May Day, May Day! Folks, it's May Day today.
It is also the very first day of the new Japanese imperial rein newly named Reiwa, after the Heisei Emperor Akihito abdicated yesterday. Oh, I am back to Denver now by the way after the unimaginably packed most three and a half week visit in Japan. My sincere apology for skipping the blog for April due to this same reason. The nationally symbolic cherry blossoms season fortunately extended this year because of the unusually cold spring weather that covered all over Japan. Our dear friends in Tokyo prepared the most delightful picnic lunch for us and we indulged the cheerful cherry blossom viewing lunch on the lawn of the Tokyo Garden Art Museum after we viewed the exhibition that Tom had looked forward. Traveling to Ise Shrine was a memorable one and we enjoyed the spiritual tree hugging "rituals" with enormously grown cedar trees that accentuate the shrine property. I was also grateful to be able to celebrate my mother's 86th birthday with her in Osaka. She still loves being "colorful" and that is the way I love about her. Visiting Japan certainly an inspirational in so many ways no matter how many time I visit. The root of myself begins to giggle when I step in the land. I know these people, I know these color and shapes, I know this scent. I understand this and I get this...A little over a moth to go to my kickoff show, Summer Art Market 2019. I am in and keep on printing!
Turned the callender again, so quickly. March, I've got a few more weeks to work in the studio before taking off for Japan. I have produced a quite bit of my new prints so far so I am not having a panic attack yet but a consistent nervousness stays the same for the summer shows. While new print designs and motifs are bubbling constantly in my head, execution of them into a paper is a commitment, no more fun datings, you are married, so to speak. I have been using more stronger values in colors with usual complicated motifs, which means that you must be ready to make a few steps away as you may get a shock like visual awe. I enjoyed the freedom, the freedoms of expressions, really. There are no such rules that I must place certain colors and shapes on the top of certain shapes and colors. I can finish where I want, regardless there are some blank spaces left, which does not happen in many of my prints, I can create an unrealistic creature and claim it a girl, I can make up an event that I ever been or seen, I can choose the shade of pink for a face and green for the body (woo I should use this one!) and I can claim a victory when I lost in the real life. It is as if I am living in a spare life with a full size freedom! That's how I see my work, my freedom. And ultimately I will put a few smiles on your face too. Keep on printing.
Happy Lunar New Year! Today by accident I learned that it is LUNAR Year not LUNATIC year! How funny. At least I began with a big laugh! I had an eventful weekend, a popup show reception at Slo Curio in the Rino district here in Denver. G, the owner of this lovely boutique gallery, , opened just the Fall of 2018, orchestrated the show so beautifully with her precise aesthetics. The First Friday Art Walk crowd filled the lively space and the conversation and laughter continued through the late evening. My sincere gratitude to G and Ryan. Oh one more, I have one more announcement to share. Yes, I FINAlLY got accepted by Cherry Creek Art Festival! Wohoo! It seems to be that the most positively "lunatic" New Year has just began after all and I am so ready for the occupied studio time! Keep on printing!
Happy New Year and happy 2019! Whew, what a eventful holiday season it was! Gatherings with all kind faces over tasteful meals are always how I remember my holidays and as usual I am glad to be over too. I am heading back to the studio tomorrow for the first day this year and continue to create my colorful world to bring hopefully to multiple shows this year again. Getting into a show is a costly process and needs a grade size good luck but once you are accepted to the show, it is all your show, do your best to create your own universe under a 10' x 10' "mobile gallery." A kind invitation from a new boutique gallery in the Rino district, Slo Curio, for a pop up show in February is a certainly exciting event to fulfill early this year. My sincere commitment to this printmaking world is just as same as the one I had four years ago, believing in what I do with my hands, senses, and visions. Keep on printing!
First of the 2018's last month. I receive countless holiday show &sale invitations everyday through e-mail, instagram, and "analog" mail. This social media society certainly has helped the small arts/crafts markets to be much more recognizable entities in a larger market and so many people here in Colorado are so conscious about supporting these small entities with a pride. While I am not quite in the loop of this show/sale market right now, I have been creating new prints steadily in the printing studio since the end of the last summer show. Rebuilding my good work inventory for the shows in 2019 is the sole focus of my everyday now. I sincerely thank you everyone for your genuine support this year. I feel so comfortable with where I am now and I will be continuously printing as long as I am feeling this way. Life is good, keep on printing. And happy holidays!
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!
Here is my first blog.