Just returned from a trip to Paris and readjusting my mind set. Aesthetically pleasing elements are abundant in Paris and saw many common threads to the Japanese culture, especially the ones in Kyoto. Believing in the tradition yet delicately evolving while preserving quality and pride seems to be a key ingredient in the both culture and I profoundly appreciate that. I only wish I had more time to roam around the city, alone (No. offense to my husband but taking the time in my own pace is so important sometimes). Back to Denver and remembering a fun event at DAM in October. The demo went successfully and I am so grateful for many kind and enthusiastic audience. As Thanksgiving weekend is coming up in next week, I must accelerate my production, with careful and playful prospects. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone and I thank you for your continuous support. Keep on printing!
Fall falls. October arrived in the speed of Japanese Shinkansen! I am faithfully back to the studio working my bottom off to rebuild my print inventory, for 2019. The studio is surprisingly quiet, despite of many new classes have started in ASLD.
I am loving the tranquility though, no fighting for space or press, really. Well I have one exciting event news to share. Starting October 6-7, Denver Art Museum will be inviting a good number of local printmakers for demo and I AM one these printmakers! Wohoo! I am scheduled to do my demo on October 27-28, 12noon-3pm. It will be a small printmaking demo due to the limited availability for the press at the museum.
Please come say hello, I will be smiling.
Life is good. Keep on printing!
It's the Labor Day weekend. A hint of the fall has landed. Here is a quick image of my latest show announcement via MailChimp, a fabulous free marketing mailing site. I will be showing at Stanley Arts Festival, organized by Cherry Arts. This one too is my first time and frankly I do not know what to expect. I visited "the site" for the first time a few weeks ago and sensed a good vibe with the patrons at Marketplace during a weekday lunch hours. The show, as far as I understand, is relatively a cozy art show, a charming way of saying "small", but hopefully the show quality beats the size. It has been a good summer and I am grateful for all these opportunities. I hope you have a chance to stop by my tent (#33) during this two days and three hour event. I have many new, fun, and happy prints to show you!
Hello July. The real heat kicked in and I began to melt...Summer is not my kind of season and I long for the season already.
Speaking of summer, so obviously, my annual Summer Art Market show was truly a success. Despite of the hottest weekend we welcomed, the attendance was phenomenal and I truly thank all of you who showed a genuine support for my work. It is always the most humble, grateful and delightful moment of my new carrier. As I had wished for three shows for this summer, my wish came true. Wohoo! The next show is in Crested Butte in the first weekend of August and I will have another one in September for Cherry Art in Stanley. So naturally July is my back to studio time, being productive to refresh my inventory and "show off" my prints to the world again! Life is good! Thank you, everyone!
Eight more days to Summer Art Market. I am so ready. Last year I stocked up many frame moldings, cut into the sizes I needed so this year cutting mat boards, foam boards and glasses was probably the most time consuming part, besides placing all my prints on mat board and assembling all together at the end.. Each year I feel more comfortable for this process, sensing no more panic and anxiety. My framed prints are mainly two sizes now, which makes all the above work a lot simpler. Square images are also great for less dimensions to work with. Yes, less is more, right? Here are a snap photo of my new works, anxiously waiting for going to the public! The date is June 9th & 10th. I will be at booth#91, almost the same location as the last year. I hope you can come to the show and see all my new works, and hopefully smile. Life is good.
Back to Denver, back to "LIFE. As soon as our airplane touched down at DIA, the reality kicked in. Our annual trip to Japan was full but for this trip, I spent a lot of time with my elderly mother (and father) who became age 85 while my husband and I were visiting. A tasteful most round birthday cake with fresh strawberries certainly put a bright smile on her face (and me who enjoyed a generous piece!!). My mother is doing super despite of the circumstances she had to go through in the early this year and I always feel amazed and proud how her will to stride for her life ensures her being. Our timing for the cherry blossoms was also nearly perfect. A day hiking trip to Mt. Yoshino in Nara was surely worthwhile and we celebrated the beauty of the season one step at a time toward the peak. The side trip to Matsuyama of Ehime on Shikoku island was joyful with so many unexpected encounters such as a charming and humble most printmaking gallery who has represented the works of Umetaro Azechi, "the one." Tokyo visit was productive as usual but the city is SO packed with its residents and tourists and I could not imagine how it will be when the city hosts the 2020 Olympic! My prep for the Summer Art Market is on going. I have just sent out a campaign mail yesterday and it made me feel that my summer art show/sale season has officially begun. Life is good.
March, March, March! Wow, how fast the time passes. My head is a full of "things to remember" around this time of the year. First I am leaving for my annual visit to Japan in the end of this month so I had better to start "souvenir" shopping to my friends and family. Surely this is a very important Japanese custom that I still respect and follow. You would never show up or visit your friends and family with an empty hands, how embarrassing! While I do not buy anything that pricy, I would love to select something uniquely American or Colorado, hopefully. So I start with listing up all the names of people, including my family, whom my husband and I are more likely seeing during the visit, including one of those "just in case"/unexpected.
Secondly this is the Month of Printmaking, Mo'Print now. Technically the event has started since last month, many of "main events" fall into March and some April. As we speak of Mo'print, I will be a part of Monotype-thon event on this coming Saturday, March 3rd. The event will be held at Art Student League of Denver and it is open to public. There will be ten or so printmakers will be showing their style of monotype printmaking at the upstair studio. Just in case you are wondering, I am in the first group of the event which is 9am starting. I have also donated my first linoleum cut prints, a small size, for fundraising. The show will be at a brewery in the Highland neighborhood and it is a bar for young and "hip" people, which disqualified me for both categories.. So I am not sure if I have an encouragement to show for the opening reception or not but certainly pray for the successful night for the fundraising part. I am showing one more piece at Open Press also and its reception is March 9th.
The third part of things to remember in March is that all the show applications for the summer. While I have applied for the Summer Art Market, Cheeseman Park, and Crested Butte so far I will more likely be applying to the show at Cherry Arts at Stanley too this year. My goal is to get in three show this year but I must see how the all judges see my works. Pray, pray, and pray.
This work here was finished a few days ago. Fo this particular piece, I used the color I normally do not use, meaning not my favorite kind of blue. I recently heard immensely inspiring quote while I was watching a tv show. The quote was "I must change to stay the same" by Willem de Kooning. What a stimulating quote, an immediate contemplation follows. .So this is a reaction to the quote and the result is, based on my personal and very biased opinion, something different intriguing, and pleasurable. Life is good and keep on printing!
February arrives. All of sudden I see the colorfully highlighted deadlines of application for this summer art shows on my calendar. Oh brother, it is the time of the year again. Please don't get me wrong, I am so appreciative about the opportunities but the process of applications are somewhat dreading simply because it is hard to select "five images" out of whatever number of work I have. Do juries love what I love? Should I select prints that show a bit more technical? What about the color pallets? Does this look too busy? Oh men, she/he may hate this little off registration....On and on and on, the most imaginative conversations inside of me continues while I am filling the application page. After a few hours of a same old same old struggle, I pick what I love and look good as a group. A sense of peacefulness gradually comes back. Life is still good and keep on printing!
Happy New Year! The year 2018 has begun a few days ago and I am already sensing a new and highly positive energy to move forward. In the year 2017, I was able to produce approximately 90 new prints, in all sizes. While the quantity is not the most crucial in the printmaking production, I always believe that having a variety of choices is a good thing for a variety of purposes for potential sales and marketings. The "Minions", I called for the smallest ones, the one you see here, are relatively a new production but I am already sensing to have positive responses when I finally show them in public. While I have many "hopeful thoughts" for this new year, my ultimate goal is to be able to produce my prints continuously, with a sense of playfulness and delightfulness, and a reflection of who I am. Life is good and I am grateful. With the best wishes in 2018 for everyone!
Here is my first blog.