Friday, February 26, 2010

Artists Wanted winner finally revealed!!!

Hey guys,
Thanks again for voting for me and my daughter in "The Power of Self" artists competition. The winner has finally been revealed after weeks of reviewing by the judges. Congrats to the winner, Cheng-Chang Wu from Nan-Tou, Taiwan-a photographer! You can view his work and the other winners work at

The contest was a lot of fun and I had a great time creating my self portrait piece. Although,I do find it strange that a contest open to ALL mediums (Fine Art, Painting, Sculpting, Drawing, Installation, Print Making, Graphic Design, Glass, Book Arts, Performance, Video Art, Street Art/Graffiti, Photography, Tattoo Art) chose 3 PHOTOGRAPHERS as the winners. Not that their work wasn't great, but seems like this should've been a Photography contest. Maybe I'd had a better chance if I'd submitted some of my alter ego photos. I'm sure I could've swayed the judges with my cat woman or indian princess costumes! lol!!!!

But it's all good. Life goes on and obviously that wasn't our blessing to be had. So again, many thanks and much love to you all!

Enjoy your weekend,


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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

A Repressed Sweets Freak

Hey Guys!
Today is Lent, a time of sacrifice after over-indulging in Mardi Gras. And a good time it was indeed! Anyway I've decided to give up sweets for the next 40 days. Even though I try to maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine, I have to have something sweet everyday. Those of you who know me, know that I am really a sweets freak at heart and would prefer eating dessert more than regular food. So NO chocolate, pie, cake, cookies, candy, ice cream, pastries...

Oh my goodness let me get back on track here. I'm going to pour all of my desires for sugar into my projects. A painting from my Reflections 3:28 show, titled "Repression" reminds me of how I will probably be feeling during this time—riding the waves of sugar cravings. lol! Pray that I make it. This isn't going to be easy!

Much love,
aka Refine

20" x 16" acrylic on canvas paper

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

The double-edged sword of being a professional artist

Hey guys,

I was thinking about there being pros and cons to every career. Being an artist is no different. I believe that I was born to be an artist. It is a lifestyle not just a profession. While thinking about the good and bad factors of being a professional artist, I created this list, in no certain order:

The Pros—
• Excitement: It's an interesting career.
• Originality: It provides a creative outlet to express my personality.
• Connection: I'm able to relate to people visually, mentally, emotionally and physically by sharing my work.
• Satisfaction: Earning money from something that I created.
• Independence: Being my own boss means the freedom of working whenever, however, wherever and with whomever I want.

The Cons—
• Pay: It is an unstable source of income.
• Stressful: Having to make decisions like a business takes away from the enjoyment of being a creative.
• Competition: Trying to stand out from the crowd to gain recognition.
• Expensive: The costs for materials, equipment, workspace and marketing can be pricey.
• Respect: It's not perceived as a real profession by those who believe art is a leisure activity.

These are from my personal experience. I would love to find out others perspective of the pros and cons of living the life of a professional artist. So what's on your mind?

Much love,

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Thursday, February 04, 2010

Leaving a Legacy

Hey guys,
Today's inspiration is from beyond the grave, the artist Alberto Giacometti whose Walking Man I sculpture sold for $104.3 million dollars and broke a world record. Even though he's not here to reap the benefits of his labor of love, I'm sure his family/foundation is very proud of his achievements. As an artist this has inspired me to continue working hard at my craft —experimenting, adjusting and striving to be a better artist, a better entrepreneur, a better Re (me). Perfection is not realistic. Nothing man-made is ever perfect. But creating art that is appealing to the senses and emotions is timeless. I believe most of us strive to be successful and sell as much of our work as possible, for as much as we can get. Although being able to leave behind a high quality, body of work that will increase in value and maintain its appeal for generations to come, is an artist's ultimate reward here on earth!

So back to work....

Much love!

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Monday, February 01, 2010

The people have spoken...

Hello guys,
Thanks so much for all of your time and votes for me and my daughter's artwork. I truly appreciate your dedication and desire to see me succeed. Unfortunately I was not a winner of the Artists Wanted People's Choice Award for the most votes. Hilary McHone (aka BrooklynHilary) of South Pasedena, Ca and Brooklyn, NY at AND Rebekka Guðleifsdóttir of Hafnarfjörður, Iceland at both tied with thousands of votes for their portfolios and won the $1,000 cash, a reception in New York City and international publicity in partnership with Gawker Artists.

Congratulations to both ladies for all of their hard work in promoting their work!!! However,
the public voting does not effect the formal judging process which is based on the actual work, not the votes. So keep hope alive and say a prayer or two for me and my daughter's entries. The Grand Prize will be announced once all the portfolios are formally reviewed within the next couple weeks. And there's even still the chance that we'll be contacted by Artists Wanted or others about opportunities to show our work beyond the bounds of the contest in outlets, from press to gallery shows to book editions, etc.

So again, thanks and much love to you all!


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