Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Some More September

Because I like Dia De Los Muertos skulls and pancakes.

Skull bunnies, observing you observing them.

A silent wtf-really face. Or when you run out of words because you cannot believe that hair can actually have the colour of envy though it is not green. 

Monday, September 21, 2015

Paintbrush Wrap and Pregnancy

I am making another paintbrush wrap, this time for my sister.

As for my September sprint, here is another piece, pregnant with possibilities.

Working on the next one already; post next time :)

Friday, September 18, 2015

How to Not Be the First Person to Drag You Down

Going over one of my handwritten journals from March 2014, I picked out some important lessons which I believe we all need to keep in mind and to always apply and practise. We may have learned them already at certain points in our past, but we need to constantly take care to mindfully practise them as much as we can, lest we fall back into old patterns or have to deal with the same issues over and over again. 

1. Be careful of whom you surround yourself with. You become a reflection of the kind of people you associate yourself with. 

2. Enjoy the present moment - do not jump to imagined future scenarios nor read too much into the good parts. Just enjoy and be happy with the moment. 

3. Do not get carried away by your emotions; when overwhelmed, do something that will help you improve on a skill, increase your knowledge, or develop as a person. Something you will not regret.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

September Sprint

So far, for September :)

This month's theme is all about things, sceneries, or colours I've been finding myself quite drawn to. All the following pieces are in my art blog with their respective titles, but what you will find below are the small bits of information behind each piece :) 

I like rows of colourful buildings lining clean streets. It is as though each unusually-shaped window is an open book to bigger-on-the-inside worlds. I especially like these colourful structures when they are old and the sky is an almost otherworldly yellow. Any child in a red cap is a potential fanged soul-eater. But I digress. I love the colours. And the cleanliness that surrounds them.

Inspired by a scene in The Perks of Being A Wallflower. At least I have this piece now, though the movie felt like it wasted a good couple of hours of me. I like strong solid reds with light blues or blue turquoises, and it is good when they happen to go with pinks. Here I like the party feel given by the gold sumi ink. Lately though I have been wanting outdoor dinner parties that are small and quiet and full of tiny lights. Quiet and cozy are important factors. 

A practice with shadows. The love for wide quiet spaces and the want for proper shading :)) I used a scene from The Royal Tenenbaums as a guide to shading but of course I changed and simplified most elements.

Reds, salmons, and bright rose pinks on soft blue. Tiny bits of lilac make it better. Add to that black lace or bows. Or all-black eyes. Then we have a creepy Emma Woodhouse. 

 Contrasting solid colours on old, soft dresses. Tiles as cold as her heart. Or probably as cold as her kind of lonely. 

Overwhelming, solid colours that pale in comparison to things we feel.

Unreadable faces of toughies that are dressed in quite an outfit. I am not a big fan of neona but I like them in such cases. And the hearts might just possibly imply sincerity, though it might seem alien to many of us. 

Another one of those wide open spaces, but this one has more trees and no tombstones :))) The flowers are the main thing here and how I just want to swim into the whole place. 

The occasional comfort of creepiness. Sometimes they take our eyes away from failed colour matching D:

This is all about the beauty of silence and quiet effect of the sun on places without people. 

Everything has gone awry here. I just persisted so here you go. An afraid boy.

This is my personal favourite so far; it was inspired by Frances Conroy's character Moira O'Hara in the American Horror Story. I love the colour of her hair, except I just made it more fiery here.

I just really wanted a comforting window against a wall with a nice kind of blue and then there is my need for a warm light. That girl is just how I feel when I don't find things funny anymore. But windows are good. Sometimes I want to fly out of them and I wonder if I would have a better sense of direction if I saw the world flat out before me, like a map. Except I cannot circle my house with a red marker and put arrows and pins on things.

We are just never sure if she was a victim or if she did all that bloody activity. I wish people were brighter and deeper to realise that not all small voices belong to distressed damsels and not all friendly smiles are harmless and "just friendly." 

Sometimes it is easier to think, plan, or decide this way. 

Disappearing into your environment because you want to be obscure, but failing, and then you do that childhood thing of closing your eyes and feeling like you're already hidden because it is now "dark."

All August-Art

I have not updated again since my last post about my art-sprint for August, but here is everything for that month :) The last couple of pieces I never got around to posting are Weekend" and "Time." 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Quiet Time by the River

I wish there were more places like this in the city. Where one can safely sit and read and not be bothered by noise or be a victim of anything. Where kids bike and teens make wholesome fun. Where people pick up after themselves and no one smokes just anywhere. Where the river actually has fish and dragonflies are common to see. Where the air smells fresh and nothing feels like a template fashion show.  

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

By Me, From Me, and For Me

Artwork by me, inspired by Suzy Bishop, since she reminds me of certain aspects of me. 

Artwork from me, for Claud (^___^) 

Artwork for me, by Claire (^__^) 

Sewing and Surplus

I have made a number of things using old kendo gi such as the small bag I made last time, and this time I made a couple of wraps for some of my pens and my paintbrushes. 

The one for the paintbrushes came first, and I must admit it was quite crude, but I still like how it turned out and how much easier it is now to access and bring around my brushes. For something spontaneous, it became quite a good warmup and practice for the second wrap which I made for my drawing pens.

I guess this second was also a bit neater because it was taken from the gi sleeve, which has automatically flat and steady folds.

And quite appropriately, Mico got me really nice sewing things in our recent trips to Japanese surplus stores.

There were several of these threads in various colours but I held back and took only those I do not have yet. I actually still have plenty of blue but I use it quite often so I got one too. 

And then I found this small pretty box of fabric chalk. I only have a pink one which makes it hard to see on pink fabric, so having white and yellow ones is great :3 There were white and blue pieces of chalk too but they were broken so I did not include them here anymore :))

And then there were other Japanese surplus things:

These chopsticks rests are so simple yet so pretty~

And then I found this tiny buddy who kept me company when I was in Japan. He was in many of my beverages :))

Bunny chopsticks!! And I like it that they come in different colours (^__^)

And last are these paintbrushes. I have been using the thinner, brown one, and I love it. 

Next up, updates on recent art pieces :) 
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