Art, Poetry

As the Earth Cracks Open -Poetic Illustration

As the earth cracks open… A new world shines from underneath our feet. Wonder and curiosity seep up, forcing open our muted eyes, sprouting winged thoughts we fly into a brave new world. Unexplored caverns open into mystical tunnels, over bridges, through forests and urban landscapes we traverse into a new part of our journey” -Leah Oviedo

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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

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Creating. Inspiring. Beautiful. You Are All of Those Things.

I love creating messages that inspire beauty.
I love the act of drawing.
Drawing is my meditation, focusing on details with a single train of thought on my subject is calming and inspiring.

I want to continue having time to create. I want to share my art with the world. This desire isn’t born of just wanting to earn an income. Rather, it is because I want to soothe wounds, heal broken places, spark radical self-love in each of us.

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New Art: My Third Eye

This is an illustration of my third eye in my animal form. I’ve always fancied myself as a wolf, or “waya” as we say in Cherokee. 

What do you see with your third eye? 

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Some Sort of Magical Garden Being

This is an illustration of …. some sort of magical garden being. All the time I spend in the garden inspires me to draw plants and plant related ideas on a regular basis. 

What is your intention for this moment?

My intention today, in this moment, is to relax and give myself time to unwind from my day job. 


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Crane and Mandala Illustration

The best part of hand drawing cards is how each one turns out slightly different. I can hardly wait to mail these beauties. 🙂


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Be Different – Coloring Page and Affirmation

This is one of the pages from the free coloring book I created, “Peace, Love & Weirdness“.

Be Different coloring page

Affirmation for Weirdness
I am weird.

I appreciate being different.

Creating more weirdness is good.

There is balance in being weird. Weird is wonderful.

Normal does not exist. Average is a measurement.

Typical is comfortable. Different is energizing.

Different fuels innovation.

I am weird and weird is wonderful.


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