Thursday, February 05, 2009


** i warn that this is an unusually long post.
something's gotten into me lately. -_-

(my work environment circa 2005-2006)

this is mostly for my own record, since i'm not sure
if anyone would be interested to know...
browsing through my iphoto last night, i thought maybe i'd document
evolution of my studio space.

matthew and i used to both live and work in a tiny 350 sq.ft. apartment,
where you can see my work space of about 3ft x 2ft area (top above).
the bottom photo shows how i used to sketch, on the floor.

then i moved to a 2x larger apartment here in brooklyn,
where i had a whole dining nook for a nice studio area...
which used to look so empty and desolate in the beginning :

(last photo being the current setup).

i can't believe how i used to work in my tiny, old work area.
it seems that i've changed the layout of my new studio around
about 4-5 times... -_-;;

then i saw some older works i've done, as experiments and process,
which also evolved over time, if not jumped around :

first real painting attempt (study). done on the floor crouched, too. (2005)

study on found wood - charcoal and gesso. (2005)

my first piece done only in oil paint. (2006)

some painted eggs i did in 2006.

and these, i don't think i've never shown before.
some vinyl dolls for girl i'd designed when i worked as a toy designer :

they were designed in... 2002-2003, i believe.
all parts (heads, hair, top bodies, shoes, clothes, legs) are interchangeable.
basically knock-off pinky dolls.
i used to have to do a lot of knock-offs, it can't be good for your soul...

it's amazing how different life seems only a few years ago sometimes.
i wanted to remind myself of that.


  1. cool. thanks for letting us in on a slice of your world. Love those eggs!

  2. Anonymous5:38 PM

    Your studio space looks like ther perfect place! I also like seeing how your artwork has evolved.

    Your photos remind me how badly I need an easle!!

    Love you work :)

  3. Anonymous12:33 AM

    I really love your first paintng done on the floor, there is something spontaneous in this work. I am fan of your eggs too.
    We can see consequencies between the space where we work and our art... That's why it is very difficult to feel good in a workspace and to manage it.

  4. Anonymous9:32 AM

    I love those eggs!!! Do you sell any of of these would make someone I know very happy!

    Love all your work by the way....incredibly envious I am right now!


  5. thanks for such kind comments,
    and for putting up with my posts... -_-

    the eggs were from 2006 and i haven't made them anymore.
    if i do, in the future, i'll definitely let the world know. ^^

  6. Anonymous11:10 AM

    ♪(゚▽^*)ノ⌒☆ Hello.

    I think that you are very good at the picture.
    Hereafter, please make a good work.

  7. sola - thank you! ^_^
    i hope to, as well...

  8. Anonymous12:57 AM

    I used to design knock offs too :( I made cheaper versions of hot at the moment footwear for Walmart. You're right. It isn't good for your soul, especially when mass market has very bad taste. Now I design toys :)

  9. Anonymous10:59 PM

    Always interested to see artist's workspaces!-

    And I like your take on Egon Sheile's Portrait of Wally better than his original!

    Tim D

  10. Anonymous7:38 PM

    hello stella! your work and your space is very inspiring. i was wondering what kind of lamp and bulb you use? i love to work late at night but i can't seem to find just the right daylight lamp for true color matching. thank you for any tips you might have!