Getting Inspired at LACMA

My dads were in town this past weekend for a family wedding, and before they jetted back home to Maui, they treated me to a day of inspiration at LACMA.  We check out a few exhibits, our favorite was the 3D: Double Vision exhibit.  If you love photography and geometry and all things 3D...I highly recommend checking it out.

I love 17th century dutch still-life for many reasons, the way light is caught (usually candle or daylight is all they had to work with), and the use of color and the little details within the larger details.

The tiny details are what pull me into a childlike mind; little ants on a tulip petal, a resting wasp on the lemon leaf, a butterfly on the rim of a wine goblet, glass like water droplets undisturbed on a table cloth, curious caterpillars bending and stretching on the rind of melon.  All of these little surprises I like to think were added just for me, and I enthusiastically pointed them out as I discover each and every one of them.

It was a nice surprise to see the work of Yee Sookyoung.  Her sculptures are inspiring and resonate with me.  I was introduced to her work a few years ago - what a treat to see a piece in person.


I regularly visit museums and galleries for inspiration.  Art History was one of my favorite courses in college and I always find it a treat to spend time around historic art.  LACMA is a solid museum.  Of course, my favorite museum in LA is the Getty, but LACMA never fails.   They have some of my favorite collections on permanent display and they are, usually always,  presenting pretty fabulous exhibits.

Exploring Joshua Tree

I can never tire of exploring Joshua Tree, let alone the desert.  The sounds and colors and textures fill me up in a way that the city cannot.  There is seriously something magical about Joshua Tree.  I can't put it into words but I understand why so many artists find inspiration there.   The sky alone renders you speechless, yet sends you into a rabbit hole of creative and life-changeing epiphanies.   And I too, found myself mesmerized and inspired by every boulder, every perfectly placed cactus grouping and every human figure like Joshua Tree.   Inspired so, that every visit feels like the first. 

I also played tourist in Pioneer Town - if you haven't visited this corky ghost-town, you must add it to your bucket list! You can read more on my time there here!

Flour Resist + Paint Removal | Flour Paste Tutorial Part 4

Removing the flour resist and paint from your fabric!

Unclamp your thoroughly  dried fabric from the table.  Fill a large bucket with warm water and slowly submerge your fabric.   DO NOT do this step in a sink, the flour resist WILL clog your drain and pipes. You’ve been warned!  

Soak the fabric in warm water to remove all flour – 15 to 20 minutes should soften the resist enough to peal off.  Wash in a mild detergent with cool water.  Dry after all of the flour is removed.  

*Remove wrinkles using an iron or steamer. 

washing fabric after flour resist

fabric example after flour resist is removed



Your new fabric is done! Now get creative with it!

Fun was to use your decorative fabric
  • pillows cases
  • napkins
  • throws
  • scarves

I used my cracked fabric in a past art show.

cracked fabric using flour paste resist


Thanks for checking out this Flour Paste Resist Tutorial! I hope you had fun!

> > > Part Three : Cracking the Flour and Adding Paint

> > Part Two: Preparing and Applying the Flour Paste Resist

> Part One:  Fabric Preparation 


Living where you are

this morning i awoke at home after 5 days of travel up north visiting my fiancé’s folks.  there is a feeling of appreciation that i get in my own space when i return from travel.  there is also a feeling of somberness in the following morning  –  as i get back to my routine.  this time the appreciation part was more strong as i walked around my home enjoying its openness and warmth and familiarity.  soon after, though, i found myself on the couch, coffee in hand dog at my side; browsing instagram.  i scrolled pass an old neighbors post about the leap he took to move from the states abroad and how some people are “cut out for this life while others are not”.  it was no doubt a nice post – inspirational even (as my fiancé put it), i really enjoyed it.  but i couldn’t help but feel as though i was “missing out”.  like i should be traveling abroad taking photos of my discoveries and meeting amazing people and eating decadent foods – something i always see myself doing.  right then, at that beautiful moment, my feelings went from appreciation to envy.

but, and here is a big but, because i have been in such a good place lately, i chose to check my thoughts and remember that i AM doing ALL of those things.  i explore california and other state as frequently as i can – occasionally i get to travel abroad.  i have wonderful friends and colleagues that i adore and whom inspire me.  i get to cook delicious meals for my fiancé, friends, family because i enjoy it.  i have a pretty decent eye for iPhone photography (one day i’ll get a real camera) and i share my photos with joy on my personal instagram feed.  i do all of the things that i admire about ‘world travelers’ –  it just so happens that i do all of those things in my home country.  remembering that made me think of a profile quote of someone i follow on instgram:

“the mind is its own place, and in it’s self can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven”

perception is everything.  how you perceive things to be is true for only you.  do i still aspire to travel abroad more frequently – heck yes! but i should not feel like i am missing out because i am not footing through foreign lands at this very moment.  my belief is;

“if you can’t make the most of your life where you are currently, then you can’t do it anywhere else. period”

so with that wisdom i look back just a mere 5 days to my time roaming around the historic town of Auburn with my loving fiancé and his parents – a town so rich in american history and inspiration, it was impossible for me to put my phone away!


it is crucial that we learn to LIVE where we are –  to bloom where we are planted.  once that sentiment has been conquered and is part of our habits, then, are we able to enjoy our travels and journey through life that much more…sans the feeling of “missing out”.


thanks for reading,