Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Art and Music in the Gardens - Hidden Gem of Oakland

One of the local hidden gems that even those who grew up here don't know about is The Gardens at Lake Merritt. This amazing place is run by volunteers and donations, so this weekend please come by if you haven't been there before, or if you have, please support this fundraising event to keep this wonderful place. Free admission.

My art booth will be outside near Japanese Garden, whereas most artists will be showing indoor. A portion of my sales will be donated to support this garden.

Art and Music in the Gardens
Gardens at Lake Merritt and Lakeside Park Garden Center
666 Bellevue Avenue
June 4 and 5, 2011, 10am-6pm

Please follow the links for more information.

Event site: http://gardensatlakemerritt.org/art-and-music-in-the-gardens-june-4-5-2011/
The Gardens at Lake Merritt Web Site: http://gardensatlakemerritt.org/

Below are some of the mobile phone photos I took while visiting there.

I also have a flickr photo set of the Bay Area if you care to look. They were all taken by my smart phone.


Mission Sacramento - I Need Your Help and Support

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I need your support to show my art in Sacramento in November. I was accepted by a juried show, Sacramento Arts Festival, and the deposit of $200 was due May 7, which happens to be more than 3 weeks ago. The producer of the festival has been kind enough to extend the deadline for my deposit this long, but I am afraid time is running out. The total fee to attend this show is $560. At this moment I need to pay $200 just to stay in the show.

Ever since I moved to California, people have been telling me that Sacramento Arts Festival would be a good fit for my art. This is an art festival that attracts serious art buyers every year, and buyers have to buy entry tickets to see the festival. Unlike other festivals I have attended over the years, this is an indoor show at a convention center. As a street artist this is a serious upgrade. 

I took a risk of not being able to pay for the booth fee and tried to raise the funding as much as I could at farmers' markets, other street venues, and also the aritst's garage sale, and now I do not have the $200 after paying the living expenses. But I still want to go to Sacramento because I know that my products will do very well there and will be profitable.

This is not a regular donation. You get my art equivalent to what you paid for so I can send the art to you. This is sort of like a gift certificate. If you don't see anything you like this time, you can use the paid credit for later on when you find something you want to get. So, these are options. I assure you that I estimate I have hundreds of artworks, including artworks I forgot about, and you will meet the art you like. Many of my art are in boxes, folders, bags, on walls, and on floors of my studio, and a lot have not even been photographed... yet.

Option A: Surprise donation (Fun!) - You donate and I select the gift. I will be generous to generous people. You just don't know what you are getting until you receive it. The popular notecard will be definately included!

Option B: Donate now and select later. This can be applied as a part of future commission orders. 

Unfortunately I have not set up my online store yet (too messy right now). But I plan to add more items online aggressively. I have hundreds of art but they are just not posted on the web at all, and posting them requires tedious work.

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Monday, May 30, 2011

Blue Triptych 22x33 inches with Resin Coating

Each panel is 11x22 inches and three of them are sold together as a set (triptych). The entire dimensions are 33 inches wide and 22 inches high. They are about 2 inches thick.

They can be hang tightly together or with a little gap in between, depending on your preference. The surface is varnished with epoxy resin and is very glossy and reflective.

There is a note on the back of each that says left, middle, and right so you know how to hang them. 



New Design


20x16 inches   Painted on Saturday and sold next day

Friday, May 27, 2011

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Out There - Mini Notecard with Envelope

Notecard "Out There" Price: $3.00 Qty:

Sized in 3.25 wide and 4.75 tall in inches (closed) The card opens like a note. (Thus called "Notecard")  Each comes with a matching envelope of #4 size. #4 envelope is 3 5/8" x 5 1/8" in size.

Ships with First Class Snail Mail. Shipping fee included in the price. You will be invoiced for international shipping after the order is placed. Volume discount available. Contact me.

Back to Blogger! No More Wordpress for Me

So I migrated my blog to Wordpress, and I didn't like Wordpress, so I am back at Blogger. I am a little disappointed and also puzzled because so many bloggers use Wordpress, and I don't know why they do.

I find that in order to do anything simple on Wordpress, the blog has to be installed in a server and then install other plugins instead of simply embedding widgets as iframe or html codes. I tried to run it online without installing the program in my server, but quickly realized I couldn't do things I could easily do on Blogger.

I am aware that Wordpress does things Blogger doesn't do, but because of its complexity, things can get buggy, and when that happens, it is a lot of work to fix a very simple thing.

I am shocked to know that Wordpress doesn't work well with Flickr. When I put iframe codes, the blog became unstable and started malfunctioning. It went crazy big time. It was as if someone else was controlling my blog.

It was worth trying, but I don't think Wordpress is for me. I've been blogging for a few years here in Blogger, but I never experienced so much bug problems like I had experienced in one day at Wordpress.

I will stay away from Wordpress for a while.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Artist's Garage Sale! - Sunday in Oakland, CA

Over One Hundred Clearance Original Art and Prints!

This Sunday, May 22, 2011, I will release my accumulated clearance items at a local market. These are truly "garage sale prices" so they don't bite your wallet. The prices start from $1, and lots of $5 and $10, $15 items and up.

Take a look at the items list here so you know what are going to be up for sale on Sunday. Items listed as 'original' are original and others are prints of different sizes.

I plan to put at least 100 items, and about half of them are originals (paintings, collage, drawings, and more)!

Between now and Sunday morning, I will continue to post candid photos of the items that will appear at "Artist's Garage Sale."

If you can't make it to the market but any of the items interests you, let me know. I will prorive more information about the piece, together with an online invoice you can follow to pay. The payment has to be received by Saturday in order for me to secure the item for you.

When: Sunday, May 22, 2011
9am - 1pm

Saturday, May 14, 2011


"Pixel" was a paper collage made as a commission order while back ago. Papers were Japanese rice paper, and background was colored with acrylic paint. This is also a cropped section of the entire piece.

"Pixel" is a name of a cat.

Friday, May 13, 2011

coffee beans

Once upon a time a Swiss coffee drink company did a nation wide promotion in the States, and this is a section of my coffee beans work painted on a refrigerator. Actually it's a paper collage. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

more black and white design

I have made many black & white linescaping paintings, but somehow people like the cards make of cropped image of a large piece I make years ago. Many of my black & white linescaping cards were made of the image below. They are cropped into smaller sections for making the notecards just like the photo above.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A Place for Sustainable Living

The launching event at "A Place for Sustainable Living" (http://aplaceforsustainableliving.org/) last Saturday was a bit challenging, with a high wind that stirred up the dirt ground, spraying dust onto everything and smacking down vendors' setups, and absence of consumers. My sale was $8, which was surprising to me, as I didn't think I would sell anything under the circumstances.

Due to the nature of this place promoting and education on sustainable living, I displayed only recycle art. Since I am rather known for linescaping art, many don't know that I make recycle art

Monday, May 09, 2011

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Q - red

In the original form of "Q," the red was the most popular one. But when I sell as prints, orange one is the best seller. I have not found out which color sells more than others as notecards.

The middle writings are Noh Script.

Friday, May 06, 2011

resin work - Strings Attached

This is a shot of my resin work called "Strings Attached." The upper half is the shadow and reflection of the resin.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

saturated la la land

Somehow I like things on funky side. I adjusted the color on a saturated side but not too much, and I like the way it is. Compare to the original color.

Originally this was a paper collage on a solid wood.

Wednesday, May 04, 2011


This was one of the series I made back in Florida era. I called them "Peachy" because all the compositions were based on shape of peaches. I feel a little funny as "Momo" means peach in the Japanese language. 

Tuesday, May 03, 2011


"Twins" was a paper collage done on wood box, and I think I sold it in Florida, but I am not too sure of it.

This idea of making mini cards is exciting to me because I can finally BLOG about something every day.

Notecards set on Flickr