Like a Child

“Like a Child” – V. Castellanos – Pencil on paper

“It took me four years to paint like Raphael but a lifetime to paint like a child.” – Pablo Picasso

Not there yet but getting closer.


Thinking of Birds

“Thinking of Birds” – My Artwork – V. Castellanos – pencil and acrylic on paper – 3″ x 3″ – January, 2019

“The pendulum of the mind oscillates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong.” – Carl Jung.


The turn into the twentieth century was frought with new inventions and possibilities. The new world was rushing into the future. Electricity had come of age. The railroads had conquered the land. The telephone had been invented. The camera had been invented. And, here’s the rub, the camera portrayed reality better than the painters. So, what’s an artist to do?

Radio was coming, connecting everyone everywhere. War was coming. The Spanish Flu was coming. Everything was changing. Possibilities. Confusion, conflict, chaos. Can’t keep up? Escape instead. Look the other way. Jump back, into your inner being. Live in your own dream world. A retreat back into innocence, childhood. Back to basics.  Simplicity regained in a world going mad. Let us disassociate from reality and connect instead with our internal subconsciousness.  Let us swim in our collective unconscious, submerged in our limbic being, our primitive fish form, our basic instincts, fight or flee, survive, live right now. This is the dream, the surreal, the myth, the archetype. Welcome, 100 years later.

What do you See?

“What do you See?” – oil pastel on paper with painted magnolia leaf – “8 1/2″ x 11” – My Artwork – April 2018- V. Castellan

A leaf on a tree – nothing special.

The surreal attacks without logic, without reason,
Without cause, without care or concern.
It attacks with ferocity, with determination and danger,
It is invasive and persuasive,
It makes me numb,
Impossible to evade or escape,
It cannot be undone or overcome.