Pot of Gold

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!!! ☘🍀

I hope your day is merry and green. 💚 Today I bring you a festive outfit and some artwork I finished very late last night!

Dress from Forever21 (tailored) and shamrock clips from Claire’s

As you can see, I successfully made everything green today. 😉 It’s a lovely Sunday to be outdoors and enjoy some coffee and a macaron for lunch. 💚☘

So, I had the most electric jolt of creativity last night. Was it my strawberry banana bee pollen smoothie and bowl of fruit I had for dinner at Lassen’s?! Not sure. I came home around eight p.m., pulled out my sketchbook, put on The Beginning is the End is the Beginning live by the Smashing Pumpkins, and away into the creative stratosphere I went.

[You guys are probably tired of me referencing this concert yet again!! What can I say though, if I find something that inspires me, my head and heart can’t help going back].

The aesthetic they chose for this song at their concert appeals to me for a lot of reasons; the main two are 1) the nod to the 1920’s/1930’s showgirl and 2) the song itself paired with the visuals together is beautifully creepy and unsettling. The girls go from camera ready smiles to death glares looking right at you, interchangeably throughout.

It was one of my favorites from their setlist, and so I came up with my own artwork inspired by it (I finished this around 1 a.m. last night!!)

I titled it Life is a Film and We’re the Stars. 🌟

Because life in a way, is just like a film. The highlights and memories we recall are the film reels we replay in our mind. If we recall dark moments, we can choose to replace them with a positive attitude, which are the gleaming, camera-ready smiles that somehow become surreal, the longer you stare at them.

And there are two of them, because life is a constant duality. Positive and negative. Light and dark. Smiles and death glares. Beginning and end.

I’m really, really happy with how this turned out!!!

‘Til next time! 😀

Knee Socks

Doesn’t it look like I’m about to play baseball or something? I think the ensemble reminds me of A League of Their Own, where the baseball-playing gals wear a pink dress uniform with knee-high socks.

BUT JUST KIDDING. One thing you will never see me do is play a sport of any kind (I did shoot guns in Naval ROTC, though!!! My best memory is shooting an M1 Garand and getting a big fat bruise on my shoulder. I still don’t know how the men in WWII managed to haul them around in battle).

Sports, like math, is definitely put under the section of My Weaknesses. I tried a musical route by playing handbells in high school and I was literally the ONE person in the class who played off key (I still don’t understand how to successfully play a handbell??????), and the teacher gave me the evil eye until I decided to just drop the class. Muahaha…

I mainly liked the class because we got to wear white gloves…

“Away in the Clouds”

Ah, but then I met ART. Art was the one place where I felt everything I did was right. The beauty of art is that it’s subjective. A flaw perceived by one person is perfection to another.

There’s no wrong or right way to do art. It simply is. In a fast-paced world that demands perfection, art is paradise.

I had a most excellent three day weekend (I took Monday off to enjoy the nice day and work on a new illustration, featured above). The idea I had behind it is, ultimately, being a wallflower with her head in the clouds.

Because you know what? There’s no shame in being a wallflower with her head in the clouds! 💜

Apart from creating new art, sipping coffee at a coffee shop and going to Barnes and Noble, I also watched a movie Sunday night that I hadn’t seen in a looooooong time…

Jackass the Movie, 2002

This is really random trivia about me, but I’m a huge Jackass fan. I know it can be really gross, but oh my gosh is it also hilarious!!! I remember seeing Jackass 3 in 3D years back in the theater…oh my, LOL.

It’s one of those movies you’re unable to take your eyes off the screen. Is he really going to ride his bicycle into a pile of cacti? Is he really going to jump off a trampoline and into a ceiling fan, that’s on? Oh wow…he just did…

Sometimes all a gal needs is to create some art and watch Jackass to fully recharge herself. 😉

See ya again soon!!

Pink & Yellow

Hi hi!

It is a cold, windy weekend with even a thunderstorm warning that came through…exciting!! Fortunately I was able to watch the rain and wind through the comfort of a Starbucks window…

My ensemble today consists of two colors that I think work magically well together! Pink and yellow!

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New crown ring on the left is a gift from my sis!!!

I love these groovy bell-sleeves: it’s a mesh top from Forever 21 with a pink H&M cardigan over it. The skirt is also from Forever 21. ❤️

It was a productive past week and I made some new Valentine’s Day themed rings for my Etsy shop!! It has been way too long since I made anything new and I’m happy with the outcome. 😃 Cute, no?

I also spent a lot of time on my newest illustration, and I think it turned out great for my first religious-themed piece. I’ve always loved the Virgin Mary, so I knew it was something I wanted to depict artistically eventually.

It also helped that I’ve been reliving the Smashing Pumpkins concert I attended in November by watching the videos I recorded of it, and the backdrops when they sang “Mayonaise” have always stuck with me. So I did my own take on the Virgin Mary.

Photo courtesy of Youtube

Shoutout to the last beautiful backdrop they had up at the end of the song, which I (sadly) didn’t get a photo of on my own phone! Some memories stir the soul and this concert definitely did that for me.

And then my Friday night was made when I was sitting at Starbucks perusing YouTube and saw that Ghost just performed live on a French television show…


And as if that weren’t awesome enough, it followed with an interview of the lead singer completely unmasked, for once.

HIS EYES. ❤️ I’M DYING.

Bye!

January Friend

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Hi!! 💙 I hope you are having a great start to your new year, 2019! ⭐️

Did you all enjoy your New Year’s? I really did; I had a little New Year’s Eve party with my mom and sister at home. We had cheese and crackers with a bottle of root beer, and watched the Rockin’ New Year’s Eve countdown. 🎉 Fun fun fun…

Here are two outfits from last week!

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I really love exploring the world of colors, and what pairs with them. I remember how much I enjoyed taking Color Theory in college. I could easily spend an hour browsing color palettes on Pinterest, getting ideas for outfits. 💜

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I really don’t make New Year’s resolutions, but I have started a tradition where I pick out three books to launch the start of the year! And the above book is my first and current read to start off 2019: The Cistercian World: Monastic Writings of the Twelfth Century.

I didn’t know what to expect with this, but I wanted to immerse myself in something that was, hopefully, profoundly spiritual. And boy is that what I got. It’s actually becoming one of my favorite books.

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The book is a collection of writings penned by monks, and it’s actually very easy to understand, which surprised me. It’s mostly their thoughts on spirituality and their personal experiences in a monastery. I feel like this book is a gem, like I found it nine centuries later hidden in a tree or something, and I’m getting to see a glimpse inside their world and their thoughts—like a secret friendship.

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I wandered around Barnes & Noble a few nights ago, sipping a hot peppermint mocha from the café and perusing the aisles. You wouldn’t believe my surprise when I came across a book for beginning Norwegian!!!

I was so surprised to have found it that I had to get it; I actually plan to study Norwegian after I finish my Swedish course, so it’ll be of good use. The nice thing is that both  languages have strong similarities, so I already recognized a lot of Norwegian words.

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My newest illustration: Coffee with Friends. This wonderfully weird gal has insects, a rat, and a plant that is apparently alive and drinks coffee too as her friends. Cute, no? 💜

See ya next time!!!

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Coolest Cat in Town

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Am I the coolest cat in town? Heck no. But I feel like I am in these shoes!

I was told by an older gentleman the other day that “all the coolest girls in high school wore saddle shoes” (he experienced high school in the 1950’s) so needless to say I was feeling pretty cool wearing these gems!

I’ve wanted saddle shoes for who knows how long now. It’s like the Christmas present you always wanted but never received. I bought these from BAIT footwear;  pretty much where I go to buy all of my shoes. It’s a dream come true!!! ♥️

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I ended up wearing a lot of butterfly clips this past week, I noticed. Butterfly mood, I suppose? I made a new pair this past week, which you’ll see in the next outfit a little ways down (also, above picture: big (messy) hair, don’t care)…

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My skirt! I’m loving the vintage look of it; I bought it at Forever 21 this past week! I was so shocked to see that there’s a massive selection of 1970’s-style clothing, currently. If you love vintage-inspired clothing: GO. NOWWWWW.

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Fun fact: I spilled part of a Maple Pecan Latte on this second featured outfit. And these photos were taken post-spill!!! So it turns out, it wiped off easily without any stains, somehow. Lucky me. Lucky CLUMSY me, I might add…but realistically, it was a minor spill. More funny than anything!

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New monarch butterfly hair clips I made!!! Aren’t they darling? They’re appliques from JOANN Fabric. I simply glued alligator clips to the back, and there you have it!

 

This past week, I finished up some artwork I’ve been working on. It’s actually a follow-up to a first illustration I did:

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“Luna Sea”

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“Starla (Luna Sea, Part II)”

My friend pointed out that these works had Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness vibes, and to keep the vibe going, I named the second closeup artwork of the mermaid “Starla”, which is also a Smashing Pumpkins song.

All in all, I’m super happy with how these two pieces turned out, and within the next month I’ll be selling 5 x 7 prints on Etsy of nine different illustrations I’ve made! Super excited!!!

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Last night (Friday night), I felt like watching a movie. I wanted something from way back when, and I remembered I have quite a selection of films from the 1920’s-1930’s. I have a soft spot for films from that time.

This is Smart Money, 1931. It’s a gangster film! I should probably point out I also have a liking for the adorable and strikingly handsome James Cagney, whose charm stands the test of time in my opinion. 😍

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I don’t know what it is, but I just really love old films like this. I love the styles of the time, the way people talked…it’s all so different and feels refreshing for me. Really loved Edward G. Robinson giving off those Al Capone vibes.

And that’s a wrap! I hope you all are enjoying your weekend. 🙂 I sure am!

See ya next time!

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Tonight, Tonight

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Oh my gosh.

Where do I even begin this?!?!

*deeeeep breath* I’m getting overly excited here. First off! As you know from my last blog post, I mentioned this one will be all about the Smashing Pumpkins concert I went to in the Bay Area!!!

Let’s address my outfit first, before I dive into the real fun!

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I went for a whimsical look, inspired by the Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness album aesthetic. Here’s a closer look at my accessories:

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Overall, I reeeeeally love how my outfit turned out! ♥ The dress is a 1960’s nightgown, altered into a dress for day wear.

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So!!! My friend and I arrived at Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA. The venue was huge! Oakland is right next to San Francisco, in case you’re unfamiliar with the city.

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SHOWTIME!!!

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A brief background: The tour, Shiny and Oh So Bright, featured their original songs from the 90’s. It went through songs from Gish (1991) through Machina/The Machines of God (2000). Thus, it was one gigantic wave of nostalgia! The entire audience was so into it…the energy was amazing there.

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Besides the amazing music, the other thing that completely fascinated me with this concert were the VISUALS.

This was not just a concert. It was pure art, in every way. Billy Corgan’s artistry goes above and beyond. Throughout the duration of the concert, the backdrop visuals told a story that corresponded with the sequence of the songs played.

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They played some real gems during this show, and secretly I had hoped beforehand, Pleeeease play ‘Porcelina of the Vast Oceans’. I didn’t want to get my hopes up but…they did!!! You should have seen the place; it totally erupted in happy shouting once those first few sounds of the guitar opened and the lighting turned blue. EPIC!

AND JUST WHEN I LEAST EXPECTED IT…they played The Beginning is the End is the Beginning.

I involuntarily squealed much like a child, not believing my ears…they’re really playing this gem?!?!! The song from Batman and Robin that I literally played on repeat when I was 10 years old?!?!?! 

Towards the end of the concert, they played the even more anticipated songs, such as Tonight, Tonight and 1979.

I had a feeling it would hit me at some point, and it did; when Tonight, Tonight broke out, I felt my eyes get watery. The night suddenly felt overwhelmingly amazing and memorable; this was the first band I got into as a child, you see. It all started when my babysitter’s grunge-loving son, in his baggy ripped jeans and flannel plaid shirts, would invite his friends over and put on Siamese Dream or Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.

I was what – maybe 8 or 9 back then? And here I am now at age 30, finally seeing them live. I’ll always remember this night. ♥

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On the way out of Oakland, I realized how much I really do love the Bay Area. It has been so long since I’d been there. The one thing I oddly love the most about it is the fog. It looked so beautifully dark and eerie, seeing the lights of San Francisco reflect on the clouds above. ♥

I hope you enjoyed this post – see you next time!

Artsy McFartsy

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Hiii!

What a week it’s been. First off, I’ve been staying at my sister’s house this week, because they’re doing asphalt reconstruction where I live. It’s just easier than trying to find parking elsewhere.

So! Monday, I started the day off super early and went to my favorite coffeeshop, Yellow Mug. I was there at like 7 a.m., much before work, because the construction started at that time and I needed to head out of my neighborhood.

It was nice being out and about so early. Everything is so still. I read quite a bit before work while I was there…I have BEEN READING A LOT…

Hey, did you notice that piece of TAPE holding together a torn edge on the book cover, pictured above? The book looked pristinely new not too long ago, and I really tried to keep it looking nice and neat. I keep it in my purse so it gets nudged around a lot, I’ve accidentally slept on it (more than once), and my sister’s cat tried to eat it. All in all, a few dirt smudges and a slightly torn edge isn’t all that bad considering it survived all of that.

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My sister’s house is quite picturesque! I’ve enjoyed staying here, and it’s felt like a little vacation in a sense – not being at my own place, not doing my usual routine (aside from work), having a different view and what not…

Tonight was a special night because I displayed some of my art at Art Hop! I’ve been looking forward to it because I bought frames for my illustrations, and a new canvas print.

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This was my outfit for the day! A pink and blue floral ensemble.

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It was a hot summer evening at Art Hop, but luckily I had some shade. The new frames totally matched my tablecloth!!!

I love Art Hop; I love displaying my own work and seeing the work of others. Self-expression has always been and will always be my loyal companion in life, and I love to see how others choose to express themselves creatively. ♥

I had two customers: both little girls, around 8 years old. They had their own booth! We traded art; they each took one of my art pieces, and I took one of theirs. This was their art I brought home:

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An ice cream cone and a dropped ice cream cone. This is a great two-piece art set and in all actuality, represents me quite well because I drop things all the time, and I love ice cream. PERFECT!!!!

I love that the two little girls were so artistic and involved at such a young age! I hope they never lose their love for art and it continues on throughout their lives.

Another reason I love displaying at Art Hop? It keeps me growing artistically.

I always think when I’m out there, as I sit at my display table, “What should I create next? What do I want to bring to life from the depths of my imagination?” 

The great thing about imagination, is that it’s endless. ♥

See ya! 🙂