Monday, August 17, 2015

My Art Works Recap

I have been doing art since I was living in Jakarta, Indonesia almost 25 years a go.

At first I was using oil only.

Then after graduating from Fashion Institute of Technology New York in 2001 I started to explore with eacrylic and other mediums.

Right after graduation I worked for a textile company as a Print Artist and Design mainly using gouache. I enjoyed it very much but life took a different turn as I suddenly got ill and hospitalized for 2 months.

After recovery I continued working as Assistant Stylist for Victoria Secret Design although I enjoyed it a lot my husband told me that I do not have to work if I wanted to. So I stopped into thinking that I can work from home. It was 2006.

I was not  serious about working out of home although I started selling my diy vintage cake stand on Etsy. It was just fun for me. I love choosing, and searching for the right plate to create a cake stand set. But drilling a hole on a plate so  the metal rod could go through was not easy at all. Other reason was that it was getting harder and harder to get a pretty vintage plate as well. I sold quite a few then I stopped all together.

Painting a perfume came to me by accident. I remember I was in our home Florida and the thought of painting my bottle of perfume just came into mind. And that was how it all begins. It was a year a go.

Today I enjoy painting using water color a lot. There is something about water color that soothe me. Seeing the water color mixing in together and run to each other is the most enjoyable feeling like none other art medium could do. Although I enjoyed painting with acrylic a lot.

Each day is a new challenge to create one of a kind art. Although many people paint perfume, each of us are different with our own style.

So let's take a look of these arts that I have done so far. Let me warn you that this post is a little lengthy with a lot of images. But I think it worth checking out. And some of these images you might have seen on my last posts before.

You can find some of these images on my Etsy store, here.
Please check for more arts on my Instagram, here.

These Chanel perfume series of 8 that I painted for an order.

This was an order. And she wanted to put a ribbon around the neck of the perfume bottle and string of pearls in the bottom.

This was an order that she wanted me to paint her Cartier vintage perfume.

Flower series.

These two are a 6 flower series that I currently working on for a job order.


Thank you so much for stopping by.
Happy Monday Everyone!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

//Astrid - 'Lil Lyla & Baby Olsa//

Do you remember a maternity photography session with Astrid and her oldest daughter Lyla a while a go? (here).

Baby Olsa is almost a year old now. 

There is something about photograph a mother and her children that I love very  much; the infinite love and the bond amongst them. I am a mother myself, therefore I like seeing them interact and try to capture the tenderness of loving and caring given by the mother to their children.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

//3 Of a Set Jo Malone Original Water Color Arts Instagram GIVE AWAY//


It has been a long time since the last time I did a "give away".

I think it is about time to give a Give away. And this time I wanted you to have a set of 3 of my original Jo Malone water color perfume arts size 8 in. by 10 in.

Frame are easy to get as it is a standard size. They are pretty in a bathroom, dressing room or home office.

Thank you for participating this Give away!

Here are the rules.

1.  Please follow me through Instagram. You do not have to repost this picture on your instagram account. Just follow me on Instagram.
2. Please let me know by giving a comment; "done!" below. If you already following curiositaellya just give a comment below so that I know you are participating this contest.
 3. This give away is open to anyone who is 18+ years old. I am not responsible for items lost during shipment.

Giveaway will start August 4th at 12:30 pm, US EST and will end August 22nd, 2015 at 12:30 pm US EST.

1 winner will be chosen randomly through A real email address  required and will not be made public or used for other purposes.
 The winner will be contacted the same day through email and must reply with home address within 4 days. Failure to reply after 4 days; I will draw another winner.

Thank you for participating this contest.


Linking to,
Carolyn @HOMEWORK  

Monday, August 3, 2015

//How to Carry and Paint Water Color Sketch on a Trip//

I had so much fun sketching and painting during our last trip to Paris that now I am sharing my tools and how to pack the water color materials to carry a long on a trip.

First you want the materials as small as possible. So let's take a look at below image of water color materials the last time I took on my trip to Paris.

1. A small paint palette. This is important as this one material you need to mix in the paint.
2. A flat water color pan. I love using water color pan rather the one in a tube. I found that a tube will dry faster and no longer can be used.
3. Mechanical pencil and it's refill
4. Various sizes of water color brushes
4. Good eraser. Choose good eraser because some of them leaves smudges on the paper after being used.
5. Small sketch pad - mine is 6 in by 9 in.
6. Brushes and pencil case
7.  Last a fairly large bag to put them all. Mine is a shoes bag given free from the airline.
8. Ideally you will need to bring 2 empty containers for the water but I did not bother to carry these with  me as I figured I can use a cup of glasses from the hotel. Which was what I did.

These water color materials will stay flat in the suit case and place them in the bottom of the suitcase underneath clothes so the paper will not get damaged.

Upon arrival unpack and place your water color bag within reach and where you can see it all the time. Otherwise with all the excitements coming you will forget all about it.

During the first day upon arrival, explore the hotel and the surrounding area. This is the time when you will see a quiet place where you can sketch. It can be in a quiet lobby hotel, in the garden, in a quiet brasserie near by or a garden nearby outside the hotel.

Do not shy to paint with people around you. Usually they won't bother you and won't even come to you to ask what you are doing. And do not hesitate to ask a cup of water from the hotel staff. Or you can use an empty bottle water and cut the neck and fill it with water.

Use your imagination to paint as a subject. It can be a flower in the hotel garden or public garden. Or buy yourself a bouquet of flower from the nearest flower shop like I did. It always makes your hotel room pretty anyways! And do not hesitate to carry the flowers a long with you to the spot where you are going to paint. I brought my flowers around the hotel area to create a photo shoot and a video (here). No one care about it - they looked but usually they just kept on walking a way.

Find the time to do this is the hardest part - because you are on a trip. And you are in your destination to explore the city for sight seeings. So it is up to you how you squeeze your time to do it. For me, I usually get up early morning before we started to go out exploring. And when we came back in the afternoon since the day is longer during summer I still have time to paint and to photograph during late afternoon. And the light during that afternoon is the best light to paint and to do a photography because the sun light is soft.

You can use anything for your subject. And you can also paint in the hotel room. "A window hotel room' is always pretty to paint. "The flower you bought in a cup sitting on the table', "your cosmetics', "your pretty high heel shoes". If outside, you can paint "fruits", "a window", "your pocket book sitting on the chair", "the street", "the building" or "part of the building like door", etc. Do not try to analyze the subject too much. You do not have a lot of time to do this perfectly anyway. So just do a sketching. It is okay if it is not perfect.

Last do not forget to sign, put the date and place where you painted it. Later on it will be nice to see it back with the date and place where you painted the arts.

Keep your book especially to do this so next time when you go on a trip to other places, bring a long this book and paint again.

I painted these peonies in our hotel room sitting by the window. I love painting flowers but what I really like about this is the window wrought iron railing. This painting was a quick sketch and it has not finished but I like it when it is spontaneous like that. The art "love" I painted at home a long time a go. One thing is that I forget to put the date which is not too late to do so since I still remember when I painted this.

I painted these cherries in the hotel garden and the cherries came from the breakfast buffet provided by the hotel. Mentioned in my last post (here).

The next day I painted the apricot and strawberry breakfast fruits from the breakfast buffet. I was going to do the bananas but I have not gotten the time anymore. Mentioned in my last post (here)

This sketch painted in the garden while looking straight at the door and and the window above it. It is the hotel door that leads to the garden where I was sitting and painted this.

The two roses sketches below I did it just yesterday at home. This was a quick sketch. The one on the left was the first and the one on the right I painted it after. I like to repeat the same object to loosen my hand and to see how to manipulate the water. It is a practice.

This is the final roses painting. Although it is far from perfect I started to find the right technique to do it. From there I can add other technique to it. Well, this has nothing to do with the traveling water color subject but I thought I add them on here for you as well.

So I do hope you will bring your sketch pad water color materials and paint during your trip. It is a fun and beautiful way to practice but it is also wonderful to look back when your traveling sketch pad filled with beautiful of your sketches from the trips you went.

Thank you so much for stopping by!