I Puti’on (the Star): A Time Lapse Painting Video & Photos

Now that I’ve cleared out the big pieces from my room, I finally got to start on some long-awaited pieces. The first one on the easel is “I Puti’on” (which is Chamorro for “the Star”), a commissioned piece. I really enjoyed this one, a lot of warm and cool contrasts with metallics throughout. The Star …

Holiday Craft Demo 4-part Series Featured in the Pacific Daily News

This Holiday Season I am featuring a 4-part Holiday Craft Demo series in the Pacific Daily News, written by Lacee Martinez and photographed by Mark Scott. The first craft was featured this past weekend. I will add to this post as each feature is published. HOLIDAY CRAFT DEMO 1- Creating an ornament using an old …

Michelle Pier: Tip of the Brush: Artist Spotlight film by James Davis

James Davis is a local filmmaker, cinematographer & director here on Guam, and he has quite the portfolio of awesome video clips. You can see his work on his Vimeo channel. I just recently finished a collaboration with him, shooting a short documentary clip on me and my artwork. After doing this project, I have …

Creative Spotlight: Spirit Tree 2 Time Lapse Painting

I love trees so much, I decided it was time to paint another spirit tree. The last one I painted sold at Pika’s Cafe. This one will be going up in the new MoSa’s Joint restaurant opening in Tamuning, Guam. On Guam we call the banyan trees Taotaomo’na trees, otherwise known as the Nunu tree, …

Creative Spotlight: San Carlos Waterfall Guam Painting Time Lapse

The waterfall symbolizes effortlessness. Powerful, graceful flow. Skillfully moving around that which is often seen as an obstacle. The water finds its way around, creating art out of the rock standing before its path. Cascading beauty, into a pool of calm. I have been experiencing a theme of letting go, patience, trust, graceful powerful flow, …

Creative Spotlight: 2 Lattes & a Wave Time Lapse Video

This piece came together rather quickly. I was in the middle of painting the latest giant spirit tree, and was feeling stuck. Was craving a different painting, so I put aside the big canvas and pulled out a 24″x30″ frame and began painting. I knew I wanted to do a wave, and the latte stones …

4 Lattes Painting from 4 boys to Mom on her birthday + Time lapse video

  A commissioned piece as a birthday present for one lucky mama of four lucky boys. A beautiful relationship, and beautiful meaning behind the painting. The four latte stones represent the four boys, a foundation of strength, love, and faith. Scenery from Apaca point in Agat, Guam, a beloved spot that reminds mom of home. …

3 of 100 Latte Stones Project

Here is the 3rd of 100 latte stones that I will be painting as a part of my latest project 100 Latte Stones in 1 Year. 12″x36″ acrylic on stretched canvas

A Walk on the Sand: Exploring Ipan Beach

Took a walk with the boys at Ipan Beach. Had the place to ourselves, love midweek, midday beach visits! We walked barefoot (okay mostly me) on the sand and then onto the rocks, along the grassy path, spotted some fish, a sea bird, and looped around to Jeff’s Pirates’ Cove, and walked back to our …

Just Start! Here’s how to get (and keep) your creative momentum going.

1. ) Recognize your awesomeness. You are awesome, complete with all your trials, tribulations, successes, failures, learning experiences, weaknesses, strengths, opportunities missed and taken. Acknowledge the awesomeness of you, others, and your world and all the gifts you have to give, and are grateful to receive. 2.) Be curious. ASK QUESTIONS. Especially the question “Why?” …

Creative Spotlight: Fire in the Gypsy

Today’s Creation Spotlight is featuring a 3-panel painting titled “Fire in the Gypsy.” I’d like to give a behind-the-scenes peak into the painting process, so a time-lapsed video clip is in order. Scroll down to view it. Quick stats: Acrylic paint on 8″x24″ panels of stretched canvas. This was a fun painting. I enjoy the …

A Quiet Day of Sounds: Bells, Piano, Birds, Wind & Vibrations

Written in my journal from the weekend: Today is a beautiful day. A “lazy” day of sorts. It is after all, a Sunday here on Guam, and what a great day to be lazy indeed. While it’s such a quiet-feeling day, it’s also filled with so many magical sounds! I made a video (my first …