Don't say it's "cute", JCCH, Bowie...

Don’t say it’s cute

Hello There! 

I’m really excited about my new pieces (which are now also on sale here.
In this new series I titled  “Whimsical Wisdom,” I’m challenging myself to mix media: pastels, wax, glue, paints, collage, eventually: sand~(it’s something I haven’t done since college) 

It’s fun! And…I ‘m having fun doing it. Hopefully that’s showing through the pieces. But, I have to be able to find a balance to make the work still seem…serious. 
I’ve been looking at the work of a lot of artists, and I think what I want to tap into is the relationship between cute vs conscientious work, and have both elements work for me instead of having one over-power the other. 

I believe I’ve said this in this blog, but if not, I’ll say it now… I hate it when people say my art is cute… Even though, I KNOW this particular series of work is cute… my goal is to have the first adjectives that describe this series NOT to be cute.  I still remember, quite vividly, someone always referring to my art, the fact that I did art, and my life as an artist as “cute.” How demeaning. 
“Oh, you went to art school? Cute…” “Wow…you do art? Cute.”  pointing to my painting set  “is that yours? cute”
fuck you. 

 If I could’ve punched those jerks in the mouth I would have.  

I now realize that many times people just don’t have the vocabulary…so I’ve lightened up and put my boxing gloves down… but still, I want to keep elements of this series as light-hearted, whimsical, and…ahem cute, but still have something a little meaty there that adds a punch to it.  So…as I continue the series I will keep that in mind. 

Japanese Cultural Center Hawaii

For those of you who know me, you know what a big deal my mom is to me…but, for those of you who are just starting to get to know me, hi ☺ 
My mom is also an artist. I’ve recently put her blank greeting cards into the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii Gift shop. I’m wishing for excellent sales. My mom’s work is amazing. If I could be even 1/8 of the artist my mom is, I’ve accomplished something in my life. 
You should check out her work. Here are some samples from my society6 page


I feel a tad bit cliché putting in a small blurb about David Bowie in my blog, but so what…
 I will because so many pieces, so many thoughts, so many journal entries/blogs were done to his music in the background. 

Being different seems to come with the territory when the fates choose you to be in the arts. You see the world differently, you hear songs/sounds differently, poetry hits your head with a stronger deeper thud, and many times the liveliest art is the simple beating of your own heart. 

Eccentricity was something that David Bowie embodied—and I love that.  It made the world a little less lonely to know that someone like him exists. And, I say exists because I truly believe that there is no past tense to someone who’s art lives forever, so with that I say: 

holding invisible mic in the air

“… love’s such an old fashioned word, 
and loves dares you to care for the people on the edge of the night,
and love dares you to change our way of caring about ourselves, 
this is our last dance, this is our last dance
this is ourselves
under pressure” 

love you all,

Christmas Cards, Sara M. Lyons, and More..

Christmas Cards

Hello all,

Art is a gift that should be given and shared! This Christmas season, I have decided to send original pieces of art (in the form of cards) out. I have been working pretty hard on a fresh batch, and I am loving what’s coming out! If you’re a lucky one, you’ll get a card in the mail this season ^_^

Although I totally love drawing and painting, small-scale collaged pieces are pieces I go nuts over. I was once really into the artist trading cards. I made about 30 of them, all collaged, and to this day they are still some of my favorite compositions/art pieces.  So, I will spend the rest of the week finishing up and the cards, writing and sending them off to their new recipients. I hope the artwork is liked enough to frame and keep…let’s hope.


My friends and family have also suggested that I turn my art into postcards! What a fun idea! So,  in the new year, I’ll take my drawings and transform them into actual free art (art with wings that fly across the globe.) A lot of my favorite modern artists are making their pieces into fun and kitschy kinds of merchandise, so I kinda wanna follow in their footsteps and do the same.


from http://saramlyons.tumblr.com  she's the coolest...

from http://saramlyons.tumblr.com  she's the coolest...


One of those favorite artists is Sara M. Lyons!   http://saramlyons.tumblr.com/

She’s too cool! My sister bought me a “whatever forever “ bag last year, and I absolutely loved it. I have been following her on Instagram and other social media sites (hi, I’m a stalker) and I totally love the way she markets herself and her stuff. She calls herself  “a professional weirdo” but, I think she’s professionally rad.

She makes a lot of super cute nail decals (another thing my sister got me for x-mas) and, she turned her illustrations into postcards and buttons… so ya, I’m totally inspired to do the same.

Her art is super quirky and cool. I think everyone should definitely check her out and/or at least follow her on Instagram @saramlyons . She inspires me and kinda reminds me to not take things so seriously. Life is meant to be lived….

And I guess,  I don’t know, maybe because I reside in nowheres-vill Oahu where coolness is bought not born, it’s hard to imagine that miss Lyons’  is an actual person, and not some television character, but …ya, 2014, thanks to the internet (lol) it’s true…cool people do exist in this world.  


And here’s the “and more…” you’ve all been waiting for.

So, starting next week I’m going back to the “bump-and-grind” of working for the man…. This time off from work has been lovely. The space away from people has allowed my heart and mind to heal, and I feel like I’m ready to be a person again, and so I earlier this week I was offered a position as the Admin Assistant to the Director of Early Childhood Education at a Hawaiian Preschool, and I couldn’t say no.

 I’m not going to lie, a BIG part of me is sad that I won’t be able to stay home and/or go to the studio to do my artwork, but another part of me is excited for a new chapter in my life. I know this seems pretty nerdy, but I’m excited to pay off my student loans and credit card bills. I want to get all of that behind me, and be able to *really* save money to travel and (again) invest in myself—I could maybe even start applying again for masters programs and/or getting my education degree, who knows?  

But, a small secret : I’ve always had dreams of opening my own traveling art school. I have even worked on a rough draft of a business plan, but never had the means or connections in making it into a reality.  I feel like the time at this non-profit organization will propel me in the right direction for positive /professional growth. So…8:30am, Monday morning I’ll be back at it again…

Wish me luck…

To close,

Beauty is in the choices you make, and if you keep making bad choices...well then, I guess you’re ugly.
— Winnie's Words of Wisdom...

--Happy Holidays!

Say something Saturday!

Winnie Patterson-Wakatsuki will be a  Featured Artist at Kissaten Cafe in January!

I normally try to update my blogs every friday, but this is just too good not to share!

I just got the e-mail this morning, and I am so excited ^_^ I'm hoping to have some of my "Hawaii-only" pieces finished and ready by then! That will be such an amazing way to start the year off!

I've also decided to make some of my little (cute) birdies into bags and things, so as production commences, I will keep you updated and posted with the progress!


Thanks for all the support everyone!


Fired Up Fridays!

Hello Everyone!

I hope your universe is sparkly and wonderful.

Some updates:

Free Art Movement starts a "Hawaii Only" edition and a Christmas Line!

I'm really excited about this, and have a lot of ideas to start working on, and I can't wait to start posting my new images! I know they're gonna look cool, so stay posted!

I'm also a big fan of the holidays, so I'm going to get some of my birdies ready for the holidays with new paintings and holiday cards (which will be available at my etsy store: www.freeartmovement.etsy.com )

New Posting on Etsy from Free Art Movement

Here are some of my prints which are now available on my etsy site. I think the line work an quality look pretty amazing! Im excited to be venturing into this new world of prints!

Titled "Nice to meet you"  9" x 12" print. available at  www.freeartmovement.etsy.com

"They had style, They had grace" 9 " x  12" print available at  www.freeartmovement.etsy.com

Thanks for all your support everyone

Enjoy your weekend!






Free Art Movement is Coming to a Cafe Near You!!


I've been busy working in the studio and getting my portfolios ready for upcoming shows! I'm really excited about where my artwork is going!

Putting Portfolios Together...

Putting Portfolios Together...

I've started working on new drawings, they started off as doodles, but a new series may emerge. A close friend of mine asked me why I never draw men in my fashion series. And, to be quite honest, i didn't have an answer.

I spent a lot of time meditating over my ideas of masculinity and my ideas of "What a man is to me" ... It brought up some good conversation and questions between my husband and I. It is a subject that I want to really take time to analyze.

But for now, here are my drawings...

Dean 2

Dean 2



Happy Friday Everyone!