#BeBrave

Happy (relatively) New Year friends! :P  

The ending of a year usually fills me with a bit of ennui, but 2014 was surprisingly different.  I'm not sure if it's the result of getting older, but this year end was full of acceptance and contentment.  Maybe it's the prospect that tabula rasa of the new year or the fact that I've got a few art-related things already on the horizon, but I have a positive vibe going into 2015.  

I usually stress about resolutions...  it's hard not to fall into the hype, but I think I just have a few (albeit fairly important) simple goals this year...

Be Brave.  Make Mistakes.  Start Again. 

 

If you follow me on Instagram, I've posted about having some shows lined up in the next few weeks.  I'm obviously nervous, but excited!

I feel so lucky to be asked to be in another great group show at A LITTLE KNOWN SHOP in Anaheim.  It's definitely become one of my favorite spots ever (in life!!).  

The show is a Tribute to Don Bluth and is being curated by the lovely ladies of 2 Sketchy Dames and Jesse Greenberg.  The gallery opens on Saturday January 24 at 6pm!  I don't think I'll ever be not nervous before a show, but I am feeling slightly more prepared for this one!  I think... :P  

Here's a little sneak peek of my piece:

Sorry for the janky watermark... :|  You just never know!

Sorry for the janky watermark... :|  You just never know!

I used to love watching Anastasia... Who am I kidding?  I still love watching Anastasia!  I used to have the VHS.  Yes, VHS.  Legit.

I've also been selected to showcase my work at PRESENT hosted by RAW Orange County on Friday, February 6th from 6pm -10pm at the Yost Theater in Santa Ana!  It's my first time working with them, and while I'm intimidated to be showing amongst such talented individuals, I'm also quite humbled to be considered one of their peers.  :)  

I'm a featured artist at PRESENT hosted by RAW Orange County.  Click through to purchase tickets!

I'm a featured artist at PRESENT hosted by RAW Orange County.  Click through to purchase tickets!

The lineup is pretty impressive with musical acts, spoken word performances and even a fashion show at the end of the night!  If you'd like to support me, please purchase a ticket on my RAW profile page.   Tickets are $15 and each ticket sold helps to cover my participation costs.  I appreciate all of you and I certainly hope to see some familiar faces there!  I'll be posting some progress in the next couple of weeks!

Cheers!  And here's to a spectacular 2015!!! 

Halloween Gallery - Recap

Hello internet! 

This past Saturday, A Little Known Shop hosted their 2nd annual Day of the Dead and Halloween event!  I've been lucky to be part of a couple of their events, and both times have been an exceptional experience.  

I had a chance to sit next to Chrissy Mahuna at the artist tables.  She had a couple of these AMAZEBALLS needle-felted sculptures on display.  Needless to say, I felt awed, and inspired, and a whole lot of inadequate.  :P

As promised, here are a few in-progress shots of "Dame de Chat".  Kudos to those who get the joke... 

Work in Progress - graphite on watercolor paper

Work in Progress - graphite on watercolor paper

It's been a really long time since I've done something fully traditional.  I've missed my graphite pencils.  

Work in Progress - Building up layers and using 2H - 2B pencils

Work in Progress - Building up layers and using 2H - 2B pencils

I'm quite happy with the results.  The watercolor graphite was a little out of my comfort zone, but I kind of like the unpredictable nature of it.  It was a good challenge to try to manipulate it since I don't usually work with water-based mediums that often.  

Fini - Dame de Chat

Fini - Dame de Chat

And the final product framed! :)  I didn't get a close-up of it on the wall, but I did get an awesome pic with some faboo people. (Not pictured because I don't know how they would feel about a public blog...)

I know I am surrounded by amazing people.  I'm grateful for it every day.  But it always surprises and humbles me to think that they think of me the same way.  <3 

*fuzzy feelings*

Here's to a great rest of the week~!!