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Germanish Adventures and Thieves

Just this last week, we had the good fortune of going to Germany and Switzerland for a friend’s wedding! I had planned to sit and sketch forests, cathedrals, and train-stops as we traversed the roads by backpack and train. So our adventure began…

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We were 2 days in, buying food for the day at a grocery store in Zurich. My iPad wore it’s DodoCase that made it look like a notebook. She was low key, smooth, and clutched to my chest. At the bagging area, I placed her down beside me to free up my hands. She was right under my elbow, above waist height. She was there for a moment, long enough to put sandwiches, apples, and water in a bag. Only a moment.

Then, the iPad was gone.

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As in poof. It had to be a mistake. I must have left is somewhere. Did I not just have it?

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We searched for hours, went to the police station, went to lost and found, backtracked all our steps. Then it sank in. A gift that had become part of my every day life, my productivity in work, art, life, the device which held my sketches for my art shows, notes, stories… Stolen.

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There are many like it, but that one was mine.

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They are precious, expensive, and in some cases life-changing. Mine is password protected, Find my iPhone is active, I’ve changed all my passwords, done all the steps for this situation – but I have accepted that it is gone. I’ve had some experience with art being stolen from me, but I’m still no better at dealing with the feelings. I’ve had 3 precious painting stolen from me on separate occasions, pages from sketchbooks ripped out, etc. Each time there was a mix of confusion, betrayal, anger, then acceptance. This one was just as hard as the first time, if not harder. The real kicker is, the last backup is from 8 weeks ago. Yeah. I had so much on it, that I needed to upgrade my account for more space, which I planned to spend on after our trip.

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However, we were 2 days into our adventure, and had so much to see and experience. So we marched on.

Our days were filled with awe and beauty. My nights filled with nightmares of thieves and stolen things. Everyday, it was a choice to remember that no matter how expensive and precious a thing, it is still just a thing. My loved ones were well. We were traveling, a luxury in itself! We were overseas, looking at really cool old shit, marveling at the world. Yes, those are swans.
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I photographed some delights that exposed me as an immature American. Seriously, who puts “fashion outlet” on a  cow as advertisement, or a creepy clown poster to welcome us into our hotel room?

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The amount of detail and time given to old architecture is inspiring. For example, these little men and their animal or tool were carved into the corners of building windows, just because. I think it had been turned into an office building.

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The trip was beautiful, a delight, and filled me with inspiration for more art.  We went to Zurich, admired the Black Forest, partied in Sankt Blasien, drove with friends to Munich, rode bikes along the Isar River, and found an art store called Zumstein with an AMAZING selection of art supplies!

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More photos on flickr here

We are back, going through photos and memories, and discussing getting another iPad. I’m focusing on my group show November 1st, and my Solo Show November 8th. Ain’t nobody gonna hold us down.

I hope to see you at my show! Let’s rock the rest of this year.beyonce pump awesome

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London Recap!

Its been just over a month since we returned from London, but it feels like a week since arriving from an experience of a lifetime.

From the 1,000 photos on my phone that had to be sifted through, I present a select few! Thank you to all who recommended what to visit and who to see. Special thanks to the Brick Lane Gallery for the opportunity, to Tessa Yee for her professionalism and warmth, and all the assistants who did a wonderful job of hanging my work and kept the wine flowing.

Actual fortune my husband received before our trip.  
London Fortune

It began with an email from Brick Lane Gallery after they found me on Behance: An invitation to a 2 week group show in in London, with only 2.5 months to prepare new work. After considering the tight deadline, credit card limits, and traveling with such fragile work, the fact remained I didn’t know if this was my first or last chance for an opportunity like this. The decision was made that I had to go for it. I dove headfirst into casting, painting, finding/buying luggage to carry art, and making sure my daytime work with the great people at Home Brew was still a top priority. Finally, after late nights and full weekends, I was packed and ready to go!
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Art Show In London!

I was invited by the Brick Lane Gallery in London to exhibit my art in a 10 day group show!

HOLY SMACKA-MOLY!

However, shipping out my Muertitas and paintings is very expensive. It is actually much cheaper to fly myself out and my art personally.

SO I’LL BE GOING TO THE LONDON for the FIRST TIME EVER! 

But the real kicker:  I have the group show in downtown Los Angeles in the beginning of March, and this Brick Lane show is mid March….

I have a lot of work to do. February, you will kick my ass.

But, It will be worth it. Also, if you recommend any artsy locations, classic pubs, or great comic shops, just let me know. Really, any place you’ve been that you love and would recommend to a first timer.

As usual, if you want to stay updated of when Muertita’s go on sale, which is usually after shows, please sign up for MY MAILING LIST HERE. 

And here is my SHOWS PAGE on my website which gets updated when there is a show!

All, Daily Sketches

Sketchin’ on the choo choo makes a drunk-unicorn-squirrel

Go home weird little unicorn-squirrel, you’re drunk.

Someone had a leeeeetle too much pixie dust!

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Open letter to Rick Mereki and Team

I suppose this requires a letter as well, because they are a source of inspiration through this video. Letter below.

Dear Rick Mereki and Team,

I wish….
I wish……
I wish I would make something like this kind of travel happen or myself and those I love.
Inspiring, beautiful, fleeting, epic.
You have fired up my dream-state as my mind wanders where you have already been.

Well done, good sirs and madams…WELL DONE.



MOVE from Rick Mereki on Vimeo.

Rick Mereki : Director, producer, additional camera and editing
Tim White : DOP, producer, primary editing, sound
Andrew Lees : Actor, mover, groover
All Music composed and performed by Kelsey James

“3 guys, 44 days, 11 countries, 18 flights, 38 thousand miles, an exploding volcano, 2 cameras and almost a terabyte of footage… all to turn 3 ambitious linear concepts based on movement, learning and food ….into 3 beautiful and hopefully compelling short films…..
= a trip of a lifetime. move, eat, learn”