Sunday, July 31, 2011

10 Annoying Things to Happen while Painting

I love painting. But sometimes things happen while I am working that really annoy me. Here is a list!

1. Nature's Call
I really really really have to go to the bathroom.
I hate to break my concentration. Cant. Stop. Painting.

2. Hair
Hair gets trapped on the painting. I don't know how it flew horizontally from my head to the canvas. I don't know how I did not notice it. Either I pick it out with a needle and tweezers or paint thicker over it and hope that it blends in with the brushstrokes.

3. Aliens
Foreign materials invade my palette. Like outer space aliens invading earth, dust particles, paint skins, bits of paper towel, food show up on my palette suddenly. I don't remember when they have landed, but they are there, and my brush picks them up and they mess up my strokes. The coating on my paint brushes also flake out everywhere. And again, my HAIR!!! It gets on my palette and I have long hair so it is annoying. I shed so much it is a wonder I am not bald!

4. Holes
I throw my palette knife into my paint box. I see the blade sticking out of a tube of cadmium red oil paint. Fuck.

5. Itches.
My hands are dirty and gross. My forehead itches. Cant. Stop. Painting.

6. Crashes
My computer crashes and I lose all reference material.

7. Materials
I run out of paint.
It is an important color, like white.

8. My decisions.
I change my mind. I change my mind about a color, I change my mind about where to place what subject, I change my mind about the size of something in the picture... whatever it is, I change my mind and there goes a few wasted hours of work :-/

9. Delusions
I am more than 50% through when I realize that the painting is stupid.
Whether it be the concept, or the color choices, or the execution, whatever it is, the painting was not worth starting in the first place. What was I thinking!?!?!

10. Magic
Paint on my ceiling. Paint on my t-shirt that was under my sweater. Paint under the floor mats. Paint can show up anywhere and there is no explanation. It is magic.

So that's it. If there is anything else that I may have missed, feel free to leave a comment below.

Saturday, July 30, 2011


One of the many things I find beautiful about cities are the lights. Suspended in the darkness, in various shapes and colors, they add excitement to the cold concrete everywhere!

I have made a new page showing the process of bring lights into your world. Click on "Illuminate Your World" in the menu above, or click here.

If you haven't already, be sure to check out the other pages in the menu above and have fun creating art.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Art on Walls and Online

Hey everyone!

The shows went great! Mischief at StudioGallery has lots of great art hung up and Opposites at WonderlandSF was a party!
I don't have any photos from the Mischief show, but got a few from the Opposites show:

I don't want to give away too much because you need to see the art in person! But the last pic is my piece. It was my first time doing installation work, and I love painting on the wall.

The shows are still up, so make time to check it out! They will be going on for about a month from the opening. See the Shows and Events page above for specific dates.

My website also just got a bit nicer for the galleries are re-structured! Thanks to my friend who helped me out with the galleries, you can now view all the artwork on one page instead of in separate tabs.

That's it for now. There will be a new addition to the menu of pages above! Illuminate Your World will be coming soon!

Saturday, July 16, 2011


Ever wonder what lies beyond the borders of the picture? Then go to WonderlandSF, where artists continue their world past the edges of their paintings. It is going to be a great show! The opening reception is Wednesday, July 20, from 6 to 10 pm.

The theme for the show is "opposites." I will be showing next to many amazing artists.

Here is the wall space provided for me to paint on:

I got some painting done today, and will return Monday to finish. The work will be up from then on, but come for the reception for the party and to see what all the artists have done!

For more information, click here.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


Come out this Sunday! Studio Gallery is holding the opening reception for the Mischief show and there is a lot of great art to look at. I will be showing a few drawings alongside many talented artists.

If you love characters, critters and cartoons, you should definitely come check it out! More information here.

See you there!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Paint Applications

So, if you follow my facebook page, you may have guessed that I have been working on a diptych. I am nearing completion, and so here is a small sneak-preview section of it:

Meanwhile, let's talk more about paint. Acrylic paint.

I have two palette boxes as my main holder for paints (one for oil and one for acrylic), but sometimes I grab whatever is in reach. When using a plastic lid for a palette, I found out something amusing...

This works for acrylic paints. It is especially cool when clear acrylic medium is used. After the paint completely dries, I can peel it off and stick it to walls, windows, and various surfaces.

Oh no! Green goop on my laptop!!!

Ha ha! Alright, information about shows on the way, and I hope everyone has a great fourth of July weekend!