Monthly Archives: November 2012

Life Studies

Finished (involuntarily, the pose ended) these pieces last week. We had some excellent models. I wish we could have the models for much longer, but they are living and breathing creatures.

Here’s Cynthia.

Cynthia. 11×14 in. Oil on canvas.

I love painting from life and trying to figure out composition and problem solving color and perspective, but I’m starting to feel like i’m losing creativity when it comes to these paintings from life. Anyway, I have to figure out what to do with that. Here’s Sering.

Sering. 8×11 in. Graphite on Bristol.

Sering was awesome and so interesting to work with. The last day of the pose he told me about a documentary he watched about a filipino jeepney driver. He said he felt really bad for the driver because he works so hard and is so poor. He was talking about how it’s so unfair that we are where we are, while there are other people living like that. Sometimes I don’t know what to say to things like that because I ask the same questions. My dad said that it’s just destiny. I agree. But it is quite unfair. Anyway, I just didn’t want to forget that conversation.

We have a new model in class. She’s a young ballerina. I get no sharpened graphite nor erasers this week. A self imposed rule. My sketch book is a mess.

Other news, Rainer Maria Rilke’s letters have been keeping me up at night. You can actually read all the letters online here. They’re letters he wrote to a young poet that reached out to him asking him for advice about his own work. Ha, i’m totally that kid. I’ve written those emails and had those conversations with other artists and my professors, begging for the answer to my million dollar question, “what do I do with my life?!” Hahaha. I think i’m getting better about not knowing. Ha says the kid. Anyway, no matter what kind of art you make, these letters are worth reading.

“You are so young, so much before all beginning, and I would like to beg you, dear Sir, as well as I can, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.” 

Have a lovely rest of the week.

Onwards now.


Eat All Them Birdies

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Oh Thanksgiving. I wish it was easier to teleport to my hometown, or to all my “homes” actually. Everyone who has been able to keep track of everything has a confused look on their face right now because they don’t know which “home” I’m talking about.

Okay, where was I going with this? Ah, Thanksgiving. Yes. Well anyway, someone asked me the other day what I was most thankful for in the past year or so. My answer: all the things that didn’t work out. Are you grinning with me when I say that?

Some things I’ve been working on. Ready? Oh and I have no idea why the photos are uploading with a disgusting yellow light. I refuse to retake them. Lazy. I know.

birthing sketches

Beginning sketches for a concept that I’ve been thinking about for a while now. I do have to mention something. The other day (when I was sketching this) my social media feeds were full of letters of love to Justin Van Hoy who passed away recently. I didn’t know him personally, but he is one of the founders of THIS Los Angeles, which is this lovely little gallery that I use to visit in Highland Park. There are no words. Except, CANCER CAN SUCK IT.

Onwards now.

detail on a 22″ x 34″

I finally got some foam core big enough to keep this sheet of paper in. That detail is smaller than my fist. It’s just the beginning!

ink from class

I fooled around with some ink in class after being driven to madness by graphite. That angle of the eye and zygomatic is going to be the death of me. That is all.

Alright. Have a great Thanksgiving everyone! Double fist those turkey legs and take it solo on the apple pie!


Onwards now!




Send Your Well Wishes Eastward

Hello hello! Reporting from New York. I just got back last week, just in time to prep for Hurricane Sandy. I was lucky enough to be staying in Long Island with my Aunt’s family and despite the current loss of electricity (i’m at a Panera across the street. Thank you bread!). We are very blessed to have been safe during the storm. Anyway, even with the power outage, i’ve proceeded to keep busy.

Lino Carving

I’ve taken on the task of making my little sister’s wedding invitation and they include a little print that I made. Hopefully it turns out well. Here’s a test, but the figures are about to undergo revision again because they look weird as silhouettes.

Test Print

And I took a whack at drawing chiaroscuro style the past two nights. Just some charcoal and a candle. I’m just starting to get a handle on charcoal, but it’s not bad for a drawing done in the dark.

Night Vision

Oh and here’s my finished poster study of Antonio Lopez Garcia’s Skinned Rabbit. I went home to San Francisco and found time to paint in between family hangs and wedding dress shopping for my little sister.

My Poor Little Bunny

I can’t wait to get back into the studio. The League’s been closed because of the crane on 57th Street. All my friends have told me it’s dangerously dangling or something. I’m had limited access to the Times since my phone’s been in and out of service so I haven’t seen the reports.

To all the East Coasters, I hope you’re staying safe and staying warm. And salutes, respect, prayers and hope to all the city workers and leaders working their asses off to get the city back into place. New York, always so resilient.

To everyone else (i’m talking to you California), do send your well wishes eastward.

Okay. Have to go! Have to beat the sunset home! Ahh!


Onwards now everyone.