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Pixar Exhibit, December 31, 2010

Was fortunate to finally check out the PIXAR: 25 Years of Animation exhibit at the Oakland Museum this morning with my sister and dear friends. What an experience! The museum does not allow photography in the exhibit, so I can only share images that I found on the web (credited accordingly).

Seeing the storyboards in pastels, collages and ink/pencil drawings were amazing. It was cool seeing the many iterations of characters from "Toy Story" and "Monsters Inc." What intrigued me even more was seeing the notes from the artists on the studies. A study of underwater plant life for "Finding Nemo" would have a note indicating which plant shape should be used for an upbeat part of the story, and another shape for a darker scene.

This was a collage done for a superhero study for "The Incredibles". Awesome!


Witnessing a conglomeration of talent like that was almost overwhelming, in a wonderful way. You can see in every line of lead or ink, the true passion these artists possess.

The Toy Story Zoetrope is quite the experience!

This thing had a ton of sculptures, all slightly different from each other to show movement. The entire disc would spin around really fast and a strobe light would come on, which would create the "animation" before you. Woody riding the horse, the soldiers was so neat to see. Watched it twice, emerging with fuzzy eyes and brain!

I have some goals for my artwork for the new year, and this was a beautiful and inspiring way to send 2010 out. Everyone in the Bay Area should definitely check it out. The exhibition ends on January 9th. I'm tempted to go back again!

Thank you to everyone who has supported me in my artwork, whether it be following my blog or being a wonderful customer at my Etsy shop. I also thank my loved ones who have been a great source of strength and inspiration to me.

Here is hoping everyone has a fantastic 2011! I have a couple of drawings I've done this past week that I will share this weekend :)


June 25, 2010

A little late with this posting, but have been busy celebrating my birthday all weekend, which has been an absolute blast. Last week I received some gorgeous white gladiolas to kick off the birthday celebration! The way the light shines through them is so beautiful. I've been taking pictures every day, finding new lines to capture on paper. I haven't really drawn gladiolas much before, so it is fun learning a new flower structure.

I worked on this one Friday morning as I was watching some World Cup. I think I will ink it and give it more graphic sharp lines. I do plan to draw more of them too!
I absolutely adore flowers and the inspiration they give. The greatest inspiration, however, is all the love and support I have from my loved ones, near and far. It was great to spend time with people I love this weekend - I feel blessed. I can't wait to create more art this week, I feel rejuvenated and ready to go!

Also just sold 3 original sketches last week, first time I have sold any original drawings. These were all featured on my blog.

I have given sketches away to family and friends, but actually selling originals has felt different. Each one represents that particular moment, whatever I was thinking or feeling, and the fact they were all done by hand makes them feel more personal.

I do feel good about sharing them with the rest of the world though! I am glad that they will find a new home, and I hope they give their new owner much enjoyment for years to come :)

If you are interested in purchasing any of the sketches show on my blog, just drop me a line!


"Cartier and America"

Had a wonderful Sunday, headed out to see the "Cartier and America" exhibit at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. It was truly breathtaking, the craftsmanship really was a sight to see. The settings for the necklaces and tiaras were as intriguing as the final piece to me. The historical aspect of the jewelry was just as interesting, seeing pieces owned by Princess Grace of Monaco, Elizabeth Taylor, and Gloria Swanson. I love old Hollywood so it was a double-feature of gorgeous jewelry and American royalty.

The thing that struck me as I moved through the exhibition, were the pieces that spoke most to me. Knowing who owned a piece added dimension. For example, seeing the jewelry that the Duke of Windsor had given to his wife, Wallis Simpson, for whom he had surrendered the throne, was really neat to see. Knowing that those pieces were given out of a true love made them even more beautiful. Conversely, there was a collection of jewelry that belonged to Barbara Hutton, who for all her riches, had a tragic life. Diamonds ain't always a girl's best friend.

They also had a room filled with Cartier's sketches for various pieces, including a top hat pin commissioned by Fred Astaire. There was also a video which showed how a piece was made, that was very intriguing.

We wrapped up the afternoon with an early supper at Tommy's Joynt for sandwiches. It was our first time going, and really hit the spot!

The exhibit was great for enjoying jewelry as an art form, definitely check it out.

Photos in order: Legion of Honor, Diablo magazine, my own




Morning was cold and foggy, but the sun came out thankfully later on...perfect weather to enjoy a stroll through the Morcom Rose Garden in Oakland. Built in 1932, it is 4 acres of beautiful roses! A myriad of colors and scents.

My sister and I discovered it a few months back, tucked away down a side street - hidden gem. So glad we did! Was a perfect opporunity to practice using my new camera too :)

I find so much peace and inspiration when enveloped by natural beauty. Over the past week and a half I've gotten much-needed peace and inspiration in many, art, nature, and most importantly the kindness and love of those close to me.

Sometimes it is good to stop and smell the roses. And one should always take a moment, every day, to give thanks for what you have.

Enjoy some more pics here!


happy friday!

Currently enjoying some roses my boss gave me today at work. What a nice way to end the week! I am hoping I find some time this weekend to draw them, or just to stop and smell them anyway :)

I have a few drawings in the works, all in a flamenco vein. Red and yellow roses remind me of the Spanish flag...seem to be a hint that I should get busy on the sketches!

Hope everyone has a beautiful and restful weekend, I know I am looking forward to mine!