Category Archives: Asia 2012-2016

Blog Challenge (day 5): Setting Yourself Up…for Success


I’m taking a 10-day blog challenge by Natalie Sisson, the suitcase entrepreneur who is an inspiring artist of a lifestyle I would like to attain. Let’s go!

Day 5

Life gets in the way, not just sometimes but all the time!  That’s a fact in my life.  It’s not that there’s too much to do in one day, but a lot of time doing other things that distracts you from your most important priorities during the day.  I’m as guilty as anyone.


But scheduling your 3 most important tasks each day and writing it down will help you get to where you want to go.  Even if it takes just 15-20 minutes, do a small chunk.  You will feel awesome and progress is truly happening.  Easier said then done, right?  Well I will start it off with my own plan with the “what, when and how” of it all.

What will you do

I will paint and create art.  Even if it’s not a masterpiece, the act of creation and starting is the most important.  Things will naturally flow from there.

When will I do it

My least busiest time is in the morning, so that’s when I’ll schedule it.

How will it get me closer to my dreams

I’ll be improving my painting techniques and it will help me focus better on a series of works and to market it.  The more I create, the more possibility that I’ll connect with someone, build relationships and sell my work to the right people.  If I paint something I love, chances are someone else will love it too.  Then you really have something going for yourself.  And to always write down your three daily tasks will help you get there.



Blog Challenge (Day 4): Finding your superpowers


I’m taking a 10-day blog challenge by Natalie Sisson, the suitcase entrepreneur who is an inspiring artist of a lifestyle I would like to attain. Let’s go!

Day 4

Today’s post is finding out my superpowers.  Just two or three.  I have to pick something that I believe I’m really good at, something that people know me for.  There are a lot of things I enjoy or at least good at, what I enjoy, what I get paid for.  The sweet spot is in the intersection of all three.  They include painting, photography, video, writing, teaching, joking, some musical abilities (yes, I do love crooning like Sinatra sometimes) and traveling.  So I also had to ask some people who know me and my work and life too.  So here’s what I think are my superpowers.

  1. Superpower #1 – Color Wizard.  I have a great eye for color.  From working at frame shops and designing pictures with certain color combinations, this has always came naturally to me.  I can see many different shades and have a good intuition where to place them.  Anyone who has seen my work can agree or not, but I am comfortable saying this because I have been painting for over 25 years and still use a limited palette.  I’m still learning all the time.
  2. Superpower #2 – Traveler/Seeker.  I am good at relocating in different places is an understatement.  Every since I was born, I’ve lived in different places.  I have also traveled despite getting bouts of homesickness as a kid.  I then started driving around the USA and then relocated to Asia and traveled to other Asian countries and even Italy.  It feels more natural than ever for me to travel, though I also still like being at home.  But traveling always gets my blood moving and it helps feed my creativity and knowledge of the world I live in and still figuring it all out.
  3. Superpower #3 – Teacher.  I never taught at least on a professional level till I got to Asia 4 years ago.  Started from scratch really.  I learned this craft (and still learning).  I learned soon enough I have a natural ability and patience for it, like a performer too.  But I haven’t taught art much and would like to do more of that.  That’s part of what I’m about.  I love educating people on my knowledge, which is why I also love writing and doing video.  Painting and educating go together like peanut butter and jelly.  Some people tell me I have the heart of a teacher, the soul of an artist, and the temper of a firecracker (I made that last one up, but it does fit me).

So I’ll leave it at that.  This was an eye-opening assignment that I enjoyed a lot.  But most important, do you think I’m missing something or am I right on?

Blog Challenge (Day 3): My Perfect Day


I’m taking a 10-day blog challenge by Natalie Sisson, the suitcase entrepreneur who is an inspiring artist of a lifestyle I would like to attain. Let’s go!

Day 3

Today’s all about my Perfect Day imagined.  I heard the more clarity, the better you will focus on achieving that.  This won’t be easy, but hopefully a good start, so here it goes:


In the morning, I wake up in a big bed (6-7am) with a white goose comforter and a temperapedic mattress and pillow.  I meditate for a half-hour, then write in my gratitude journal.  Next I go outside for a short walk.  When I come back, I shower and make a nice breakfast.  Either a breakfast burrito or a green smoothie.

When I come back, I paint for 3 hours.  It seems like a reasonable time block to be productive for me now.  I have to create something or at least experiment with stuff.  I can go outside and paint or stay in the studio and listen to flamenco or Genesis music.


Eat a big lunch, such as a big salad or tuna fish sandwich.  If I’m doing a commission, I can work on that for a few hours or do some marketing stuff.  After I’m done that, I can walk to my favorite cafe and hang out or go see a movie, or take a little trip.  Walk in the woods.  Even teach a private art lesson.


Time to really chill out.  I would love to visit art gallery openings, that’s what I miss about Santa Fe.  Just hanging around, people watching and talking with other artists.  Then after, go to a local cafe with friends and have a nice meal, watch some Flamenco.  Spend some quality time with friends or family.

And get to bed by 11pm.


So this is my perfect day.  I may change a few things around, but this is what I thought of on the fly.  What is your perfect day like?