Banales expresses creativity through body art

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Sophomore Coraima Banales showcases one of her creations on her leg. Banales frequently paints designs on her body as a way to express her artistic talent.

Sophomore Coraima Banales showcases one of her creations on her leg. Banales frequently paints designs on her body as a way to express her artistic talent.

Image provided by Coraima Banales

Image provided by Coraima Banales

Sophomore Coraima Banales showcases one of her creations on her leg. Banales frequently paints designs on her body as a way to express her artistic talent.

Story by Feliciti Mitts, Reporter

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All of sophomore  Coraima Banales’ friends notice her doodling on her arms and legs. She’s had a love for Bob Ross, who is a very popular artist, for awhile and she watched his show that got put on Netflix about a year ago. Seeing Banales’ work made people start to wonder what made her start painting.

“When I was little I really, really, really liked drawing, so I decided to start painting and I wasn’t really good at it, but then I started watching Bob Ross for the fun of it because it was a meme and I thought it was pretty cool,” Banales said.

Banales paints on herself usually everyday. She has a total of 7 paintings that are on canvases, but she lost count of how many she painted on herself.

Since Banales always expresses her love for Bob Ross, her friends asked what artist, dead or alive, she would paint if she could.

“I’d paint Bob Ross for the heck of it,” Banales said, while chuckling. “I’d paint him dead and then I’d go to his graveyard, put the painting there because it’s a ritual for me and I want to summon him one day.”

Everyone also wondered who is her favorite artist.

“Vincent Van Gogh,” Banales stated. “He has pretty good paintings. I’m not a huge fan of him, but he’s pretty good.”

Banales likes painting on herself more than painting on canvases.

“I prefer painting on my body,” Banales said. “If I paint on a canvas and I mess it up somehow. With my leg or my arm, which is usually what I paint on, I could scrape it off when it dries.”

Banales’ friends wondered if she came up with her own projects or if they are inspired by something she’s seen. She has a hard time coming up with her own work, but she gets lots of ideas from seeing others.

“Most of them are things I think of,” Banales continued. “Sometimes I don’t have any ideas, so I look up other people’s paintings and I create something out of theirs or I combine some people’s paintings and then I paint them on my leg.”

Banales paints mainly in front of her close friends and they give her idea’s and constructive criticism about her work. Sophomore David Bolles has seen a lot of Banales’art work and he explained what his favorite painting is that she has ever painted.

“I really like the tree painting she did for colour guard,” Bolles expressed. “It was really pretty.”

Banales was in color guard and the team was trying to come up with a neat makeup idea for one of their pieces. She painted a tree on the side of her face and it went well with the theme of the marching band’s program.

Banales continued to doodle on her body, After she paints on her left arm, she paints on her right. When she’s done painting, she washes it off and starts again with another imaginative design.

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