Death Valley

The US has some amazing national parks; Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Redwood to name a few known ones. I’ve always heard of Death Valley, but I never thought of going there, simply because while the name sounds like mysterious running down the back, the prospect of seeing a land of “dead” in my mind wouldn’t entertain…

Long Road

Sometimes it’s a joy just to work on a small scale canvas or paper, just to put something down, to clear the air, let whatever’s pent up just go through the fingers. Long roads, but thankfully not lone roads, not all the time at least. 8″ x 8″; acrylic on canvas

Milton Avery

Regardless of whether you’ve heard of Milton Avery or not, his work will speak for him. His figures and his colors, so simple but of so much expression. Simplicity is something I’ve always struggled with, and I enviously admire those who bath in it with a glass of champagne on the side.  

Windows – Tishk Barzanji

I only recently stumbled upon Tishk Barzanji’s work, yet somehow it’s as if I’ve seen the ingredients of his pieces before, in everything, everywhere. But they’re all in their perfect form here, in a delicious soup of modern nostalgia. It’s a common saying that great art has depth, as in a depth that keeps your…

Dong Kingman

Dong Kingman is a San Franciscan, well-known for his depiction of Chinatown streets in his hometown, and later on, for urban depictions of Hong Kong. Even though I’ve only lived in SF for 5 or so years, when I see his work it’s easy to step back into the feeling of living there. But he…

Bold Symphonies – Arvind Kolapkar

Sometimes I’m guilty of forgetting that art is such a diverse and endless landscape, and I get stuck trotting on well known grounds and never leave. It’s works from artists such as Arvind Kolapkar that snaps me out of that daze and plays me a different note, and I become amazed at how personal his…

The Free Figure – Milt Kobayashi

There’s always an attraction to the loose, free flowing figure without bounds. Milt Kobayashi for the day with his muted, yet somehow saturated palettes and expressive studies of the human form.

The Vegas Trap

Jumbled thoughts and feelings about my time here…  

MAKE MONEY, NOT ART

I read that once on a wall, somewhere behind a cafe for hipsters. Is it true? Recently, there’s been a post on the blog irevuo regarding marketing and art that led me to think more about this topic. It’s definitely something to ponder about. As children, we are taught to draw, encourage to draw for drawing’s…

Yasunari Ikenaga

Japanese artists and their prints! There is no debate the absolute mastery they have in that area. The complexity lies in the balance of simplicity, really. The colors and block prints in Ikenaga‘s work is such a wonderful mix of old and new, I can’t help but be mesmerized.  

Industrial Zen

On the heels of the last post, I’ve always been quite enamored with the color and form of an industrial, wabi-sabi styled architecture and home decor. The combined texture of metal, aged and colored wood, with dark ceramic interior decors exudes this soothing, rustic feel of times past and at the same moment, embraces modern…

Colors on the Table

I have a fascination with food in general, and even more fascination with food photography. And now that the art of photographing food has gone to such a level, the color palettes on them are as in depth as a good landscape or portrait. So today’s a post in homage to some good rustic potrayal…

Mixed Textures – Kathy Miller

Texture combinations are fascinating. Somehow pieces seem to be more relatable to me when there’s a 3d element to them, if only in the sense that these materials are tangible and exist in a world I know of. I’ve decided to start capturing color palettes of these artists I put up. Good color themes are…

Down the Tunnel of Inspiration

If you’re anything like me, you find it immensely satisfying when you see works of creativity that appeals to you. It sets off an admiration that bubbles up uncontrollably that I find no trouble giving. I remember flipping through picture books as a kid (my dad had an eclectic collection of random art books and…

Gordon Hopkins

As you can see, it’s always been the colors for me.

Streams of Consciousness

Tangled Space – Steam of consciousness drawings I’ve been sort of exploring this idea of drawing whatever comes to my hand, my mind at one particular moment and not letting myself plan to draw. Recently I’ve come to question why people stop doodling and start “drawing”, because what drawing meant for a kid is straight…

Vistas of Vancouver

One does not live in Vancouver and not take a few landscape pictures. It is almost an uncontrollable twitch that develops whilst traveling through the place, this reaching of the closest photo taking device, be it camera or phone. The color combinations of this great northern province is unmistakable after a while. The blues, greens,…

Diebenkorn

Ever since I moved back to the West Coast of America, I’ve been paying more attention to the field of colors here, and I’m starting to recognize the combinations in paintings by below: Diebenkorn, and Daughters, etc as well as in real life. For me, it almost gives off this smell of dry air and a feeling…

The Urbanite in Vancouver

Anyone who has ever been to Vancouver will say this, if you like the hiking and the nature, this place is for you. The air is fresh, the weather moist, and the skies are always amazing. But what of the city? We lived here for 2 years, after escaping the harsh winters of Montreal. We…

Guilin, China – A Poetry

While planning our one month getaway to China, we knew we had to take in some nature. My husband kept mentioning “the mountains”. Guilin had those. After a lot of hassle booking the tickets through a Chinese travel app (damn you, c-trip), we were ready to go. Never. Take. Shanghai Airlines. Again. That plane looked…

Sound and Fury – Per Kirkeby

It’s fair to say, of the contemporary artists I’ve been soaking in recently, Per Kirkeby‘s art struck a chord that I thought only I knew the sound of. Contemporary art is a tricky thing for me. For a long time I couldn’t understand it. I honestly can’t say I do even now, or if my…

The Old Towns of Shanghai

Towards the end of our stay in Shanghai, we were done with the electronic lights and the posh interiors and were looking for more of the old. My nest of contacts suggested Zhaojialou and Zhujiajiao (yes, I had gotten the two names mixed up on more than one occasion). Zhaojialou (赵家楼) Actually located within Shanghai, and…

The Figure in the Distance-Cathy Hegman

In the course of the film, Millennium Actress by the incredible Satoshi Kon, the main protagonist is forever chasing a vision she has of a man walking in the distance. The unattainable. I’ve always found things more interesting when seen for a second at the corner of the eye. The curiosity is peaked. I have a…

Shanghai Part 1 – The Chaos.

I had been planning to make a trip back to China for a while now. The last time I was in Shanghai was 2003…likely 2003. China is as complicated to describe as the US. The good, the bad, it’s all there in the open, you can see it the moment your feet touches the ground….

Sketchbook 2017

A shape of some art started to take form last year. Strokes and forms that came from my mind and out through my hand with a familiarity that they’ve been there with me all my life. For a long while, I’ve been practicing drawing and painting like someone else, whose works reflected a more attractive…

2018 In The Desert

Happy 2018. At the end of 2017, I decided I needed to invest an endurable amount of time into skills and desires I’ve left mostly dormant or silenced into submission pursuing the thrill of working on the big movies, a good paycheck, and a mostly flippant and nomadic lifestyle I still very much approve of….