Scarf Lady

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I love to find vintage scarves at second-hand stores and boutiques! I kind of have a mini-collection going on. I’ve said this before, but I like seeing old pictures of people wearing scarves to cover their hair in car rides, on rainy days, or just to have an accessory ๐Ÿ™‚

There is something so sophisticated about it. Know what I mean?

Inspiration from hereย (sorry, I’m not sure who took this photo!).

Happy Summer!!

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Happy Summer everyone! I’m so glad it is officially here! I am so looking forward to what this summer will bring.

Such as:

  • Sunbathing
  • Swimming
  • Bike riding
  • Kayaking
  • Eating popsicles
  • BBQs
  • Road trips
  • And a lot more ๐Ÿ™‚

What are you guys excited for this summer?

Try Something New – Oil Painting

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Oil painting has intrigued me for quite awhile, and I’m proud to say I’ve finally done it! ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s the verdict: oil painting is a rich and creamy medium, and I’m sure it can produce amazing results, but it isn’t suited for someone like me, who likes to finish a painting in one sitting. Nonetheless, I will still dabble in it, I think. I enjoy a bit of abstraction sometime!

Here’s another shot, sitting on a tiny easel from Joann’s.

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To all the oil painters out there, kudos to you for your patience. I mean that.

And if you want to see one of my favorite oil painters, check out Janet Hill!

 

Peony

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I’ve found that painting flowers is fun. And so I proceeded to paint…ten varieties of them.

Don’t worry. I won’t bombard you with them today.

I graduated! (Finally)

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It’s graduation, guys! After thirteen years of school, I’m done. Just like that! It’s so weird that I’ve met this milestone in my life. Remember when it seemedย soย far away? That time went by so fast.

I’m not sure exactly how I feel. It’s surreal, maybe, because after so many years of striving for good grades, studying, writing (long) English papers, and completing assignments, it’s done today.

I was visiting with one of my teachers a couple days ago, and I told her I do not find personal fulfillment in getting good grades anymore. It’s changed so much since I was fifteen. School used to be what I lived and breathed.

It doesn’t matter as much. In the real world, no one cares if you got straight As in high school, if you were the quarterback on the football team, if you won three state championships in volleyball, etc. It doesn’t matter.

Sure, those accomplishments are good for personal growth and help boost our fragile teenage self-esteem.

But high school is just four years out of your life. Those four years do not define who we are. We’re just beginning our adult life!

So I hope each person looks back on high school with fond memories, and enjoyed that (mostly) carefree time.

Because watch out! Adult life is about to throw some hefty responsibilities in your face ๐Ÿ™‚

Just kidding (kinda)!

 

 

 

I Love Simple Things (Like Laundry)

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This is one of the few times in my life I’ve said I love laundry. And the reason is likely because of my nostalgia-loving brain and idealistic goals.

I just got finished cleaning my room, doing laundry (hand-washing the delicate pieces, haha!), and painting with watercolor. I’m so domestic, wow.

I’ve probably said this before, but I like the idea of being a good housewife and having a nice, orderly life. It feels good to clean and organize. And I don’t entirely object to the thought of being a stay-at-home mother of a few kids ๐Ÿ™‚

I know, all of the modern thinkers out there are gasping at that confession.

That’s alright, though. I think it’s kinda wonderful people don’t have the same goals and interests; life would be boring if we did!

Trip to California

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I’m back from California after a good five-day trip! It felt so good to relax and not have to worry about work or school or *graduation*! (Yes, it really is happening in about six days! I can’t wait!)

We stayed in Huntington Beach at a little rinky-dink motel, which was clean, but had some pretty outdated furniture ๐Ÿ™‚ Eating Cinnabon rolls for breakfast was pretty good, even though it gave me a bellyache. Haha!

The weather was…not great. It was actually sunnier back home! They call it the “June gloom” when California gets days upon days of 60 degree fog. Next time I’ll know when not to go!

But of course, the weather didn’t ruin the trip! I had so much fun laughing with my friends and chatting and eating and shopping (I got some vintage finds).

If you’re visiting the Huntington Beach area, go to Sancho’s Tacos. It’s amazing. I got the HB Combo with Yardbird tacos twice, with Arnold Palmer to drink. Yum.

These illustrations I’m sharing today were inspired by some pictures I took while in California. I actually love painting from my own photographs because the search isn’t so hard! I think I’ll do more of that in the future.

A few more notes for you…

  • Uber is very convenient (but can definitely add up!)
  • Seeing all of the old cars (like the VW bus above) is such a delight!
  • The first illustration is of a lifeguard stand, just in case you didn’t know ๐Ÿ™‚

I am thinking of summer and loving it!

Portrait Challenge 10/10

Although this couple portrait isn’t finished, I thought I’d share it because I think it shows progress ๐Ÿ™‚ 

(Thank you JM for suggesting the couple portrait idea!)

And today is the last day of this mini challenge!  I think I’ve learned to embrace mistakes a bit more, and also push my boundaries. 

My favorite part was painting the babies! I love the softness, roundness, and innocence of babies–they’re so cute! I’ve never seriously tried it before so I’m glad I branched out. 

Also, drawing men is something I usually avoid. I’m glad I gave it a whirl, even though it kind of scares me ๐Ÿ™‚

Hope you guys enjoyed seeing ten days of portraits! Have any suggestions for future challenges?

Note: the picture was taken down at the beach in the sand. It is so relaxing to draw at the beach!