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year 2014

…Things to let go, things to accept, things to look forward to.

Happy new year, everyone! It’s still hard to believe that another year is over already. 365 days don’t seem that many anymore as you get older and things move faster than you realize. Year 2013 has been plentiful and quite memorable, to say the least. I just hope it meant the start of a new beginning in my life.

On another note, there are a few major goals/projects I would love to accomplish in 2014:

  • 365 photography project
    – paintings in the shop
    – furoshiki project
    – work room
    – diy-only gifts
    – learn watercolor
  • (Yes, they all happen to have a ‘creative’ theme this year.)

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    quarter three

    I hope your summer is going well, everyone! It’s already the second half of 2011–have you accomplished most of your goals or met your resolutions yet??

    It has been almost a month since my last blog post. I can check off everything on my “summer to-do” list (from last month) except for working out and making new products for the shop. I’ll keep working on those two goals, but in the meantime, my two jobs are keeping me quite busy. Let’s hope this isn’t going to be my life for the next several years! But then again, if I can manage a vacation here and there each year, it won’t be that bad. Right?

    {Images above: beautiful and delicate watercolor paintings from Mai Autumn.}

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    audrey kawasaki

    I am in love with Audrey Kawasaki’s artwork.

    They are stunningly beautiful, delicate, feminine, distant, alluring, and even dark to me sometimes. I have a HUGE admiration for people who can draw and/or paint really well, and I am especially fond of styles of Kawasaki, Catherine Campbell and Anne-Julie Aubry.

    You can also see the artist up close and personal as she works on her art here. Or follow her wonderful blog.

    {Images from Audrey Kawasaki}

    {Thanks, Coeus Clothing: Creative!}

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    edgar mueller and 3D pavement art

    “Edgar Müller opened a studio in the street. He presents people with the great works of old masters, drawing his perfect copies at the observers’ feet. Müller invites his audience to share his fascination with the old masters art, helping them to gain an in depth understanding of the old master’s view of the world.”

    Can you briefly talk about the process of your work? What is the most difficult part in your work?

    “To describe the process briefly is kind of impossible. However, there is one main perspective law which is an important base to construct a 3D street painting. If you have a look around and keep an eye on all verticals you see (for instance trees or streetlights) you may recognize that their extensions all meet at your feet or – if you are sitting – under your but. So if you choose a spot and fix a cord on it you can use it as a ruler for all the verticals in the painting. That’s the reason why every anamorphic street painting only makes sense from one specific spot – where all verticals meet. The difficult part is to find out the right distortion in length. The more you go up the painting the longer the distortion should be. It is not a linear stretching. I always go to the right spot and check what I’m doing there.”

    What happens if it’s raining?

    “This is probably the most frequently asked question. My answer is: Then I leave and paint a new picture tomorrow. This is often the best thing the street painters can do, because even a few drops can destroy a picture in seconds which often needed days to be painted. There are ways to protect the image, such as cover it with plastic tarpaulin or on street painting competitions even through most adventurous tent structures.”

    You can find the rest of the FAQ on his website.

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