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Salvation Mountain

Being a follower of National Geographic in instagram, I admire the works of natgeo photographer Aaron Huey. He featured the works of an old artist named Leonard Knight in his photography book, Where The Heaven Flowers Grow. And based from Aaron’s photos & updates in IG, I didn’t want to let this beautiful art be a thing of the past where I could just only see it in photos. Since the death of Mr. Knight in 2014, I think it’s quite a challenge to have someone continue to maintain his legacy. Thankfully, there’s a non-profit organization that helps preserve his artwork.

Salvation Mountain is more than 2 hours drive from San Diego but my husband and I were determined to go. Not sure though if my kids would be very happy about it since they have no idea what they will see. But grandma is here and they’re suppose to show her around.

Located in Southeast corner of California, Salvation Mountain was a product of hard work, passion and love for Jesus. This mountain artwork is an expression of the artist’s inner self and love for God that it took him more than three decades and devoted most of his remaining decades to do his creative preaching. He must be a cool, patient, free-spirited guy who lived his senior life playing with paints and dirts in the free city called Slab City.

My take on what my eyes had seen is that we can be creative and all-out in expressing our love for God. Some may find it to be just a cool “graffiti” or a hip place. Some may find it unusual and weird. But hey, the guy is preaching God’s love for everyone. Repent and invite Jesus into your heart. That’s what Mr. Knight wants to tell us.

Quoting him from an interview with LA Times, he said, “We’ve just got to start loving God more, and these things like wars wouldn’t happen”. What if we start loving Jesus more today?

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Watercolor Study: Labrador, Mailboxes, Villa, Gerberas, Portrait

This is my first ever dog painting and hopefully not the last coz I’m gathering my strength to paint our white bichon named Poochie. :) Soon! Below are some of my other watercolor paintings.

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Mailboxes and geranium (11×15)

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Italian Villa (14×10)

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Thai Lady (14×10)

Doodles & More

Depending on the mood of the day, a quiet time of relaxation from all the cares of this world, one can find an inner release of self-expression through paint & brush. It’s my first ever drawing of a zebra. And I never thought that I’ll get confused along the way, which is really black and which is really white? I was copying a picture, I didn’t realize there was an ear in my painting. Zebras have ears! lol
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One lazy day, the roses that husband gave me caught my attention, so I decided to draw them to immortalize the flowers.
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Sometimes colors play in my mind. I played with colors that day, later on I realized that they’re the colors of our decorative pillow. That’s why it looks familiar! Look below.
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It was harvest time, and the colors of the season are orange and brown. I want my pumpkin to be so unique so here it is!

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And another fall season must have, leaf! We need more golden leaves.doodle-leaf

I went to the market that day, and bought a pineapple. I used to be intimidated by pineapples. If I have one, how can I cut them like the pros from the fruit stands? Not anymore, now I can cut them and even paint them my style. We love pineapples!doodle-pineapple

Finally, poinsettias! I never expected that the pot of poinsettias I bought will really stay up to this day and be ready for next Christmas. Haha! Battle of poinsettias next Christmas season.

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Museum Trips: Mom & Mich Date @ MOCA

A little time set aside for art appreciation for girls bonding while the boys went to Japanese town to check out some anime stuff, thus maximizing our drive to LA. I was really hoping to see Henri Matisse’s works displayed but it turned out it’s Warhol’s works on exhibit. There was confusion somewhere. I became curious before going there to see Andy Warhol’s controversial Shadows because of the reviews.
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Picture was taken outside the MOCA.
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So here we were inside the main exhibit hall. The only selfie we have, not the best though.
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Now, the critic, looking closely and examining this particular canvas and processing what makes it an artwork. Imagine 102 canvases bigger than Michelle in size, displayed in the main hall. She didn’t say a thing.

The show was big and bold. Bold in the sense that a famous and influential artist like Warhol, would create something like that, humongous monochromatic series of silkscreen paintings. He likes to awaken people’s curious minds. I read somewhere that he likes boring things. That makes it interesting.IMG_4537

Below, are some of the other artworks on display that season.IMG_4550

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A pile of glass with broken pieces on display.
IMG_4557This generated a look that only a mother could understand what’s going on in her mind and prompted a response from a mother that only a daughter could comprehend. :) Another piece of controversy?

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This is like a sister of the artwork outside the building, like pieces of big metal scraps joined together.
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She asked me to buy this book from the museum store. A watermelon lemonade ended our trip to the museum.

Winter Leopard, Triangles & Spring Flowers

It’s during one of those days where mother and daughter bonding happens in between chores and homework, over messy counter and dining table. Part of the daughter’s homework is to practice playing violin for at least 30 minutes. She was complaining of how difficult for her to do her recital piece. I hope she won’t give up on that Vivaldi. Anyway, I encouraged her to repeat after me, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13). She then continued and finished her routine practice with some (playing by ear) Jason Mraz songs. I offered her some Ferrero chocolates as a booster. :) We decided, we want to relax and relieve some stress so we started painting. We’ve done fall painting last time, so we thought of doing different seasonal painting. We came up with these:

Mich painted this using our tiniest paint brush, 5/0 Princeton spotter. She wants to torture our brushes, you know. And she wants to use the newer ones. Anyway, she combined different neon and metallic acrylic to produce this artwork. She called it “Winter Leopard.” So those are leopard footprints. :)
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One season ahead than Mich, I did this “Spring Flowers” using a big brush on an 11×14 watercolor paper. I need more brushes! That concluded our bonding moment. We love to paint not only our nails, but also using different media.

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Abstract Painting: Specks

Specks by Che

(acrylic 11×15 in archival paper)

Celebrate life’s unique episodes of glorious success and pain in suffering. Life is not perfect. Specks of black paint symbolize hardships & the colors represent chapters of life. In totality life is beautiful & interesting.

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Acrylic: Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom by Mich
Acrylic painting on canvas

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Acrylic Painting: Waves

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Waves (20×30 Acrylic) by Che

“Who is like you, Lord God Almighty? You, Lord, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you.

You rule over the surging sea; when its waves mount up, you still them.”

Psalm 89:8-9