June Art Journal

I'm not sure why but June was a really boring month and I didn't really have much to journal about. I finished up this lil' note book and am excited to start a new one! This month turned out a bit of a mish mash, but thats ok! Some months are going to be better than others! 

Song and Doodle #73

Todays song and doodle a little bit different music wise! I'm so not a heavy metal music kinda person what so ever, but luckily I've people around me that are! I've always thought that its important to listen to music that you wouldn't normally. So todays song is God Damn by Avenged Sevenfold! Now what I'm finding with heavy metal is that they touch on a lot of interesting subjects. Sometimes it is hard to looks past the gruffness of the song and listen to what they are saying (or maybe that just me?) 
I really like the lyric in this song "can't heal the wound before we bleed" I love this because its so true! We need to feel the hurt and the pain and then the healing can begin. I enjoy that this kind of heavy song reminded me of relief that comes with healing. After all the icky wounds and crap that gets tossed at you though out life there is always healing. This really applies to the current state of our country it feels like. There are so many people suffering and I can only hope that from this suffering we gain healing. I hope that we can come together, do what it right and learn from all these wounds.  Of course this song touches on a lot more than that. It has a lot of clever lyrics about mortality, good verse bad and the state or society. Overall this song just has a lot you can pick apart. At the root its clever and makes you think and I can get on board with that!
"Can't see the forest for the trees
Can't heal the wound before we bleed"

Happy Independence Day!

Such a strange holiday today! Lately with this political climate I'm finding it hard to be patriotic. Seems like every day theres something new and terrible happening. I know that this country has a lot of great things going on, but I know that we're out there doing a lot of damage in the world also. Its such a mixed bag of emotions. I was thinking about what to write this morning in the shower. I was able to reduce today down to celebrating a group of people who decided to be brave. They knew things could be better and decided to make a change! I'm really grateful for all of our founders that saw there was a better way! I can only hope that one day we'll recognize things could be better and we can be brave enough to stand up and do something about it!

Out Going Mail!

I treated myself to a gouache set a couple weeks ago! I've never worked with this type of watercolor paint-ness before so I'm quite excited. My first go I opened the red tube and it squirted EVERYWHERE. It was like something out of horror movie! I decided to paint all these little strawberries to use up all my squished out red. I did the front and backs and near the end I was really, like r e a l l y tired of strawberries! Now thinking upon it why didn't I paint something else? I guess I just had berries on the mind! Regardless I learned a lot about what NOT to do with these lil' tube-ys. I also realized that this gouache stuff is really tricky to work with! I'm gonna have to watch some youtube videos. If this is something you've worked a lot with please give me some tips!! 

Happy Solstice!

Happy Summer Solstice! This is one of my favorite times of year. I love the reminder that we are just specks on this wonderful earth. The cycle continues like it has long before us and how it will long after us. All we can do is gather together on the longest day of the year and hope that we're lucky enough to be a part of this beautiful cycle a little bit longer!

May Art Journal!

May art journal! I made this little booklet with fold out pages a long time ago. I was saving it for a special project but then realized I've got a dozen little notebooks I'm "saving" for some reason. I was looking for something small for my next art journal and this lil' one was perfect! I'm hoping in my June art journal I'll have time for some more illustrations. This past month was a bit wordy! I guess I just had a lot to say!

VERVE Interview!

I little while ago I told you guys that I got the amazing opportunity to be interviewed by a local web series VERVE and now my episode is released! I'm so stoked that I got the chance to talk about ZINES! Zines are one of my all time favorite things and I'm so happy that I get to share my love of zines with everyone. I'm still shocked that I was given this opportunity despite being really shy and dorky. I also got to meet the cooooolest group of creatives that put these things together. Theres something wonderful about getting to work with other creatives! You can see more of the series HERE. They did such a good job editing it! I love the music and they totally made me sound like I knew what I was talking about, cause I really doubt I sounded that confident! Its such a weird thing to here and see yourself! I had no idea my voice sounded like that! Also I make some really strange faces when I think no one is looking. Overall I'm really excited and happy with how it all turned out!
My hope is that someone will see this and be inspired to make their own zine! I truly do feel like art and zines are for everyone and everyone could benefit from making one! So if you've been thinking about it, now is the time to make one!

New Zine: Twins!

I made a bunch of new zines in April for Grid Zine! I'm just now getting some photos taken and some copies mailed out. I thought i'd share them here too. This one is called Twins! Its basically about being a twin! BUT also how bonds and friendships can mimic the feeling of a twin. It is really awesome how we can connect with people and this zine captures those feelings. Its really simple and has really simple illustrations, but I loved the way it turned out.
I have a few copies left, if you'd like one you can always email at remikeahi@gmail.com!