neil and berta

neil and berta are getting married!
and they have asked me to help out w/their card/ announcement...
this is wht it looks like.
it's very unusual clrs berta has picked for wedding in taiwan, but i like it lots.


tadao ando!

just posting some images of ths japanese architect, Tadao Ando's work.
more later.
gotta run to buy art supplies for the day camp i'm working at next week, fix my macbook's battery and yoga!

picking up my brush!

i'm so excited that i've finally have a sense of direction for my new body of work. personal creative work for me has lay dormant since back in the last days of art center. when i stopped painting for various philisophical and physical struggles with paint. Painting was killed by studying painting and its history. the more u kno and understand about painting, the less u have the passion to paint. Art school really help kill ur passion for painting, but it's a process artists have to go thru. it's a little like studing buddhism. Buddha said to kill him when u c him. it's the same in painting. the love of it comes with lots of history and background. it's not just love and techniques. it's also philosphy and technology and modernity.
why paint when u can simply photograph?
or use other mediums to express ur art?
ther are so many forms to explore.
why paint?
who for?
why paint when ther's no audience? and is it that important to have that audience?
anyway and what is the reasons of painting this particular thing or that or any form? what am i saying?
do i have anything to say?... blah blah blah. all the discourse on art.
even to the point of WHAT IS ART NOW?
ther's so much to deal with, one drowns in it and cannot simply create for the love of it. u've always gotta hv a plausible explanation for every single stroke u put on the canvas or the floor or the wall. even a dust has to hv meaning and intention. i was immoblized for so long. and ther's always the physical aspect of painting. time, effort, energy. capturing wht is inside and making it real and phiscal, to share with others. and living in this world plays a big part too. designing and working for others and trying to live this life and enjoy urself... makes a girl like me really lazy about taking the time to start painting.
yesterday tho,
i've started by purchasing my test canvas.
this last month, i've started by making sketches for myself. after my visit to MIHO museum and buying these beautiful brush markers. it's been nonstop morning sketching for me. i'm loving it.
i'm inspired now to do the next step, making it larger.
once i've got my groove back and confidence of the medium, i'm using acrylic this time, i will attempt the large scale it's asking for.
until then....
take a look at my site: http://www.homepage.mac.com/solee/PhotoAlbum12.html


forgot to mention, kyoto!

Kyoto is so different when u visited as a child of 12 vs 37! i'm sure lots of things have changed btwn then and now as well. but I have changed very much too! as a kid of 12, visiting these beautiful places was cool for the first couple of days, but any more, u're bored. i recall lots of temples, old bldgs, bus hop on and offs and vending machines at the rest stops, and souvenir shops. the rest was all vague and unclear.
then at the end of may, everything feld different about Kyoto. i'm wishing that i had time to rent a bicycle and ride about town, visiting all these structures i didn't appreciate b4 and didn't hv time to visit this trip. i took a gazillion fotos with my digital camera. visited miho museum designed by I. M. Pei, and other stuctures designed by Tadao Ando! this brilliant architect tht my frnds at the art center library were in love with 10 yrs ago. his use of concrete as is is just amazingly beautiful and inspiring.
just so much to c, yet not enough time.
ther was also a day when we went to the oldest tea house in kyoto, 13 or is it 14 generations now? anyway, it's go very traditional style tea rooms and we were served tea. and learnt about how to accept and drink the tea cup, which way to turn it and all the whys... lots of rules and regulations!
but one thing tht we all agreed upon was how amazingly clean kyoto is, like the rest of japan. but tht also with so many gorgeous gardens with water elements, we were surprised at how ther's so little mosquitoes! i was free of bites for this one week in kyoto.
maybe i should learn japanese and live in japan for a bit?
just a thought.
so much has happened, i've gotta sit down and sort thru my fotos to post up and write more about the rotary club events too.
o and hot spring and other things...