studio practice - creative process #1

my creative process are varies from time to time.  i typically work with no plan, i let myself start without thinking too much and let the thought process begin after i step in. i also work better with background noises: music, movie, podcasts, etc- but there are times when i just want to slow down,  take my notes, sit in silence, close my eyes, and try to listen to the sounds around me and inside me. 

what's on the outside?
when i was working on the drawings above, i started by sitting in my studio balcony and wrote down every single sounds caught by my ears; from people walking, dog barking, kids laughing, ice cream trucks passing, the sound of the wind, even the sound of the leaves touching each other on the trees. i wrote it down and then i closed my eyes for a few minutes to get the emotions out of this environment.

by doing that, i experienced the feeling as if the time just stops. i can feel my self being present in this very moment of my life-every seconds that can never came back-, i felt one with the nature. and most of the time,  i taste gratefulness.

what's on the inside?
after i draft down all the outside noises,  it's time to get into the inside, that means; the thoughts in my head, the wonders, the questions, the awes, name of people, memories that cross in my mind, and then, again, i will close my eyes and try to recognise what sort of feelings that i have at that moment, am i happy? sad? anxious? excited? etc- i also listen to the little voice within because i believe that is the truest form of myself speaking truth.

...and then, move on to the fun part.
after i finish my notes, i prepare my materials, pick up the colours that represent the mood, and start painting :)

vulnerability of my work
i feel like this process help me to understand my self better, it's a self-exploration. i am in touch with how i feel and what is happening in my life. in and out. it's important for me as an artist to acknowledge this so that i can create a raw and honest work. 
 thank you for reading this post, to see more artworks, go to instagram @marisawij x


Strolling Through Camberwell Market

i enjoy going to the flea market where you can find unique and vintage stuff. there's something about seeing antiques that gives me this feeling like i'm in an old movies or as if i got transported back to my grandma's era. here in camberwell, you can find secondhand clothing (some are branded and hella cheap), vintage accessories,  handmade DIY , unique used housewares and i even found a 1960s typewriter which i was so tempted to buy ( but i didn't :( )

here are few random snaps that i took when i came here a while back with ma girl taiyo;

old pictures of people, creepy or cool?

this 1950's blue earrings stole my heart within five seconds, the best $8 i spent that day. 

i kid you not, the guy on the right was busking with no pants on.

and it was like 50°F (10°C) outside that day. 

if you love collecting old goodies, you should definitely come and check it out.
open only on sunday 6.30 am - 12 pm so move your lazy ass and find yourself a little treasure hehe ;)

market pi, camberwell vic 3124, Australia



it's been a while since my last life update post. i feel like i am sooo behind that i don't know where to begin. life has been rolling faster than i expected and i couldn't really find time to focus on this little space until now. i swear the older we get the littler time we have.

i flew to this country where-i-will-settle-next.  empty seats in my row, pretty much the best thing you can hope for in commercial flight. 

train situation: when i saw that everyone's eyes were glued to the screen, i can't help but wonder if people ever look up nowadays. (?)

mango dessert just because. 

my birthday is definitely the recent highlight in my life. beautiful 'bouquet' delievery, lovely lunch, a walk in flower dome, and finished up with watching beauty and the beast, all my favourites in one day! *died from sweetness indulgence* 

all thanks to this amazing man who put so much effort to learn my love language <3

a year+ ago, i quit my nine-to-five job to pursue what i like. it means less income, happier soul. tough but still the best decision ever.

more artwork on my instagram @marisawij , follow if you want :)

painting abstract art gives me the absolute freedom to be myself and explore endless techniques but illustration grounds me and keep me calm :)

below: personal bridesmaid cards i made for the two special girls <3

others bits and bops :

so,  how have you been? share with me in the comment! 
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