새벽 4시의 심오한 생각

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출장이 잦아서 요즘은 계속 시차가 뒤죽박죽이다. 그러다보면 동이 틀 무렵즈음에도 깨어있기가 다반사. 새벽녘까지 매일 일어나서 작업을 하던 학부때가 떠올라서 그냥 좋기도 하다. 스무 살, 스물 한살, 스물 두살 그리고 스물 세살 … 뭐도 모르고 그냥 하라는 대로 하던 그때. 십년이 이제 다되어 간다.

그래도 그때는 멋도 모르고 겪어 오던 한가지 두가지 경험들이 결국에는 지금의 나를 형성했다고 생각하면 참 경험이라는게 너무너무 어마무시 하구나 싶기도 하고… 결국 다컸다고 생각하는 지금 서른살의 나의 경험도 결국엔 마흔의 나를 결정 하겠구나 생각하면 어후 .. 싶기도 하다.

결국 사람의 삶이라는 게 너무너무 다른 누군가랑 비교해서 너무너무 달라지지는 않을 터. 결국엔 사람이 다 밥먹고, 사랑하고, 실망하고, 걸어가고, 휴식을 취하고 하면서 그렇게 살아가는 것인데. 그 틀이라는게 다른 아무개보다 엄청나게 달라지진 않을것인데. 그래도 그걸 채워가는 색이나 모양새에 따라 꽤 다른 성향을 지닐테다.

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Miss Piggy White,

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April in Balloon Land character, Miss Piggy White. Illustrated by Austina Kang

Introducing Miss Piggy White.

Piggy White’s hobby is inviting her friend April to come visit Toronto. Really, that is her hobby.

She likes food but often time she has problem with digesting them. sigh …

With her pale skin tone, she looks very good in cobalt blue r neon orange but her closet rarely has color. (Most of the clothes she wears are black.)

She is very proper and classic girl. Smart, somewhat nerdy. Looks proper and classy, too. When she puts her headsets on, people might think that she listens to some music that matches her look. Maybe mellow rock, classic, R&B … But let me tell you secret: with very serious facial expression and proper posture outside, she is actually listening to Drake’s “Shot for me”. Probably grooving inside.

Very warm hearted,

Very pretty,

Very smart,

Very romantic, girl.

Her only flaw is … she is bit lazy when it comes to social life. Loves to stay home.

So April is looking for a guy who can either drag her out and do fun stuffs with her OR someone who is happy to stay with her inside and being her blanket during cold weather. If not, making her move to warm California in near time is the plan. Mwahahaha

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Hi, Dragon boy !

April in Balloon Land character, Dragon boy. Illustrated by Austina Kang
April in Balloon Land character, Dragon boy. Illustrated by Austina Kang

Introducing one of main character of “April in Balloon Land”, Dragon Boy.

He likes chocolate, especially ones from Switzerland.

He likes chewing licorice.

He thinks Mövenpick coffee ice cream is the best ice cream in whole world (well, that is because he hasn’t been to Korea yet).

He bakes really delicious chocolate cake.

He enjoys singing (did not say he is good at it).

He is smart.

He is thoughtful.

He is playful.

He thinks he is very big and scary but well … this is how he looks like in reality.

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Kale bouquet to celebrate end of Indian summer here in Bay area

Indian summer of Bay Area seems to be finally end. Nothing agains to you Indian summer, dear but I am not a big fan of hot weather, more getting energetic if it is cooler.

I usually recognize if it is Autumn or not by whether we have pumpkin or not in store. And we can finally find pumpkins in store.

Last Friday, I invited my friend to come over have pumpkin soup that I made. So … I did bought this unique combination of flower asked florist to make this bouquet. (By the way I go to this flower store in Rockridge in case you are curious about it; The flower & the B.)

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Kale, rose and those flowers that I don’t even know name of them. She was little surprised about my choices of flower but I liked :) It looks better on table tho. (thats floor of my car)

Those flowers that I don’t even remember, they last long. I still have them alive. (orange / purple fillers & green flowers. haha somebody, give me idea what those are.)

orange and purple fillers
orange and purple fillers
green flower
green flower

Anyhow, It definitely is Autumn. Feeling warm but cooler breeze and this is making me very excited. Less than 100 days to go till 2016.

Way to Balloon Land

It was hot summer day. Yeah.. I just published the post to celebrate that Autumn is here few days ago. but I guess summer is not ready to go yet. She is showing off her charm before she hand over her stage to Autumn I guess … Well this is a beauty of September of San Francisco.

So, I did little shopping. mostly sparkling waters and art supplies and stayed home, concentrating what I had been procrastinating while I got blinded by summer’s charm.

Was fun. Spent almost 10 hours just working. Not a stage to show whole thing yet but sharing some parts of what I am working on.

Here it is, the way to Balloon Land. Hope I can reveal this soon.

painting in progress, Sep 20th 2015, by Austina Kang
painting in progress, Sep 20th 2015,  by Austina Kang

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Forever Young: Donna Wilson

I have to admit. I’m a bit childish in some ways…

I still like stuffed animals, still think balloons are making everything more fun, still check out Disney store time to time, and still like cute stuffs… a lot.

2 years ago, I met this girl at museum that I went for research. She was wearing adorable scarf that has interesting illustration on it. I could not help myself asking where she got that scarf and she said, Donna Wilson”. I forgot about it after, but one of my friend uploaded the photo of her daughter’s stroller and it was also having cute little illustration on it. Again, she mentioned Donna Wilson and that’s how I got to check out Donna Wilson website.

Donna Wilson website screenshot
Donna Wilson Website

I immediately fell in love with her fun and lyrical style. Her style reminds me storybooks that I used to read while I was kid.

She triggered emotion of adults still wants to be in dreamy land well. Tackling who grew up, yet wants to be stay young. Characters are colorful yet mellow. I dont think those two adjective cant go well together but they do. And surprisingly if you see herself, her creatures are very resemble to herself for somehow. (Dont think she would ever get old… )

Donna Wilson. Image founded from google search.
Donna Wilson. Image founded from google search.

If you have whole house color coded white or neutral, very easy to paint fun with her products. take a look at Images of Donna Wilson’s home in London , how she decorated her house. Luck you Donna Wilson’s kids. You have the best “decorator” of your life. (Well, mom, you are MY best “decorator” tho ;))