Review me on Observica Magazine Spring 2022

Observica Spring 2022


I applied “10th Review Me” via CaFE website this spring. It took a long long time to go through the entire process step by step. Once selected, the publication fee is $300.00. I also find someone on Fiverr to help me polish all text answers. It is another $75.


During the draft review step I noticed a minor editing error. They responded quickly which I like. But it is a surprise when I see the final release version that my painting is on the cover page! So at this point I purchase a print version which costs me another $45. I know, it seems a lot dollars overall. However, it is also an important milestone since I started painting in 2017. Those past years are in history, I can move on to next stage and focus on abstract and fantasy art. 😀

Final thoughts

Well, I am still not sure if this kind of exposure would help me. I consider it as a promotion investment. Nowadays, you can find many different art magazines on social media that call for artist to apply. Usually they all have a publication fee. But art competition or exhibition also has application fee. After all, if the cost is in one’s budget, why not try?

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My paintings are an outlet to express the imagination I have inside my head that I can not put into words. After trying many mediums, I always find myself coming back to paint and brushes. In my current artistic practice, I use oil paint and mainly create portraits of mythical creatures and animals transfixed in the shifting colours of seascapes and landscapes. There is a natural spirit and magic to these creatures and their energy draws me in. Choosing to paint these creatures as real living wildlife rather than abstractions, I use bold and vivid colours to express the imaginary intertwined with reality, finding magic between the seams. Using a saturated colour palette, I create bold and striking imagery, contrasted between foreground and background, subject and landscape, and light and darkness. Weaving their bodies and the surface of the landscape into each other through organic forms and flowing brush strokes, I find beauty, strength and innocence in these creatures that reflect my inner world.