Brand NEW

Happy new year, everyone! 2018 is off to a nice, easy start for me, and I hope that it is the same for you, too.

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I am in awe of how incredibly eventful the past year has been for me. It’s been a wild hayride getting to start my own art business and straight up getting to the finish line with my licensure for clinical psychology. I am ready for what is due to me, from all the years of hard work, troubles, tears, and growth. I’ve got lots of mini side projects to come, so be sure to subscribe to my blog and my mailing list for the latest updates.

I wouldn’t be doing what I am doing today if it weren’t for the unwavering support of some outstanding human beings. If you have ever supported an artist and bought their work, you are a rock star.

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To celebrate these individuals, I decided to send my art patrons some holiday goodies in the mail. The response has been a giant wave of hugs! I am so full of love from you guys! Thank you, thank you! I just want to create more for all of you and make this world a brighter place filled with mindful art.

If you haven’t already gotten yours, head on over to my website and subscribe to get a FREE art calendar each month. That’s right, EACH MONTH! Print it big, small, as many times as you please. I think the best things in life are free, why not create more to love?

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Otonarashiku Naru

Hi all! ♥️

I recently completed an art commission for a dear friend and I must say it is definitely one of my all-time favorites. This latest piece is titled Otonarashiku Naru–meaning “becoming like an adult” in Japanese. He wanted me to document in 2-dimensional color and imagery a pivotal timepoint in his life that has marked his tremendous personal growth. I was so excited to get started with this project that I had taken countless notes on what he envisioned it to be like. I’m glad to have been able to learn so much about my friend’s experience and be the one to help see it told on canvas.

The painting’s color palette was dominated by shades of cobalt blue, cobalt teal, cerulean blue, cadmium oranges, burnt sienna, and burnt umber. The brush strokes were all fully intentional and organically placed in moments all over the canvas. The effect of swift, steady sweeps created by the mixture of wet and dry brushwork gave the image a depth that could only be made with patience and time.

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But for this art piece to make more sense to viewers who are better in learning via multi-modal capacities, it would be worth noting that the artwork was further guided and inspired by the beloved quote below from Haruki Murakami:

And once the storm is over you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, in fact, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.

-Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

As you can see, there is a lot of emotion, movement, and force applied to this piece. The twists, turns, and crashes continuously propel the viewer to shift their glance from one corner of the painting to another, creating the effect of an inner conflict. The colors–although appearing to be complementary, are caught in a dynamic dance that appears to be struggling to wash away the grit and grime, hoping to gain control.

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Otonarashiku Naru (2017). 30″x30″, Acrylic on canvas

This. I cannot reiterate enough how honored I am to have had the opportunity to learn about the most difficult time in a person’s life. I get asked tons why I pursued clinical psychology if all I really wanted to do was paint or do art. And to each and every one of them, I have always said, that my passion and interests in art and psychology go hand-in-hand. I love learning about people, what makes them unique, and who they are today because of their experiences. I love art and the ability to convey something ineffable (ie., feelings) in a way that transcends all spoken languages. My passions fuel each other and create a synergistic effect that is always renewed and continuously perfected over the years. I guess I just wanted to say that I am grateful to be able to be able to do both. ❤

So with that, if you or anyone you know is interested in some mindful, abstract expressionist artwork, let me know! I would love to work with you within your budget range, no matter how big or small. When it all comes down to it, my ultimate goal is to create artwork for others that is purposeful and cherished.

Design with Mindful Intention

When most people look at paintings, the immediate thing that usually happens is that they try to figure it out and make sense of it.

What is it?

What am I looking at?

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This is especially true for abstract art. In my observations and growing understanding of this very human characteristic, I’ve taken this notion and incorporated it into my art-making process.

When I paint, I begin from a place of mindful intention and awareness. I paint what speaks to me from within and go on an adventure with my paint and brush.

And then it hit me.

What if my paintings embraced this phenomenon of making people stop, think, and observe?

In itself, this is a practice of mindfulness. This is meditation. Mindful art is a great way to infuse your busy, daily life with a conscious reminder to stop, think, and observe.

Mindful art is a wonderful way to beautify your surroundings in an intentional and purposeful manner. Mindful art is key to helping our minds reconnect with our surroundings and come back to the present moment.

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With that, I’m thinking of new ways to create a movement of mindful art. If you’ve got any great ideas, I’d love to hear from you! Send me your thoughts in the comments below! 🙂

 

 

When did I become an artist?

I’ve been heavily awestruck recently by the wave of artistic events and happenings in my life that I just found myself asking this big question–when did I become an Artist?!

No, seriously.

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Mind Games No. 06 at University Art store in Sacramento, CA

 

I started asking close friends and loved ones this personal thought more recently and they all laughed at me as if I was the last person to figure it out. Yes, you are an Artist. Didn’t you already know that?

Maybe the reason why it hasn’t been that obvious to me is that I’ve been many things in my life so far–student, academician, clinician, researcher, trainer, diagnostic consultant–but none have been related to me being an artist. I was always just meddling with the arts on the side and making artworks when I had time to spare or as a hobby. It wasn’t the main focus of my life. After all, my nostalgic upbringing has promoted my love of the arts as something that I should mention to others as an interest or OTHER skill that I possess, but definitely not my main identity.

But now, I feel that the wind of life is drifting me off to a new, untrodden path. This seems to be the story of my life, by the way. I have a plan in mind that is neat and orderly and precise–yet the winds of change remind me without hesitation that there may be other plans for me. I am currently taking time away from working as a clinical psychologist and now focusing on making my artistic endeavors come to fruition. I’ve waited and waited so long to do this and now that I have completed my training and gone through the circus of academia, I feel that I owe it to the other side of me–my creative brain–to go in full force and start working towards my artistic goals.

Don’t get me wrong–I am scared as H E C K. I don’t know anyone else offhand who is willing to give it all up for the dream. But I’ve had this nagging comment in the back of my mind about why I couldn’t. That I would not succeed. That what I had at hand was the best that I could. And how I could do no better than this.

But I’m a Taurus and I’m as stubborn as they come. So here I go with all my might. ♉️

Flows like Water

I’ve been doing a lot more watercolor paintings. I must admit, it is pretty sweet. I have been learning to work with the “permanence” of the material and use it to my advantage.  It’s been a lot more freeing to be able to work with watercolor, something I did not expect. With acrylic, I’ve been happy to keep moving the paint around to my liking. There’s something to be learned from the restricted nature of watercolor. Like I almost have to make do with what else I’ve got–how can I layer this color, make a different shape on top of this paint, make this painting tell a story/convey an emotion with as little movement as I can?

 

 

 

I’ve also been reading up on color theory and how colors influence people’s moods, etc. There’s research out there showing both support and also inconclusive results at this time, but more likely than not, people are subconsciously affected by the colors they see or experience and we just don’t have a good metric for quantifying it at present. Whatever. This is all subjective anyway. I know how yellow makes me feel, and I agree that it is the color of my inner spirit–vibrant, energetic, and optimistic. Although I don’t really feel like that right now, I continue to hold this color as the visible representation of my essence. But you gotta admit, there’s something pretty drop-dead-gorgeous and poetic about those green and black watercolor painting samples, right?

I was inspired to test my watercolor skills further and decided to make some fun pieces to give others. Here’s a watercolor painting on a birthday card I recently made! 😀

 

For now, I think I’ll keep exploring where this watercolor adventure takes me. One important thing I’ve learned this year so far is that I must do the things that make me feel good, purposeful, important, and whole. If it isn’t any of those things, it has no place in my home. So, like water, I will keep flowing and go where it takes me. I’m up for my next adventure. 🙂

 

 

Summertime Fun

Hi everyone! This summer is currently off to a great start! I’m very elated about some recent good news and progress in my life–new condo, new job, and new art store business. I’m trying to learn from previous mistakes that have caused me much heartache. And so, being older and wiser (now being 30 and all), I’ve set the intention that this year will be about growth, confidence, and wisdom.

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Found this quote online and it really resonates with me right now. I think that as I move on with my career and life, this becomes more apparent in my daily interactions with others. Not to say that I don’t care about what others have to say, however, I do find that I am becoming more sure of myself and it feels great to say that aloud. I have moments of doubt, but they are not anywhere close to what it used to be. I can definitely say that there are some things that I know, and some that I don’t know; and that’s ok with me. 🙂

Like for instance, this whole art store business and marketing! Who knew I would be into this stuff? This is something I never planned on, but I must say, I am having lots of creative fun with it. From creating my website from scratch, learning how to work with inventory, packaging, shipping, branding, learning about automations, analytics reports, marketing my goods (LOL :P, sorry can’t help it–I’m still 12 at heart), and figuring out how ads work–is SO MUCH FUN!!! Best of all, from this experience I’ve been able to reconnect with old friends and have been asked to work on some commissioned projects. I am definitely excited to share those projects with you all in the upcoming few days! A lot is happening all at once, but this is nothing new in my world. I live for moments like these, and I’m just glad that the chaos is a creative and positive one. ❤

Did I mention I became a homeowner amidst all this? @.@

LOL!

Here are some photos from my new condo in downtown Sacramento:

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Indeed, on to the next chapter. 🙂 Be well!