Saturday, April 28, 2012

Great Help

It is always great to have an assistant who knows the needs of the artist without a word. My husband is very supportive and today (Saturday morning !) he helped me to take pictures of my recent paintings. I usually do this job by myself, but for larger painting I need an assistant to hold it.
Some will say that I should have professional setting for lighting and shooting in my studio so that I can take pictures regardless of whether.  However, I still believe that best lighting for shooting paintings is sunlight between 10 am - 12 noon. Howsoever I came to know how to set up artificial lighting, I end up with shooting outside under the sun. I feel that natural sunlight is still the best to reproduce the colors of paints and it gives the most even light to the surface of canvas. And the best of all about assistant husband and sunlight, they both are free!


Friday, April 20, 2012

Studio Update- April 20

Almost finished one of the large paintings that I intend to exhibit in my summer show.
While feel a bit relieved, but I still have some paintings to go. So I made a start on another large painting, on which I have already made grisaille with white and black paint.
It is always fun part among all process to paint first layer in color. No pressure and full of possibilities.

Today's schedule:
whole morning and until 4 PM - painting in the studio
then preparing for weekly badminton practice at night

Finished one is in the back, upside down to dry.


Thursday, April 12, 2012

Show Announcement

I am participating in "Spring Fling" a group show at WAH Center in Brooklyn, NY.
I am so excited to be included with such awesome show held in the historical landmark building in Brooklyn.
Although I am not in there during the show, please stop by if you are nearby.
Two of my recent paintings below will be showcased.

The show Spring Fling coincides with our Spring Festival, featuring music and performance series, Taste of Williamsburg smorgasbord from delicious local eateries, as well as an artist market, flower show, and other special programs.
Date: Sat. Apr. 21 - Sun. May 27, 2012
Opening Reception: Sat. Apr.21, 4-6PM
Venue: WAH Center, Brooklyn, NY
Gallery Hours: Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday 1–6 pm
Phone(718) 486-7372 or (718) 486-6012
WAH Center Website and Map 

ブルックリンの歴史建造物であるWAHセンターにて「Spring Fling」展に参加いたします。下記の油彩画を2点を展示いたします。作家本人は渡米いたしませんが、お近くにお住まいの方は是非お越しください。

オープニングレセプション:4月21日(土) 午後4時から6時
場所:WAHセンター (ブルックリン、NY)
お問い合わせ: (718) 486-7372 or (718) 486-6012 

After The Rain, oil on canvas, 2009, 18" x 21

Tree Fairies #1, oil on canvas, 2011, 13" x 13"

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Perfect Packaging

I think that most artist do not like the tasks other than actually making their work, such as accounting, promoting, or record keeping. Blogging or Facebooking (there is no such word, but i made it up!) and other social networking is OK, but very time consuming stuff. How about making package and shipping? I did not like it when I was not get used to do it, but since I need to send many packages to galleries or other venues domestically or sometimes internationally throughout the year, I am getting interested in making Perfect Box which is beautiful in appearance and sustainable for international shipping. 

Here are some tips:
1. Buy corrugated board (preferably 5mm thick= slightly thinner than 1/4 ") and make your own box rather than buying premade box.
   In some cases, you can recycle cardboard boxes, but I do not use those when sending to my collectors, because I think that if the packaging looks cheap, my painting may look cheap, too.
IMO, single wall is better than double wall because it is much easier to cut. For providing the box with structural strength, I usually attach another cardboard to inside of the box.

2. Use different tapes for each stage. I use 4 different tapes for each purpose. First, when I wrap canvas with paper, I use masking tape. Second, when I wrap the paper packed canvas with bubble wrap, I use either masking tape or Yojo tape (less adhesive than masking tape) so that it makes easier to open without tearing up the bubble wrap. (Bubble wrap is often reused.)
Third, when I assemble a box, I use duct tape, not use craft gummy tape . Duct tape can be laid over and over, but craft tape cannot 'cause wax-like stuff is coated on it. Forth, when I close the lid and complete the packaging, I use craft gummy tape. You can use duct tape instead, but  craft gummy tape is less expensive at least in my country.

3. Indicate where is the top and where to open so that the person who open the box opens it properly without damaging the work inside. Also, indicate "handle with care, please" and "fragile". I am not sure whether the transportation companies will read these, but try to politely ask their kind handling and caring.

Well, you can call me paranoid!




3.どこが上(top)で、どこから開けるべきか指示すること。少しでもダメージが少なく開けられるようにするためです。それと「取扱注意してください(handle with care, please)」「コワレモノ(fragile)」 を書き込むこと。輸送業者さんがこういうのを読むかどうか分かりませんが、丁寧な取扱を頼む文言を入れるようにしています。