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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,

Happy New Year! Kissaten Cafe, and More...

Happy 2015!!!

So, I'm 18 days late in wishing the cyber world a Happy New Year, but It's still January...so new month, new year...same, same, right?

2015 is kicking off with a lot of exciting projects taking shape! As mentioned in past blogs, I will be having work showing in different locations, and I've made my new year's resolution to be proactive in putting my art out more this year than previous years. I have so much collected, so it's time to do something with it!

so first things first,

Kissaten Cafe!

Up from Jan-March 2015

Up from Jan-March 2015

You can find some of my originals up at Kissaten cafe at 88 Piikoi Street (Honolulu, Hawaii)


I met with the wonderful Lisa Shiroma who curates a section of the cafe regularly! Kissaten is always looking for new art and talent, so if you're interested in displaying your art in Honolulu shoot me an e-mail, and I'll put you in contact with her ^_^ she's super sweet and easy to work with ^_^

I'll try to get more pictures up as the month goes on! pray for sales and happy customers! 

and now, without further adieu...the

And More...

It's your favorite section!  The "and more" is the nitty gritty of something wild and pretty...
it's the honesty that keep myself (and this blog) interesting.

Today's topic is fitting for the new year: it's all about Goal Setting and New Year resolut-ing

I have taken a hard look at my goal list and have done some updating (especially after my previous "father figure" blog, which so many of you liked--thank you ^_^) Funny thing, I haven't updated the "goals" themselves, but the way I accomplish them...

In the past I broke up my goals and tried to work on them individually, checking things off one by one, in hopes of being a better Winnie. For example, I had separate sheets with the Main goal at the top like: "Pay off Student Loans" with a list of ways to accomplish the goals underneath: "increase monthly payments, use 1/4 tax return and apply it directly to student loan payment..." and what not. The next sheet would say "Get Settled in life" under it would read: "Get married..." so on and so forth...

My goal sheets seemed to be a fail-proof plan, but as we all know, nothing in life (--at least things that matter) are without a bit of failure. I started to notice that I was doing things sheet by sheet, and not looking at a whole picture. I would get caught up on trying to finish my first sheet that I never even glanced at sheet 5 (ya....I have like 8 sheets) 

I also started having mild anxiety attacks after going through my sheets at the end of 2014.  My goals felt like they were in conflict with each other "How can I be a good wife and mother on sheet 4 while trying to start a new business venture on sheet 8? How do i find the time? I can't do it, it has to be one sheet or another. I can't possibly do it all. I want to devote 100 percent into each thing, but I don't have 800% to spare. I mean, let's face it, I barely get up to 50% on most things hahaha...

so...of course, I started crying.

But, after calming down and talking to my husband (who is so logical) he said: "When you visualize your ideal self, you have all of these things? You're a successful wife, mother, and artist with your own non-profit business right?" (Right.) And if you were just one, you wouldn't feel fulfilled...right? (Right.)

"Then you have to look at your goals the same way, and work at them all little by little simultaneously. If you keep breaking them up and working sheet by sheet, you may never get to sheet 5 or 6, and if those sheets are things you want to accomplish to be "happy" then, you're gonna beat yourself up for never getting to them."

He also asked me:" Do you have anything you're looking forward to?" And...after first being very defensive about it, I started to really think about it, and the answer was: "No..."

I get so hung up in the process of goal writing as a task that I completely forget to look up and visualize what it is I'm working so hard for. It has always been about checking things off the list, but never what those checks mean... the whole point of having a goal is to get to something in the end that you were looking forward to from the beginning...and I like completely missed all of that.


For instance, I always write down "Read 10 books" on my goals list, but...why am I reading those books, and what kind of books should I be reading, and what do I want to get out of them. I could just read 10 children's books to check off that goal. know what I mean? But instead of filling my library bag with Truman Capote books, Maybe I should try reading 2 grant-writing books, or 2 books on starting your own non-profit, or 2 business writing books with the emphasis on galleries or art marketing ...something that will further me down the path I keep trudging along.

I also always write down "lose weight" but, until recently I never set a goal weight and i never envisioned myself at this ideal weight and/or WHY I'm trying to lose weight--even if is for something as shallow as to look like the lady from the father figure video...
I recently started to envision a future slimmer self (while pounding on the precor,) and surprise, surprise...I'm losing weight

Even my famous "pay off student loans" or "save money" has always been JUST a task, but after changing my thinking and truly visualizing how nice it will be to be debt-free and possibly enrolling for other college courses without having to worry about adding to an ongoing debt, but possibly having enough money saved to just PAY for school instead of taking out loans...lit a fire under my ass that was never there.

I guess, i took the "why" for granted and figured it was just a given. I'm doing things because...I want to/have to/need to... but once I finally put a concrete vision into the WHY do I want/have/need to do these things, it made my goal list: meaningful, do-able, and gave me *something to look forward to*

so 10 points for my husband, and for me too.. ^_^

to close...

Living is not about black and white. To be alive and to be dead is the black and white, living is everything in between which is grey. be okay with the grey and have a better day.
— Winnie's Words of Wisdom

To infinity and Beyond,





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!