With all the things that’s happening in the world today, the pandemic, economy tanking, high unemployment rate, George Floyd’s murder, the Black Lives Matter protests, the lack of strong, decent & empathic leadership in this country, I have to remind myself that this is not going to last. Better days lies ahead like when President Obama was still in the office. 🙂 Although change is not always easy, I’m rooting for my community, the people of color. Voices are heard but action still needs to be taken by our leaders to implement REAL CHANGE.
Redesigning the office/guest bedroom into a nursery/guest bedroom has been an on & off 5 month project. My concept is to have a contemporary Peter Pan theme. I’m also thinking of balancing the fact that it’s also a guest bedroom. I’ve no intention of making it a literal Peter Pan motif but pick up some inspiration from the Walt Disney’s Peter Pan pictures below:
From the above pictures, I came up w/ my color palette of Salem Blue, Butter, Pistachio Green & Snowy Mount:
My hubby painted the walls & we hired a wallpaper installer to hang the wallpaper we bought from Lowe’s. It’s a Damask print from York Wallcoverings.
I have 4 more weeks to finish this room before the baby comes. It’s really different when you’re designing for yourself & designing for a client.
Finally, I’m done with working on my sister-in-law’s wedding place cards. She really love the Disney Characters. Her fiance loves horror movies & books so we decided on using “The Corpse Bride” as one of the images.
I recently submitted one of my works at the OPEN CALL LA 2009 at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. The opening reception will be on Sunday, August 16, 2 – 5 pm. The exhibition date is from August 13 – September 27.
Please come & see an eclectic mixture of LA artists & their works. If anything else, the view from Barnsdall Art Park is just breathtaking. You could see the Hollywood Sign from the park & enjoy an afternoon picnic besides one of the outdoor sculptures. I hope to see you there! 🙂
Next week, we’ll be presenting the culmination of Studio Lab Project- “The Marriage of Cruz & Chu: Our Big Fat Filipino-Chinese Wedding Banquet.” This will be on July 11, 2009, Saturday, 6:00 PM at the Miyako Hotel 328 East 1st Street Los Angeles, CA 90012. I’m really quite excited how this will pan out because it’ll be an interactive dinner theatre show. The show for this day is sold out after only a couple of weeks being online which is awesome.
Working on this project is quite a journey of self-discovery in my part. This group is a mixture of people I worked with in the past & people from the other EWP classes. I do love the collaboration & exchange of ideas that was just born from each moment when we’re working on the scenes. But at times it can be quite challenging when people with strong ideas clash, too. So, I asked my friends what do you do when you’re in this process? Interesting results:
a. stay away from the person as far as possible
b. slap the person in the face
c. count 1-10 & then smile
d. kill your scene partner
e. give a deadly stare
I didn’t do anything of the above. I blew my top in public which is RARE but in the end I compromised.
I had a preview exhibit at St. Lorenzo Catholic Church, Walnut CA during the Pentecost festivities last May 30, 2009. It’s a prelude to my plan to have an art exhibition by fall 2010. For the past month, I’d been working on the “Apostles Series” to humanize the saints or apostles and relate it to the everyday man. In my view, the apostles are just normal people like us but had overcome great obstacles in their time. It’s the focus of their belief or faith that made them notable.
In choosing the models for the saints, I was looking for particular people who would seem to look familiar and yet would impress us with distinct characteristics of the saints for what they’re known for before they become saints. My goal for this series is to go beyond the religious aspect of the apostles & see the humanity & commonality that exist with everyday unsung heroes.
Since last month, I’d been attending the Business of Art workshop facilitated by the Center for Culture & Innovation in Downtown Little Tokyo, Los Angeles. Every week, we focus on the different aspect of having a career as an artist. Last night, we tackled “Marketing & Self-Promotion” and Rochelle Fabb from Loudmouth Production was incredibly helpful in terms of tackling the publicity side of holding any artist event.
I used to think that being a “starving artist” is alright. The world had seen so many of them around that it is such a norm. I think it was four or five years ago that I had a mental shift when I started reading the book, “How to Survive & Prosper as an Artist.” The book primarily supplements the idea of the Business of Art workshop that having an art career is like having your own business. Being an artist is being in business for your art.
“..the myth tells us that struggle, complexity, and suffering are necessary components of creativity, and without these key elements an artist will stagnate. The myth tells us that the desire for comfortable lives and financial success will ultimately poison and distort art, that a true artist is concerned only with art and anyone else is a dilletante. The myth tells us that real artists do not discover themselves. Other people do, preferably when the artist is dead!” —“How to Survive & Prosper as an Artist” by Caroll Michels
Can you imagine if historians focused on how artist of the Renaissance period like Michelangelo became successful in his time, who had a business sense and learned to leverage his talent with the Pope and the Medici? People would have a different impression of the word “artist.” Can you imagine if Van Gogh learned the business of art earlier in his life? He wouldn’t have gone crazy and had tasted the fruit of his success! There’s so much romanticism about being a starving artist that it doesn’t do any good to the individual artist themselves. And yet, individual artist has contributed so much to the economy. According to American for the Arts study on Arts & Economic Prosperity III: The Economic Impact of Nonprofit Arts and Culture Organizations and Their Audiences:“Nationally, the nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $166.2 billion in economic activity every year—$63.1 billion in spending by organizations and an additional $103.1 billion in event-related spending by their audiences.” And this is just one piece of the pie. Artists contributed so much economically to the different related industry in Entertainment and Media, Construction, Manufacturing, Tourism, etc.
So, can you imagine the world without an artist even in a business sense? There’ll be no job for construction industry building schools for the arts and cultural buildings or museums, nobody will be employed as teachers who teaches art or no cultural workers in related fields, no singers or actors, no manufacturing industry that makes paints, easel and other art supplies. Everything will be plain, no color and shape. Commercials will not even exist – no funding for your favorite tv shows like “American Idol.” The world indeed will be different. It is something to think about.
One of my favorite things are weddings. What can I say, I’m a romantic. So, when my sister-in-law asked me to design her wedding paper accessories, I got really excited. The above picture was an initial mock-up as part of a token for her wedding. It’ll be printed on a green parchment paper and will be rolled and tied with a coral string.