When was the last time you took a moment to appreciate the small things in life - good and bad? Moments of joy, agony, frustration, peace - they are universal. Here's a wonderful video to appreciate little moments.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
Of course, I was attracted because of the important topics is failure. According to Time Magazine, America has lost its acceptance of failure through the financial crisis, demanding accountability. I'm not sure I agree with this one. Accountability is a good thing, and should decrease failure - the financial crisis was really a failure of morality, which is something else all together.
Check it out!
Monday, July 5, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
The issue featured all kinds of greeting cards, mine was the only type that is meant to hold gift cards. You can find my gift card holders at the Whole Foods mentioned on my website: papierstudio.com. If your local Whole Foods doesn't have them - request that they order them from me!
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Also worth your time this weekend is the Viva Gallery Women Painters West Exhibit. This is a juried exhibit, some of my friends are in it. It's at Viva Gallery in Sherman Oaks, this Sunday, June 13, 3-5pm. Click here for the link.
Enjoy and buy more art! It saves lives!
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
In an age of everyone with Tivos and DVRs fastforwarding through commercials, she has incorporated AT LEAST FIVE well placed commercial items in the video - see if you can catch them. Comment here and let us know what you found.
See, now we're not just passively observing commercials, we're actually seeking them and counting them - genius.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Fast Company just came out with their annual 100 most creative people in business for 2010. It's a great read, and I am so proud of them for picking Lady Gaga as - you would've never guessed it - #1! Now, you may not think she's a "business person", but you would be very wrong.
The video below will show you just how fun and creative she is. Beyonce even got in on the fun. Warning-it's a little explicit, so not for those under 18.
Within the span of ONE YEAR she made herself into a global sensation out of no where. Read the Fast Company article here. Press play below to see this amazing video that is some kinda mix of male and female fantasy. That's all I'll say, 'cuz I'm kinda busy.
Friday, May 14, 2010
I've been hunkered down, working 12-14 hour days on something exciting and new.
No, it's not the Love Boat, it's a new business.
Don't worry, I'm not giving up Papier Studio! Papier Studio is just getting started! When the signatures are still wet on contracts, I promise to fill you in on the details.
I'm working on something that will take my patent to the next level-the virtual space. And I'm thinking of ways to do that with Social Media Marketing.
Yah, there's lots of buzz about this, and hooplah, and eye rolling. But there is a such a huge potential out there, it's actually vibrating. I can feel it.
I wanted to share these super cool videos about it. For anyone who doubts its power, press play and groove to the funky beat. If you have trouble viewing the video, just go here.
Also check out this link to see another video equally as fun.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
The Calabasas Fine Art Festival is also happening right next door. This is a FANTASTIC, high quality show that I've blogged about before, and is definetely worth the trip in and of itself.
Monday, April 26, 2010
Book Signing Event
Sunday, May 2, 2010, 2-4pm
Barnes & Noble - The Commons in Calabasas, CA
Not only will I be there, but right next door will be the Calabasas Fine Art Festival! It is one of the best art shows around! Come and look at art, buy some art, appreciate some art, and
MAKE SOME ART!
I'll be at the same Barnes & Noble next Sunday too - more to come!
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
My third day of classes was with Alex Shur in "Cast of Characters". Check out her website at wingedheels.com . This was really a fantastic class. The concept of this class was to create backgrounds using watercolor or guache (I used guache). Once the backgrounds were dry, we then sorta cloud gazed into the patterns of the paint to find characters "from our subconcious". I thought this was a really cool concept, very esoteric. I love cloud gazing, and now, I can also gaze into my own paint. Hmmm, starting to sounds a little weird, but not really.
Although I made a TON of backgrounds, I'll just share a few of my favorites. Below is an example of a background where I just started outlining in sharpie my "character". Big surprise here - a tree. What I loved was the funky, big nosed character that showed up in the trunk of my tree. You can see his green face on the left side of the tree trunk. There's also a great profile of a windblown face at the top right of the piece. I can't wait to continue working on this one. This piece is 15"x22.5".
My next favorite piece is "Ms. Thang" below. This piece is 5x7. I had a large background piece that I just struggled with and didn't see anything, so I ripped it into four 5x7 pieces. That's when all the characters came out!
I first saw the eye on the right, and then the mouth. I free drew the nose and then, just started doodling, just like in Ellsworth's class. Whatever struck my fancy. I actually did most of this work on the plane ride home with a few sharpies.
Monday, April 19, 2010
What you see is actually a paper doll of sorts, which is separate from the rectangular background. We doodled on pieces of the paper doll which were pre-cut up, and we didn't know they would end up in the shape of a person. Pretty cool!
Monday, April 5, 2010
Left to right: Julie Molina (co-author), me, and Lisa Myers-Bulmash, significant book contributor, and friend extraordinaire! The table behind us had samples of some of the rooms from our book, which will be traveling around with me to different events.
Monday, March 15, 2010
Friday, March 19, 5-7 pm Everett's Artists Supply
9304 Evergreen Way, Everett, WA
Sunday, March 21, 2-4 pm, Barnes & Noble at Alderwood Mall, WA
we will also be having a paper doll making demo!
Join me, my co-author, Julie Molina, and contributor, Lisa Myers-Bulmash for a fun afternoon!
Become a fan of the book on our Mixed Media Dollhouses Facebook Fanpage!
I will also be attending Artfest in Port Townsend, WA!! This will be my first time attending this retreat, and I am really looking forwad to my first class - Mystery Doodling by Theo Ellsworth.
Check out his website - it'a total trip!
Sunday, March 7, 2010
I know you're dying to have your own copy, so you can go buy it at barnes and noble or amazon NOW! Join our Facebook fanpage now!
I am also going to be having some book signing events! Here are the currently scheduled events:
Friday, March 19, Everett Art Supply just outside Seattle 5-8p see this link to see info on Facebook.
Sunday, March 21, Barnes & Noble at Alderwood Mall, just outside Seattle, 2-4pm (right before Artfest!!!)
Saturday, April 3, Zinnia in Pasadena, CA, 5:30-9pm
Sunday, May 9, Barnes & Noble in Calabasas, CA, 2-4pm
How much fun will we have if you show up??
What else have I been up to, you ask? Especially since it's painfully obvious that I haven't been blogging?
Well, I've been working on my gift card holder business, people. This is some serious stuff! My patent is OFFICIAL and I am so excited to get this product in more mass market stores. It could be happening soon, so I will let you all know when it does.
In the meantime, I have been marketing, marketing, marketing, networking, networking, networking! I've been to presentations by Mr. Bill Clinton himself! See horrible picture below:
Monday, February 1, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
If you're not failing, you're not trying hard enough.
I think I heard it on Biggest Loser. Man, I love that show. Talk about getting over your fears of failure from years and years of struggling with weight, to go on national TV with your shirt off and get weighed in front of everyone!! NO THANKS!!
But back to failing more...The first month of 2010 is almost over!
Are you putting yourself out there and doing scary things? Are you doing things where you have no idea what you're doing? Are you failing and learning wonderful lessons?
If you answered yes to any of these, you are probably growing as a person by leaps and bounds.
I'd love to hear about the scary things you're doing! Write a comment and share with our community how you are growing, what you're learning! Or email me privately and we can talk more about YOUR situation.
Embrace failure. That's how you know you're really trying.