Thursday, April 26, 2012

Whoooo. It's been awhile since I last posted. ;-) I'm going to start posting again... soon...

Thursday, January 21, 2010

I <3 Tool

In personal news, I finished teaching my last class yesterday, so now I am free from the obligations of work. Assah! In a week from now I will be on my way to Thailand.
I. Cant. Wait!
I might just explode.

Thursday, January 07, 2010


Hey folks,

More and more my stat counter tells me that I have new people visiting my blog. Thanks for reading! Unfortunately I'm really busy at the moment teaching classes and preparing for English camps. Also, I started reading some new books, which in reality is not a good thing for me. I can happily read all day if no one stops me. I read the new Stephen King book, "Under the Dome" in about 3 days. The book has more than 1000 pages. I'm not bragging, it just means I have no life :-(
Also, in the next few weeks I will also be preparing to move back to Canada. :-)

I hope that next week will be a little less crazy and I can post some sketches, although my sketches lately are few and far between. I can blame the books, TV, work but really someone just needs to kick my ass into gear. And that someone should be me.

In February though, I will be on vacation in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. I hope to do many many sketches so hopefully I can find a computer in the midst of my travels and post a few of them.

In the meantime go look at this blog dakota mcfadzean


Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Pink Lotus Pond

This was painted in my mulberry paper sketchbook. The paper is different from conventional watercolor paper. It does not allow for lifting of pigment from the paper. So every brush stroke is unforgiving and permanent. It also bleeds very easily. I have to say it is very difficult to paint on, but the paper is so beautiful it is worth it. The paper is very soft and has a wonderful shimmering quality, that unfortunately you can't see in the scan.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

From the sketchbook....


From my mulberry paper sketchbook. It has a wonderful translucent quality but it is surprisingly tough! More about my sketch book tomorrow... :-)

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Hem - "Half Acre"

Here's a new (to me) band that I've recently stumbled across. Her voice reminds me a lot of Joni Mitchell, especially when she sings in the higher registers. This is a perfect melancholic song to me, both joyful and yearning at the same time. Apparently it is also from a commercial, but I've never seen the commercial. In any case I love the melody and the lyrics are quite beautiful as well. Really, I think that this song is saying that no matter where you go you will always have problems but the little comforts you have will always help you along the way. Or maybe this song is about people running from/looking for something, but really all along the answers can be found at home.

I read an interview from one of my favourite photography artists, Courtney Milne. I can't recall the exact words he said but the gist goes that he traveled all around the world looking for things of beauty and magnificence to photograph, which he did. But then when he came back home, he went into his backyard and found beauty there too.

I think often people keep searching for something "better" when what they are looking for is right in their own backyard, waiting for you to discover it.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Melissa Auf Der Maur

I saw her in concert once at a small little dingy club in Regina, Saskatchewan. What was the name of that club? I can't recall... The State? I remember that it had a metal pole placed dangerously in the middle of the mosh pit. The State was a great place to see concerts (minus the dangerous pole). It was such an intimate space, and the band was on a really high stage, so everyone (even the shorties like me) could easily see. There was also a balcony that you could go and watch the show from, if you didn't feel like being smooshed between a hundred sweaty bodies.

I remember being blown away by her stage presence and killer bass solos. She was opening for Matt Good that night, whom we didn't bother staying to see. I do believe that we were so disillusioned with the crowd, who did not get into MadM's music and therefore pissed her right off, that we decided not to stay. Also, we really only went to see her. Oh, MadM, I wish you knew you had at least two fans in the crowd.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Autumn in the Mountains

Autumn in the mountains.
I walk this path today.
Softly singing her lament.
Come snow I will not stay.

Yearning yellows rusted reds,
on lofted boughs to hold,
should complement the bluest sky
kaleidoscopes of gold.

A small death may turn these leaves
into the warmest glow.
Yet bits of emerald want to cling
to the life they know.

Autumn's in the mountains.
Am I like the trees?
Burning cheeks are apple red.
The result of cold crisp breeze?

Autumn in the mountains.
Winter's on its way.
Sweet chickadee flits past me,
sing-songs along her way

Thursday, October 22, 2009

I <3 Silent Hill 2 and Akira Yamaoka

Now, while I've never actually played the game, I've sat beside Rob while he played it. (And undoubtedly annoyed him by telling him to "go look over there, what's that?")
I love the soundtrack of Silent Hill 2. Thanks goes out to Akira Yamaoka for writing this beautiful music.

Theme of Laura


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Blue Lotus

It took me about 3 weeks to paint this, but now I am allllmost finished. Just gotta put in some more highlights and shadows. I really envy people who can do a drawing a day. I wish I could do that.

This painting was inspired by a painting on a Korean temple. I've tried to paint a few lotus plants, but my backgrounds are not my strong point. I saw a painting with a great background of lotus leaves and I tried to emulate it, while trying not to copy completely. I think it worked out okay. I like the way the lotus flower on the left looks. I also like the tilted perspective.

Saturday, September 05, 2009

The Fall

This movie is a captivating and enchanting movie. A five year old girl and a young movie stunt man meet in a hospital, after both falling and hurting themselves. The stunt man starts telling the little girl a story about five heroes on a quest to kill the evil villain. This movie takes you all over the world, and has some spectacular shots. The story had me bawling by the end. You need to see this movie! And don't forget about Baraka! (Can you spot some similarities between the movies? ^-^ )

Indonesian Kecak Chant from the movie Baraka

If you haven't seen Baraka, you really should. It's a beautiful movie, a kind of "silent" documentary of beautiful places in the world and their religions.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Within You Without You by The Beatles

"We were talking - about the space between us all and the people -
Who hide themselves behind a wall of illusion never glimpse the truth
Then it's far too late when they pass away.

We were talking - about the love we all could share
When we find it - to try our best to hold it there - with our love
With our love we could save the world - if they only knew

Try to realize it's all within yourself - no-one else can make you change
And to see you're really only very small
And life flows on within you and without you.

We were talking - about the love that's gone so cold
And the people who gain the world and lose their soul
They don't know, they can't see - are you one of them?

When you've seen beyond yourself
Then you may find peace of mind is waiting there
And the time will come when you see we are all one
And life flows on within you and without you.

Megan Lane, from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Monday, August 10, 2009

For all you Voyeurs.

What do you look like right now?
A classy woman in silk pajamas.

Whens the last time someone told you they miss you?
Probably when I talked to my parents a couple weeks ago...

What were you doing last night at midnight?
I was sleeping. I sleep too much. This must stop.

Is anybody in love with you?
I'm pretty sure Rob is, but I think the amount of love varies depending on time of day...
I also have a disturbing suspicion that some Korean teachers are in love with me. It's terribly disconcerting.

Did you ever have one of those inflatable chairs or couches?
No, I imagine them to be sticky and uncomfortable. I'd much rather have a bean bag chair or hammock.

When is the next time you will kiss someone?
Who knows? when the mood hits.

Is there any emotion you're trying to avoid right now?
extreme depression ugh.

Last Movie you Watched?
I fell asleep watching "The Princess Bride". Hey, don't judge me, Rob downloaded it. LOL

Are you missing anyone?
Yes. Many people I left behind and people soon to be gone from here.

Did you get enough sleep last night?
Yes. Too much sleep.

Who was the last person you rode in a car with?
Rob. We meandered around south east side of Korea. It was great!

Do you believe in the saying "talk is cheap?"
Yes and "Actions Speak Volumes".

Are you looking forward to something as of right now?
Nine Inch Nails concert on the weekend.
Traveling around Southeast Asia and China, packing up and moving back to Canada.

How did your day go yesterday?
It was a day like any other. I went to work, did some lesson planning, surfed the net, read about the suffering of Moon Bears, the dog market, the boiling down of cats into a "herbal" tonic, and felt powerless and angry.

Do you miss the way things used to be?
Parts of the way things used to be, but it's never good to stay in one place your whole life. Both mentally and physically.

What's your mood right now?
conflicted, angry, powerless

What's something it seems like every other house has, but yours?
a kimchi fridge, a family, Korean people

What's your favorite Jolly Rancher flavor?
I haven't eaten a Jolly Rancher in years. I can't remember.

What brings out the worst in you?
Drinking too much and talking about sensitive issues, at the same time.

What song is currently stuck in your head?
amazingly i have no song stuck in my head.

Are you a private person?
I'm trying to be more open.

Would you like to see someone any time soon?
another vegetarian.

What's an important date coming up?
The day I choose to make the journey home

What do you say when you come home after a long trip?
"There's no place like home."

What brand toothpaste do you use?
"2080 original" it has advertisements for Korean universities on it. Rob gets them from his school all the time. I don't think we've ever bought toothpaste... or soap.

Have you ever passed out from heat exhaustion?
No, but I puked all night.

What kind of car do you drive, if you drive at all?
I don't drive, but i do have a bike. It's called a Lespo. I'm completely serious.

What do you think would be the most painful piercing to get?
I bet a genital one would kill, but also the bit between the nostrils (the bull ring).

Last person you played hide-and-seek with?
My nieces, Chloe and Ava.

How many more days till school starts?
I dunno, whenever they tell me that I will be teaching. Maybe next week. For the Students they never stop going to school. Vacation is non-existent here for Students.

When was the last time you went to Wal*Mart?
Mall Wart can kiss my ass. Who wants to shop at a place that supports child labor?

Do you need to do laundry?
Yes, but I don't want to. I think I'll just sit in my own filth for awhile.

How many windows are opened up on your computer?

What are those windows?
blogger, plight of korean dogs (google search), International Aid for Korean Animals,, some lesson plans for talking about moonbears with your students, and msn with rob

Who was the last person you texted?
Rebecca, a fellow teacher here, we went for supper together.

When was the last time you went swimming?
On the weekend I went to Heaundae Beach in Busan. I got the worst sunburn of my life.

Anything exciting happening this weekend?:

When was the last time you saw lightning?:
When we were driving back to Taebaek at night, careening up mountain roads with a lighting storm looming in the distance.

When was the last time you watched Full House?:
When I was 5 years old. I hated it then too. Whose family is that perfect?

Are you currently dating anyone?
I'm pretty sure, chan shi manyo, let me go check. :-)

Will tomorrow be a good day?
It will be if I make it so.

Are you listening to music?

Can you honestly say you're okay right now?
Not while there is suffering in the world.

What color are your pants?
Black Satin

What do you currently hear right now?
The generator from the grocery store, cars driving by, a man horking on the street, Korean language; "annyong haseyo". oh, the manager of our apartu is talking through the wall speaker, something about in two hours and now he's listing numbers. I dunno.

First person to text you today?
No one, I'm too old to be part of that lifestyle.

This time last year, can you remember who you were going out with?
Same guy I've been going out with for the past 10 years.

Monday, July 06, 2009

From the sketchbook...

The school that I work at has a nice little patio that I like to go sit on when there is nothing to do. Here is a sketch of the view...

Saturday, July 04, 2009

How Bubbles are Made

If I make a painting as beautiful as this, then I can die happy...

Henry Wo Yue-Kee

Mr. Wo was born in Quangdong, China. Wo studied art in China and Hong Kong with Prof. Chao Shao-An. The artist came to live in Hong Kong in his 20s. After traveling and exhibiting widely in Asia, Australia, Canada and the U.S., in 1975 Mr. Wo moved to the United States. Wo now lives in Virginia in the U.S. where he continues to teach, paint and exhibit. Wo is an admirer of nature. Every one of his paintings is a poem in praise of the wonders and beauty of nature. His painting reflect his deep appreciation for the beauty of nature and for the beauty in all living things. Among the more familiar themes of his paintings are birds, flowers, landscapes and animals and plants often represented in their natural surroundings. Wo is particularly a master of the many forms of the lotus, which are often represented in his paintings.

Enjoying The Pond, 1992
33x18 in.(84x46 cm)
Mr. Wo is a master of strong brush strokes, which are softened by luxuriant use of color and numerous washes. These combine to give his watercolors a dreamlike, eretheral quality which he achieves by detailing only the main subject matter in his paintings but leaving much of the composition loosely representational, a technique which combines eastern and western artistic elements.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

dream land

Press play on both videos at the same time. It's works really well together!


did you know you spend approximately 6 years of your life dreaming?

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Ink Drawings on Rice Paper

Puck it. I've thrown caution to the wind and have accepted my compulsion to make landscape drawings. It's risky to make non-risky art. It's risky because it's safe. It's risky because it's not on the fringe or avant garde. In all seriousness, to be a famous artist nowadays, you have to make weird, confusing and pretentious art.
So, I've entered an art competition and show in Daegu, South Korea. I will probably send the two images above to the show, as well as some others that I am frantically working on in the hopes of finishing them in time.... yeah, deadline pressure! it does an art career good!
I'm bracing myself for the comments of, "Oh, Pretty!" and then complete silence.

Thursday, April 23, 2009