“One Thing’s For Sure”, 2013. Acrylic on canvas.
I just finished this painting earlier this week! I must admit that it took me a lot longer than I expected to finish it. This painting is a statement that I’m making about romance, inspired mainly by casual conversations with friends but also by what I’ve observed in society in general about romance. Sometimes all a person needs is some slick Game and all of the rules and turmoil go out of the window. Would love to know your thoughts on this one!
I talk about this painting a bit further in this here video:
I recently visited a friend in LA and we made a stop at the McGroarty Arts Center to check out an art fair held over the weekend. While we were there we also looked through the current show in the gallery at the arts center. The exhibition is called Bite Me, and it showcases various works of art that were inspired by food.
My friend and I ended up making an impromptu video of me talking about one of my favorite pieces in the show, Sprinkles by Rollence Patugan. The video is not a comprehensive review by any means, we were just having fun with it! We recorded it on my friend’s phone in a minute, so if anything, just look at it as an example of using whatever you have to make something happen. Either way I thought it was worth sharing. Enjoy!
It’s been a long time since my last post, but I’m finally ready to start posting and sharing this year. Since this is my first entry of 2013 and it’s been so long since I last wrote, I thought I’d make this a more personal entry and take the time to get you caught up to speed with what’s going on with me. It’s ’bout to get real.
I still miss my little friend. “Puddin” 05/1997-10/2012
The reason it’s been so long since my last entry was that I made a sudden decision back in November to move from the east coast to the west coast. With my cat passing away in October 2012, the hustle and bustle of the holidays, back to back trips around the country including a stop at Art Basel 2012 in December, and the exhausting tasks of preparing for a long-distance move, blogging was the last thing on my mind for the last few months. I had been wanting to make a move out west for a while and finally started saving up last year, but even when circumstances had cleared up for me to move I was still reluctant to pull the trigger for many reasons. Too many to get into in this post so you’ll have to ask me yourself! The increasing feelings of stagnancy, disappointment, and being uninspired became the main catalysts to making this move. So in mid-January I finally jumped that sinking ship and moved from the DC/MD/VA area to Reno, Nevada. Definitely wasn’t my first choice, I must admit! But basically I was able to make a job transfer so Reno was a compromise I had to make just to get the hell outta there at that point. Probably the most impulsive decision I made in a long time, but I was steadily feeling out of place where I was so this needed to happen. When it came down to it, I was more than ready to go. The move was low-risk but high-change and even though that plan wasn’t really what I envisioned, ultimately it was the right balance for me.
Here’s a chunk of my life, didn’t seem like a lot once it all arrived to the new place.
The first month or so was difficult! This is a new kind of isolation that I’m feeling. Continue reading
I had a conversation recently with a friend about mermaids, the Hans Christian Anderson fairytale and how much we love them. I’m entering a design contest at my job and decided to use that encounter as inspiration. Here’s what I came up with:
I surprised myself with this one! Usually I work from a sketch first, but this time it was straight freehand on the computer using Adobe Illustrator. With a mouse and not a drawing tablet (because I don’t have one). There honestly was no real reason why I skipped the sketching step other than pure laziness.
It took me about maybe two 3 hour sessions to get it to this point. This might be the first of a few mermaid ideas I’ll work on, but probably the only digital piece. We’ll see though! It turned out better than I expected so I thought I should share it. I also think it’s worth noting that it even though my entry to the contest might not win, it felt really great to be productive and complete something – even if it wasn’t serious!
In Your Hand, acrylic on canvas board. 2012
This is the result of the what I made at my friend’s trunk show! It was an idea that came to my mind and I made it especially for the event. The painting was a raffle prize to a lucky attendee, and he was so happy to get it! It was a great feeling to see someone so excited to receive one of my paintings – a piece of me!
I’m still in a place where I’m inspired by flowers and attaching symbolism to that motif. Essentially the inspiration for this painting was inner beauty and self-awareness. I didn’t exactly realize it though when I had the idea though. The painting basically formed from the idea of merging blood veins with a flower stem, I liked the way that looked in my head. When I thought about that idea a little further it went to the concept of input/output, blood feeding a flower and the flower could have different outcomes. Maybe lifeless, just budding, closed/asleep, or open and beautiful. Then from there I had to consider where I wanted to take that. What was my input? What would my flower look like? I chose a lotus flower this time, which is becoming one of my new favorite flowers. Then chose a dark night sky with light emanating from the hand and flower. I like the idea of a bright, open flower in the dark. Under the stars, which I was trying to use to communicate the concept of something beyond ourselves and our worlds – for some that could mean God, or just the universe…something vast and ethereal. Then the flower in the hand in the foreground would be something like, staking a claim within all of that. That’s what it ended up meaning to me anyway, maybe it affects you differently. Maybe it’s just a pretty picture in the end?
Would love to hear your thoughts!
Tonight at Tabaq Bistro in DC I’ll be doing a live painting for my good friend Tynise Nicole‘s trunk show! Stop by to meet us, shop the latest items from her amazing jewelry collection, and enjoy some refreshments and good company. Pictures will be posted soon, but I also hope to see you there!