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May 16, 2016


251 Sweets


251 Sweets251 Sweets

6x6 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord

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My plan today was to continue with the Twinkie from yesterday, but this time, with the plastic cover on it. Before I started, I grabbed a wedge of watermelon wrapped in plastic from the fridge to eat. As I started to dig into this juicy and sweet fruit with a spoon, I thought it would be a great thing to pair the melon with the Twinkie, along with the corresponding plastic.

This is the first time I have painted plastic and it was quite a challenge. But I kept thinking not that I was painting anything, really, except the shapes created by light and shadow. That helped a great deal.

Speaking of plastic, have you seen the piece about the plastic pollution hosted by Jeff Bridges? It's staggering about the over abundance of plastic that we humans produce and use and waste. The piece has educated and reminded me to be more mindful and try in small ways to avoid being a wasteful user.

May 15, 2016


250 Twinkie


Twinkie250 Twinkie

6x6 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord

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I was 7 years old when I came to America from South Korea. My parents worked really hard and so my brothers and I were classic latch-key kids ... walking home from school every day, letting ourselves into the house, and feeding ourselves, and then doing our homework. My parents made sure to stock our pantry with lots of American snacks that excited all of us. We had never had such deliciousness in such abundance in Korea! My very favorite was the Twinkie. I loved everything about it. The way it looked, the way it tasted, the way it felt, the way it smelled, and the way the word sounded: Too-wink-eeee. I still love saying the word. Twinkie Twinkie Twinkie Twinkie. What a cute word!

It's been decades since I've purchased or eaten a Twinkie. And it felt kind of funny to buy a whole box today but I wanted to buy the box because the box also brings back so many memories. I LOVED opening that box. So crisp and full of excitement. My teen son told me that though he has had Zingers, today is the first day that he's actually eaten a Twinkie from the box I bought. As he took his first bite, he said "It's a beautiful thing."

In terms of the painting, I found myself applying the paint for the cream filling in a much thicker application than I usually do. In general, I prefer thin applications of paint and am very very cautious about using thick applications. But for the cream filling, I think it works. :-)

 

May 14, 2016


249 Fast Car


249 Fast Car249 Fast Car

6x6 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord

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When Tracy Chapman released her debut album in 1988, I was in college. It blew me away. Decades later, the album still blows me away ... every note, every word, every song, and really every ounce of strength that Tracy was able to exert by expressing these truths in such a beautiful way. When I sing these songs today, I still get weepy, like I did when I first heard them. I used the cover image of her debut album to reference for this work, infused with some of my own ideas about her, which I hope pay homage to this artist I so greatly admire.


248FM Here Before


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248FM Here Before

8 inches tall :: original free motion stitched and watercolored art doll

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[I referenced a photo of a rabbit from the Internet to first stitch (without pre-made marks) and then to add the watercolors. The more I looked at the rabbit, the more I thought of this passage from one of my favorite writers, Lydia Davis: "Now that I have been here for a little while I can say with confidence that I have never been here before."]

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May 13, 2016


247 Of My Mother


MotherChanel247 Of My Mother

6x6 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord

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Ever since I was a little girl, I remember my mother and her Chanel No 5. I remember her telling me that it was not just her favorite but simply the best. I believed her and her influence caused me to wear Chanel No 5 for most of my life and I've in turn taught my own daughter about the specialness of this fragrance. There are a few other scents that have entered my life but Chanel No 5 will always be my favorite. Because it is the scent of my mother.


246FM Sincerity


FullSizeRender-33This is an original free motion stitched and watercolored art doll made with cotton fabric. It measures approximately 9 inches tall.

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Quote on the doll: "What you do speaks so loud that I can't hear what you say." (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

May 12, 2016


245 Jenelle Bird


245 Jenelle's Bird245 Jenelle Bird

6x6 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord

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My friend Jenelle is so good at not only observing the birds that fly into her yard, but also capturing them beautifully with her camera identifying what kind they are. A true observer she is. I saw one such capture recently on her Facebook and used it as a reference for this work. She says it's either a Nutmeg Mannikin or Spice Finch. Since the jury is out on whether it's a Mannikin or Finch, I think I will just call her Jenelle Bird for now. :-)

May 11, 2016


244 Hopper


Ghost Rabbit244 Hopper

6x6 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord

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I saw a beautiful photo of a rabbit by @haarbergerphoto as featured by @natgeo and became captivated by it. That was a few weeks ago. I finally made the time today to use the photo as a reference to paint the rabbit ... with some creative choices that depart from the photo.

May 10, 2016


243 Valedictorian


IMG_0566243 Valedictorian

18x24 inches :: original acrylic painting on stretched canvas

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This is my demonstration painting that I made while teaching a private painting session today. It's dedicated to students working hard to finish their degrees. And whether a person becomes a valedictorian or not, I think the journey to reach and think and become and to constantly receive knowledge and learn is really what matters most. Here's to learning, thinking, and learning some more.

May 09, 2016


242 Noam


Noam242 Noam

8x6 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord

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I'm a big fan of Noam Chomsky (born 1928). Last night, I watched his most recent (2013) documentary titled Requiem for the American Dream which inspired this painting. A profound American thinker who always makes me think. I tried to find a most recent image of him on the internet to reference for this work to honor his continued profound relevance in modern day social discussions.

"If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all."

—Noam Chomsky

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