Saturday, June 16, 2012

Online Open Studio - Pale Green 101

web101ETE12x16greenFRONT by MomokoSudo
web101ETE12x16greenFRONT, a photo by MomokoSudo on Flickr.

dimensions: 16x12 and 1.5 inch deep

original acrylic painting on stretched canvas, ready to hang with wire on back

Made on June 15, 2012

Colors: This piece is a pale subtle green. I tried my best to adjust the color on digital image to appear as close as the actual piece.

This flickr set shows how this piece progresses to completion.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

DNA Fragment - the long stuff


Continued after the long rectangular series I call "DNA Fragment" from the previous show, this blog entry shows how I make the wood panels. The photos associated with building (carpentry) wood panels (really boxes) are posted at a flickr set called "fate of four" here.

I use wood panels instead of canvases for the following reasons.

1. The dimensions required by customer or exhibition situations are not available as stretched canvases.
2. I don't have money and I can't buy stretched canvases.
3. Customers specified the painting to be on wood panels, not on canvas.
4. I have lumber product left-over sitting around and I feel they need to be made wood panels.

Ideally I would want to hire wood craft persons to make these boxes, but in reality I can't afford it most of time. Many of you may know that quality labor is the most expensive thing. So I construct them myself.

It is interesting, though that at first a lot of my potential buyers say, "No, not no wood." Then as they look at different paintings on different sizes and materials, many like it on wood, which frankly is a bad news for me because I have to make those boxes myself. They sell wood panels at craft stores, but they are often out of my budget, especially larger pieces.

Anyway, this photo set may give you some idea of what I do.


Caffe 817 Show in Downtown Oakland, CA


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Caffe 817, a set on Flickr.

The show at a downtown caffe was given to me as a fill, due to a cancellation by someone else. In the first week I sold three paintings and the second week, another sale. One more sale is pending as of the moment as I type this. 

This show will end at the end of this month (June 2012). If you happen to be around the Caffe 817, please stop by. The Caffe opens early, 7:30am and closes early, 3:30pm, catering hardworking (and relaxing) people. For more information about Caffe 817, please visit their web site at
This place uses fresh, mostly organic ingredients. My personal favorite item is served only during weekend. That is, "House-cured corned beef hash and poached eggs." The lemonade is fresh and really tastes like lemon because it is actually made of lemons.  

The place is known for great espresso drinks and coffee. They use beans by Mr. Espresso brand, which is pricey but very high quality. 

The current owners took over the establishment, so online reviews are mixed up with the reviews written for previous owners, just so you know.