Who Knew… Saturday, Aug 27 2011 

That a baby hippopotamus is so cute?


Owl Stones Thursday, Aug 25 2011 

My obsession with owls was way before they became the “IT” animal. Here are some precious owl stones… I love the little dude all the way on the left.



Lovers: A Tribute to Magritte Sunday, Aug 21 2011 

My love for surrealism is truly due to discovering Rene Magritte’s paintings at the age of 14, when I was assigned to do an art history paper Freshman year of high school. I remember not knowing anything about any famous artist, except for Michaelangelo. I was pouring through the gi-normous art books when I discovered, serene, dreamy clouds and silhouettes that stopped me in my tracks. Flipping the cover over, I realized that this artist’s name was Rene Magritte, and he painted in a genre called “surrealism.” That, my friends, started my lifelong love affair with this Belgian man.

His paintings are so psychologically powerful, understated: minimal in concept yet startling in theme. I painted this tribute to Magritte, being inspired by “The Lovers”, in August of 2010. The size is enormous: 5 feet by 5 feet, and it took me an entire three months to finish this painting. I added the chessboard stairs, but tried to keep as much of the original, delicate story of the painting. I remember when I first saw an image of this painting, and how I so wanted to paint it so badly but did not want to do it any injustice until I felt that I could completely replicate it, giving it full credibility for its original beauty.

ChumChum Friday, Jul 29 2011 

Meet ChumChum, my beautiful, feisty, moody Himalayan. Aka Hippipatmayus, Bloomerman the Bloomberg, Booberry, Chami Laddoo.