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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! 

I've started a new collection of art titled: happy universe.

New series

New series

I'm in love with it. I just want to create things that make--and keep me happy. Plain and simple~ 


I'm trying to find ways to make prints of these, as many have expressed interest in them, but I have already started prepping the canvas for new paintings to start (hopefully) tonight.

We all need a little happiness in our lives, yes?

that is all for today.



~when you ask me if I'm tired, I'll say "no" and then yawn~ 

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 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,





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  she's the coolest...

from  she's the coolest...


One of those favorite artists is Sara M. Lyons!

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!

Birdies, Mermaid Merchandise and Giving Thanks...




These happy little tweeters have been floating around my mind this week. My cute designs will be listed on my online stores in the coming days, so that they’ll be able to float all over the globe!
I love these little birdies so much~ thinking up their (sometimes mischievous) personalities is a joy, and makes the art process so very enjoyable.


Speaking of my online stores,


Mermaid Merchandise!

These beauties can all be found and bought here at my society6 page

Society 6 is a fantastic website with great quality merchandise, so if you like my designs, please consider doing any online shopping here! There are promotions all of the time for discounts and/or free shipping! I am especially a fan of the clock and the Duvet cover. I get a small portion of each sale, so please shop away!

Mermaid Duvet Queen Size Cover $99

Mermaid Duvet Queen Size Cover $99


!!! It's like a dream to see my works on merchandise! It'll be a dream come true to see my merchandise in use. :) I'm designing more art  specifically for certain things, so soon I'll have a whole interior line ready ^_^ yay!!!


Lastly, some important closing thoughts...


Giving Thanks for Thanksgiving


Gobble Gobble Gobble Giving Thanks at Thanks giving

I want to send a warm thanks to all of my family and friends this holiday season. 2014 has been the hardest year of my life, and without the love and support from all of the amazing people near and dear to me, I wouldn’t have been able to pick up the pieces and keep going.

The other day, I listened to the Eurythmics song “I’ve Got a Life” and I started to tear up. I know, crazy selection because it’s a dance song… but, when Annie starts singing “Strong now babe, gonna be strong now babe…” It really touched something deep inside of me.

All year long I was commended on my strength, “Winnie, you’re such a strong person”, “Winnie, we’re so proud of how strong you’ve been…” “You’re a strong mama….”
but, the truth of the matter is, I had no other choice but to be. I’m sure everyone knew, but never witnessed how many hours I spent in my car crying, and many sleepless nights feeling extremely weak. If you could have seen inside my chest, you would have seen a scared child covering her face, verses a tearless fighter who hurdled through doctor appointment after doctor appointment.

But, the strangest thing is realizing that all of those events are considered “the past.”  Maybe it’s because I’m just feeling the full effects of everything now, or maybe it’s because I finally have time to sort through every event and process it all….
But, I can’t explain it…It’s like the speed of sound which trails behind the blinding light of reality, the feelings come later...

And so, with that… to everyone who walked through this major life event with me,  I’m sorry I couldn’t thank you sooner… but, thank you so much for being there with me and for me. I rarely ever reach out, and I always take on many things without crying out for help…but, for everyone who knows me well enough to take a distance but still leave your hand available for me to grab whenever I needed something to grab on to… Thank you so much. Love is too small of a word for what I feel for you…

To end on a lighter note...

One personality trait will repeat itself through every avenue of a person. So, if someone is cheap with money, then chances are they’ll be cheap with their love, and cheap in their thoughts and moral of the story, don’t be cheap.”
— Winnie's words of Wisdom

ha ha ha.


Okay. Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Cellphone cases $35.00

Cellphone cases $35.00

clocks starting at $30.00

clocks starting at $30.00

Framed prints starting at $33

Framed prints starting at $33

What's it all About, Winnie? A little insight into the madness...

She's the Lady with all the Lines...

Sometimes I feel a little lost in my life. Like, I don't know where I am going, or which direction to turn. I kinda go through that a little every year, but this year, that feeling greeted me like the morning sun. I was a daily thing. For instance, I always kinda feel like I'm going somewhere, but I don' t know if it's forward, backward, or if I'm trapped in the illusion of movement, because it's actually the world moving around me while I"m just standing still. I can't tell anymore.

A lot has happened to me. I don't want to go through the laundry list of events that shaped and molded this year into what it is...but a lot has happened. Most of it was heavy and emotional. Imagine wearing heavy denim jeans and dragging your legs through waist-deep mud... heavy heavy things. I thought I was going to drown in the mud because I kept falling face-forward into the thick, thick mud...

But, somehow, I've found a way out of it, and I made it out--still dirty, but alive. Maybe that's the miracle? I don't know. If you've been following this blog (or any of my blogs) you might've noticed that this blog has turned into something like like Madonna's Blonde Ambition Tour... I'm so gung-ho that it's almost starting to seem fake. It's not. I'm really trying.

You can't survive through months and months of waist deep mud because you just stood still--you have to try, and that's what I've been doing. So...I guess, I am moving in a direction, but where...where....where am I going?

Maybe finding my direction will be easier if I explain why I've been trying so hard...

I was pregnant this year, and I lost the baby. my baby. he passed away, didn't make it. I delivered early and although Enso (my son) was a strong, strong baby, the universe (or whatever) just didn't feel like the world was ready for him. or whatever. I can't verbalize it nicely yet, because I don't feel nicely about it yet...

But, that has been my motivator. I'm trying like a mad-woman to turn into something because I don't want to be a loser. My Enso was so very special, and I just want to be as special as he was. He wasn't a loser, so his mom can't be one either... (sigh)

You know, once you've lost something so so so big in your life, it's hard to not feel like the biggest loser on the planet. Friends and family keep telling me--over and over again, "you're not a loser, you did everything you could, don't blame yourself" but honestly, those are just words.

sooooo....I feel like I need results so that I can validate myself again, and that's why I'm pushing myself so hard. Most of the time, it doesn't even matter what direction I'm pushing, I just want to keep moving. moving so that I don't have to stand still and think about what I've lost. the pain is too deep, too much for me to walk through, heavier than the mud because it's no longer wet's drying into hard, hard mud. If I dont' keep pushing and moving, i'll be stuck there in that pain forever...

But, on days like today I'm more concerned with where I"m going, verses why. Maybe that's a sign of recovery? Maybe one layer of the deepest cut is starting to heal just a little? I don't know... All I hope is that I'm getting somewhere.
I hope that this artwork and the dedication and time put into it will pay off, that it'll mean something more than just a band-aid that I've wrapped myself in.

Someone recently said that they see my passion in my art by just looking at my drawings, they can see and feel it. that made me happy.

I want my drawings to be a window into what's going on, and each line in every single illustration is  like a tick on the wall of someone who is in jail, it's the line of hope saying "I've been through this much for this long, but it won't be long..."
And I believe that, it won't be long....

That's all for today folks,

love you all, always.




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!


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!