These Drawings Capture What Love Looks Like When Nobody’s Watching

Love is hiding in the small, quiet moments: cuddling in bed after a long day, passing out in front of the TV or even popping each other’s pimples.

Artist Amanda Oleander captures these moments and more in her illustrations, which she often shares on her Instagram page. She draws inspiration from her own relationship and the relationships of her closest family and friends.

“They are all situations that have happened in my relationship or situations my family and friends share with me,” Oleander told HuffPost. “They will be talking and then I say, ‘Hold that thought!’ and quickly write it down before I forget.”

More info: Amanda Oleander, Instagram (h/t: HuffPost)

Drawing 15/100 of the drawing a day for 100 days challenge. What is your interpretation? Comment your thoughts before you continue reading my inspiration for this piece!?✨ . . . . . . . . . This is inspired by that time of the month I randomly cry about something so I rush over to my birth control pack to see if I’m “really” sad or it’s just hormones and it’s that time of the month. It’s different for everyone but for me it’s the week before my period. The most ridiculous cry was when I was making homemade black bean burger patties and when I went to flip it the patty broke. @joeyrudman quickly rushed over and was like “It’s okay! It’s great! I want that one!” And then I cried more because he’s so sweet. ? I quickly realized it was that time of the month where it’s just hormones and I just had to roll with it and then laugh about it. Can we please share ridiculous reasons we have all cried for stories?? . . Esto está inspirado en ese momento del mes en el que lloro al azar por algo, así que corro hacia mi paquete de control de la natalidad para ver si estoy "realmente" triste o solo son hormonas y es esa época del mes. Es diferente para todos, pero para mí es la semana antes de mi período. El llanto más ridículo fue cuando estaba haciendo hamburguesas caseras de hamburguesas negras y cuando fui a darle la vuelta, la hamburguesa se rompió. @joeyrudman rápidamente se apresuró y dijo "¡Está bien! ¡Es genial! ¡Quiero ese! "Y luego lloré más porque es muy dulce. ? Rápidamente me di cuenta de que era esa época del mes en la que solo son hormonas y solo tuve que seguir adelante y luego reírme al respecto. ¿Podemos compartir razones ridículas por las que todos hemos llorado por historias? . . Time-lapse of the creation of this drawing in the IG story!

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Drawing 14/100 of the drawing a day for 100 days challenge. Find someone that will love everything about you unconditionally and helps bring out the best in you. This is a drawing of my little sister Bianca and her partner. Bianca doesn’t shave and fully embraces herself which has attracted partners that love and accept her for her. About 5 years ago we did a “beauty transformation” and she went out in public fully groomed with makeup on and a tight dress and heels and we documented the whole experience in my blog. She explains why she feels better just being herself. Check my Instagram Story for the blog link! . . . Turn notifications on for this page for your daily dose of art ? . . Time lapse of this drawing in my IG story. ?

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Drawing 12/100 of the drawing a day for 100 days challenge. When I was growing up in Florida we had a mango tree in the front yard. We had so many mangos we would give them away and make mango popsicles from them. I really wish I could be sitting under that mango tree right now just eating a mango and soaking in the Florida sun. Whoever grew up with fruit trees around them is really lucky. It’s so nice to have fruits growing from your yard. If you did, what fruit tree did you grow up with? . . Cuando estaba creciendo en Florida teníamos un árbol de mango en el patio delantero. Teníamos tantos mangos que los regalaríamos y haríamos paletas de mango de ellos. Me gustaría poder estar sentado debajo de ese árbol de mango ahora solo comiendo un mango y sumergiéndome en el sol de Florida. . . ?Link in bio for prints and originals ?

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Drawing 100/100 !!!! ? When you are in your zone and then you realize you are responsible for another living being who needs to go outside while it's snowing at 7 am ?❄️ . . What was your favorite drawing of the 100? . . . . This 100 day challenge has been so amazing. Everyday I woke up excited to work on my new drawing first thing in the morning, I have loved reading all of your interpretations, 'meeting' beautiful souls from around the world that have come across this page and being able to illustrate moments in my life that are never captured in a photo but have been bottled up in my memories. This is too much fun to end here so starting tomorrow I am back at 1/100 ? I'm just jumping right back in before I change my mind. Also, this drawing is available now on my website! ? I can't thank all of you enough for the kind messages and comments and support you have shown me and my art, because of you I am able to do this everyday thank you thank you thank you times infinity!!! ❤️❤️ . . ?Link in bio for prints and originals ?

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This is a commission piece I made for @mboyle24. At night sometimes she crawls into her daughters crib to sleep with her. ????

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Today is International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. What does this illustration mean to you? What is your interpretation? . . . . I have met too many women that were or are in an abusive relationship whether it be physical or emotional including myself. The worst part is that they don't realize they are in an abusive relationship most of the time. They think, he's just very passionate, he cares for me so much so that's why he gets like that, he just gets upset but he's sorry, he has mental issues.. whatever it may be if you are arguing all of the time that is NOT HEALTHY. If you are sad more than you are happy that is not healthy. I have someone close to me that's in one of these relationships right now where they argue, cry and then get over it and then it's a cycle all over again. You're so accustomed to the little bubble you live in you think that's just the way things are. Write down every time you get into an argument, what was said, what was done and how you feel. Then write down every time you are happy and why. After three months go back and look at your entries. If there is more sadness and arguments and negativity that positive happy moments, get out. Even if your partner threatens you, or threatens to hurt themselves. That's what happens in many cases, if you are concerned for their well being tell their parents or best friend and they will take care of it. It's not your responsibility. Then block their number and live for you and if you have children for you and your children. Once you cut negativity and abuse out of your life it will open up room for positivity and happiness. To those women going through this now, I hope you find strength to leave sooner than later ❤️??✨ . . And she is in the closet because it's the only place she has where she can be by herself and let go.

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Drawing 98/100 of the drawing a day for 100 days challenge. Is this a very common thing? Do you or somebody you know let your dog lick the plate when you are done? // . . I was watching @jengotch 's story last night and she posted a little clip of her dog licking her plate and it reminded me of when I was at my friend's house years ago and I saw her family let their dog lick their plate when they were done. It was the first time I have ever seen that because that never happened in our home growing up. I find it fascinating to see other people's behaviors in their homes, everyone has their own rules and routines and I think it's really beautiful how similar we all are in the grand scheme of things.. . . I am realizing that reading your interpretations is a great exercise to expand my/our minds to see an image in many different perspectives I couldn't of even thought of myself. So for everyone that joins in on sharing your interpretations on certain drawings, thanks! Always feel free to comment yours even if I don't ask for it. Happy Saturday! ✨??

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Drawing 90/100 of the drawing a day for 100 days challenge. I'm starting the tattoo removal process this Monday so I can't help but have tattoos and the process on my mind. The tattoo artist is inspired by @thekatvond the girl getting tattooed is inspired by my sister, that tattoo of the grim-ripper on the arm is a tattoo she recently got. That painting in the back is a piece I recently finished, this is the second drawing I snuck it into. –I was on the phone with my sister yesterday and we were talking about how people should wait until they are at least 25 to get a tattoo. What are your thoughts? Has anyone had a tattoo removed before? How was it? I'll be live-streaming the removal process on Monday on Periscope..get ready for some tears. ? / side note– I'm shipping all of your print orders and art orders next week. Except calendars, those will be shipped once I receive the batch! ?. . ?Link in bio for prints and originals ?

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Drawing 88/100 of the drawing a day for 100 days challenge. When you really feel like your job is sucking the life out of you, but you feel stuck because it's how you make money so you try to fill that void with your favorite childhood treats. /// This is inspired by a phone call I had this morning. I spoke to someone very close to me that is not in a job she got her degree in and she really doesn't like it. To anyone that is going through that I want to just say, this is temporary. You aren't stuck. Your future depends on the actions you take today. You are in control of your life, don't ever forget that. –I've been there, right after graduation and completing a 3 month internship in LA I was working three jobs, (managing an Italian boutique, canvassing for @greenpeace and selling perfume at @macys on the weekend.) I always knew this was temporary.. every night I would send out my resume and apply apply apply. I kept working on my art. In one year I became a full time artist! You have to believe it will happen, envision yourself in your ideal job and it will manifest as long as you put the work in. A couple books that really helped with getting my mindset right were The Secret and The Seven Minute Solution. I hope they help you too. –(Shout out to @skdonutsla for gifting me with 6 delicious donuts one time when I was in between jobs that was such a highlight to my week. )– I would like to know how you overcame leaving a shitty job and how it has changed your life?! Your story can inspire the person that needs it. ?❤️– putting the time lapse of this drawing on my story now. . ?Link in bio for prints and originals ?

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72/100 Drawing of the drawing a day for 100 days challenge. Happy Monday? My hair vs. his hair in the morning ? @joeyrudman has perfect hair.

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