Thursday, April 19, 2012

Nothing Else Matters

Recently I was lucky enough to spend some quality time with someone special and it's times like that that makes me think, nothing else matters at the end of the day when we still have each other. I know all that 'love' talk can be corny and awkward for some, but I love it. I love that I feel this way and that it's not going away. That it's making a pretty big impression on me, even if there are days where it can get so hard. I honestly don't know where it's all headed, but I'm not going to worry. Because that's just a waste of my energy (and I worry so much already!) So I'd rather invest my efforts into being happy with what I have now :) 


I'm back with another quick blog post about what I've been up to lately (^_^) trying to get back into blogging regularly, so I won't be so behind on things I have to post up! Things are still pretty hectic (don't think it'll slow down til mid year), but I'm doing my best to keep my cool and get things done, slowly but surely. Slowly but surely. 

The Self Portrait Project
I've recently finished the Self Portrait Project, which I signed up with the Art House Co Op (located in Brooklyn Art Library, New York) about a month ago or so. Finally got around to working on it the past few days and happy to say I'm ready to send it off tomorrow to be post marked before May 15th! I worked along side with Dragonboy on this project, so we made it so it was matching paintings (^___^) It was a very sweet and cute idea at first, but as we continued painting with that idea, we figured that it was just super corny (=____=) LOL but oh well, we stuck with it, and I added a little message for Art House Co Op to request if our paintings could be placed next to each other for corny sake :) Hope they will! <3 Here are a few photos of the progress:
I haven't painted with acrylic for a long while (before the Pop M'Art project as well >.<) and never have I ever done such a realistic painting on canvas too! Dragonboy hasn't since high school, so it was a really fun experience for us both, playing and mixing the limited colours we were working with :) After long hours of working and snacking, this is the result of both of our paintings...
Matching canvases, a little corny but I love it anyway :)

I'm quite happy with how mine turned out, though I'm not sure if I shaded up the skin colour right haha! I used a mix of acrylic and colour pencils to complete my piece :) And a lil fineliner for the eyes. I didn't realise how big I painted my eyes until Dragonboy pointed it out (=_=) oh well! I guess I also wanted to explore a different side of me as a self portrait piece, but looking at it now makes me happy regardless :) Glad I took part in this project, definitely looking forward to signing up for more projects with Art House Co Op in the future! 

Even though I'm still working a couple of other projects I signed up for already (>.<) haha more info soon in later blog posts! :) They're all due before end of April, so STRESS levels are rising haha. 


Okay, so now it's time for bed! I hope everyone's having a great week so far with this lovely hot weather we've been having lately! Even though I'm looking forward to the colder months, it's nice to have a few days were you can just wear a t-shirt and not worry about rain or being cold :) 

Keep smiling <3

Love, from Julie xox

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

I am a Stressball

So, as always, I've been a little stress ball lately (maybe more than just a little..) and it's probably because I've put too much on my own plate that I could handle. (x_x) I have always been a little over ambitious and I couldn't help but get a little excited with all these art projects that I signed up for. However I didn't really consider that I do have my big uni project to take care of, along with juggling working at cafe, along with my online shop... (=_=) so.. yeah. I'm sorry if I've been MIA lately, but this is pretty much why. (the ultimate sadface) :( I've been wanting to blog more because a lot has been happening lately but.. (oh no more excuses please!! >_<) 
So now, it's time to shine, it's time for action, it's time for magic to happen! I got to get my act together, and start finishing off what I've started. I know I've got it in me, even if it means many sleepless nights for the rest of the month, I got this! Just gotta remember to breathe, to focus and to just do it! I've got to do what I can today for a better tomorrow. 

I'm not sure about you but I usually thank my past self when I actually take time to organise things the night before i.e. pack my bag, figure out what to wear and have it all laid out, ready for the next day >.< I gotta get back into that habit and stop sleeping in already @_@ my memory has been really bad lately too :( I'm not sure how to explain why, but it makes me stress even a lil when I can't remember the smallest and most insignificant things! So silly really. 

So I haven't posted for a couple of weeks but I've got a lot of photos that I would love to share with you guys with what's been happening lately (^_^) but I think I'll have to spread out the love though for the next few posts, otherwise this will just be a major blog post and I'm running low on time atm (>_<) 

Pop M'Art Event - Saturday 1st April 
Here are photos taken by the Pop M'Art crew & Truccie on the day (^_^)

As I mentioned it in my last blog post, my friends and I were part of this event (happens every weekend) called Pop M'Art and it was SO MUCH FUN when the painting started! Two hours was actually a fair long time to paint something, even thought I thought I was running out of time @_@ but working with acrylics was a nice break away from water colours, however I did take advantage of the water to help paint my opaque buildings :) 

I ended up calling my painting: Paper Dreams - as the airplanes represent dreams circling the city buildings. They might seem fragile and weak on their own, but they have the ability to be moved by the passion and determination of the dreamer. They have the strength to go far :) 

We were lucky enough to have the Pop M'Art held at Rooftop Bar (along Swanston St) that weekend, so it was just so lovely being out in the wide open and above everything else for a while. However, like my friend Elli has stated it in her blog post, it was definitely like extreme painting while on the rooftop, since it was so windy, despite the blue skies! LOL Half the time we were holding onto our easel and canvases for dear life, trying to avoid it being knocked over >.< Once the two hours was up, it was great to see what everyone ended up painting, and there was so much variety!! :D (check out the photo above!) So much talent, I freaking love it man!! 

The crew who directs Pop M'Art are such lovely and vibrant people, and they were fun to talk to after we finished our paintings! Looking forward to hearing from them again about the art installation they want to do with our paintings! :D We even had mini interviews to discuss our painting (@_@) which was a little nerve wrecking for everyone hahaha! When I'm put on the spot like that, I usually ramble my head off, and then think... crap, what did I just say?! (=_=) 

Great thanks to Truccie who organised the whole event for us to join in on the fun!! I'm so happy to have been part of it. I remember leaving the city that day feeling so fulfilled and just calm. I spent the rest of the afternoon with a few stage fright people, chilling on the Rooftop bar and stuffing our faces with massive hamburgers :) nom! I really could just nap up there if it wasn't so weird and packed with people hahaha! 

I recommend everyone to check out Pop M'Art and be part of it before they finish! :D 
Even if you're not much of a painter, or never painted before, it's such a fun experience! 


Okay! Best to rush off now and get more things done! Got this adrenaline running, even though I'm super tired (>.<) better make the most of it before it runs out and I just drop dead snoring in my bed! haha hope everyone will have a lovely week ahead of them, and take advantage of the beautiful weather during their lunch breaks :) 

Keep a smile on your dial! :D 

Love, from Julie xox

P.S. I just want to say a quick thank you for people who still stop by my blog and leave comments (^___^) means so much to me when I still get visitors, even when I've been so inactive lately! And hello hello to my few new followers! :D so happy to have you join in on the low down for my lil adventures! (haha I just sounded a lil gangster there...) 

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