Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
If you look carefully at the studio photo in my previous post, you will find a wonderful little book sitting on the shelf. It's a book titled "142 Actors" by Swedish illustrator Ingela P Arrhenius. I got the book from Ingela in April this year after reading about it on her blog. It's a beautiful book with pages after pages of colorful portraits which Ingela captured from a black/white German talent catalogue back in 1933. On each spread, Ingela arranged to have a male and a female facing each other, and some of them look like they are actually having a conversation. For me personally, this book is not only a feast for the eyes, it's a great book to learn about painting techniques as I've never took real painting lessons at school. It is so inspiring to see how she applied strokes, colors, as well as her own interpretation on all the characters and made each of them so unique.
I've planned to blog about the book earlier, but the timing is actually better now, because Ingela told me that she had set up a PayPal account, which should make it easier for her to take orders from international buyers. If you'd like to get a copy for yourself (highly recommend), please contact Ingela.
(All photos taken by Ingela P Arrhenius)
Saturday, September 26, 2009
One of my favorite artist Gustavo Aimar is celebrating the 3rd anniversary of his blog. Gustavo has created a special blog called 3x3, and you are all invited to create a tiny piece of artwork of your own, 3 cm x 3 cm (not inches), if you'd like to participate. He stressed the importance to do the actual artwork on a 3cm by 3cm scale, instead of scanning an existing artwork and scale it down. With that in mind, you can use any materials and there is no limit on the topic. This is not a contest and there's no prize, just simply sharing a creative space. If you'd like to contribute, email Gustavo at firstname.lastname@example.org with your 300 dpi / 3 cm x 3 cm JPG file of your artwork with your name, your link and the technique or materials you used to make your art.
My tiny painting for 3x3
Thursday, September 24, 2009
On 8" x 8" wood panel
I painted my grandpa tonight; he is the best cook ever! Also I think it might be fun to show you my working area. Today I got an awesome vintage Luxo lamp from work for only $20 (they are getting rid of the old Luxo lamps), such a steal! I am thinking about getting another one before they run out.
Love the lamp! It's sturdy and provides really great natural lighting.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Ever since my dude showed me how to make quesadillas 2 weeks ago, we've been eating this yummy treats a lot (what a smart man by showing me how to make what he wants to eat... ha!) When he is here, I make a more traditional version with salsa, cheddar cheese, chicken, banana pepper, and MORE cheese. But since tonight I am by myself and I just bought bunch of goodies from the fabulous Costco, I tried a different version (perhaps a "girlier" version, too?) and boy it is so good!
Here is what I use:
* Small Corn Tortillas
* Garlic & Herbs Spread
* Mexican Blend Shredded Cheese
* Canned Chicken Breast (flavored and ready to eat)
* Baby Spinach
* Baby Bella Mushrooms
Since the corn tortillas I use are so small, instead of folding them, I just use two and sandwich the stuff in between. As for the baby bella mushrooms, I bought them in a bag, already cleaned and sliced, and sautee them all at once in advance, so they are ready to use throughout the week.
How to make one:
(I put together all the quesadillas before they hit the pan.)
1. First heat up the tortillas a little bit. I do this by turn on the electric burner, hold the tortilla and quickly "slap" it against the heated coil back and forth, until little brown grill marks show up. Be careful not to burn it.
2. Spread a layer of garlic & herbs spread on one side of both tortillas.
3. On one tortilla, sprinkle cheese, then lay one layer of baby spinach on top, then chicken breast, sliced/sauteed baby bella mushroom, more cheese (this helps glue down the tortilla on top), and lay the other piece of tortilla on top.
4. Send the whole thing into a heated non-stick pan, no cooking oil needed. Grill about 2 minutes each side, until all the cheese is melted and hot. Use a pizza cutter (works better than knife) to cut it in half, and enjoy! :)
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Note: Nate has already created a whole page of super fun letters on his website. Check it out!
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
As I mentioned in my previous post, I got lucky and found this amazing set of Mixies cards in a local antique shop for $3. The illustrations in this deck are absolutely stunning. It took me a couple of hours scanning and cleaning the images, and now the Mixies set is on my Flickr. I tried to track down any information regarding the illustrator but couldn't find anything. If you know anything about it, please let me know!
Also, while I researched online, I found this blog posted by The Jacky Winter Group, an Australian agency for illustrators, and how they put together a set of promo piece using Mixies as their inspiration. Check it out.
Mixies® is a product by Ed-U-Cards, ©1956
Friday, September 4, 2009
I got lucky today! I found a box of "Mixies" in a local antique shop for only $3! Here's just a teaser. It will take me a little bit of time to scan everything, so stay put. (Mixies ©1956 Ed-U-Cards Mfg. Corp. L.I.C. N.Y. Prid. in U.S.A.)
Also to kick start the long weekend, here are two super dooper cute music videos by U900, a Japanese Ukulele Duo. They will for sure put you in a good mood!
Thursday, September 3, 2009
I should have shared this one long long time ago (my B-day was in June)... My friend Steph (also the guitarist in Softee), knowing how much I love Javier Bardem and luchadors, made this card just for me. Better yet, she fashioned this from a GIGANTIC Hallmark recordable sound card (11" by 11" to be exact and has awesome sound effect; when the music plays, the whole card shakes), and the theme song is "Mexican Hat Dance"... Isn't it perfect? It's so great to have creative friends! :D
Want to see the details of the card? Click the photos and then after you are in the Flickr page, click "all sizes" above the image.