Friday, June 29, 2012

JULYNA art show fundraiser

   Due to the anti-fun properties of cervical cancer, and cancer in general, I've decided to donate the above painting to JULYNA (Cervical Cancer Fundraising) at a discount sale price. Having a cervix myself, I'd really like to nip this one in the bud before it cuts down on my expected life painting years. All proceeds will go to The Canadian Cancer Society.

   The SADC have a piece enlisted as well:


Show Dates: Friday, July 6 - Sunday, July 15, 2012
Reception (free): Friday July 6th at 7pm
Gallery Hours: Thursday-Saturday 12-6pm and Sunday 1-5pm
Location: AWOL Gallery, 78 Ossington Ave, 2nd floor Toronto, Ontario, CAN. M6J 2Y7

Monday, June 25, 2012


New Recruits Welcome
drop in drawing session:

11AM - 5PM
1718 QUEEN ST. W.

Rogue Leader will be in attendance.

The Spooky Astronauts Drawing Club is a Choose Your Own Adventure Drawing Club. Every Astroanut draws, every Astroanut has a voice. The SADC originated in Hammerton Ontarion and have been in active space exploration since Spring 2010.

"All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players."
- William Shakespeare

"To boldly go where no man has gone before." - Captain Picard

"Safety first, teamwork second." - Saul Silver

Thursday, June 14, 2012

"La tristesse durera toujours." -Vincent Van Gogh Episode 1::

1 of 50.

I was recently listed as 1 of 50 artists from Toronto you should know about. You can also see the other 49 here:


Thursday, June 7, 2012

10 new things 2012

Once a year, on my Birthday.
I can live with this.
Thanks for a fruitful 27 years everyone.
Today I turn 28, I am now older than Basquiat got to be.

1. It's about doing the right thing, at the right time, in the right moment.

2. Artists are invisible thieves. You think we would be original, but we are largely not. We just know how unoriginal we are so we steal as much as possible. The most unheard of places for stealing often offer the greatest material. The more learned of us just know better where we got our sources from.

3. I have an eternity to be famous. What is extremely finite is my time here on earth to complete all the projects, activities, events, and happenings I can only begin to hope to.

4. I don't know if it is artists who aren't seen as responsible, accountable, and organized individuals, or if it is nurses who aren't seen as creative, original, and talented individuals, but everyday I am faced with this certain, yet subtle adversity. On the flip side, one could argue Keith Haring and General Idea were community health nurses for their work in raising awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS, Van Gogh tried to help people, and it was Nurse Anita Dorr who invented the crash cart in the 1960s. QOL = Quality Of Life

5. Jars! Saves time, money, and paint. Not sure how I didn't think of that sooner.

6. There are no such things as stupid questions. There are only those who know the answers, and those who don't.

7. People think I'm curt, but I think I'm to the point.

8. Art is the things that people make.
    Culture is the kind of life that revolves around the things that people make.
    To make art is to make a kind of life.

9. "You know the people at the top of the charts are never the best." -Huey Lewis's father.

10. People seem to think the world could benefit if I was more assertive and spoke up more. 

Here's some stuff that got made in my honour:

A mix by GNat:
(Siu Liy is my Chinese name.)

A wrong handed, pens only, depiction of me and stuff by the SADC:

A Birthday portrait by my cousin. This one really made my day:

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Short Video Profile

I was recently approached by Scarborough Arts to do a short video profile of me in my work space as a celebration of diversity for Asian Heritage Month. I also happened to be finishing up "Oriental Avenue," so I thought, hey, why not?

There are also two other profiles there that I quite enjoyed. 

I love being able to peek into the mind and space of others. 

Thanks again to Ben and Galen of Scarborough Arts for putting this all together: