Seriously.. What happened to March? Trees are getting little leafy buds and flowers are springing up and it's been pouring rain. RAIN!  I know the plants need the water but it's been pouring! The weather has been cold.. gray.. grim.. I am ready for sunshine.. 80 degree weather.. flipflops.. and summer dresses.  :)  I leave for Asia in about a month and I have so much painting to do! This is a little something that I have been working on.  1952 Dictionary pages collaged on wood which have been scrapped from the lumber mill.  I oil painted a few people getting ready to ride the subway.  I loved painting their faces.  If you are in P-town (I am so 90's) then come check out one of my shows for April.  There are only a few more days for my kickstarter project, check out the video. Face2Face Where : Urban Grind Coffee 2214 NE Oregon St. Portland OR 97232 When : Opening Reception: Saturday, April 2nd 6pm-9pm On display for the month of April: Mon.-Fri.: 7am-5pm; Sat.:9am-...
Have you read the book Water for Elephants ?  I read it recently and they are coming out with a movie with Reese Witherspoon.  I totally loved the book, and it seems like everytime I fall in love with the book, I end up hating the movie. The book is about a journey of a young man and his adventures with love, the circus, and finding himself. This year I am a participating and donating a chair in the annual Community Warehouse Chair Affair.   Artists refurbish chairs and then people bid on the chair in an auction and all the proceeds go to Community Warehouse. CW is an organization that collects and redistributes furniture to low income individuals and families.  I wanted to paint a chair that had a little bit of spring, circus stripes, and the romance of the book. I collaged 1950's dictionary pages on the chair and painted peonies on the seat and back.  The circus stripes are a scrumptious aqua and glittery gold.  I did a coat of resin- so can sit in the chair :).  Happy Hump day...
I have been hard at work on making and sending out art mail.  My art mail list keeps growing and I hope I can keep up because I just love having little pieces of art going out into the world.  Don't you just love getting snail mail as much as I do? I think it's the TLC.   Also I am a little selfish because I love receiving art mail- its like getting a special surprise when you least expect it. Want some art mail? If you make a small pledge to my amazing kickstarter project- I will send you a special piece of art mail all the way from Hong Kong and beyond. :) ...
Did you have a good weekend? Mine was filled with cuddly little pugs, reading, sipping on coffee, and a delicious sushi date.  I started working on my crazy to-do list for this week and already have a feeling of accomplishment that I even started on a to do list. :) Do you know that feeling when you get an idea? I am talking about that little spark.. that little wish of an idea.  That little sparkle of possibility.  I know life can be tough and not always easy.  Don't let that spark float away.  Don't let that energy get away from you and do not let doubt and discouragement in.   Enjoy that energy, that's what it's all about. Happy Monday!...
  SXSW was simply amazing and I think looking back the thing that I want to hold on to the most about the conference was the magic.  Even though we have been back for a little over a week- it's almost as if your life goes on hold for SXSW and then you come back and rejoin life.  :)  I learned a whole lot and here is a few things that I learned over all. 1.  How important it is to make your mark.  I have never meet so many passionate people all in one place and I know in regular life people aren't always as positive and passionate.   SXSW made me realize that you need to think about your greater good and don't let other stuff drag you down. It's about remembering what's important. 2.  Finding your voice.  I know that you all are my friends but I work really hard to try and bring my personality to my social media. 3.  Power of twitter.   I know twitter has been around forever and there are so many people who have a million more followers than me.  Well I want to a...
One of my favorite talks of SXSW that stood out to me was Gary Vee.   My husband has mentioned him before but of course I never really paid any attention.  :) Funny story someone came up to me at the conference and told me my husband is brilliant.  I told the person- doesn't that make me a genius?  lol Gary Vee, is in the wine business and he has turned a small wine business into a 60 million dollar company , and his goal is to buy the Jets (the football team). He loves wine but he is a hell of a marketer and curses quite a bit.  They even kept track of his cursing during his talk and during question and answer they let him know what the tally was. One of the highlights of the talk was during the question and answer portion and a graphic designer gets on the microphone.  He introduces himself and says that he participated in Gary Vee's contest for designing the cover of Gary Vee's latest book The Thank You Economy . The designer sent off his work and didn't hear back...
I am researching Hong Kong for my kickstarter project and I wanted to share with you some amazing fun facts.  :) Be warned #4 is a little gross.. but interesting.  I may be a tiny bit obsessed with finding out as much information as I can before I go.  1. A bun festival is organized on Cheung Chau Island , between April and May, every year. It is intended to appease the hungry ghosts roaming around the island.  They make bun towers and you go up and snatch a bun,  but since 2007 it's made of plastic buns.  Can you imagine a tower made of real buns? I wonder what's the shelf life. :) The higher you are able to grab a bun, the better fortune you will have. 2.  Hong Kong has more Rolls Royce’s per person than any other city in the world.  I think I have seen maybe 1 Rolls in my life and soon to be surrounded by them.   SimonL 3.   If you eat Noodles on your birthday- it will extend your life.  I wonder if I can start eating noodles now and I can catch up on my non eating noo...
What is interesting about the whole SXSW experience is looking back and remembering and seeing what really you remember.  It's a little foggy! :) One of the big reasons why people go to SXSW is for the parties.  I have been to other conferences and this is unlike anything that I have ever seen before.  Basically the conferences start around 9 am and goes through out the day.  There are many different companies that set up tents/trailers and loungers all over down town Austin with free booze and goodies.  ( I am a sucker for swag.  Give me a paperclip with a company logo and I am so there. lol). Then at night the parties happen, and most have free booze and amazing bands and tons of people.  I have never been to a conference where you meet SVPs, CEOS, co-founders etc and they listen to your elevator pitch of whatever you do.  This is a photo of the amount of business cards I received and all the amazing and talented people I met. I also have never seen so many smart people in on...
I am at 16 days in to my kickstarter project and I am going to do something special this week.  I know that a lot of my thoughts are with the people in Japan because of the devastating earthquake and tsunami.  Please pledge to my kickstarter this week, I plan on donating 50% of the proceeds that are pledged this week will go to helping the Red Cross in Japan.  I would love the opportunity for my art to make a difference. The reason why I started my kickstarter project was to fund an IPad/coffee table book of photos and paintings of my self made artist residency in Hong Kong.  I am obsessed with painting subways and tunnels because of the movement of the subway and capturing the diversity and culture of all walks of life.  Japan is a neighbor of Hong Kong but aren't we really all neighbors to each other?  As an artist I feel that it's my responsibility to capture life now and the more I am able to raise the more I can help.  Thanks for reading :) and Happy Monday. ...
Is it cheesy that I missed blogging? I view my blog as a little bit of a record keeper of me chasing after my life goals and that is to make art and be able to support myself with my artwork.  SxSW interactive gave me the chance to meet so many like minded people that enjoy and are passionate about making things.  I can't even express to you how many creative and talented people I met this trip. I have also decided that I am going to introduce something new to my blog.  I consider myself and my husband a creative couple.  We want to make sure we take as many chances and experience life to the fullest.  My husband won a contest at his work which is why we are able to go to the conference. I wanted to tell you why I wanted to go. #1 I want to spread the word about my kickstarter project. #2  To go to the actual conference.  SxSW interactive portion is where you can hear people speak that are make more tech related things.  There are lectures/panels/discussions/keynotes from ever...
Hello from SxSW ! I am still in the zoo and let me tell you how incredible of an experience this has been.  I can't wait to share everything that I have learned along the way.  We fly home soon and here is a little snippet of one of the most amazing bands we saw Headintheheart .  This is from the Internet Explorer 9 Party! Lots of Hugs from Austin.  :)...
I am so excited we are going to Austin, TX for SxSW , just the interactive portion.  My husband is going for work and of course I am tagging a long. Hopefully this will give me the chance to drink my weight in margaritas and help promote my kickstarter project . I have gotten a few tips and pointers from one of my favorite traveler friends Nicole from Noodles and Waffles who has been everywhere including some destinations that I am not sure are on this planet.   Happy Thursday!  If you know of any must do's in Austin! Please tell me :)....
Yes I am unlocking the secrets of resin! I know that resin can be a really intimidating thing but I am going to share a few tips and tricks to make it a little easier.  If I can use it anyone can use it. Supplies: 1.  Resin- I use envirotex lite :) with a Micheal's coupon you can get a box for a good price. 2.  Popsicle sticks- I got mine from the dollar store. 3.  2 plastic cups- clear 4.  a pony tail holder- extremely important Step 1- Use the pony tail holder if you have long hair to put your hair in a pony tail.  This is crucial.  The first time I used resin I had it stuck in my hair.  :( not cute. Step 2- Place your 2 plastic cups side by side and fill less than inch or so in each container of the mixture.  It is really important that you fill them in equal parts.  If you don't it will mess up the whole formula.  So super important!  Another tip is that you don't want to use too much.  If you use too much it can overheat.  Step 3- Combine the mixtures from the...