Illustration that's simply delish


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I only became aware of Tura Satana when she died in 2011. How I wish I'd known about her as I was growing up. With her bad ass characters and curvy physique, she is a bit of a hero for me. The images of Asian women I grew up with in the US were docile, subservient and boring. None of them were loud or tough or curvy. Tura embodied all of this and more.


Below are some illustrations I did over the weekend as a tribute. 


Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

 Tura A Go-go!

Tura A Go-go!

Tura forever!


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They say timing is everything. Same is true for art. Sometimes illustration takes a while to finish.  


I originally sketched this out 4 years ago. 


Took me a while to get the inspiration to finish it, but it's finally done!

Now I wish I had a pink tv. 

Loves Me, Loves Me Not

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The things we do for love...


As a youngster, I tore petals off a daisy to determine a boy's love for me. I left fate up to a flower. Does he love me? Will he love me? If the answer is no, try a new flower...

It was an innocent game in childhood, like popping off the head of a dandelion or holding a buttercup up to your chin to determine if you like butter to not. 

One of the worst things we learn is to wait out something in the hopes that if we are just patient or loving enough, things will work out in our favor. We are not present because we are waiting for the uncertain future, and we miss the beauty that is always churning out before us.

Life teaches us so many lessons. 

A Sucker For Love

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Some people can take life's lemons and make lemonade. I got my heart broken last year and made... pins.  I'm also a sucker for finding the silver lining...


The pin first started with an idea for an illustration. I was drawing hearts on Christmas Day. Ridiculous, I know. But, I have no control over when ideas make their appearance. 


I thought the Sucker idea on a pin would be the perfect accessory to launch for Valentines Day. No matter my story behind creating the pin, people can enjoy it for whatever meaning it holds for them. And glitter! Oh sparkle... Those things never go out of style.

I'm embracing the vulnerable side of myself and the fact I'm a sucker for love. I'd rather believe in love than run from it. Truly knowing this and embracing this side of me makes me a sucker for love and nobody's fool. 



Glitter pins available for purchase here:  

Ice Cream as My Language for Love

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I might love ice cream more than cake. Wait, that's a lie. But, when it comes to using ice cream to convey the topic of love in my art, you could say I'm drawn to it. ❤️  

 You see, ice cream is beautiful, comes in many flavors. 

You see, ice cream is beautiful, comes in many flavors. 


It's also fragile. And fleeting. And temporary.


Topsy turvy, if balance is thrown. 


And can be discarded before being finished.  


But mainly, ice cream is fun. And, like love, it's a treat devoured all year round. 


A Perfect Movie for a Hopeless Romantic

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The holidays are over. I've been sequestered away for the past week as the gray of Seattle winter resumes the long stretch until March.


A girlfriend and I decided at the last minute to watch  this amazing film "The Shape of Water". 

Let me just say, I loved every second. Visually it's a beautiful film. Beautiful story. Gorgeous soundtrack. The aesthetic is vintage 40's and 60's. Basically, everything I adore. 

I'll sum it up in a few words.  

Spinning Pies





Hard Candy


Its the most perfect movie. 


Soft Enamel Pins!

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 The soft enamel and hard enamel pins have been sweeping Etsy and other independent artist shops. Of course, I had to get in on that action. I used a company called quality lapel pins. They were easy and fun to work with.


Initially I was worried about how my illustrations with translate to enamel pins, since enamel pins need lines in between colors to separate them. And since my illustrations use a lot of gradient, I wasn't sure that My art would actually survive the process. However, I did translate three of my designs to enamel pans and I think that they worked out very well. I am extremely happy with how they turned out.  Since I am the queen of sparkle, I had to add some glitter to each of my pins.


They all have a bit of sparkle embedded in the soft enamel. These are all available on my Etsy shop. 


Salsa Dancing

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 I don't really dance salsa.  I'm more of a swing dance type of gal. I do enjoy salsas of many varieties along with some delicious corn tortilla chips! This was a piece I started a year ago. And now that I've had some time off between contracts, I'm able to finish a lot of pieces that were percolating in my head for the past year.  


Seattle's Housing Market

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There's a housing boom going on in Seattle. Back in 2003, when I was married, I closed on a house for 209K. Gone are the days of houses for first time homebuyers for anything under 300K. And even if people are lucky enough to score house in Seattle, the price tag is usually around 700K. I don't know anyone who is a first time home buyer who could afford something like that. 


However, strolling along my favorite  streets, in my favorite neighborhood, I take in the beautiful houses, the manicured lawn's. And I believe that someday I can actually have a house like that. But for now, it's a pie in the sky. 


Stages of Grief

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When you have something you thought was real, and then all of a sudden it disappears, you're left holding what you thought was something genuine and wondering how it could leave so quickly. You ride the waves of grief, and then you come to acceptance. And you continue on.