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Tonal is an animal spirit that protects you. From him you acquire especial qualities and teachings to guide you along the journey of life.

This series of drawings was created with the intention of capturing all those intangible wishes we want to share with our children. Qualities such as wisdom, strength, health, love for nature. The meaning of each “Tonal” is determined by the skills  you decide to assign him, is then that he gets his magical powers.

Each Tonal carries with him an Ojo de Dios that aids him on his work as a guardian. In the Huichol culture, when a baby is born an Ojo de Dios or "Tsik ri" is made for him and offered to  the universe asking for his good growth. This Ojo de Dios represents the five cardinal directions - east, west, north, south and center - of the Huichol cosmogony. It is through this amulet that gods can observe each child personally. For every round to the sun and until age 5, the child receives an Ojo de Dios , forming then his  own cosmic tree.

The term Tonal  is taken from the Toltec culture in which the Nagual and Tonal constitute a whole entity , being one the intangible  and the other the tangible of life in the universe.



|| Pacific Blue and Verdigris ||

Sutro Baths. San Francisco, California. 




|| California Academy of Sciences ||


Among the largest museums of natural history of world, located in the heart of the Golden Gate Park, the California Academy of Sciences is one of my favorite places to be in San Francisco. There you will remember who you really are, then you'll be inspired.  Aquí algunas imagenes 




One of the many great secrets of Bernal Heights 

Bernal Heights is one of the best kept secrets of San Francisco. Only a few people that really know their city understand the reasons of my big smile when I say where is that I live .  The rest just have no idea of what is hidden on top of this beautiful hill. To read more about what I mean you can click here or here. 

Well, If you have seen my recent work, you know it talks about nature. I illustrate these beings with both, animal and plant elements called "Ánimas". I believe they are able to flourish, to be air and space, to share energy.  These creatures of mine have found a perfect place to illuminate this spring. It is called  Succulence an art and plant shop in Cortland Ave.

Bernal Heights es uno de los grandes secretos de San Francisco, sólo algunas personas que conocen bien la ciudad comprenden mi sonrisa cuando les digo en donde vivo, el resto no tiene idea de lo que se esconde en la cima de esta montaña donde se tiene una de las mejores vistas de la ciudad.  Para leer más sobre lo que les cuento pueden dar click aquí o acá.

Cómo saben, lo más reciente de mi obra habla de seres con características tanto de animales como de plantas, seres vivos que tienen la capacidad de florecer, ser ramas, ser cielo, compartir energía... Estas "Ánimas" encontraron una morada perfecta para ser exhibidas. Se trata de Succulence, una tienda enfocada en plantas y arte.

Pictures: @Thesucculence Instagram feed