Who Else Is Living In A Haunted House? Part 2

Relationships not working, not taking the risk to do something that scared me, treating someone with less kindness than they deserved, not expressing how I felt to someone who needed to hear it-----these are some of the things that haunt me.  I know they will hang onto me like so many little ghosts, until I confront them.  I have to go through the fear, if I am to be released from their spooky echoes through my mind and soul.  Do you understand?  Have you been there too?  

That's why there are so many little ghosts in my Haunted House Girl drawing.  

I was able to make a little more progress this second week.  It is hard to find the time to get sketching done. Sometimes, I do it on my lunch break at work.  That makes for a great day.  

I'll keep posting the progress I make.  Next week, I'll show you what more I get done.  So far, so good.  What do you think?

Who Else Is Living In A Haunted House? Part I

I'm half Japanese, so I come from a culture that believes in ghosts and spirits.  They are all around you, restless and haunting the woods, old buildings and houses.  People who die are still with us in all the things that surround us.  I can't say that I've ever saw a ghost, but there are times when a place just doesn't feel right.  You can't say what it is.  There's just something creepy.  Who else believes in ghosts?  Who else knows what I mean?

That was the inspiration for this drawing in my sketchbook.  But it's more than ghosts around you.  I think there are ghosts living within each person.  They are filled with hungry ghosts from the past that still have unfinished business.  It's like living in a haunted house.  I know that I have those kinds of ghosts.  Who else feels haunted?

I got the light, sketchy, under drawing done and I'm starting to fill in the details of the drawing (as you can see in the photos above).  Next week, I'll post more of my work in progress on this Haunted House Girl drawing.

The Best Art Event in Portland Is The Strange & Magical "Monster Drawing Rally"

What should an art event have to be deemed The Best Art Event in Portland?  Well, it should:

  1. Sweep you away in all the excitement happening around you.
  2. Make you feel like you're in on a secret or something very rare and special.  
  3. Give you something unique that you didn't expect and that keeps you asking for more.  
The Monster Drawing Rally sign at the Portland Art Museum.

The Monster Drawing Rally sign at the Portland Art Museum.

The "Monster Drawing Rally" at the Portland Art Museum is that art event.  2017 is the 3rd time that the museum will put on this strange and magical event.  There are 100 artists participating who donate their time and talent to raise funds for the museum's children's art programs.  In 3 one-hour shifts, artists from Portland draw or paint for 1 hour, creating as many works of art as they can in that short time.  When the art is done, it's put up on a wall to behold and to be sold for only $35.00.

One row of the many artists creating at the Monster Drawing Rally at the Portland Art Museum.

One row of the many artists creating at the Monster Drawing Rally at the Portland Art Museum.

Right before your eyes, artists materialize beautiful, strange or funny art like a magician pulling fantastic creatures from his top hat.  With all the music pumping around you, so many different artists creating beautiful art each hour, and delicious food scents filling the air, you cannot help but be swept away in the non-stop fun and excitement.  Amazing sights, sounds, scents, tastes and touches thrill all 5 of your senses.  If you don't like the art move on to watch the next art being created.  If you weren't able to buy the art that you wanted, there's bound to be another artist creating another magical artwork for you.  As the artists form their creations, you're let in on the secret of how it's done.  You get to witness what's usually done behind the closed studio doors.  You have no idea what each artist will create.  It's a surprise.  Each artwork is unique and you just want the magic to keep going on and on.  Encore.  More please.  But it only lasts for 3 hours.  Hopefully, by the time the last artist stops drawing or painting, you've gotten your very own piece of strange magic from the "Monster Drawing Rally".

Melissa Kojima (me) drawing at the Monster Drawing Rally at the Portland Art Museum.

Melissa Kojima (me) drawing at the Monster Drawing Rally at the Portland Art Museum.

This will be my 2nd year to participate as one of the 100 artists donating my time and talent.  I cannot describe how thrilled I am to be a part of the Best Art Event in Portland.  It will be Friday, July 14th 6-9pm at the Portland Art Museum.  Would you want to come and have the time of your life?  Or do you need to wash your hair that night?  Come with dirty hair.  No one will care.

All the artwork I created in 1 hour at the Monster Drawing Rally sold.

All the artwork I created in 1 hour at the Monster Drawing Rally sold.

If You Love Strange Art and You're in Portland, You Won't Want to Miss This!

If you are one of those people whose heart skips a beat when see strange art with strange characters in strange lands and you're in Portland, Oregon this week, you won't want to miss the First Thursday Art Walk on June 1st, 2017 (5:30-10pm)!  Why?  Because I'm selling a bunch of my strange drawings for cheap there!  My Art Geeks Meetup group has a booth on the sidewalks at NW 8th Avenue between NW Davis and Everett.  You'll find a few the drawings below (+ many more) hanging there for way below their value (I mean cheap!).  Are you excited?  Do you hope you'll get there before it's all gone?  Yes, it's for only one night at this cheap price.  Get there quickly before there's nothing left. 

Who Else Likes Strange Stories & Strange Art?

THERE WAS ONCE A DAZZLING AND MAGICAL CREATURE who was unlike any other creature in the world.  She was unique and amazing.  But she felt awkward and strange because she had forgotten that she had magic.  

IT BECAME A HABIT TO HUNCH OVER as she sat, stood or walked around.  She hoped no one would look at her and notice how strange she was.  Having no friends, she felt lonely, but she didn't know how to fit in.   One day as she was bumbling along, hunched over, not paying attention to where she was going, she stumbled down a hill.

TUMBLING OVER AND OVER, DOWN A STEEP INCLINE, she shut her eyes.  Her fall was finally stopped by something hard against her side.  It knocked the wind out of her lungs.  Lying on the ground, catching her breath, she felt pain all over.  She opened her eyes to see where she had landed and to check for any cuts and bruises, but it was so dark she could not see her hand in front of her face.  

SHE STOOD UP, hoping her blindness was only a dizzy spell from the fall.  The darkness persisted.  Her heart jolted with fear.  She was lost, alone and blind.  How would she get back home?  What if there were monsters lurking in the darkness who could see that she was blind?  How would she escape them?  She didn't know.  She couldn't think.  But her impulse was to run to safety.  That meant light.  Where was some light?  

SHE CAUGHT A GLIMPSE of a glowing ember.  Where was it coming from?  Was it a fire in the distance?  No.  It seemed near.  Very near.  She held her hand up to gage its distance from her, then realized the glow was from her heart.  What was happening?  How was this possible? Her hand reflected the faint, orange light coming from her chest.  In this strange, dark land, her heart was a fire.  She was no longer blind. She gathered her courage and took a step forward.  Now, there was hope.   


YOU ARE THIS DAZZLING & MAGICAL CREATURE who is unlike any other creature in the world.  When darkness surrounds you, it can be hard to remember that you have secret powers.  What if you could discover them and your magical creature?  Click on the link to be taken on a magical adventure where you uncover all the secrets of your magic and power.

The Top 10 Reasons You Watch Fantasy Adventure Movies

How many of these movies have you watched?  

Harry Potter....

Fantastic Creatures and Where to Find Them....

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children....

Alice in Wonderland....

Percy Jackson & The Olympians....

Spirited Away....


And how many more am a I forgetting that belong on this list?  If any of them make your heart race a little faster when you think of them, then you and I are of the same world. We love these fantasy adventure movies.  We can't get enough of them.  At some point, you'd think we'd get sick of them.  But we don't.  

Why do we keep watching these kinds of movies, the Secret Society of Magical Creatures has some ideas. In Secret Message #24, they reveal the top 10 reason we'll always watch fantasy adventure movies. Click on the link above, to get the secrets.

Who Else Wants Magical Powers? The Top 10 Magical Powers

Have you ever wanted magical powers?  Wouldn't they be handy if you wanted to avoid an annoying neighbor or get even with someone who made fun of you?

In Secret Message #23, The Secret Society of Magical Creatures reveals the top 10 most wanted magical powers and why you want them.  Click on the link above to be taken to the secrets.

The Secret Society of Magical Creatures has many ways to use magical powers.

The Secret Society of Magical Creatures has many ways to use magical powers.

Yes, There's Actually A Secret Coloring Book to Teach You A Secret Language

Have you ever wanted to be a member of a secret club with exclusive rights and privileges?  I'm nodding yes. And if that club happened to be all about magic and mystery, would that make it twice as intriguing?  I'm nodding yes even harder.  Now, if there was such a club and if you got into it, would it mean that you were something special?  Ummm.....YES.....you bet it would!  I think that's what the Secret Society of Magical Creatures is all about.  

And guess what?  They have a secret language that they teach you in secret messages as well as in their secret language book.  Below are some of the drawings before and after they were colored by a secret member of the secret society who owns the book.

Can you guess what these words mean?  Hmm...I'm not sure.  Whatever their meanings, they sure look mysterious and magical.  And what better way to learn a new language than in a magical coloring book!  Below is the secret link to get your secret language coloring book.  Now, you'll be able to feel extra special with exclusive rights and privileges that only magical creatures have!

Sometimes I Lose & Sometimes I Win, But I Always Keep Trying

Have you ever worked really hard at something, not given up, yet you weren't able to hit the mark?  People around you tell you to keep trying.  People say if you don't give up, you'll make it.  But inside, you're saying, "But I've been working at this for years and still nothing is budging for me.  What's wrong?  Why is everyone else winning and I'm losing?  Is is time to give up?  Am I just a loser?"  That's the self-doubt.  That's the inner negative bias.  That's the inner critique telling you to walk away and go cry into your pillow.

If you've felt that way, then you know how sad and frustrating it can be to be an artist.  Believe me, I've wanted to give up.  But as often as I say I'm going to quit, I pick myself up after a good cry and start over again.  I'm starting to understand myself.  I'm starting to see that sometimes I lose and sometimes I win, but I never really give up.  I actually keep at it.  I keep trying.  I'm not sure what keeps me going.  I don't really have family who believes in me.  And I don't have deep friendships or buddies who support what I do.  I just keep at it.  I guess it's just that I love making things.

I've been making little post-it art for the annual Post-It Art Show at Giant Robot in Los Angeles for a few years.  Sometimes, I sell and sometimes I don't.  I never know what will excite and thrill art buyers and I've never known who buys my artwork.  For the 2016 show, I didn't have a lot of time to make anything, so I only drew 1 little post-it.  You can see it below.  

Since hundreds of little post-it art pieces are made and sold, it can take a long time before the artists know if their artwork sold.  The show is in December each year.  A few days ago, I finally heard that my 2016 post-it drawing sold.  That's 5 months later.  Yes, it was a win this time.  My little drawing of bunny girls connected with an art buyer.  Whoever you are, thanks for giving the bunny girls a new home where art is cherished and loved.  I appreciate it.  And it gives me hope to carry on making more artwork.

If You Love Harry Potter & Fantastical Beasts, You'll Die To Get This Custom Portrait

Who else wants to enter a world where magic is the norm like in Harry Potter and where you get to live side by side mythical creatures like in Fantastical Beasts?  I do.  I do.  That's me jumping on the next Hogwarts Express or signing up to help Newt Scamander find some magical beasts.  If you want to do more than just imagine you're part of that world and instead see yourself inhabiting a magical realm, you'll die to get one of these custom portraits by The Secret Society of Magical Creatures.

Who or what is The Secret Society of Magical Creatures?  They hold ancient, magical secrets and they believe you are a magical creature.  In fact, they have a secret formula of how to discover yours.  How many magical creatures are there?  Would Newt Scamander be able to categorize all of them?  Well, yours won't be like anyone else's because it's customized to you.  

The secret formula to discovering  your magical creature.

The secret formula to discovering  your magical creature.

Once you fill out the secret formula, you begin the adventure of getting your magical creature drawn or painted.  You choose either a small or large portrait.  You'll be asked to provide photos of yourself.  Finally, the magic begins with sketches of you as a magical creature.  It's not just in your head, tucked away and hard to imagine.  It's there in front of you, making your heart beat faster as excitement builds in your veins.  It's you, but magical!   

Below is the custom drawing of a guy who filled out the secret formula and discovered that he is "a peregrine falcon boy who teaches and encourages others by flying around the world".  He provided photos of himself and then sketches revealed what he looked like as a magical creature.  

Sketch of the peregrine boy custom magical creature.

Sketch of the peregrine boy custom magical creature.

Below is the custom drawing of a gal who is "a butterfly woman who leads an empire and owns dragons by flying anywhere on a whim".  She discovered this when she filled out the secret formula.  After she submitted it and photos of herself to The Secret Society of Magical Creatures, the magic began.  The butterfly woman was born.

Sketch of the butterfly woman custom magical creature portrait.

Sketch of the butterfly woman custom magical creature portrait.

Small drawing of the butterfly woman custom magical creature portrait.

Small drawing of the butterfly woman custom magical creature portrait.

Can you imagine how magical it will be to have your magical creature drawn or painted?  You'll feel like you have entered that world where magic is the norm and you live side by side with mythical creatures-----because you are one of them.  That's what The Secret Society of Magical Creatures believes.  Do you believe it too?  Get yours at this link.