Thursday, July 23, 2009

Update, Update [I lack a creative title]

Hey little muffins <3

So much going on right now - I am loving life :) A lot of you know that I left my job at Messiah - my last official day was Friday, the 17th, which was coincidentally Opening Night of The Wiz. The Wiz has been going really well. I can't believe that this is the last weekend already! I was asked by the director to do most of the scenic work, which was awesome and I was so honoured to be a part of the show in that way as well :) Not to mention that I love dancing it! I also got the opportunity to design Dorothy's Silver Silvers. Did you know that the original slippers in the 1930's film were actually silver, but because of the premiere of colour TV, they changed them to ruby red to wow viewers? Neat, huh? After Taryn, our Dorothy, suggested that I sell pairs of silver slippers at the show, I talked to our director, and now I have been designing Silver Slippers for a lot of girls in the cast :) What a hit - yay! Here are some sneak peeks of the shoes I've been working on:

And the sweet little packaging:

I am currently watching Iron Chef - there are so many reasons why I absolutely LOVE this show. Did you know that in China they have "Forbidden Black Rice", which got its name because originally only emperors could use/eat it. Ho'yea. Trivia of the Day!

Ahem. Anyways... back to the art. I've taken on commissions on some of my favourite things!

Starwars: Princess Savess Palpatine (Original Character) - to be painted.

Aaaaannnd World of Warcraft: Aetharis and Aetherli, the Draenei (Original Characters) - completed.

Up next I will be doing some Harry Potter fanart (By the way, I loved The Half-Blood Prince - it was awesome. I didn't want to go back to the drama of Voldemort because Ron was just too darling), and I will also be painting my coworker Monica's precious 1 year old daughter, Kirah <333 She really is just the most beautiful girl. To top it all off, I will also be painting my director and his wife's bathroom and some cabinetry in their home.

Also! Exciting! At Opening Night, I was approached by a writer who asked me to do cover art for his new novel coming out ;) ;)

I will be flying out to LA on August 10th, and I couldn't be more excited. Everything has pointed in that direction... so if you could pray that God would open doors for me, I'd be so thankful. I'm trying to find my place in the world right now. Funnily enough, I just got a letter from Chad today from China (although he's already back, hah!), and it's so good to hear that others are in similar place and are searching for the "right situation", as I described in an earlier post.

I have not figured out when I will be back, but probably I will come back Friday, the 21st. There's 5,000 things going down on the 22nd, and I should be back for all of them.

I'm probably forgetting something, but this is long enough!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

I have not thought about you for a very long time.

[ There is a place I can never go back to
Where you are the very paint on the walls
Your comforting scent now an invader to my lungs
That have since acquired the taste for free air.
My life is not sepia, hallway memories;
Now I live in clean, vibrant colours and dramatic edges.
You no longer belong here. ]

{{ H o n e s t l y }}
I am very much enjoying my single life. Reclaiming my sense of self, doing what I want, trusting myself, trusting God, making my own adventures. While there is the occasional fleeting pang of loneliness, I am perfectly content learning to absolutely love my life and take every chance that comes my way. You always taught me to live life to the fullest, so not everything I took away from you was hurt. I don't really want to date anyone right now. I am interested in the uncomplicated life at the moment. When God is good and ready, He'll make sure I'm in the right place to meet the right person. Until then, I'm just gonna keep dancing through life.
--//"Finally found a girl that you couldn't impress; last man on the earth still couldn't hit this."

Update tomorrow because I'm far too tired right now. I just needed to get that out...

Thursday, July 9, 2009

All Dressed Up in L O V E <3

[ C O M M I S S I O N ME ]
^ Clicking will not end in disappointment, only joy.

Commissions are open, so tell your friends! I'm heading to Cali in a few weeks, but I'll have some spare time before then!

I will write a longer post later, but I need to hop into bed.

Funny how I'm FINALLY feeling the exquisite freedom I was told I would feel upon graduation. It never was there before, but now it is... a year and a half later. Praise God!

Monday, July 6, 2009

He Will Carry Me

After a year (tomorrow is my anniversary) of working for Messiah, I put in my two weeks today. Many people would ask what would possess me to do such a thing, given the current economy, but all I can say is that this is the biggest leap of faith I have taken in my lifetime. I will either be taking Graduate classes at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), or exploring Los Angeles, California for opportunities in Illustration, Concept Design, Graphic Design, or Fashion Design. I know the gifts that God has given me, and I know the happiness and fulfillment I find in doing these things; I also know how rare it is in life to find (and do) the things that we truly love. I refuse to settle for something because it is safe or because I will be financially secure. I want to take this time in my life, when I have never been freer and will never be as free again and experience the world and all its different possibilities. I want to stretch myself, I want to challenge myself, and I want to succeed in making the world a place of beauty and inspiration for others to enjoy.

[X] My Dresses______click to enlarge//

"Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you? So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?'" - Matthew 6:27-31

For Your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

I've tracked sand back to the East Coast

"You're standing strong and tall
You're the bravest of them all
If on courage you must call.
So just keep on tryin', and tryin', and tryin'"

There is so much to do right now. I have been extremely busy with rehearsing for The Wiz - it's hard to believe that we only have about 10 more rehearsals before the show! I also just got back from LA, which was amazing :) I officially want to live in California. Everyone is so laid-back there; everyone calls you sweetheart or hunny; there is delicious food, the sun, the beach, palm trees, and ridiculously high doses of fashion and all-around beautiful art. Not to mention the music scene. What is not to love? Oh, the traffic. But that's avoidable. Oh, and the cost of living. Not so avoidable. But still, I left my heart in Los Angeles...

And because I am attempting to stay on top of everything that I need to do, here is my tidy little list of projects that need finishing:

[X] DO THIS STUFF ____________//
Dorothy's Silver Slippers for "The Wiz"
Dress Designs (Forthcoming - need to be scanned)
"Carnality" Contest Painting (latest WIP)
Sketchdump for DevART
"I Dream" Contest Painting on DevART
Laura's Red Shoes
Ed's Man Shoes
Surprise Wedding Gift
Pocahontas Painting
White Starry Bag
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