October 11, 2012
INSPIRATION

collage : do what you love

After talking to a friend the other day, I realize how lucky I am to have this creative outlet. I was telling her how I can get so involved in a project that I totally lose myself for hours, forgetting to eat sometimes. It’s my way of blocking out the rest of the world and quieting the noise in my head…Therapeutic. Peaceful. Zen. She couldn’t relate to my form of meditation, but I can’t even fathom life without art – my little escape that’s always there, just waiting for me to dive in and zone out!

Art for me, especially collage, is like putting together a puzzle. I wait for the pieces to speak to me, telling me what I need to do next, and this continues on like a dialogue. I know it must sound a little weird, but if you’re an artist, I’m sure this isn’t a completely foreign concept. The idea begins to grow from just a few scraps of paper. The concept builds upon itself until it becomes something entirely different from my original vision. The end result is never something I could have just drawn from my imagination. The shapes take on a life of their own; I simply bring them together.

Some might call this just a hobby…but if you eat, sleep and breathe art, it must be something more. I literally wake up with this passion to create…something…anything. It’s like I have too many ideas, and never enough time. But the desire to make art is always a driving force. Without reason, I just try to do more of what I love.

September 26, 2012
INSPIRATION

marine layer

Those long and lazy summer days are coming to a close, but I’m looking forward to the kind of newness that comes with autumn. The school year is just beginning and the air feels cool and crisp. The last few mornings have had this thick, billowy marine layer floating along the coast. It’s perfect cuddle weather; an excuse to lounge around in my fat pants to read, nap, draw, take a long bath, cozy up in blanket with a hot cup of tea… I LOVE Pukka tea. All organic, delicious herbal blends.

September 9, 2012
INSPIRATION

mema

Growing up on the east coast, I was lucky enough to live right next door to my grandmother, who we called Mema. I remember her braiding my hair, her famous homemade apple pies, her classic sewing machines and antique collections. She was an amazing seamstress who could make just about anything. I would hang out on the deck with Mema while she painted, refurbished and reupholstered all kinds of furniture. I can’t help but think I inherited a lot of my creativity from her. She was always busy, on the go, and working with her hands. Mema was definitely someone who was driven and made things happen; she could be a little fiery at times and I’m pretty sure I inherited that too ;)

In 2004, just before I moved to San Diego, Mema gave me this sterling silver bracelet made from a vintage spoon. I’ve worn it every day since and it’s a reminder of the first woman who inspired me to run with my love of art.

August 31, 2012
INSPIRATION

diy : marbled paper

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A few weeks ago, I learned how to make this marbled effect on paper. It’s actually easier than it looks:

• Pour water into a plastic storage bin (the flat kind that fits under a bed).

• Mix oil paint and mineral spirits in a separate container (think mustard squeeze bottle).

• Drip a few drops of the paint mixture into the water bin.

• With a wide toothed comb, swirl around the paint mixture. At this point you should notice the paint separating itself from the water.

• Then lay a sheet of watercolor paper down flat over the water surface.

• Once you’ve let the paint absorb a little bit (about 10 seconds), remove the sheet of paper, trying to keep it as flat as possible. HINT: The 2nd or 3rd sheet usually turn out better, as the first sheet can be absorb too much color, leaving little or no marbled streaks.

• *Optional* dunk the other side of the paper into the water to have a double sided sheet.

• That’s it! Lay it out flat to dry.

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August 29, 2012
INSPIRATION

luster

My most recent semi-precious stone purchase…The neutral taupe and greige tones paired with a hint of coral and aqua say Fall 2012 to me. Can’t wait to see how they mingle!

August 26, 2012
SCOUT

audrey kawasaki

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Audrey Kawasaki is definitely one of my favorite artists – her unique style is so powerful. Stunning, delicate, eerily true to life. I was first introduced to her work when I saw a few of her earlier paintings donning the walls of my friend Risa’s apartment in West LA. They were given to her as gifts when Audrey was a waitress at Risa’s Japanese restaurant a few years back.

I had never seen anything like it. She brings her viewers into a dreamworld of fluid and organic lines. Her muted color palette of earth tones and selective pastels, create these captivating and surreal girls. Instantly mesmerizing.

In 2007, I wanted to connect with Audrey so I interviewed her via email.

What or who inspires you?

James Dean. David Choe. Autumn Whitehurt. Jonathan Weiner. Michael Hussar. Brandi Milne. Sam Weber. Kyousuke Chine. Cheval Noir. Katsuya Terada. Yousuke Nakamura. Fuko Ueda. Trevor Brown. Meg Hunt. Julia Sonmi Heglund. Stella Im Hultberg. Myna Sonou. Lesley Reppeteaux.

How was your experience going to school on the east coast (Pratt Institute)? Did you like New York?

I did to some extent. But I was only there for 2 years, so I didn’t love it enough to stay longer. NY has a different art scene than the west coast. Here, they are much more supportive of young, up-and-coming artists, like myself.

When did you begin working with oil on wood?

I think it was some life painting class. I wanted to paint on something other than a blank white canvas. Found some pieces of scrap wood, and thought it would make an interesting surface.

How many paintings do you produce/sell in the course of a year?

Depends. But this last year perhaps about 50 or more maybe.

Do you have an alternative job, or are you making a living by selling your work?

Fortunately, I am now able to support myself with just my work. I am very very lucky.

What do you see yourself doing in the future? Different style or medium?

Work bigger. Bolder. Show internationally. Be able to continue making what I want to make. Stay genuine.

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Now five years later, it looks like Audrey has been very successful in achieving her goals. I am so inspired by this distinctive artist and I’m always trying to keep up with her new work. I was lucky enough to attend one of her shows at Thinkspace Gallery in LA last fall.

Check her out!

www.audrey-kawasaki.com