Sunday, September 25, 2011

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Two Paintings @ A Mysterious Event

"A one night pop-up gallery featuring a photo retrospective of selected work from past issues of CONTRA magazine, at a private location."

Sunday, September 11, 2011
580 King Street West (3rd Floor of Century Room, enter through back alley off Portland Street behind Beirmarket)
Invited guests 11PM onwards

This happened kind of suddenly. Some people asked me to lend them two paintings to show at this event. I was told I'm allowed to invite people, but that I have to RSVP their names by Friday, (tomorrow):( The sponsor mingle is at capacity, so I'm actually not allowed in until 10PM. I was also told they're expecting people from the Toronto International Film Festival. So much for laying low. I put two of my most beloved paintings in, my new ones just aren't ready yet.

Well, gimmie some people, and I'll give them something to look at.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Beach Painting Mention

My Beach painting is mentioned in an article about the art show at the airport:'s%20on/article/1052964--weather-art-takes-flight

An Old Picture Resurfaces

Nine years ago I sold a drawing of handtrees to a friend whom I knew from high school for 30 bux. She contacted me again recently and sent me these two pictures of the picture framed under glass in her new home. Isn't that nice! What a well preserved antique "Lisa Ng." I remembering being really surprised anyone bothered to get it framed at the time. A good lot of them are probably warped and slightly faded by now :( She's been waiting for me to get famous for a long time. She says it still makes her happy and still gets many compliments for it:

I had another picture I wanted to post on here sent to me by a happy couple. It was of Picasso's Blue Period resting in their home. I lost it though :(

I find these pictures in my email box sometimes. They make me happy because I know they make other people happy. I look at them from time to time when I'm feeling down, or lonely.

-10 new things- SUMMER 2011

Feel free to share any new things you've learned recently. Here are 10 new things I learned this summer:

10 new things

1. Be weary of scam artists. If people are over eager and it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. See “Charles Phey”:

2. How to pick out good salmon and fry it, grandma style. To see if the salmon is fresh, give it a good poke with your finger. If the flesh bounces back immediately, it’s fresh. If the flesh only lingers and remains indented, it’s old. The tail end of the fish is the best part. Avoid the scrap fish head bucket at all cost! Take a butcher knife and slice the fish tail into 5 cm thick chunks. Add salt and cornstarch. Fry it one side at a time; don’t put the lid on until both sides are fried. It’s done when the flesh is firm enough for you to poke a hole through it with a chopstick.

3. Helpful tips for coloring. A couple of weeks ago I started a painting and used up a good tub of various colors of paint trying to decide on the right colors. The canvas went from white, to hunter green, to yellow-green, to muted blue, to grape purple, to plum purple, and finally, to fuchsia purple. Keep in mind that every time I changed the color of one section of the painting, I am compelled to change the colors of all the other sections of the painting. After realizing how much paint I used, I tried to reflect and propose a formula that might make coloring a little easier. Keep in mind, there’s really no correct way to color, in fact there’s probably a billion and one ways to color that I still haven’t quite figured out yet, but for the time being, here’s what I came up with. (Although wasting paint is not an issue for an astronaut, I generally use the same coloring method as an Astronaut Colorist):

1. Color the things in your picture to which you are 100% sure of what color you want them to be first.
2. Color in the largest areas of the picture that are remaining.
3. Color in the smaller areas of the picture that are remaining, keeping in mind that all the colors look good together.
4. Always leave room for change.

4. More is affected from my day-to-day actions and decisions than I will ever realize.

5. “You can’t do good work until you grow old” –Tsuguharu Foujita. Lots of artists emphasize the importance of good health and living well. Tsuguharu Foujita, upon being invited to do an artist talk at an art school in Tokyo, went so far as to speak nothing of art, but only talked about the importance of eating well, and staying physically fit.

6. “He who teaches children learns more than they do.” German Proverb

7. In 17th century Holland, people use to carry on them these highly intricate, tiny sculpted skulls and skeletons on themselves as jewelry. It was a reminder that they could be dead by the night’s end. You can now see them for free at the AGO on Wednesdays, 6-8:30 pm.

8. Too many people are afraid of unjustifiable laws.

9. My art teacher use to say, “Art rooms are for making art, art rooms are safe.” This is something he’d say to us every September at the beginning of the school term, right around the time when he was explaining how not to run around with scissors. I use to wonder why this little bit of information was so important, why it needed to be repeated year after year, why safety was so important to an art room. Then I thought, only when you feel safe, can you truly be free. Art is one of the very few places where I can be free.

10. Overcoming shyness has been, is, and will be my greatest obstacle.