Sunday, July 24, 2016

"Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do" - Edgar Degas


So... yeah, I've taken up painting. And to be honest, no matter how much I end up doing, I plan on staying on the "don't know how" side so that it stays fun and "easy".

I think a part of me has always strived to develop an artistic side. I have so many art supplies: crayons, markers, acrylic paint, pastels, colored pencils... Even though my wardrobe may contain just a handful of colors, my eyes are always drawn to vibrant colors.

Paint Nite
When I accompany friends into stores like Sephora or even the Home Depot paint aisle, I look at the color palettes and feel a peaceful calmness.

I've been an inspiring creative for a long time but I've never dedicated any time to it. But considering all the supplies I've accumulated over the years, it seems about time.

About 7-8 years ago, Costco has an art easel and paints set that I bought on a whim. After that, it just sat in a closet or garage, collecting dust until now. Why did I wait so long? I just didn't want to commit. Why did I finally break it out? Well, I figured, 1. Why not? and 2. It's something to do while I binge watch tv!

As Danny Kaye says, "Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint you can on it."


And after my first Paint Nite with my good friend, Erica, the creative juices really started flowing. I had already been working a weekly Hump Day Haiku that was accompanied by a drawing. Up until that point, I was essentially drawing stick figures. After, I decided to step up my game and see what I could do.

I have finished that project, but haven't found another one for this year. I've been playing with my new DSLR and been taking pictures as often as I can, but I still felt like something was missing.

There is just something to forcing yourself to constantly brainstorm and create a new thing each week and then just stopping. I start getting what I consider "creative anxiety" where I just want to draw something. But not just something, something that I like and am willing to share. I have several half finished sketches so now I'm switching gears and trying a new medium.

I have another 5 canvases ready to have paint thrown on them. Over the next few weeks and months I'll be adding whatever I create here. Hopefully they will turn out ok, but even if they don't, I honestly don't have a clue of what I'm doing so I'm just going to have some fun.


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

#HumpDayHaiku 2Q16

I've been missing this project and haven't been drawing as much as I'd like.

Hopefully this quarter I'll have more.

Apr. 13:


Happy hump day!

May 4th:


My friend said that Star Wars is a tricky topic because of the mega fans. The bf wanted me to add Yoda, Han and Chewie too. Can't please everyone so I drew what I wanted.  😆

In any case, may the 4th be with you!

Jun. 8:


Now who doesn't like smiling purple hippos?

I'm hoping I'll do at least another one or two before this month ends! 

Monday, February 8, 2016

Chúc mùng năm mói!

Happy Vietnamese New Year!


Wishing everyone a happy, healthy,  and prosperous year. 

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

#HumpDayHaiku 1Q2016

So, yeah... I really loved the weekly Haiku project from last year. So much so that I couldn't stop myself from making this today.

No commitment for the next 51 weeks but there will be more, that, I know for sure. 😄

Jan 6:


Jan 20:


I think this will continue and be a bi-weekly thing. Ish, anyway.

Feb 10:


Mar 16:


Ok, so not really bi-weekly, but as I'm inspired. I've missed this project and may aim for 2 a month to keep my drawing and mind on the ball. 

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

#HumpDayHaiku in decadent December

Last month of haikus! This year just flew by!

Dec 02:


Inspired by @anasteem from instagram.

Dec 09:


Dec 16:


Dec 23: Festivus


My penultimate haiku for this year! I can't believe how quickly time flies.
This haiku would make the most sense if you watched Seinfeld. Just thinking about this makes me chuckle. For an added element of randomness, I added the pandas.
I'm not a Grinch. I love the holidays but this was too good to pass up.
Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season, no matter what you celebrate.

Dec 30:


My last haiku for the year!  This is based off a picture I took when I visited Astoria, OR last year.


This year has been full of transitions but this project provided a much needed outlet.

Thank you for your support during the last 52 weeks.  I've got a few projects in mind for next year so stay tuned! 

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Inktober 2015: Week 4

This month is flying by!

Oct 22: Werewolf


Oct 23: Ghost


Oct 24: Vampire


Oct 25: Wicked


Oct 26: Shadow


The Jesal wanted a The Shadow Minion, so he gets a Shadow minion...


Oct 27: Goblin


Oct 28: Skeleton


Oct 29: Haunted House


Oct 30: Sweet Treats


Oct 31: My Costume

So I didn't dress up this year. But!  This is one of my favorite costumes, ever.


And now that it's November, I will go back to the regularly scheduled program of hump day haikus. Only 9 left! Holy cow!