June 30, 2010


In the late 1980's, I sat on the front porch of our house, looked out into the distance,  and began to draw what I saw.  My dad gave me some lessons on how to draw trees, but he let me just draw how I saw things.  I scanned the drawing I made back then and placed it in my journal.

As I prepare to move into our new home starting today, I think about all the houses where I have lived and left.   I think about all the moments and memories.   Although I am ready to be in our new home, I took sometime to journal about our current home and the moments we lived in this place. 

(song lyrics by ©Louis Orozco)

Because I know this coming week will be especially busy, I will take a short break.  I will be exercising my creativity as I begin to create a home for my family.  In the meantime, I wish you precious creative days.

June 29, 2010

One order of chocolate cake with sprinkles and candles plus strawberries on the side.

My longest post title yet. Today is a special day in the Ryu household. My son turns 3. Although we just missed celebrating his birthday in our new home, we decided that this would be the last great celebration in our soon to be former home. When I asked him what kind of cake he wanted for his birthday this (the post title) is exactly what he said.

His birthday present was his very first bike (with training wheels).  It's great to see him growing up happy.  When I was little, my dad always woke us up playing this birthday song on his guitar..  So here it is for my little one.  Happy birthday my sweet boy.

June 26, 2010

If I could.....

If I could take pictures of handmade journals all day and everyday for the rest of my life, I would.  Dreaming like this reminds me of some of my brother's lyrics.

"And who will say when we've dreamed too many dreams?"

(song lyrics by ©Louis Orozco from Mythic)

June 25, 2010

a love song to ART

This love song to ART is how I feel now about art/creativity being part of life everyday. It is allowing me to discover who I am in a way I didn't know in the past. What I know is that........


Onward I must go.  Onward we must go (and have crazy fun in the process).

song lyrics for both journal pages by ©Louis Orozco from Epilogue: Quiet World and In Your Eyes.

June 21, 2010

Self-portrait experience

In my mind, I go to this place to focus.  It's a calm place.  Sometimes it is all I need.

 What an experience it is to focus on myself as the subject of my art.  It is scary, but so revealing.

(photo-to-sketch with charcoal and graphite pencils)

June 20, 2010

Father's Day Sunday

Our Sunday's growing up were spent at church.  On this particular Sunday that we celebrate Father's Day, I remember those Sundays as a child.  As I think about my Dad, I am thankful for his lessons and for being my first fountain of artistic inspiration. 

June 18, 2010

New experiences

Our house is nearly complete.  We will be in our new home in about 1 1/2 weeks.  The next weeks will be busy, but fun and exciting. 

Today, my son says goodbye to the pre-school that has been a wonderful place for him.  His next school is nearer to our new home.  It will be difficult for him to get used to a new place and new faces, but we are doing whatever it takes for a smooth transition. 

I made some necklaces for his teachers using some Industrial Chic charms and other beads.  The little pouches were made with felt and hand stitched initials on the front.  I hope they like them.

June 17, 2010

Where it leads me

When I started working on this page, I had no idea where it might lead.  I am pretty satisfied with the results.
[b&w photo, watercolor pencils and charcoal]

And then enjoyed this refreshing snack.

June 15, 2010

Capturing childhood moments

Even though it was for only a few days, I enjoyed spending time with my amazing sister this past weekend.

Several weeks ago I started this journal to capture my siblings and I together in pictures.  My sister and brother have been assigned to look for pictures in their files.  It is quite a wonderful experience because it gives me the opportunity to remember our childhood days and adventures.  We have some wonderful stories. Our parents gave us a most wonderful childhood.  I think you can see it in our faces.

June 14, 2010

Three ingredients

Three (of many) ingredients in my good life are family, art, and learning.

June 10, 2010

Days made of now

A page from one of my journals.  This is a picture of my siblings and I enjoying a moment.

There are some changes on the layout of my blog.  Blogger has added some features and I am checking things out.  Now, I just want to enjoy the daily moments.

June 9, 2010

10:15 PM

At 10:15 pm and thirty-something years ago,  I came into this world to live an artistic life. Yes, I know that now.  This past year has been one of so much learning and discovering (and more to come i am sure.)

Last year, Alison Lee said something in one of her podcasts that has made its home in my mind.  She said "consistency builds momentum."  At that time, it meant so much to hear that phrase because I was not dedicating the time I needed for creativity.  I made the decision then to nurture my creativity everyday and to find myself as an "artist."  I also put Christine Mason Miller's "Today Begin" button on my sidebar.  That is what I needed to do and I have.  It has made all the difference. 

 Earlier this week, I changed that button to "Be Brave."  I feel like I am in a different place artistically.  Now I feel that I need to allow myself to simply "Be Brave." 

My son woke me up with a kiss on the cheek.  Another birthday gift I will receive is a visit from my sister.  She is coming to my city to be a bridesmaid for one of her friends.  I hope we can have a chance to remember childhood moments and talk about life.

As I celebrate my birthday, I remind myself to "Be Brave" and simply enjoy life.