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Flourishing With Self-Love

“I am flourishing with a practice of self-love.” I have only felt this way the past few years. The rest of my life was a depression mindset filled with trauma, violence, grief and low self-worth. I felt certain that I was a permanently flawed, broken, useless excuse for a human. But through unexpected twists and turns I found my truth. I grounded into my own love, and I healed my pain. It wasn’t magic. I didn’t win the lottery or find a great job. Nobody saved me, but I did it. That’s why I believe in others. That’s why I believe in YOU and want you to know that you are not broken. You may be scarred and traumatized, but not inherently so. You deserve to be loved and you deserve to save yourself. Hugs, Leah

Illustration of peacock with words "I am valuing my creativity and time. I am flourishing with self-love" by artist Leah Oviedo at  Patreon.com/Loviedo

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Rainy Daze -Nature Art

I created this piece on a rainy day visiting a small forest in central Oklahoma. The blue bench surrounded by amber and gold leafs popped out, calling me to create something beautiful. Hence, this “sun” was born on that grey, chilly day and is still one of my favorite pieces. This print was mailed to my patrons on Patreon for their November reward. Some patrons received an 8×10 matted prints, others received a 4×6 postcard with a stamp!

Amber and golden leafs, soaked in rain water, arranged in a mandala on a bright blue bench. Art by Leah Oviedo
“Rainy Daze” by Leah Oviedo

I’m an artist and writer with a focus on art therapy. If you would like to support my heart work, please consider becoming a monthly patron on Patreon.com/Loviedo. For $1 a month*, you can fund programs like my D.I.Y. Therapy: Healing Depression E-course, my monthly “Radical” e-zine and other free creative healing projects, like “Cultivating Radical Self-Love: A Collaboration of Healers, Artists & Writers“.

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Part Deux: New Art for November 6th: Vote Illustrations

Here are three more sketches for the upcoming election. I hope this encourages you to vote with compassion for all and to keep environmental sustainability in mind. That is what we desperately need here in the USA.

roll the vote wheelchair art

vote brian kemp governor cartoon

boom box ballot box vote illustration


I’m an artist and writer with a focus on art therapy. If you would like to support my heart work, please consider becoming a monthly patron on Patreon.com/Loviedo. For $1 a month, you can fund programs like my D.I.Y. Therapy: Healing Depression E-course, my monthly “Radical” e-zine and other creative healing projects, like “Cultivating Radical Self-Love: A Collaboration of Healers, Artists & Writers“.

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New Art for November 6th: Vote Illustrations – Part One

Here are a few sketches for the upcoming election. I hope this encourages you to vote with compassion for all and to keep environmental sustainability in mind. That is what we desperately need here in the USA.

vote progress illustration

 

peace sign vote illustration

 

intersectional hair illustration


I’m an artist and writer with a focus on art therapy. If you would like to support my heart work, please consider becoming a monthly patron on Patreon.com/Loviedo. For $1 a month, you can fund programs like my D.I.Y. Therapy: Healing Depression E-course, my monthly “Radical” e-zine and other creative healing projects, like “Cultivating Radical Self-Love: A Collaboration of Healers, Artists & Writers“.

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“Blooming Rage” a Poem on Día De Los Muertos by Daisy Salinas

Art by Karla Camacho.

Blooming Rage,
My ancestors pillaged and raped.
Blooming Rage,
The trauma buried deep within.
The screams, punches, blood, the ripping hairs.
The kicking, broken glass and wails.
500 years of rage.
These seeds will grow, this rage will bloom until women inherit this world.
This pain will not be for nothing.
This pain will not be for nothing.
Because my ancestors lived my worst nightmares
So that I could live their dreams.
With the opportunity to choose a life for me.
Blooming Rage,
So colorful – yellow, blue, and pink leaves blooming from my heart and fingertips.
Blowing in these chilled cold winds for thousands of years.
Until the breeze awakens them.
The descendants.
So that their hearts are a little less heavy, a little less heavy.
Blooming rage,
This is not the way the world is supposed to be.
A tear in time, they came in ships,
The sky ripped open and greed consumed this beautiful mother.
It’s up to us, the
people, to not fail her or fail each other.
Blooming Rage,
These ocean tides make my leaves blow even harder.
Blooming Rage,
I used to hate you.
I used to think your anger was slowly drowning me.
But now I realize it is the only thing keeping me alive and breathing.
Praying for that same clean air that my ancestors breathed and clean water that they used to heal their wounds.
The healing is my medicine.
The anger is my armor.
They cannot take our rage, our seeds are growing and only blooming stronger.
Blooming Rage,
No, it will never stop until women inherit this earth as it was always meant to.


Daisy Salinas is a Xicana feminist punk zinester (Muchacha Fanzine), musician (Frijolera Riot), activist, curator, and poet (Wake-Up!). She started the quarterly decolonial feminist punk fest “Xingonas in the Pit” with the purpose of promoting punk as an act of resistance and self-sufficiency for people of color. Her goal for the third Xingonas in the Pit: “Black and Brown Punk Fest TX” is to build a safe space for punks of color to reclaim their identities, their art, and their collective liberation. She recently made history/herstory with the first Black and Brown Punk Fest in San Antonio, Texas, USA.

Karla Camacho creates original prints, paintings and handmade pottery made with love. Originaria de Jalisco, Mexico based in Long Beach, CA.. She is creating work that meets at the intersections of my genderqueer, migrant, Latinx identities. Find her on Etsy.com/shop/artdekarla and Instagram.com/art_dekarla.


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Autumn Vase – New Art

Autumn in southern California isn’t like the majority of North America. We have less obvious changes. Despite popular belief, some plants and trees do hibernate, but not all at once and not all have such colorful transformations. Plus, as a semi-tropical climate, we often have our hottest days in October. So, having a hot pumpkin spice latte while hiking through the mountains is less appealing.

Spending last autumn in the Northeast of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Maryland reminded me of how autumn can be so strikingly beautiful and so cold, in different latitudes. I really enjoyed the large expanse of hills changing colors into oranges, reds and yellows. It was a feast for my eyes. While working in Wareham, Massachusetts, I created this autumn bouquet on the banks of a river by an old red barn. This art is part of my adventure of traveling for eight months in a row. You can read more about my travels and how I could afford to be gone that long on a starving artist salary here.

It is the print and postcard of the month that I mailed to patrons of my work on Patreon.com/Loviedo. If you are in the USA and would like to receive art in the mail each month, join me there! I also write poetry. As you can see one of my patrons has signed up to receive an art postcard and an illustrated poem in their mail each month. I offer many options and budgets for patrons to choose so I definitely recommend checking it out.


I’m an artist and writer with a focus on art therapy. If you would like to support my heart work, please consider becoming a monthly patron on Patreon.com/Loviedo. For $1 a month, you can fund programs like my D.I.Y. Therapy: Healing Depression E-course, my monthly “Radical” e-zine and other creative healing projects, like “Cultivating Radical Self-Love: A Collaboration of Healers, Artists & Writers“.

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Prints, Postcards and Handwritten Poetry

I love mailing art and handwritten poetry to my fans each month. Since a lot of my days are spent staring at a screen, it is fulfilling to physically put together and mail packages.  Do you still use snail mail?

If you like my art and want to receive prints, postcards or poetry; each month join me on Patreon.com/Loviedo.


You deserve to love yourself completely, totally, fully as much as anyone does. Keep healing and I will hold your heart in my heart. If you desire extra support to stay on top of your self-care practice, check out my 3 month challenge: Dive Deeper Into Self-Care.

I’m an artist and writer with a focus on art therapy. If you would like to support my heart work, please consider becoming a monthly patron on Patreon.com/Loviedo. For $1 a month*, you can fund programs like my D.I.Y. Therapy: Healing Depression E-course, my monthly “Radical” e-zine and other free creative healing projects, like “Cultivating Radical Self-Love: A Collaboration of Healers, Artists & Writers“.

*You can also receive also receive art in the mail for a higher contribution.