All, Good World

Happy Friday, Time Heals All!

Like so many others, I was bullied. They stayed actively cruel from kindergarden through highschool. In hindsight, I was an easy target. I giggle now at photos of me as the odd little Hungarian tomboy with wide eyes, crooked smile, and dirty knees. However, I was lucky, because when I got home I had the tremendous love and support of my parents. Thus, the bullying didn’t stain my memories of my childhood. I think back on my memories quite fondly and reference childhood joy in my art constantly.

At the time, the bullying was dramatic and horrible, and sadly there wasn’t much my parents could do to help because I was not that great at expressing myself. But my mother was adamant about me understanding that even the bullies deserve love. She made sure I didn’t hit back, didn’t hate, and didn’t think they were the enemy. She told me “Maybe they are being hurt by others.” She recommended I try and understand them and ask why they were so cruel. In the video below, the friend confronts the bully peacefully. In the past, my delivery must have been terrible, because the reaction in this vid did not happen to me, though I wish it had. My questions would just incite the bullies to come at me stronger.

Despite my experience being different from the video, I am grateful for the path my mother guided me on. As it turned out, time does heal all. The magic that is “the passage time” changed so many things. Some of my bullies turned into real friends all on their own. I found out some of the other bullies had home lives much crueler than is right for any child to bear. They grew up, escaped their situations, and found new paths for themselves.

Then there are stories like this, which is what inspired this whole post. I admire so much what happened in this video below between these two girls, I hope you do too.

Happy friday.

Check out the campaign, called I AM THAT GIRL.


All, Good World

Happy Friday! Its in the bones

A beautiful discovery on tumblr by the artist John Lee , because Wil Wheaton reblogged it. I am compelled to share here.

The questions was posed: “Have you ever found it frustrating having to do something you don’t want to (as in, doesn’t tickle your fancy) but it helps pay the bills?”

The full response is beautiful, and has an amazing story. Read it and give the artist a follow. Also, here’s the spoiler at the end and the reason for this post for Friday feels:

” If you know that a life spent making art is your ultimate goal, then doing things you don’t like aren’t really frustrations. They are necessities that must be done to give yourself time.

I think this is why I cringe every time I hear someone say that self-righteous creed of the “creative class”: “Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” That statement discounts all the hard work and sacrifices that you or others have made to be in that situation—what on Earth would entitle us to only work jobs that we love?

I don’t do this because I love it. I do it because I must.

It’s in my bones.”

And I leave you with that beautiful quote. You heard it: BOWWWWWNNNNNSSS!

And this from one of my most favorite movies ever, because FRIDAY & FEELS & EPIC & PEACE & LOVE & NATURE & FRIENDS & COURAGE! Also, ART!

Hopefully, I’ll see you tomorrow night at the Think Tank Gallery show. If not, may you still have a lovely weekend!

All, Good World

Why adults can enjoy coloring as much as kids

I know some adults have been told that coloring is just for children. Well, I’m here to say nope, not so. Coloring is for anyone with a mind who wants to take the time to chill, reflect, collect one’s thoughts. That’s not science, yet, for now it’s just my experience and biased opinion. (Oh, it’s also a very important professional job in any industry of storytelling)

In my Coloring With Arty™ books, I spent a lot of time on the drawings. I want any age to be able to enjoy the lines, the shapes, and the characters. Those few moments you allow yourself to get lost so you can find your way back again through coloring can feel really good.

So, if you like magical creatures from around the world, here is a coloring book for you.

If you like merpeople and biology, you will enjoy this one.

Here is a great little video on how important taking a moment for yourself actually is.

All, Good World, Muertitas

How Share Art and not be Naughty

SYNOPSIS: It was brought to my attention by a kind supporter that a facebook page called TerrorArtists uploaded my art and didn’t credit me. I went to their site, and they have been doing this with countless artists!  Note – when you are sharing someone else’s art, make it easy for the artist to contact you. It’s important. Furthermore, do NOT put your brand/site/or logo on their art without their permission. This is illegal, and super, DUPER rude. BustyGirl comics breaks it down nicely. I had no way of contacting the admin other than leaving a comment on my own image. Then I asked my Supporters to “like” my comment to give it a better chance of being noticed by the page admin. Thank you to EVERYONE that liked, shared, and understood this as an important issue. Your actions are all greatly appreciated!

I gave the admins the weekend to parse through likes and comments, however I have heard nothing yet and they keep posting new art without crediting artists. This is my next move and open letter to TerrorArtists:

Dear TerrorArtists,

It is a joy to see the art found by people like you, and see it shared with the world. It shows an appreciation and enjoyment of expression that is much needed in the world. However, it is very important that you credit the artist. It is also rude and illegal to put your own brand/logo/identity on another’s work of art without their consent. This gets a little sticky when you make it difficult for artists to contact you.

I woud rather not report your page. I hope you credit all the artists on your page, and remove your watermark off their image soon. You have a great community there, with people who comment on the images you share and re-share them. You have the power to encourage artists to make more, and to share more freely. Right now you are hurting the thing you seem to enjoy: new art. It is sites like yours that make artists think they HAVE TO WATERMARK every single image they put on their OWN SITE, or that is shared by an approved source.

Please contact me soon so that I won’t be reporting your page at the end of this week. You can comment on this blog post, contact me through my facebook page, or email me at bringontheart (at)




I present the following guide!

The internt is ours. Let’s show each-other we can make it awesome.


And Now, for the how NOT TO SHARE ART
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• Encourage content makers to make more by giving credit

 • Celebrate those who share fairly by following and thanking

• If someone isn’t sharing correctly, please communicate kindly and educate them


(TANGENT DISCLAIMER: Animated gifs, like those attached, are a completely different discussion that I am still learning about because they deal with perceived common knowledge, layers of re-appropriation through sharing and discussion, etc. While this post focuses specifically on finished art, the 1st gif of awesome is Carl Sagan from COSMOS, second is Barbara Eden from I Dream of Jeannie, third is Bob Ross in Painting With Bob Ross PBS)



The issue of my specific image is resolving!

I posted this blog post on the TerrorArtist page as they recently made it possible to post on their wall. They responded quickly and kindly. I will be not be reporting the page on this issue. Here is a screen-cap of our recent conversation:


All, Good World, Muertitas

My Benefactors: HEARTS OF GOLD

A few weeks ago I hinted at something really wonderful happening, and now it is confirmed. I have benefactors who gifted me an outdoor, covered studio space to do my messy sculpting and casting for my Muertitas!

What is a Benefactor? Something we don’t have enough of these days. The word benefactor comes from the Latin bene (good) and factor (maker). Back in the day an artist knew they “made it” when a Benefactor would give them a space to work in including food, supplies, and a list of commissioned art. A common daydream that harkens to this idea is: “If I could just do my art, and not worry abut anything else”. I have a simpler version of this now, but still just as rare.

My Benefactors are a lovely couple who love the arts. I call them my Hearts Of Gold. Mr. Heart Of Gold is a fan and owner of some Muertitas, and Mrs. Heart Of Gold is a professional photographer. She remembered what it was like to be an artist in a small space, moving things around in a room for each step of the process, tripping over rulers and paint boxes. My studio at home is becoming so crowded with flowers, wood, wire, clay, and tools it’s been a challenging workflow. Mrs. Heart Of Gold has generously donated a part of her workspace to me. It’s an outdoor covered patio, and she has given me the go ahead to use it however I need. This kind of generosity is stunning.

Kindness like this begets more kindness. Someday I hope to be in a position to help an artist as the Hearts Of Gold are helping me.

Challenges I face:

1. Weather. Winter and Spring in Southern California are…well…laughed at in other states because our weather is so temperate. Regardless, an outdoor space through December-April will require a space heater, jacket, and fingerless gloves. Moisture/dryness in the air will effect curing of both paint and plaster. Despite being protected from the wind it has open spots (to see the sky with!) and dust can get blown in a daily basis. Work will have to be covered and stored every night.

2. The distance. I already drive 36 miles one way to get to work, and this is another 34 out of my way. Weekends will be my ideal work time, but we shall see how long I can afford this kind of commuting, financially and emotionally.

The rewards:

Having space. Making more art. Creative fulfillment. Casting with new materials. A view of the sky.

As soon as I clean it up, settle in, and get my lighting and work-spaces set-up I’ll take some photos and post. I really hope I can make this work for as long as they will have me.


All, Good World

Joseph Kony 2012 – EDITED

One think I can thank the KONY 2012 campaign for, is igniting the internet.

Hiffington Post Article

This video is igniting awareness, which I still firmly believe is incredibly important. However, there are issues with Invisible Children and how effectively it uses the money. Take a moment to read THE DAILY WHAT and which critizies how the money is being used, and the way the information is being presented.


“Is Kony fundamentally bad, and is IC fundamentally good? Yes, absolutely. Should you support IC? If you want to, sure. Personally, I feel that other organizations focused on active aid are more productive at this stage in the conflict, but that’s your decision. I just want you to talk about it. I urge you to meet with other concerned people in your community to discuss some of the articles I link to in my article and the KONY 2012 video and decide what you want to do. Thank you.”

Here is a list of charities recommended by the Daily What that have an excellent rating for efficient use of funds:
Children Of The Nations

And now from BoingBoing:

I will keep reading, listening. I will try and spread my awareness. There is so much in this world, and I am grateful for the voices being shared.

All, Good World

Peace Through Photography, Poster I Designed

Grrrreetings this fine Tuesday!
“Peace Through Photography” is the amazing project of Rachel Scotto, and I had the honor of designing the poster!
It started out as a personal photo collage, then it became a private Facebook album among friends. But something like this is infectious, people wanted to be a part of it and Rachel heard their calls. It is becoming an art show in Venice Beach, CA as well as a growing, viral “peace sign” photo hunt.

When these posters become available for purchase, their profits will be split amongst these charities:

Peace Corps
Bridging the Technology Gap in Bulgaria

Surfing 4 Peace
Teaching Israeli and Palestinian kids to surf together and break down the tension

Guitars in the Classroom
Bringing music to classrooms in certain LA schools

SK8 for Life
Promoting physical and mental fitness to Boys and Girls clubs through skateboarding

Click, explore, and share the message: To inspire everyone to do his or her part in achieving universal peace! When the poster becomes available, I encourage you to purchase one!

All, Good World

and this is where i have been

This is what i have been up to….backpacking at Sequoia National Park was glorious, simply inspiring.
I got back in time for an aggressive work load. If all goes to plan, I will be posting a sketch tomorrow!

Good World, Inspiration

Cullis-Suzuki, The Girl Who Silenced The World for 5 minutes

If you can’t see the video above, click here.

What an amazing girl…this is an excerpt from wikipedia:

Cullis-Suzuki was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada.  Her father is a second-generation Japanese Canadian. While attending Lord Tennyson Elementary School in French Immersion, at the age of nine, she founded the Environmental Children’s Organization (ECO), a group of children dedicated to learning and teaching other youngsters about environmental issues. In 1992, at the age of 12, Cullis-Suzuki raised money with members of ECO, to attend the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. Along with group members Michelle Quigg, Vanessa Suttie, and Morgan Geisler, Cullis-Suzuki presented environmental issues from a youth perspective at the summit, where she was applauded for a speech to the delegates. The video has since become a viral hit, popularly known as “The Girl Who Silenced the World for 5 Minutes”. In 1993, she was honored in the United Nations Environment Program’s Global 500 Roll of Honor. In 1993, Doubleday published her book Tell the World (ISBN 0-385-25422-9), a 32-page book of environmental steps for families.

To read the full wiki-article, click here.