Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Olga in the Trees....

Here is a new painting using marker, watercolor, and fabric.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Muriel and Bertha Visit the Arctic

Here's a new picture I made using fabric and drawing ink.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Lightening Storm Garden

My Lightening Storm Garden finally has its first bloomed flower.




Its a Convolulus.

I planted all my plants during a lightening storm, hence the name. The lightening zig-zaged horizontally. Once I saw a streak go upward instead of down. There was not thunder to accompany the lightening. I have never seen lightening without thunder. The two go together like salt and pepper, or ketchup and mustard. I was told by a friend that when lightening does not hit the ground, there will be no thunder. Thunder is a result of the lightening striking the ground. This would make complete since, as the lightening that I saw didn't appear to hit the ground. I wanted to investigate this claim before I wrote about it in this post. When I searched on the internet, all the websites I went to said it is impossible to have lightening without thunder. I guess I should feel privileged to have seem something that is apparently not even possible. Or else I should be weary of the internet. Perhaps it is not always an all knowing god, after all. Or, an even worse possibility- I'm losing my hearing! And at such a young age. Its all those years of head-phones and rock shows.


Here are the other plants:




The three in the back are Cilantro, Basil, and Rosemary. The plant in the front is a flower called Lobelia.


These are Cosmos and the Convolulus before it bloomed.




Its pretty exciting having a successful garden. The most exciting part was when the plants first pushed up from beneath the dirt. Hopefully, my garden will be able to survive through the harsh winter weather that Seattle surely has in store for us.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Out with the Old.... In with the "New"

I'm a pack rat and also and avid thrift store shopper. This is a dangerous combination. It is so easy to find amazing and cheap thrift store finds to add to my hefty collection of pack rat memorabilia. Living a clutter free existence is a fine art. First, there is knowing how and when to get rid of things. Secondly, there is learning to restrain ones self from buying every interesting thrift store find one sets their eyes upon. Its a long process to success, and I'm just going to have to take it one step at a time. A very important first step is purging the closet, which I did. Here are two things I got rid of.
First, these converse. I don't think I've worn these in two or three years, but for some reason I still have them. I had a fun time decorating these suckers. One of my first friends in college had a theory that you could tell a lot about a persons personality based on their shoes. We had a fun time looking at peoples shoes and trying to guess what they were all about. Not a reliable science but definitely an enjoyable game.






Second, this ninja turtle back pack. This certainly appealed to my kitsch appreciation, but as with the shoes, this hasn't been used in several years.





It makes it easier to get rid of things when I take pictures of what I am getting rid of.

But I also got new things from the thrift store.

First, this fabric tree wall hanging. It is a celebration of the seasons. Other than the weather, its the trees that are the best indicator for what season it is. Autumn and spring are my favorite seasons. Some of the trees around Seattle are already ready for Autumn.





Second I got this Ship Box. I love anything that is sailor themed.




The best part of boxes is deciding what to put in them. I experimented with different ideas.
My idea's were:


(shells and sea creature remains)




(my miniature animal figurine collection)



(my treasure trove of shimmering costume jewelry)


But I settled with the practical storage of paint!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

I Found a Little Owl.

I found a small piece of rubber on the ground by a ship yard. It looks just like a little owl!



Friday, August 22, 2008

Bird Heads

Here's a new painting using drawing ink, markers and fabric.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Carl Sandburg Banana Bread, e.e. cummings Muffins and more culinary delights!

I've been on a cooking and baking rampage. My goal is to be a cultivate culinary talents and to cook delicious food all the time. I want to be one of those people who has speciality dishes. It will be common for me to say things such as , "Oh, I'll just whip up my famous chocolate cake," and presto, a delicious cake comes into existence.
Here is what I've been making lately:

Carl Sandburg Banana Bread:


(I was listening to an audio tape of Carl Sanburg reading his poetry while baking this bread. He often sounds like he has an irish accent, although he is American. Maybe he knew a lot of Irish immigrants while growing up. )





e.e. cummings Muffins:



(As you may have guessed, I was listening to e.e. cummings while baking these muffins. These were made from a spice muffin recipe. I didn't have ginger so I used extra sugar. My instincts didn't compensate for the lack of ginger. The muffins were super bland.)


Focaccia Bread and Mushroom Soup.


( I've had a long standing goal to become an expert at making soups and breads, but this is only the second time I've done it!)



And Lastly, "Homemade" Beijing Olympic Gymnastic Muffins!



(These are homemade if you consider the grocery store your home and you consider "buying" the same as "making". I did, however, decorate them myself. These cup cakes were for 'Camel Toe 2008' which is basically when my friend (or if we are lucky, more than one friend) and I get together and watch women's gymnastics!! The gymnasts are amazing! There are so many controversies too! Its almost like a sporting event and a soap opera wrapped into one.)

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The Fox and the Haunted House.

New painting using gouache, drawing ink, marker and fabric.



Monday, August 18, 2008

The Afterlife....

Here is my newly completed art project. Its all about being a ghost or reincarnation. Who knows, there may be a lot in store for us in the afterlife!







Sunday, August 17, 2008

Bears...

Here is a new picture I did of bears!


Thursday, August 14, 2008

Tree Communities

Here is a picture I rediscovered recently that I drew when I was a youngster.....



It had a story that went along with it. The story, however, wasn't rediscovered along with the picture. I think it had to do with a tribe of winged people who lived in trees. They smoked too many cigarettes which caused pollution, so their goddess became angry with them and exiled them from the sky. The story was a bit heavy-handed with morals, but the picture inspired me! I like the idea of a neighborhood in the trees. So I drew a new picture of a tree community.



The little man-bird is going on a date with a lovely girl who lives in one of those houses. He is a bit nervous. A while ago, I drew pictures of flapper-birds. I imagine the little man-bird is going on a date with one of the flapper-birds.