photographs of Puerto Rico

“Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.” Roger Miller
Capilla del Cristo Old San Juan Puerto Rico 2008

I love pictures of the rain, rainy days, rain washed settings . . .
The clouds conceal the light leaving it’s affects on how color is perceived.
Dark clouds stir emotions like a warning of something coming inciting the feeling of needing protection.

Old San Juan Puerto Rico 2008

I love rain water reflections. Precious diamond moments when we see ourselves projected outside of our bodies. Reminding us that we are here. We are alive. Ceaselessly taking part in the endless chain of being affected and affecting the universe.

Santa María Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery Old San Juan Puerto Rico 2008
“The wind shows us how close to the edge we are.” Joan Didion
“Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.” Langston Hughes

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Watercolor Roses

“Truths and roses have thorns about them.” Henry David Thoreau

I adore roses. Roses are the special symbol of the mothers in my life. My mother has a lovely rose garden and I carry the sweetest memories from youth in my grandmothers garden.

My grandmother always grew roses wherever she lived. Spread all throughout the property in what seemed a random arrangement of colors and shapes. You never knew what you would find since she was constantly adding new varieties. The ones I remember the most were these huge leafy green bushes both tall and wide sprinkled about with sweet pastel pink roses. I don’t know what they’re called and I’ve never seen them anywhere else but in her garden in Bayamon Puerto Rico. I would love to plant some in my backyard.

The above photo is a series of four watercolors inspired by my grandmothers roses. This was a few years ago and I think only one has survived.

“How did it happen that their lips came together? How does it happen that birds sing, that snow melts, that the rose unfolds, that the dawn whitens behind the stark shapes of trees on the quivering summit of the hill? A kiss, and all was said.” Victor Hugo

“Love and a red rose can’t be hid.” Thomas Holcroft

“Love planted a rose, and the world turned sweet.” Katharine Lee Bates

“The first man to compare the cheeks of a young woman to a rose was obviously a poet; the first to repeat it was possibly an idiot.” Salvador Dali

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