Bob Marley Messenger of Hope / Acrylic on 18" x 18" canvas by Ben Morales-Correa

Bob Marley Messenger of Hope / Acrylic on 18″ x 18″ canvas by Ben Morales-Correa

This portrait of reggae giant Bob Marley was done as a thank you gift for a friend who brought me a roll of discarded fine thread canvas. My friend Samuel works as a handyman and, occasionally, he gets to collect items that house owners no longer value. I asked him what I could do in exchange, and he jokingly asked me to do a portrait of Bob Marley, who he admires greatly. I did not take it as a joke, though, and made this 18″ x 18″ picture for him.

Called “a messenger of hope”, Bob Marley lived to move others through his music to change things for the better. In this painting I evoke his energy and joy of living for his art and his beliefs. My portrait had to have a meaningful painterly quality, and with that in mind, I worked with bold contrasts, heavy strokes and broken pigmentation. I use a round pointed stylus to scratch the surface while the pigment (acrylic with medium) is still wet on the canvas.

visitamuseoEnseñar a dibujar y pintar es algo que disfruto y respeto mucho. Esta vez fueron los grandes maestros de la colección del Museo de Arte de Ponce quienes impartieron una gran lección a nuestro grupo de dibujo y pintura; Miguel Pou, Francisco Oller, Rossetti, Burne-Jones, Millais, Holman Hunt, Sorolla, Singer Sargent, Frederick Church,Claude Lorrain…Nora fue nuestra guía del Museo y con ella prendimos muchas anécdotas sobre la colección y las historias de cada obra. En definitiva, esta fue una experiencia que hay que repetir.


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Replica Painting of Hathor and Re from the Tomb of Queen Nefertari

pr Replica Painting of Hathor and Re from the Tomb of Queen Nefertari

About eight years ago I made these replicas from the wall paintings of the magnificent tomb of Queen Nefertari, Great Royal Wife of Ramses the Second of Egypt. The paintings are done in acrylics on prime quality heavy watercolor paper.

Ramses the Great had a total of eight Royal Wives, but no doubt Nefertari was her most beloved. Nefer means beautiful in ancient Egyptian, and she is thus portrayed in all statues and painted reliefs. Crowned by Isis and Hathor, an equal in the company of the great deities of Egypt, she is presented to us as a beautiful deified mortal, her delicate body draped in the finest sheer linen, rich jewelry, wide gold collar and bracelets, wearing the two long feathers over the vulture headdress of gold, her soft pale facial features accentuated by makeup and framed by her abundant dark hair.

Painting Replica of the Goddess Isis and Queen Nefertari

Painting Replica of the Goddess Isis and Queen Nefertari

Painting Replica of the Goddess Maat from the tomb of Queen Nefertari

Painting Replica of the Goddess Maat from the tomb of Queen Nefertari

If Ramses the Second had many royal epithets, so did his Great Wife – “Lady of the Two Lands”, “Great of Praise”, “Sweet of Love” “Lady of Charm” and Nefertari Merit-en-Mut, meaning “The Lovely One, Beloved of Mut.”

maat, living in maat, goddess maat, nefertari maat

Copyright 2014 Painting Replica by Ben Morales-Correa

The tomb of Nefertari, QV66 is the largest and most spectacular in the Valley of the Queens. Poor quality limestone prevented the workmen from carving directly into the rock walls. Instead, a thick layer of plaster was applied, carved and then painted. The paintings depict Nefertari’s journey after death to the afterlife, guided by various spirits and deities, including Isis, Re, Hathor, Anubis and Osiris.

My original paintings are not for sale, but you can obtain museum quality reproductions of these and other ancient egyptian art at Fine Art America.

Today I received a copy of Dr. Steven J. Green’s book “Disclosure and Discretion in Roman Astrology”, with my illustration of the constellation Perseus on its jacket cover. The book is published by Oxford University Press. Click on the link below if you wish to purchase a copy.

Disclosure and Discretion in Roman Astrology: Manilius and his Augustan Contemporaries

Disclosure and Discretion in Roman Astrology: Manilius and his Augustan Contemporaries

The constellation Perseus

The Constellation Perseus

mel gibson, the patriot film, benjamin martin

Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson) watches from his balcony in the evening as a battle unfolds nearby and the war gets closer to home.

The Patriot, a fictional 2000 American historical war film, depicts the story of Benjamin Martin, from rural York County, South Carolina, an American swept into the American Revolutionary War when his family is threatened.

Benjamin Martin is a man seeking to live his life in peace until revenge drives him to lead a cause after the life of an innocent family member is taken.

The musical score for The Patriot was composed by John Williams and was nominated for an Academy Award.

The Patriot received mildly favorable reviews from critics. Jamie Malanowski, writing in The New York Times, said The Patriot “will prove to many a satisfying way to spend a summer evening. It’s got big battles and wrenching hand-to-hand combat, a courageous but conflicted hero and a dastardly and totally guilt-free villain, thrills, tenderness, sorrow, rage and a little bit of kissing”.

The producers debated on whether Benjamin Martin would own slaves, ultimately deciding not to make him a slave owner. This decision received criticism from Spike Lee, who in a letter to The Hollywood Reporter accused the film’s portrayal of slavery as being “a complete whitewashing of history”. Mel Gibson himself remarked: “I think I would have made him a slave holder. Not to seems kind of a cop-out”.

- Excerpted from Wikipedia

In the movie Toy Story, Woody characterizes Buzz Lightyear’s flying demonstration as “falling with style”. Of course Buzz can’t fly, but he manages to fool himself and the other toys into believing he can actually take command of the air space, soar and direct his actions. Later on, poor Buzz Lightyear crashes with the realization he is “not a flying toy”.

There are many artists today, poorly trained in drawing, that are very good at “doodling with style”. Like Buzz, they impress others with their personal manner and often fool themselves into thinking they can draw well.

Drawing is a highly complex set of skills that are acquired through education, training, imitation and practice. Nowadays, many art schools don’t focus on drawing, preferring to deliver a more marketable art offering with an entertaining “creative” approach. It’s fun to play, and if we come up with visual pieces interesting in their unusualness, that is fine. Yet, there is a difference in the quality of an abstract or a highly “stylized” work of art done by an artist who can draw realistically and one who doesn’t.

I question sometimes if I’m really that good as I take myself to be or if I too use my personal traits as an excuse for bad drawing. Here are some portraits done with Ebony Jet Black pencil on multipurpose drawing / sketch paper. They are rendered using the traditional cross hatching technique of light and shadow.


La Tempestad (the Tempest) from the series FLAMENCAS: Oli on 36" x 24" canvas

La Tempestad (The Tempest) from the series FLAMENCAS: Oli on 36″ x 24″ canvas

I’m proud to say that Puerto Rico is a truly beautiful island. It has a wide variety of flora and topography in just 100 by 35 miles of tropical paradise.

sanlorenzolandscapeThe mountain region of San Lorenzo in the central southeast is especially attractive for meditation and communion with nature.

That’s what I did yesterday with my yoga friends at a retreat organized by the Centro Yoga Devanand. I want to share with you some pictures and a pencil study of a panoramic view from the retreat center.


The retreat center within its peaceful natural setting

The retreat center within its peaceful natural setting

Hiking uphill

Hiking uphill



This flower reminds me of the flowing skirts of my Flamencas


Head Study for FLAMENCAS by Ben Morales-Correa

Head Study for FLAMENCAS by Ben Morales-Correa

I’m on my fourth day of my fundraising campaign on Indiegogo. It is a great experience so far. I’m proud to say that I’ve raised $745, a surprise I must admit, because I’m not used to rush my way to success, so to speak.

As far as networking goes, it has also been productive. A former client called to congratulate me and asked me to design and publish his new website.  

I know there are a number of factors that make it possible for the support I’m getting to work on my Flamencas art exhibition project. First, the art work is good. Not that I want to brag about it. What I mean to say is that I’m devoting much effort to make each piece the best possible and unique within the context of the exhibition. The great Michelangelo once said that if people knew how much effort he has put into his creations, they wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all. That statement is very inspiring to me. It keeps me right on track. 

It’s not only a matter of creating art to the best of your abilities, though. One must have a firm conviction in the value of one’s own work to be able to communicate it to others. Sounds easy, but, really, it’s not. Fellow artists and all types of creative people know what I’m talking about. 

There is a scene in a movie, unfortunately I don’t recall its title, maybe some reader can tell me, in which two men, a creative guy and his friend sit on a park bench to have a conversation.  The friend says something along the line “You know what the trouble is with you people? You are like slugs, always wanting to leave a trail.”  

Funny but true. 

Please continue your support and may you have an awesome day.