Thursday, June 30, 2011

Art Sales Dead

I wish I could tell you I made a lot of money on the sidewalk show last weekend. Unfortunately my sale on this show was the worst in a recent year. This was my first time showing in this festival even though this annual sidewalk fair has been around for more than three decades.

This fair took place for the exhausting three days, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. On Friday street was dead, except for the locals who came to take care of their errands or people who work in the offices and stores. On Saturday, I saw even less people.

Then Sunday came. Coincidentally the weekly Sunday farmers' market took place in front of our sidewalk show just because the farmers' market takes place every Sunday in that spot. That brought more people, and that was the only time I was selling small reproductions. It was farmers' market traffic, not the art show traffic. This festival has been around in the past three decades, and it is known to attract a lot of people, but this year that was not the case.

Economy has gotten this bad. Artists and craft persons can no longer count on sales from art fairs and festivals no matter how skilled we are, no matter how beautiful art is. This is what I call Five-Dollar Economy. Anything above $5 is too expensive. In this Five-Dollar Economy, I was still selling those Mini Notecard with Envelope even on Friday and Saturday even though nearly no one was there. The current price for the notecard is $3.

On a brighter note, people were extremely nice. I made new friends while I was there. And people who hosted and managed the event were nice. Weather was extremely nice. And I set up my booth on a slope for the first time, and it wasn't as difficult as I anticipated. That was all thanks to a friend of mine who fabricated the support bars that get attached the partitions to hold them together. You can see in the photo below where the gray panels are connected together with long bars over the panels. This type of hardware is essential in setting up display on a slope to stabilize the display panels. I could never afford it, but fortunately this friend bartered with an original collage work of mine. Bartering is a way to go in this economy.

My booth looked better than ever. But the beautiful art in a good display means nothing if I spend days on the street and make no sales. I actually do better in farmers' markets. I plan to be at more markets than before. If you are local, check my calendar. Occasionally I cancel the market, so visit my calendar right before visiting the market. If the event is still listed one day before the event, that means I'll be there.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Lamiframe - Sea U in LaLa

LAMIFRAME-coral sea - Lala land (black sides) about 10x8 inches, click on the play button in the middle of the video to play the movie

Item: LAMIFRAME-008-LaLaSea Price: $65.00

Online order is back order. This will be made fresh after it is ordered. Please allow 8 to 10 days for manufacturing this before being shipped. The price includes shipping within the States. Ordering more than one does not make the production slower as long as the orders are placed together.

ABOUT THIS ART: This was originally a paper collage on a small solid wood. Most paper used for this art was handmade paper from Japan and other places. The original work was sold long time ago.

This item is an archival print, color corrected and printed by me, artist herself, with Epson printer on Epson paper. The print is mounted on a wood board and laminated by using a service called Lamiframe. This is ready to hang and hangs a little less than 1 inch from the wall. You do not have to find a frame to hang it, and there is no glass! You can see how the back side with wire looks like on the video above by clicking on a triangle on the image above. If you are in my local area (East Bay of the Bay Area in Northern California, USA), catch me at my events. I am showing this "Sea U in LaLa" when the item is in stock.

See my event calendar here

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Gift Certificate

Giving art as a gift to someone can be extremely difficult, and most people do not take a risk of giving something the receiver may not dig so much. Not any more! A gift certificate that can be used both online and offline is a perfect solution to artful giving! This certificate doesn't expire so the recipient can take time to decide what to get or wait for the remodeling or relocation to be complete.

      The amount of gift certificate can be adjusted by changing the quantity in shopping cart.

$10.00 Gift Certificate
$25.00 Gift Certificate
$50.00 Gift Certificate
$100.00 Gift Certificate
$200.00 Gift Certificate
$500.00 Gift Certificate
$1000.00 Gift Certificate

If you are reading this in an email, go to as some of email programs do not support the shopping cart.
During checkout you will put receiver's email address. A coupon code will be emailed to the receiver's email address immediately after the payment is made. I will also send a first class mail with coupon code to the shipping address you specify during check out.

The gift certificates do not expire as long as I am alive. The gift certificates are not transferable for cash.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Lamiframe - Ultimate Alternative for Framing Art

I love Lamiframe! Watch the video above to see what Lamiframe is.

See more of my art in Lamiframe format in my Print Showroom!

Note: The following sentences were directly quoted from Lamiframe web site.

Lamiframe is the affordable alternative to traditional framing methods.

With Lamiframe’s tough clear UV protective surface, grease, dust and moisture wipe right off!!!

This robust coating makes the Lamiframe an ideal solution for public and corporate displays of artwork.

The non-glare surface makes images easier to see from any angle and reduces UV fading.

The non-glare quality of the laminate allows for a wonderful 180 degree viewing experience that is simply not available with glass glazed images.

Because Lamiframes are glassless and cleanable they are safe in children’s rooms and can provide a level of protection for art in humid environments.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Happy Accident (Fused Spring)

R-013 Happy Accident Spring ( 13x19 inches )

This is one of the "Happy Accident" print, and even though this is a print, I am treating this as one of a kind original work, for I do not intend to produce this again.

This image was created by accident while I was testing printer and color correction process.

The paper size is 13x19 inches, and this can be trimmed if so desired while framing it. Epson/Espon/Epson means printed on Epson paper with Epson printer and Epson ink.

R-013 Happy Accident Spring

Monday, June 13, 2011

Tree Trunk

Item ID: PrintTreeTrunk

I am adding more prints to my online store. I call this "Tree Trunk," but you can call it anything you want.

This is printed on 11x8.5 inches Epson heavy weight paper with Epson printer. Originally it was a ink drawing on Bristol paper. Original not available - Sold long time ago.

The price includes shipping within the States. $25

Buy this at my online store that is currently being constructed. The store is functioning. I just have to add the rest of items which probably are hundreds, if not thousands. Use the Item ID: PrintTreeTrunk for this item.

$25.00 Gift Certificate

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Laminated Prints Ready to Hang

A new batch of laminated prints (20 of them) came last week. So far I have posted 15 of them. You can now buy them online! Each item has an item ID (laminated prints are in L-000 format with "L")

View the online showroom or thumbnails below, and use the item ID on Laminated Print Catalog to place orders.  L-015laminated back viewlaminated side view  L-013laminated side viewlaminated back  L-015

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Sun - Bright LineScaping Art


      SOLD  Original Acrylic painting 24x36 inches
   Shipping fee within the States is included in the price

International shipping will receive a separate invoice after the order is placed, based on where it is being shipped.

Dimensions: 24x36 inches, or 2x3 feet, about 3/4 inch deep
Materials: Acrylic painting on stretched canvas
Year: 2008

About "Sun"  This painting above is actually the 4th Sun I made. Let's go over the history of "Sun."

The first "Sun" was an acrylic painting on paper sized 11x14 inches. (photo below) Sold.

ORIGINAL SOLD (buy print of this - the photo right above)

$25.00   print only. size 11x8.5 inches with white edges
shipping within the States is included in the price

The second "Sun" was a painting on canvas, and I don't recall the size. (photo below) Sold.

SOLD  -  no print available at this time for this piece

The third "Sun" was 2x3 feet, and sold (photo below).

SOLD - no print is available for this piece at this time

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