Archive for the 'Thoughts' Category

World Wide SketchCrawl 31 – Japan Earthquake & Tsunami Emergency Benefit

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

This thought crystalized last night in my mind: we should make the upcoming World Wide SketchCrawl on April 16th a benefit drawing marathon to raise funds for Japan! We HAVE to help our fellow artists and all our friends in Japan! They need our help. We have raised money for a good cause before with [...]

Artists Help Japan

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

The natural disaster that is still unfolding in Japan is terrifying and beyond sad but there’s one simple and positive thing we can do, give some help. My good friend Dice Tsutsumi has set up a benefit fund “Artists Help Japan” through the wonderful GIVE2ASIA nonprofit. If this organization rings a bell is because it’s [...]

Remembering Joe Ranft

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

Lee Unkrich director of the upcoming ToyStory3 has shared a bounty of wonderful videos on facebook featuring amazing storyman Joe Ranft, who tragically left us a few years ago … Joe would be fifty today. His talent and love for this craft are a real and palpable legacy that lives on. I feel simply honored [...]


Monday, February 15th, 2010

If you didn’t know already I am a Muji nut … I am always excited about visits to any cities that have one of their stores and luckily for my wallet probably there isn’t a store in SF yet. In Japan finding the closest Muji is almost as important as finding a good latte. I [...]

Been so long

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

I didn’t plan for this extended hiatus but somehow in the last few months I’ve had the worse time keeping up with any internet tasks. Even answering emails has become difficult. I’ve been busy but that’s not it, been busy before and still kept at blogging. I think it’s a little different this time, I’ve [...]

Happy Birthday Fio!

Monday, March 9th, 2009

Yes, it’s been a year since little Fio came into our lives. She was born a year ago yesterday. Amazing uh? Time passes really quick and really slow … both at the same time strangely. She’s just a joy to behold, running around like a little tornado. Here’s a three recent photos to celebrate our [...]

Yayyyy Obama!

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

Wow, what a night last night … amazing. Marit and I were so happy and proud that we got teary. I am not a citizen but my daughter is and I’ve made this country my home for more than a decade. I have so much hope for the future, hope that this historic day will [...]

drawing joy

Sunday, September 14th, 2008

You know on some days, only some special days, there’s a amazing joy in scribbling, a sense of exciting potential … a feeling that your pencil contains wonderful things and you can’t wait to look around for them on paper … they are all there you just have to dig them out. You know the [...]


Friday, September 12th, 2008

You know, life’s been really busy, a little too busy actually. Don’t get me wrong, it has been so for good reasons, books and auctions and so forth … worthy projects. But there’s a but. I’ve really missed spending more time with Fio. I missed quite a few nights with her and bath time before [...]

3 day weekends

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

Three day weekends are so amazing. Maybe it was coming from two weeks of six working days each, but I must say that having that extra day just felt wonderful. Time to rest, be with my family and be creative too. I took nice walks with Fio, picnicked in the park, watercolored, went climbing, designed [...]