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Hi guys, long time no time. I know, I’ve been totally MIA. It’s been too long but a lot has happened and I feel bad I haven’t been more up to date. So bare with me as I unload everything all at once. Well, I’ll try to be gentle.

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First off, I’m officially a teacher. Settle down kids, not that kind. I won’t be dealing with minors – I think. I mean I’m a SKillshare teacher. Unloading my knowledge on design, graphic art, illustration, and other stuff here and there. It’s something that I’ve been toying around with. And every time I get those emails form Skillshare promoting their new teacher incentive – I first get excited and secondly dumbfounded. Who am I to teach? What the hell do I know? Three are plenty of better qualified people out there. And so on….. Self-doubt cripples me and I do nothing until the next email promo comes along. So what prompted me to finally act? The end of the year I suppose. Looking back, I’ve done a lot, but not nearly enough as I wanted to or dreamed and hoped to. So as always I vow to do more, be more in the next year. With the December being Skillshare’s last new teacher incentive, it was now or never. So I jumped all in.

I figured out what to teach -  Ipad Illustration for artists on the go. I figured out the project: create a digital floral illustration. But turns out, I knew nothing about how to actually film it. It seems so easy when browsing all the youtubers who are literally half if not third my age. It can’t be that hard, right? Well it’s not, after you spend a whole weekend and some nights learning the very basics of Quicktime and iMovie. Sleepless nights….no biggie.  So yea, it took a lil longer than I thought it would to create class. I also learned I am not good at improv on camera. Argh- camera shy maybe.

Anyway, I finally finished the class and published it just in time of the deadline  (like the day of). But I made it and I was proud. I didn’t do much promotion…other than the shameless self-promo on Facebook and Instagram. I wasn’t expecting much for my class. But I guess I must have done something right… a month later and I have over 400 students – people I don’t even know. The reviews are awesome and so healrtfelt. Well, needless to say – I’m hooked.

So now I’m currently working on my next class – How to create Abstract Patterns from Everyday Textures. Will publish the class next week so stay tuned.

And if you are a Skillshare member, check out my first class and be sure to follow me so you will be the first to know when my next class goes live.

Thanks all

And happy arting.

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Hello all,

There is still time to cast your votes for “Earthday” wrapping paper design contest hosted by Wrappily, the eco-friendly, double-sided designer wrapping paper company.

Below are my two entries, if you like them, let it be known and vote for them to win!!! Thanks so  much :)

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April 15-17, Pier 94 hosted it’s annual Art Expo, exhibiting over 800 artists either with representing galleries or individuals. It is one the best art events to attend to discover new talent and emerging artist. This is my 3rd year attending the exhibit. I went on the last day at 2pm and spent 3 hours browsing around. It is both exhilarating and visually overwhelming, but nonetheless inspiring.

Below are some images I captured of my favorite highlights of the event.

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 Alfredo Palmero, represented by Gallery Onk. I loved the combination or realist portraits with abstract ink spatters to make the dress. It’s romantic and modern, simple and complex.

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Julia Carter’s happy art and patterns drew me in because I closely associated with the style and it actually inspired me to take my patterns and happy illustrations from the screen and onto the canvas. So keep a look out for that soon to come. Her colors, use of white space, and the hidden inspiring messages are no doubt mood boosters. She says “my paintings are landscape of the soul” and I totally agree.

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Exciting news.

Exactly a month ago, I opened a new etsy store specifically showcasing stationery designs for weddings, religious ceremonies, birthdays, baby announcements, and other special events.

The idea has been brewing in my mind for some time now. I’ve spent years working for other people and companies making stationary. In addition, tons of my friends are in the wedding industry, either as photographers, artists, designers, etc.

So I decided to take the leap and start off the new year with a little shop of my own.

Currently, the shop only supplies custom printable invites and instant downloadable designs. I’m in the process of searching for a reliable and reasonable printer to work with to provide printed invitations later in the year. My goal for the year to crank out at least 5 new designs every month, to have at least 60 designs in shop by end of the year. I’m not in any way savvy about etsy or e-commerce. It’s somewhat a slow process for me and I’m learning as I go along and trying not to be too hard on myself. So please join me on this journey and keep checking back fro new updates.

For now, see below my current range of stationery products, everything for your party needs: wedding suites, religious ceremony invites, holiday cards, valentine cards, personal stationery, and custom art.  Click on the links to find out more or make a purchase.

Select wedding invitation designs:

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Tropical wedding invitation card

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Quick announcement. I entered a few designs into the annual Pillow Fight contest held by OhDeer!  The contest is held until November where the most popular and best selling design win and get licensed with ohDeer! It will an awesome opportunity so please help out.

Please click on the images to like and vote for them, you can also purchase the cushion during the duration of the contest. Thanks so much :)

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This Surtex 2015 recap post is way overdue, and I apologize for that. Not only did I not have a lot of time to get to it but I also didn’t know where to start. Surtex was an overwhelming experience, but in a good way. Here’s my afterthoughts:

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This was my first year exhibiting. I walked the show last year and met tons of amazing artist as well as some of my classmates. Irene Chan and Arpi joined me as we strolled through the aisles. Seeing my classmates exhibit for their first time gave me the confidence to jump in and join them. So I decided to exhibit at SURTEX in 2015 on May 17-19.

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