Thursday, January 21, 2010

Butterflies (Series 1 & 2)

Nowadays, I am trying to paint happiness, joy, and love.
Top one is 20' x 30' and the bottom one is 18' x 24' .
I would love to do bigger ones, but with two toddlers...that's TOO risky.
Back in college I used to do 30' x 40' ~ 50' x 70' .
Now you know how much I LOVE big sized canvas.
Being a mommy changes everything. From eating all the way to your canvas size. And of course your tv programs. I don't know when was my last time to watch Oprah. If I switch the program channel, my son and daughter starts jumping up and down (not because they are excited). Even if many things changed, being a mom is a wonderful gift from the Lord.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Children's book style Illustration

Once, I was very much interested in children's book style illustration. When my son was about eight months old, I sat him in a high chair and gave him a bowl of cheerios and work on this painting. My son was so happy and busy eating cheerios, he sat by me and let me work on it. Which is impossible thing to do nowadays~ He will let me hold a brush for 2 seconds and it's his time to work on his master pieces on my desk..of course his sister joins him.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Arts and Crafts / Arts or Crafts

Back in college, students were very much encouraged to paint with oils. In fact, that was the only medium we used in painting classes all through senior year. I always wished that school offered some sort of mixed media class for students to explore with many mediums and techniques. One studio class I took during my junior year, I was able to use different mediums other than oil. I tried inks, watercolors, glitters, papers, and yarns. That was my first time trying to do some kind of mixed media art.
I did fine arts(?) as my major and did crafts(?) as my hobby. I made cards, pressed flowers, frames, and wall arts. But it never clicked that it doesn't have to be divided into two. When I go to the bookstore to grab some arts magazines, I first start browsing fine arts magazine such as Art in America and I end up buying Cloth Paper Scissor and bunch of Somerset studio magazines. One day I told my sister about that and she said to me..."But that's what you like". Oh~ya...that's what I like. I like to look and read all about it and get amazed how talented they are.
About a year ago, I really tried mixed media not just as my hobby, but to bring it onto the canvas. At first I knew what I wanted to do in my head, but transferring it onto a canvas was very challenging. Not knowing much about mixed media.
I'm still trying and learning and having a good time~

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

My painting theme

After I gained a title called 'Mom', many things has changed including my painting themes and styles.
I do many series of 'Mother and Child/Children'. I have been painting this series for about 3 years now.
My motivation started from wanting to express my love and joy being a mother and it become one of my series theme.
Sometimes I do face hard time letting go of the paintings, especially with 'mother and child/children' ones.

Monday, January 11, 2010

New Years Resolution

I used to have New Years Resolution or perhaps New Years Resolutions.
I stopped making New Years Resolutions about eight years ago.
Why? I never keep it. I may try to do it for a few days and I tell myself...'What was I thinking? exercising everyday? not eating chocolates?' and somehow I convince myself to forget about it.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

As far as my knowledge goes... Love bird species can't be alone. That's how they got their name 'Love Bird'. Once I had a love bird named 'Pink Lemonade '. He/She (can't tell the difference unless do the blood test done) was bright orange, pink, and green all over. So my younger sister named her/him pink lemonade. I hand fed the bird. It was very well tamed and loved eating cheerios on my shoulder. After leaving home for college, 'Pink Lemonade' found a new person to be loved by.