As 2018 is drawing to a close, I have been reflecting on this year. I will be honest with you, it hasn’t been an easy one, there were some major learning curves for me—new website, Etsy, my own online store, a show featuring 12 new paintings, but most of all, health and family-related issues. Actually, am still under the weather, and have been for this holiday season. I needed to learn to connect better with myself and am grateful that I have my art and writing as an outlet, not just a creative one, but a spiritual one, which has given me a purpose, kept me grounded and going.
I mentioned many times before, the aim of my work—illustrations, paintings, books, even commissioned pieces is to share with others joy, light, zen, and positive cheers. For example, there are many people who believes that if they were to have a painting up on their walls, it should be bright, big, bold, even shocking, and draws your attention in immediately. However, with my “bubbles” painting(s), it is soft, delicate, calming, and draws your attention in slowly—the more longer you look, or the more times you see it, you’ll discover something new, or at least that is what I try to achieve! Hahaha……I want it to be the piece that you can unwind in front of after a long day, or at the beginning of your day, and from time to time get lost daydreaming in it.
As for my blotted line drawings, they are almost always whimsical and lighthearted, with lots of white space for you to imagine the background and hence the story the illustration or you is/are telling. I aim to create a world that I invite you to join and then make it your own. When it comes to writing, I just want to bring a smile to whoever is reading my piece, and if they can take something away from it that will brighten their day(s) or improve their well-being, all the merrier! That was why I wrote How To Take a Wa Style Bath. It took more than 2 years for the project to be finalized and published, but I really wanted to share and spread the word on the amazing health benefits (relaxation, detox, increasing metabolism, and more)of taking Japanese style baths. Of course, the same can be said about my greeting cards, prints, and commissioned pieces.
So, I have decided for the 2019 to focus on nourishing art, how art nourishes the soul and how it connects with wellness, be it self-love, self-care, wholeness or balance. Would you please come on this journey with me? I may not the the perfect companion, as I too am learning all the time, but it’s nice to have some company, no?