A Tonic Water

I took this photo close to my home on a beautiful autumn day. Actually,no.. it may have been the last day of summer.

Looking at this picture, again, just reminded me of something unrelated, err, but sort of related:

Have you ever watched that great water fountain show outside the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas? The water, the lights, the music– gorgeous, right? Well, one day, on a Las Vegas layover, I decided I would try to catch the Bellagio display in action. It did not disappoint. It was beautiful. However, as I stood watching and leaning over the concrete wall that separates the sidewalk from the water, I looked down into the  pool. What did I see? Hundreds of those trashy flip cards of  bare-breasted exotic dancers and escorts. They were laying at the bottom of the pool. It didn’t ruin my viewing experience.  I just accepted (not sure that’s the right word!) that it was also also part of the show.

Anyways, I really like this photo. I like how the yellow contrasts against the richness of the stream. Sadly, even the litter is yellow! I mean, I guess if there has to be litter, it doesn’t get better than that.


Fresh Fruit

I had this moment last night of wanting to dismantle my Society6 page (temporarily) because I feel like I went at it haphazardly. It feels disorganised and I think that comes from me– because *I’m* disorganised. Right now, I’m in a stage of experimenting,building skills, feeling out different styles and discovering my own all at the same time. All the work I’m creating feels different from the next. For some reason that bothers me when it comes to the whole presentation of it all. Individually I enjoy each piece, but to see the pieces together…I don’t know. Also, I haven’t really set any clearly defined goals or intentions for myself. I guess that’s what I mean when I say I jumped into Society6 haphazardly. As far as intentions, I’ve only gone as far as knowing I love to create and that it makes me feel good.

Where am I going with this? Right– I wanted to dismantle my S6 page. Re-vamp. Re-organize. Whatever you want to call it. Then when I was ready and sure of what I wanted, I would link to it again and make it available publicly.

<Cut to this morning> I log into my account and apparently someone has bought a little illustration of mine called ‘fresh fruit.’ Framed, even! I’m very grateful. I imagine it made this person chuckle a bit as it did for me when I drew it. Plus, who doesn’t love strawberries?! (Unless you’re allergic, of course…. an awful affliction, if you ask me!) I had a real feel-good moment like I had connected with someone in some way.

Anyhoo, it was really cool to wake up to some good news from the Society6 page and I’ll definitely be putting more work into my page and making more art available for print. It may take some time to get it the way I would like it, but I think it’ll be worth the effort.

Speaking of making an effort, I’ve been having the same thoughts about this blog. It just isn’t looking like how I envisioned it to be. So, I’ve upgraded and now I have to teach myself CSS. Hahaaha! Expect a lot of changes back and forth as I try to navigate the world of webpage design. Ahh, what have I gotten myself into!!??

If anyone has tips on webpage design, CSS, WordPress, programs for Mac etc., drop me a line! I’d love to hear from you. 🙂

And thank you, again, to the person who bought ‘fresh fruit’…. really.

OH, and thank you to all my readers! I’ve just reached 20. Very cool. I’ve now been on WordPress for a couple of weeks and I really am impressed with the level of blogging out there. Reading blogs has become a part of my daily routine now. I really enjoy it.  There are so many inspiring blogs out there. Lovely…

This is become long-winded…  haha.


A Panda Walks Into A Bar…

A Panda Walks Into A Bar...

Stop me if you’ve heard this one!

The first thing I remember wanting to “be” when I grew up (other than a princess) was a cartoonist. I have no idea what made me want to be a cartoonist except that I watched a lot of cartoons and I drew…a lot.

Two of my most memorable gifts were a binder full of paper and a Gremlins pencil case kit.

I practiced drawing by learning how to draw Heathcliff the Cat, Garfield and the Simpsons. My biggest inspiration, however, was my own cat George. I used to make little comic books based on George’s adventures.

I often think about what changes in us when we become adults. Why do we ignore our natural selves and become other things…

I started reading chapter 1 of The Artist’s Way recently. The author gives several examples of this very scenario of creatives ignoring themselves by going into fields and careers completely opposite of their natural intentions. Many of the reasons involve outside pressures– family, what’s expected by society and the stereotypes of the creative lifestyle– but so many reasons have been internalised, so self-doubt plays a huge contributing factor. What I learned from this is that the number one cause for someone not persuing his or her dream comes straight from the self. As I write this I wonder: if the self is strong enough to subdue a dream, then the self should be equally strong enough to support a dream. Then maybe it’s a choice….

The moment I bought this particular sketchbook back in October, I made a choice. I chose to support myself and my inner child artist. She’s been dying to come out and play.

This was my first page.

Explore. Dream. Discover.

Tomorrow I am meeting with my cousin who will be embarking soon on her first solo trip to Europe. Having been there several times on my own, she asked if we could sit down for coffee to chat about … well, everything. Excitedly, I agreed. In the meantime, I gave her all my travel guides to help plan her 70 day trip.

On my trip to Berlin last month, I managed to find a Moleskin City Notebook on Amsterdam (her first stop on the trip) for about 4 Euros. These notebooks normally sell for about 16 Euros, so…BONUS! I also stocked up for myself. If you’re not familiar with the Moleskin City Notebook, they’re great. They’re very small black moleskin books with city maps, metro maps, blank pages, contacts, an organization system for jotting down your favourite places, restaurants, shopping, sightseeing, etc. Basically, it’s a travel guide that YOU write.

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I hate pulling out my Lonely Planet guide in the middle (Note** I LOVE Lonely Planet Guides) of the street for all to see. It makes me feel a little bit vulnerable and travelling on your own is enough vulnerability! Seriously, if you pulled this little black book out of your purse/bag, no one would be the wiser. It’s genius.

My cousin is a special young woman. Without going into any details, I will say that she deserves to have this great adventure– to be young, have fun and feel free.

So, to make the book a little extra special, I decided to get creative and inscribe the inside with a quote from Mark Twain to celebrate this great adventure.

How it turned out:

I feel really good about how it turned out. It’s a very simple inscription, but the quote speaks volumes.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. (Mark Twain)

Inspiration Tote

My Joan Miró “Contstellations” tote bag that I purchased at Tate Modern adorned with with Cure and Berlin buttons.

I think I need more buttons! Although– aesthetically, I think three is pleasing.

The top Cure button I found second hand in Rome while the other I bought in Los Angeles. Cure music makes me happy, sad, and every emotion in between. I can’t imagine a world without it.

The Berlin pin is from my recent trip to Berlin — a city that is very much an alive thing. While other cities have established themselves, Berlin is still figuring out who it is. Although it’s rich in history and tragedy, it has a fresh energy and, in turn, is inspiring to me.

If you had an inspiration tote, what would it look like?