Ten Little Facts - An introduction

[Well, since I've gained over 500 (and counting) new followers since Sunday on Twitter, I thought I should properly introduce myself.]

Hello new people! Nice to meet you. I'm an artist, you probably figured that out by now. I do this full time. Crazy, right? My art is Light Reactive, which means it changes colors all day, reacts to different lighting, and then glows in the dark. GLOWS IN THE FREAKING DARK! 

The quick version of me:

1. I live in Orange County, California, but I want to live in Hawaii. So instead, I travel to Hawaii more than I should. I'm going to Japan next Spring though. Because why not.

2. I'm 30.

3. I'm married to Walking Awesomeness. That's his official name, but most people refer to him as "Colin." He's also on Twitter. He's a graphic designer. He writes games too. And he makes Sad Robots and Fat Ninjas. Now you know.

4. I used to be an actor. Sometimes I still am. And by "acting" I mean "auditioning, driving to LA, and occasionally snagging a speaking part in a low budget independent movie that you'll never see."

5. I'm sort of obsessed with pop-science, cosmology, geophysics, and planetary disasters. I watch The Science Channel a lot.

6. I can beat you at Air Hockey.

7. The best advice I've ever received regarding my art was "Don't make it good." A mentor taught me that.

8. My only tattoo is of the coordinates N19º 58' 51" W155º 49' 45", which is written on my forearm, facing me, because I'm the one who's supposed to read it. It's my direction in life.

9. I've been eating sushi happily since I was 5, and now my art is on permanent installation at my favorite sushi restaurant.

10. So far, Enlightenment is my favorite painting I've ever made. This might change soon, because I'm really excited about my new collection.

That's it for now, we'll do 10 more factoids soon. In the meantime, comment, @reply, say hi, let me know who you are. I generally only follow people back if they reach out and talk to me!

And follow my blog for updates on me, my life, my art, and upcoming shows. :o)

Again, very nice to meet you all.


Jessica Doyle said...

You rock Sweetie! One of these days we'll meet in real life my friend. xoxo

PS - Christmas Balls?

Albert said...

Wow! You're cool & proud human. A bit quirky, I guess. But it's all right... I'm quirky myself. I enjoyed your description (man! you are bold, not too many female can pronounce their age after 18. Respect!) The only thing - it would be cool to see the videos of your creations, images are not enough since it changes colors dynamically as you say.
Anyway... nice to meet you.

shayla said...

Jessica! Miss you. :) omg yes! I've been looking at already-started balls for weeks now, but I somehow lost motivation for them. They're on my schedule this week though. Have you started yours? I should email you. :-P xo

Albert- We're actually putting together a video this week. :)

Swistle said...

Hello! Someone I follow retweeted your cool tweet, and so hello! I went and looked at your Etsy shop. MIND BLOWN.

Gyspy Artist said...

I still don't understand twitter or how to gain followers, but I am now happily following you. :)

shayla said...

Swistle- Nice to meet you!

Natalie- It takes some getting used to (I've been on Twitter since early 2008 now) but it's honestly the best tool I've found for marketing and connecting with other artists around the world. I adore reading about what others like me do during their day!

Amy Pryor Fine Art Blog said...

Very nice re-introduction. I love reading about people who write real life things. We get enough text book stuff everywhere. Very nice to me another OC artist. I look forward to seeing your new stuff.

shayla said...

Amy! Thanks so much, and I'm really looking forward to reading more of your art business blog! I agree with you, marketing and business know-how is what will ultimately separate successful artists from unsuccessful ones. ;o)

Steven said...

Very nice post giving us more info about you! I found you on Twitter when one of my favorite sports writers, Sam Farmer, retweeted one of your cool comments.

Now I want to buy one of your prints! Let's talk. Shoot me an email as I would like to purchase Enlightenment from you if it is for sale.


Anonymous said...

Hey there. Pretty interesting post and by looking at Walking awsomes twitter page no doubt that he's into graphics pretty cool. :)

shayla said...

Steven - Thanks so much! I just emailed you. :)

Praneeth - Yes! He's quite the designer. :) I'm very proud.

Anonymous said...

Hey, I know blogging can be tough at times with the heavy workload :) but are u interested in joining a collaborative blog?

shayla said...

heh! Though I do appreciate the offer, I have to get used to writing regularly on my own blog right now before I could take on a new one!

Thanks anyway. ;o)

Anonymous said...

hehe no worries, well loved your blog and will definitely follow. The invite is still open if you change your mind :)

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