Art & Design
Where: In4mation located at 1154 Nu‘uanu Avenue
When: Friday, October 7 from 5 to 9 p.m. during Chinatown’s monthly First Friday event
Admission: Free, all ages
Free Limited Edition Prints Giveaways (stickers, postcards & posters). While Supplies Last.
Make a donation at the Opening Event and Enter for a Chance to Win Original Art by Cornelia Jolitz or One of Two $75 Marvel hardcover Comic packs ( "Thor, Goddess of Thunder"), sponsored by Other Realms.
Winners will be drawn at the end of the Opening show 10/7/16.
Such are the thoughts that are popping into my head during the first sessions of radiation therapy - apart from the occasional "What the hell is that whirring machine DOING behind my head when I'm not looking?!". Not to fear, Bruce Banner got nothin' on me.
In the meantime I've started the largest pen & ink project to date: "Miz Manhattan", roughly sized 2' x 6'. As the therapy is progressing, I am hoping to finish it in the coming six weeks. Appropriately so, since it is the time allotted for the said radiation therapy and this piece is directly linked to it. Posting some images from the process, hopefully there will be updates shortly. CJ
As the surgery day is quickly approaching I am fully appreciating the support from friends and family - and the newly rediscovered doodle mania hitchhiking piggyback on the contemplative time spent preparing. This will only be a small procedure compared to many cancer patients who are forced to deploy much harsher methods and more rigorous following therapy because of the more aggressive cancers and later stages. In this as in many other things I've been fairly lucky so far - although this will be the hardest ounce of weight I'll have shed yet by a long shot.
Still, it's hard not to feel like the proverbial deer in the headlights - with all the diagnostics, appointments and information keeping on coming. It's just a hard pill to swallow, after all I was (in appearance) the healthiest person anywhere just a month ago. Which leads me into one important advice to give: Get your routine check-ups done, ladies and gents! True, mammograms, dermatologist check-ups and prostrate exams can only detect a fraction of the varieties of cancers or other afflictions - but why not do the routine ones that are easily available and now mostly free thanks to the health care improvements? One thing is for certain: I definitely wouldn't have known anything about the malignant cells for quite some time to come if it hadn't been for the routine check-up. By which time they might have might have hailed with an entirely different and more serious status update. If these tests are available to you - go do it! Rant end, see y'all after the surgery. CJ
Starting off the new year with new resolutions and more creative expression - one more resolution to add. The last week has been truly a life changer for me, with some big and not so great news. But all in all, after thinking about it, I am still very lucky and blessed with lots of love and support.
available to women like me, especially in a place that has this extensive scope of tools, diagnostics, personnel and logistics to deal with these medical issues.
With all the excitement we didn't have much of a big celebration going on for New Year's, and our anniversary yesterday fell a bit short of jubilant. But I'm confident that we'll make it through this alright - and after taking the last week to contemplate our new situation we can only let things unfold and make the best of it. At the very least I will take this journey to gather new inspirations for artwork and new perspective. More on this later. CJ
How time flies! It's been three months since I started doing my daily sketches - and the benefits and joys of my new consistent habit of visualization and 2D picture diary have been immense. Hopefully, the next painting will get started tomorrow, all the sketches and color studies are already done and I'm really looking forward to picking up a brush again.
It's hard for anyone to keep extra chores after a regular job and other commitments, and whatever it is that adds to your life (jogging, extreme sports, knitting, volunteering, cos-play, reading, stamp collecting) don't get discouraged by people who don't share your enthusiasm. There are enough kooky, weird, unique activities out there for everyone, and how boring would life be if we all were into the exact same things? As long as you don't hurt anyone and your hobbies enrich your life (and possibly others') - who's to say you're wrong?
That being said, while my sketching is a tame and inexpensive hobby, I still really appreciate all the encouragement, likes and nice comments from my friends and family. CJ
It's always curious to me how a year's end or beginning jostles folks to hasty reflections of their life. The sheer power of numbers on a calender seems like the panic button to rattle about time lost, goals not reached yet, bucket lists dragged out from last New Year without any new check marks added...
Why is it that we humans in general have such a hard time getting things done if there isn't a constant reminder, threat, or reward looming? Well, if you're anything like me then you suffer from the crippling affliction of always taking on more than I should - projects to help others, good causes, but rarely do I consciously heap on activities and projects that are actually just good and relaxing for me. The constant need to help and be of service to others is probably not inherently a bad thing (sure hope not) but it is not always a sustainable life philosophy to live by.
Fun thing about Dandelions: They have hollow, very fragile stems which drip a milky, slightly sticky but thin kind of sap when cut.
If you slice the stem lengthwise with the fiber and put the buttery yellow flower in water, it will float with its head on the water surface while the stem will curl up into tight green ribbons just like the tail ends of a fancy bow on a nicely wrapped present. The thinner the cuts, the tighter the curls. :)
Art in Hawaii
Living in Hawaii is an inspiring experience, both artistically and spiritually.