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Home. Work.

In the middle of doing homework. Yes, I started school and I’m in Los Angeles. Quite happy to say that. Posting photos of recent work. More in progress (even at this very moment!). I love it and it’s exciting and it makes me so happy. Aren’t I entitled to at least that?

I’ll take better photos when they go up on the website. Be forgiving haha.

50, Graphite, 22" x 30", 2013

50, Graphite, 22″ x 30″

a study for bigger work, recycled water bottles, 5.5" x 6.5"

(a study for bigger work), recycled water bottles, 5.5″ x 6.5″

(study for larger work) Graphite powder, Elmer's Glue, Fixative and hairspray 22" x 30"

(study for larger work)
Graphite powder, Elmer’s Glue, Fixative and hairspray
22″ x 30″

An Ode to Balanchine Liquid Graphite, Sumi Ink and Watercolor 22" x 30"

An Ode to Balanchine
Liquid Graphite, Sumi Ink, and Watercolor
22″ x 30″

Wow, that last one is a really bad photo. I’ll get those better photos up soon!

Everything’s that’s around here is made out of the same material, but there is another thing, it’s very important that it’s not made of the material. You see it’s made of something but it doesn’t belong to this world. You see the real world is not here.    –George Balanchine

Happy weekend everyone!


Excited. Onwards now.



Ill Wills

I’m bedridden and have been on cold medicine all day. I’m hoping a day in bed will be well worth the recovery. I’m being optimistic. Rare, though it shouldn’t be. My only recent drawing. (should I get up and go take a quick photo… should I go mount that sheet of parchment to start a new drawing… for my own mental health, yes.)

(For Crying Out Loud) work in progress

(For Crying Out Loud) work in progress



Done and done. That took way too long. Excuse the yellowness of the photos. The light in my room is very yellow and very annoying. Well the NyQuill is really kicking in now.


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.

September’s End

Hello hello,

It’s the tail end of September and the beginning of my favorite season — Autumn! I’ve been waiting for the leaves at the Park to turn color. I don’t think they have yet.

Just some quick uploads. It was the end of a two week pose with our model yesterday. My painting is so unfinished! I tried to just draw her body in and get the composition correctly and then directly paint in her facial features. It’s so difficult! I’m too dependent on graphite and lines. I know it’s not always a bad thing, but direct painting is my weakness. Anyway, here we go. Our model had cerulean irises and black navy pupils. So awesome.


I feel like I shouldn’t post such unfinished things on here. But it’s all part of the process I guess. Anyway. Onwards.

Next week, my schedule changes and i’m hoping to finally start on some of my own projects. I pulled out some ink on wednesday and have been in these pages.

you should never lose your own calligraphy

thumbnails and composition studies

Oh and I forgot to post this shot last time. They’re my thumbnails for my Grandma’s drawing (remember the last post?). It’s funny how things are born and then see how they end up.

original idea on top right

Anyway, i’m off. A lot of work to do. As always. Stay lovely.


Always onwards.

Inhabit the Air

Happy Birthday to my Mom and Grandma today! Yup! My grandma had my mom on her birthday! That sounds weird. But you get it. How awesome is that right?! Technically, it was the 15th for them yesterday. They’re half way around the world right now. My life exists in different timezones. Ha.

Here’s the little drawing I made for my Grandma. It’s was mailed off in August for my mom to give to her. That was fun.

“Stone in the road? I save every single one, and one day i’ll build a castle.” — Fernando Pessoa (written on the back)

Here’s a painting I finished yesterday! I was so excited to finish it! It was the last day of our two week pose with our live model, the lovely Karen! I’ve been taking classes at The Art Student’s League in New York City. So awesome.  My friend said it sounds like i’m part of some kind of secret society. Haha.


Doesn’t she look sleepy? Hahaha.. we have class early in the morning and I wish I had painted her eye after she had her morning coffee. Oh well no regrets. I like having that memory of her. Such a trooper.

Okay. Gotta run. California’s waiting on Skype. See, different timezones I tell you. I live in the air you see and i’m tied by a string to my lovely ones in different timezones. That’d be an interesting kid’s book.

K, stay lovely.

Onwards now.

Moments of Sun

Finito! My first piece for 2012. Endings are so bittersweet. I dragged on the finishing touches to this and then one night I just decided it was done. Haha, more like tired of it.

Smithereens (Moments of Her)

Smithereens (Moments of Her), Watercolor Paper, Ink, 11 x 14 in.



I’m working on getting prints of this on sale. Scratch that. They’re up for sale on my Bluecanvas. I just did it in the middle of writing this. I want to make the image quality a little bit better, but they’re up and i’m committed haha. Anyway, i’m gonna stop thinking about it now before I change my mind. 

Anyway, back to work and all of this.

square one

back to square one

And I feel the need to confess that i’m back to my little addiction of buying books. I said I would stick to my little kindle app until I have settled down (whatever that means). But alas, I have given in.

“All grown-ups were children first. (But few of them remember it.)”

Antoine De Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince

I’ve found that the heat is a privilege for the norcal area. So enjoy the sun where ever he finds you!

Onwards now.

Spring Forward

Why hello hello!

It’s been months. I know. Excuse this time — I was pushing off blogging until I had finished the piece I was working on. BUT I have finally come to terms with that not happening anytime soon. Sooo here are more progress shots. It has come a long way since January though hasn’t it?


Anyway, I kept thinking “I just need one more weekend… one more weekend…” But now that that’s out the window, it’ll be done when it’s done.

Detail shot

But really, I need to finish this thing. I’ve got ideas brewing and it’s difficult to move on.

In other news though, I did a flyer for a friend. I did the illustration and he did the text. Collaborations are lovely!

Right before I cut it out of my sketchbook

Final product!

Find Liam at !!!

San Francisco has been quite lovely. I feel far from good friends and just far away from bits and pieces of my world, but I love how connected we all can still be. A friend told me about this children’s book he found at a Venice beach bookstore. He said it was about how every one is connected by an invisible string (I remember his hand gesture as he explained). He forgot the title and I have yet to find it. If you know what book I’m talking about, do tell! But anyway, what was my point… oh yeah, I just love that. It’s a bittersweet thing to miss people so dear.

Oh! Have I told you that I started reading The Picture of Dorian Gray? It is sooooo interesting.

“…every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. The sitter is merely the accident, the occasion. It is not he who is revealed by the painter; it is rather the painter who, on the coloured canvas, reveals himself. The reason I will not exhibit this picture is that I am afraid that I have shown in it the secret of my own soul.”

Okay. Must get back to work. Have a lovely week!



Happy 2012 all! Christmas has come and gone and i’m glad to be rid of 2011. The holiday hurrah in Temecula with the family friends was awesome and catching up with good friends in LA was a lovely little recharge before the start of the new year. Things are still no less uncertain, but i’m glad to say that i’m excited for what’s unfolding this year.

Anyway, here are some things I worked on during the holidays.

I finished my sketchbook!

It’s an 6″x8″ book that involved slicing up watercolor paper, chalkboard paper, every kind of glue (good old elmer’s is best by the way), using a power drill, failing with string as a binder, and eventually binder rings.

Holiday doodle. Wish I came up with these in time for Christmas cards. Next year I guess.

piece continued


I hope to finish this piece soon. I’m hoping to spend less time in the sketchbooks this year and complete more projects. And I’m not really one for resolutions, but I have been thinking about some things I want to do in the coming year or perhaps years. I always hear that i’m young, so why not?

Anyway, cheers to the new year!

Onwards now!