Wednesday, September 11, 2013


SO. I completed two oil paintings last semester. And I've only shown you one! (It was the one of the girl watering the tiny tree with the red watering can.) Here's the other one. It's my fave. Actually they're both my faves. Is that fair?

Oil on canvas, 16x20"

It took me all semester! Like, literally, it was due in maybe the third week and I didn't finish it until week fifteen. But it was worth it, I think. I learned a lot, including the fact that I'm a really slow painter. And also that I really like painting with oils!

That's it. Thanks for comin' by!


Sunday, September 8, 2013

Drawn Together at Fairyland

Hey there!

I participated in an event on Friday at Fairyland in Oakland called Drawn Together.  It was a live drawing/art sale fundraiser to support their outreach program. My friend Annie Wong and I got there early, picked a spot, and got to work! It was nice to have people stop by to see what we were doing and talk to us about the park and our work.

Later in the evening, there was an art sale with all of the pieces that had been created by the artists in attendance. I'm happy to say that my piece sold! It was very exciting to watch everyone get excited about buying original art and supporting Fairyland.

Unfortunately I didn't think to bring a proper camera, so all I have are a couple of low-quality phone pictures. I also forgot to take a picture of the structure I painted.. oh well. If you ever go to Fairyland (which you should, if you get a chance! They have adult events sometimes, or if you have a kid you can take them anytime) you'll see it.

I painted the brick house from the Three Little Pigs. Ink and watercolor, and I'd just gotten a flat watercolor brush, so I was having some fun with that:

(it also got dark out towards the end, another reason the photo isn't great)

We only had about two hours, so I got as much done as I could (and I'm a slow worker). Here's a photo of my piece on the wall at the art sale (with Annie's awesome painting of the dragon right below it):

It was a great way to spend a Friday evening!

Thanks for reading!


P.S. If you're the person who bought my piece and googled my name or something, say hello! I'd love to hear from you. The art sale was so hectic, I couldn't see who was buying what!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Sketches & events

The semester is coming! And with it, the knowledge that everything I kept putting off this summer now needs to be done in a week. In case you're wondering, even my dreams are stressful at this point. It's my own damn fault!

Anyway, I took a break this weekend, braved the closed-bridge traffic, and went to hang out with a friend in Petaluma. We ate sandwiches, sat in the sun and did some quick sketches. It was nice.

Petaluma Historical Library Museum

A tiny, adorable barbershop

I recently bought a Pilot Parallel pen after watching/reading reviews such as this one and with the recommendation of a very talented artist in my family. Did I mention I'm learning calligraphy? After a lifetime of admiring it, I'm finally making a serious attempt to learn it, and it's been a lot of fun so far. I haven't posted any of it here yet, but you may have seen some of it over at Bastard Secretaries.

Anyway! I decided to try sketching with the parallel pen, and it's fun to use that way, too. I recommend it, if you're looking for a calligraphy pen!

Some things that are happening:

I'm participating in Drawn Together, a fundraising event at Children's Fairyland in Oakland this Friday, September 6th! They have invited a bunch of artists to come draw/paint/etc. and they will be selling what we make to raise money for Fairyland's outreach program. Also: food, music, and a chance to get all nostalgic over the awesome stuff in the park that you haven't seen since you were a kid (who else still has a big neon plastic key somewhere in their house?). It's 21+ and you can buy tickets here ($15).


APE is coming! That's the Alternative Press Expo in San Francisco on October 12-13, 2013. It's pretty indie-comic oriented, and that's right, I don't make comics! But I do hang out with some awesome people, and together we will have a table. Check out these rockstars:

Shirong Gao
Annie Wong
Molly Maloney

If you want to come visit us, I believe we will be at table #640. Or just wander around and find us, there will be a lot of other awesome artists there for you to see! I'm busy making some stuff to sell right now, so if you also wanna buy something that I made, I suppose that can be arranged.

That's it! Thanks for reading!