Illustration by Lulu Yueming Qu
Happy Halloween, friends!
(art by Lulu Live Art)
Lulu was invited by Holy Paleta to paint a giant Halloween paleta mural in Little Italy San Diego. The mural paleta is illustrated as Holly Paleta’s Halloween special flavor.
This purple Halloween Paleta’s flavor is Taro Oreo, with chocolate dip and sprinkles. It is amazingly delicious.
Lulu had so much fun painted this big paleta. She used outdoor mural paint and mixed the color to be a purple taro color. And of course a nice creamy brown color for the milk chocolate dip. She added chocolate sprinkles by painting three different shades of brown colors on the top of the milk chocolate dip. The last, she painted the eyes, month and stitches on, to make the paleta spooky and cute.
Other than the paleta mural sculpture, you can also find greeting cards with Lulu’s illustrations selling in the store. It is perfect gift for someone who is addicted to this delicious treat.
You can find so many different paleta flavors in Holy Paleta. They all look so yummy. We call paleta the heaven on a stick for a reason, they deserve this beautiful name.
About Holy Paleta:
Inspired by the traditional frozen treats of Michoacán, Holy Paleta Handcrafted Paletas are made with All-Natural, Premium Ingredients and are bursting with tasty toppings for a one-of-a-kind treat limited only by your imagination.
They are bringing paletas to the people in a bold new way, taking delicious risks to create authentic yet unique pops that would get just as much love from the ancestors as they do on the ‘gram.
Holy Paleta pops delight, surprise and make your taste buds sing out, “Holy Paleta!” after every bite.
So go ahead and try one (or two or three) and let’s get poppin’!
- Arriba muchachos y muchachas! The Historic Old Town Community Foundation is getting creative for a FREE, colorful Cinco de Mayo virtual Fiesta live streamed through Facebook Live (@Fiestaoldtown), YouTube and website (https://www.
cincodemayooldtown.com/ virtual-fiesta) right to you, as you “stay at home”! On Tuesday, May 5th, Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo will come to life through your TV or computer screen. Featuring a series of festive interactive activities for the entire familia to enjoy in the comfort of your own home.(Illustration by Lulu @qululululu)Únete a nosotros (join us) from 4pm to 6:30pm for a FREE virtual fiesta, jam packed with exciting salsa classes so you can shake your maracas, food & drink demos alongside master chefs and mixologists, live entertainment to dance to in your living room, a delicious dinner serenaded by a mariachi band, Tequila & Mezcal tastings & SO MUCH MORE! Enhance this FREE celebration with Fiesta Party Packs available for pickup or takeout from Café Coyote, Rockin’ Baja Lobster, and Tahona Bar all located in Old Town!You won’t want to miss this virtual Fiesta! Join us as we celebrate Cinco de Mayo “stay at home” style with FREE fun and festive activities for the entire family to enjoy! Virtual Fiesta will be a colorful celebration filled with exciting activities and elements that will bring the spirit of Cinco de Mayo to life. Although we can’t meet you in the streets of Old Town this year, we are excited and happy that we can still connect with all of our Old Town Fiesta-ers virtually! Grab your sombrero and prepare for an iconic Taco Tuesday/Cinco de Mayo celebration like no other!Headlining our Virtual Fiesta and ending the night for us will be world famous guitarist & special guest, Pablo Sáinz-Villegas! Praised as “The Soul of the Spanish Guitar,” Sáinz has appeared on some of the world’s most prominent stages such as Carnegie Hall in New York, the Philharmonie in Berlin and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. His next stop will be on your TV or computer screens for a LIVE guitar solo performance!Schedule of Events:4:00pm – Welcome to Virtual Fiesta Old Town!4:05pm – Marg Makin’ & Michelada Shakin’ Time with Café Coyote4:15pm – Holy Guacamole & Salsa Dippin’ with Chef Juan of Rockin’ Baja Lobster Old Town4:30pm – Salsa Shakin’ Class with Danz Arts4:45pm – Manny Cepeda – Viva la Salsa!5:15pm – Let’s Tacobout Old Town San Diego – Past, Present, Future5:20pm – Nacho Average Mariachi Dinner5:45pm – Tasty Tequila vs Memorable Mezcal with Tahona Bar6:00pm – Infamous Tortilla Making with Café Coyote6:10pm – Headlining Performance by renowned guitarist Pablo Sainz-VillegasFor more information and to pre-order Fiesta Party Packs please visit, www.cincodemayooldtown.com- virtual-fiesta.
If you have ever lived in New York City, you would definitely know or even have tried from this world famous pizza store – Joe’s Pizza. The first time Joe’s Pizza’s name comes out to the world is from the movie of Spiderman. After a late delivery, Parker is sacked from his job delivering pizzas for Joe’s Pizza, 233 Bleecker Street at Carmine Street in the West Village, New York. Now Joe’s Pizza has five locations in New York, 2 locations in Shanghai and the latest one in Ann Arbor Michigan.
Established in 1975 by Joe Pozzuoli, who is originally from Naples, Italy, the birthplace of pizza, Joe’s Pizza is a “Greenwich Village institution” offering the classic New York slice for over 37 years. First, we served our customers from our corner location at Bleecker and Carmine Street and now three doors down at 7 Carmine Street. At 75 years of age, Joe Pozzuoli still owns and operates the restaurant.
Joe’s Pizza is a perennial top 10 listing in restaurant guides and publications such as Time Out New York and New York Magazine. NEW YORK MAGAZINE named JOE’S PIZZA “Best of New York” and in subsequent reviews referred to us as “the quintessential New York slice.” In 2009 GQ Magazine listed Joe’s Pizza as one the “Best 25 Pizzas on Earth.”
Throughout the years Joe’s Pizza in Greenwich Village has become just as popular with visitors and tourists as it is with native New Yorkers who know where to come for an authentic New York street slice.
After commissioned five times to draw all their New York locations by Joe’s Pizza, Lulu was invited to fly to Ann Arbor to do a whole wall mural for this latest opened store. She is so happy and honored to do this amazing commission. The photo above was a photo taken by Lulu – she is holding a slice of Caprise Pizza facing to the celebrity photo wall with her four custom Joe’s Pizza illustrations.
The mural is 16”x11” on a smooth dry wall on the hallway of the store. She used quick dry acrylic paints.
The mural tells a storyline of Joe’s Pizza, from their first location at Bleecker Street to the second, which is Carmine Street, then 14th Street, Williamsburg to Broadway, Times Square and then the latest location at Ann Arbor. All the locations are arrowed by the name and the visual of Joe’s Pizza’s signature pizzas. It took four and half full days with 14 hours per day. Lulu says she loves Joe’s Pizza, it has been a great experience working with Joe’s Pizza. She feels warm and happy, Joe’s Pizza is more like a close friend or family than just a client to her. So she wants to do it good, try the best she can. And it turns out great, she is very happy about the finish work.
She said she could tell how popular this pizza store is in this campus neighborhood. From the store opens at 11am to 12am it closes, there is always a long line. Even in a cold windy snowy day, people still love to come here to grab a warm and crispy pizza – nothing is better than eating something warm and delicious in a freezing day. Lulu ate pizzas for 5 days during the working process, she never feels bored of that. She even said she would miss this delicious pizza when she left back to California. Ok, here comes a question to her. When Joe’s Pizza can bring the authentic Italian influenced New York pizza to Socal?
First thing when I wake up, wait a bit, I need to do a special makeup.
I used the GEN NUDE Eyeshadow Palette from the NEW bareMinerals Beauty of Nature Collection, as well as their GEN NUDE mineral-rich long-wearing blush for my Valentine’s Day makeup!
A sweet nice breakfast is necessary for a sweet day. I have the home-made banana muffin with Tahini for the dip, also adding some fruits with coconut whipped cream. This tahini is one of my favorite thing I can add to everything – for salad, pastries, or even my sandwiches. It is the Mighty Sesame Tahini Dressings in squeezable bottles.
Adding a Beetology drink is also a good idea to boost your nutrition and energy!
I wear a warm long knit dress with a red bag for this special day! Being pretty, as the same time keeping warm, this is how smart we are! Lucy Paris has a lot of stylish fashion choices for you for any your special event. The cute red bag is from Urban Originals, I like it because it is very comfortable to wear, also you can have all your needs in this small-look bag no problem.
A morning walk along the cove, I love the breathe and sunshine!
For lunch, I prepare this wild Alaskan salmon at home, with my cat as my date, why not? I enjoy his company.
Sitka Salmon Shares delivers premium, sustainable, wild Alaskan seafood from the fishermen directly to members’ doorsteps! Sitka Salmon Shares is built around a humble collective of committed fishermen that put quality first, handling fish one at a time, with respect and care. It’s their livelihood, afterall, and many of their fishermen have been using these highly selective, small-batch fishing methods for generations. Read on to know your fishermen—from how they got started, why they love life on the open water and why they are part of Sitka Salmon Shares. They also have a lot of recipes on their website!
Valentine’s Day afternoon, I would love to share my time with my bestie – Galentine at Valentine’s Day. I love this double happiness. We went to SOMI SOMI, a super cute yummy tayaki & soft serve ice cream store. What I wear is from Brooklyn Cloth, which is a leader in on-trend apparel that enables their customers to express individuality. They pull inspiration from across the globe, and in their backyard of New York City, to develop their bold collections. Brooklyn Cloth
stands out for its unique fabrics, eye-catching graphics, and must-have silhouettes. They observe trends that define today’s market to bring fresh, expressive collections to the table.
Valentine’s celebration is always to be official at night. I chose to have cakes with Ryan at one of my favorite dessert spots in San Diego – Extraordinary Desserts.
See these beautiful cakes, I just can’t help myself to draw them on my paper!
There is always something else sweet waiting for me at Valentine’s Day! It is MarieBelle’s signature Ganache chocolate, which comes from New York’s famous Soho District. It is the world-renowned, luxurious bean-to-bar chocolate company, MarieBelle Chocolates.
Before sleep, I need to be relax, because I want to have a sweet dream to end this beautiful day. A hot bath helps. Don’t forget to drop a cute bath bomb into the bathtub. This beautiful crystal bath bomb is from Village Naturals Aromatherapy‘s bath and body collection.
I can say it is a full successful Valentine’s Day for me. And now I need to say good night!
This was definitely the most excited assignment for Lulu in 2019. Lulu was invited to draw the official 2019 holiday card for her school – Fashion Institute of Technology. The postcard was sent to all the special alumni and FIT’s sponsors by FIT Foundation.
As we all know, Fashion Institute of Technology is one of the best fashion schools in the whole world. There are a lot of well-known fashion designers, interior designers and artists are graduated from this amazing school, such as Calvin Klein and Michael Kors are both from FIT.
Lulu is graduated from FIT’s MFA Illustration Program at 2017. She is thankful to her professor Melanie Reim, who always encourages her and made great advices to be a good illustrator. She is very proud to be a alumni of FIT.
Lulu, Yueming Qu was trained in the traditional Chinese painting style who moved from Beijing to New York to obtain second master’s degree in Illustration at the Fashion Institute of Technology. After spending 4 years’ in New York, Lulu relocated to San Diego in November of 2018 to continue her focus on professional illustration.
When she was in China, she was different from other Chinese painting artists in that she love using bright colors in her artwork, She love drawing whimsical imaginative views of everyday life, and displaying her paintings in installation style. Lulu decided to come to the United States to broaden her art skills albeit she still uses traditional Chinese painting materials; such as, ink, gouache, and Chinese brushes while drawing the modern city landscapes, fashion and more recently food. She is passionate about combining traditional Asian art technique with modern Western art techniques together to explore more artistic possibilities. For example, she uses traditional Chinese brush and ink to draw the outlines, then uses pastels to make colors.
From the East Coast to West Coast, Lulu always strive to take on more art adventures, bringing more influences from different cultures which she’s very interested in.