Senior Exhibiton

Woo~ Being a senior is a lot of work!

Currently I am working with a group of my fellow peers on our senior exhibition, Momentum!

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Which opens early in March, very exciting!

Here is a little sneak peek of another project I am working on, it’s a book about all of the strange daydreams I’ve had, while I was supposed to be paying attention in school.

IMAG0583-1My book will be made entirely out of cut paper, with maybe a smidgen of ink! I am excited to use all of my fancy patterned origami paper!

I really enjoy making collages, have any of you worked this way?

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Plein air painting and Evgeni Gordiets

I recently stumbled across an artist that has really inspired me Evgeni Gordiets.

His work is beautiful, isn’t it?

I really like this quote from him, that I found on his website; “Today, for me, life and painting are one. I have no desire to follow fashion; it has no value to me. In my art, the sea, the sky, woman and child are subjects of importance, eternity. I have no passion for politics. I often use in my work, stone carved forms and water– these are symbols of eternity. I love sculpture, and I try to unite it with painting. Women, the symbol of love, mother-hood and eternity, have great importance in my art. In life, there are some things that last forever; in my work, I communicate this with the sky, water and stones.”

His paintings feel relevant to where I stand right now. I normally stick to drawing and painting cute things, portraits and more cute things but lately I have been experiencing one of those oh-so-wonderful artist’s blocks. In other words, all my cute drawings look like poo. >_>

However, one of my class assignments has been to go out to the local lake…thing (it is a fake “lake” because this IS the desert) and paint plein air (or outdoors onsite.) I’ve never really bothered with buildings or landscapes before so this was a new challenge….and it turned out surprisingly well! In fact, I am thrilled with it…..which doesn’t happen to often, ahah!

Here is the first day:

 and a few days later:

And finished!

I think this is one of my best pieces of late, and after discovering Evgeni Gordiets work and seeing how landscapes and cityscapes can have just as much  magic to them as fairies, I started wondering if I shouldn’t try painting something besides cute people.

So, I guess, stay tuned for more paintings of buildings?

I’M EXPANDING MY HORIZONS.

and until then……here is a picture of my newest USB drive (I collect cute ones XD) His name is Ozzie

Spooky Fairy Tales, Anyone? Also, Cats Cats Caaats

Hi Ya’ll! I thought I would take a moment to share my most recent, finished piece of work with everyone!

This piece is watercolor and ink on cold press paper and is based off of one of my favorite Japanese fairy tales, The Boy Who Drew Cats.

For those of you who have never heard of this fairy tale, you can read a pretty good translation here, if you can’t guess…it is a story about a boy who only ever draws cats. Cats. Cats. Cats.

I also like Wikipedia’s synopsis, and the addition of all the cats having bloody mouths, creeeeppy.

Anyways, I really wanted to bring out some of the spookier elements of the story (I’ve always felt that the Japanese have a wonderful grasp on horror). This was an assignment for school and I was limited to black, white and grey, which lent itself fairly well to this scene of the story, where our cat loving little protagonist has fallen asleep in the temple after drawing,……catscatscats. I have also been working hard to create a sense of space in my paintings (usually they are terribly flat). I think I was successful in here!

I really would like to paint some more creepy fairy tale scenes! Do you have any suggestions? What do you think of The Boy Who Drew Cats and my adaptation of it?

Halloweeen Is Coming!

It’s October! The spookies month of the year…culminating in my favorite holiday, All Hallows Eve!

I did a silly/sweet Vampire shoot with Xzone9 last week and his assistant Odrina got me all dressed up in an outfit that reminded me a bit of Claudia, from Interview with a Vampire, if only because it was a cute vintage-ish spin on vampires (I really just CAN’T be conventionally scary, sorry ahha)

Me being a terribly "scary" vampire.

Now I know most of us are damn tired of Vampires by now (I am atleast) but, if you have not either read Interview with the Vampire By Anne Rice or viewed the film, you should certainly put that on your Halloween To-do list! Anne Rice is a superb author whose writing is dark, rich and alluring.

Speaking of spooky books and films, do ya’ll have any favorites? I’d love for you to share!

Also, in my shoot I wore a creepy cute crucifix, hand made by my lovely friend Michelle. She sells her pieces on Etsy and they would be perfect for Halloween, so click the pic and check her out n_n

Now I am off to decorate my lawn with spooky fun things!

I’d love to hear about how you all celebrate my favorite holiday!

Grown up Hello Kitty.

Prepare yourselves, I am going to spent the next several paragraphs geeking out about my celebrity crush: Hello Kitty. (If you haven’t noticed from the contents of this blog, all of my passions match those of a five year old girl. Fairy tale princesses, coloring, sweets and of course hello kitty. I’m cool with this.)

I was shopping at Target the other day, (with which I have a long standing, secret, love affair. Shh don’t tell anyone!) when I made a fantastic discovery: Hello Kitty Clothes for Grown ups.  Which I must say, are pretty fabulous.

Of course this was a dream come true for me, who normally is resigned to shopping in the kids section for my hello kitty clothes. Hey don’t judge, if the shoe fits…wear it. Even if it was meant for a seven year old. Which by the way, an US women’s size 7.5/8 shoe is about the same size as a US girl’s 5, which is pretty sweet because kids shoes are often cheaper. Anyway, if you want some fabulous Hello Kitty clothing, tailored for a grown up figure, head over to Target! I went ahead and purchased the boxy blue top and the embossed pleated skirt, and I am just as pleased punch!Blouse detail