Wednesday, March 30, 2011

7 Ways to Establish That Your Art Has Value by Alyson B Stanfield

Look at this great list that was delivered to my email today. Alyson B Stanfield aka "art biz coach" always has wonderful tips especially for artists trying to move from part-time to full time. I still have difficulty with several of these items (especially belittling my art... I'm part Japanese and it's actually a normal part of our behavior to belittle ourselves and complement others. Bah!) See what you can learn and practice from the list below!

"1. Make great art.

I mean really great art. The kind of art that makes the heavens sing. Don’t settle for mediocre or “good enough” where your work is concerned. It’s time to stand out!

2. Treat your art with care.

One of the first newsletters I wrote back in 2002 begged you to treat your art like it belongs in a museum. I repeat this mantra often. This means keeping a detailed inventory, using high-quality materials, handling (and shipping) your art with great care, and talking about it with respect. This brings me to . . .

3. Don’t ever belittle your art.

Don’t talk despairingly about what you have created. Don’t point out the flaws. Don’t reveal how easy it was to make.

4. Speak the words “I’m an artist” with confidence.

Learn to talk about yourself and your art like the pro you are. Spend lots of time writing your artist statement and honing the words you use to define your art. The rest of the world is waiting for you to embrace your role.

5. Keep a price list handy.

Don’t appear to be grasping for figures when someone asks you a price. Print out your price list so that you can refer quickly to the numbers. Making up prices on the spot (or not showing confidence in the number you give) doesn’t instill confidence.

6. Maintain a list of collectors and collections.

You won’t have a long list immediately, but you will steadily grow your connections. People will be impressed when you tell them you sold 24 pairs of earrings, 10 bracelets, and 14 necklaces at your recent show. But imagine if you had a list of all your buyers. That’s a visual!

Better yet: Snap photos of buyers in your booth wearing their new jewelry or showing off their new painting.

7. Mention your venues and galleries.

Potential buyers gain confidence knowing that your work has been given a stamp of approval by professionals who exhibit art.

Practice these ideas whenever you can in order to establish value for your art. It’s not just for your potential collectors. Each one of these suggestions will help you gain confidence in your work.

How do you relate to yourself and to others that your art has value?"

You can sign up for these great email lessons for free here.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Thank you everyone who is supporting my art! I really would not have the power to continue without everyone's wonderful comments and ideas. So MASSIVE CHEERS! Since we passed 400 "likes" on my FB page, I'm doing to do a free print giveaway. The print can be any of my artworks that you want (some large works may be translated into smaller-sized prints; obviously I can't really make a 2-feet long giclee print very easily) but anything is game.

Read how to enter here! --->


PS. Now... for 1,000 Likes!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Biggest Painting Yet! "Dream Moon -Oboro Zuki-"

I finally finished the biggest painting I've ever done in my life (I think.) She is called Dream Moon -Oboro Zuki- and is mixed media (including tons of gold leaf) on board and 48x27.

See how the gold leaf shines!

Did you notice something clever about the dimensions? They equate to 16x9, which is my favorite ratio and a secret salute to my involvement with lots of video production during the course of my life. It really is an eye-pleasing dimension, I think.

I for once am happy with this girl's face; she was the first face I've ever drawn that I found so beautiful that I almost
fell in love with the paperhad to stop and stare. I'm not trying to be arrogant... I promise this has never happened to me before in my life. Maybe it's the fuchsia-colored lips. I don't know, but it was a rare enough happening for me to take note.

The kanzashi in her hair is made out of Japanese paper. I painted on the pattern of the ajisai (hydrangeas) and cut them out. It took for-EV-ER.

Here's an exciting step-by-step album on my FB page showing how she was made! Enjoy~

See "Dream Moon" come to life! --->

Friday, March 25, 2011

Amazing artist: 非(hi)

Audrey Kawasaki finds the best things EVER! This time she found a mysterious Japanese artist called 非(hi). We don't know if he/she's a guy or girl. Anyway his/her works are AM-A-ZING. They'll zing your socks off. They are digital, but to me they look like oils. Look at this use of color, the "brush"strokes, the power! I feel sorry for some of his/her subjects because they look like they are victims of human trafficking and the Cordilla Virus. Oh well. Here are my faves of that aren't quite as creepy.

Totally all the symptoms of the Cordilla Virus. (I am obsessed with 24 as you can see)

Does anyone know more about this artist?

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Winston Chmielinski

Heart, heart, heart. My heart hearts Winston's work (which I've seen before, but I was reminded of its wonder last night.)

I just can't resist his fantastically rainbow crazy paint splatter scribble explosions of pure amazingness. I have to cover my mouth so I don't scream (I'm at work.) I love it when I find artists that are so wonderful they make me scream. The last time this happened was with David Choe's work. Ahhhhhhh I am so very inspired, and I hope you are too. I hope to see much more more of Winston's work. I think I'll buy a print RIGHT NOW.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Boy-faced Girls

Gaaaaahhh! These days I am so crazy about beautiful girls that have that boyish look about them!

Omahyra Mota (Dominican model)

Amber Liu (Chinese-American pop singer in Korean group f(x)

Elly Jackson of La Roux (English singer)

Emma Pei (Chinese supermodel) [She is on the border of "boyish-face"]

I am on a mission to find more and more of these types of gorge faces to add to my inspiration collection. Please tell me if you know of any that I've missed! I AM DYING TO KNOW OF MORE!

I love how good tomboyish fashion looks on these girls. Wahhhh, so stunning and smoldering. Just my style of beautiful x edgy x unusual. x.x

This must be my true style ever since I was 5 years old and determined to have short boy hair (but my mom never let me have it quite as short as I wanted) and delighted to be mistaken for a boy. Here is a pic of me in my little tomboy state.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

SWEET STREET's #PrayForJapan Art Fundraiser - My Piece -

Sorry there have been no updates lately... it's been a rough week because of all the disaster in Japan. My grandmother, aunts and uncles, cousins, sister, and many great friends all live there now, so needless to say I was very stressed for their safety. However, every person I know there is safe. Thank heavens for that. It hurts my heart terribly to see my country suffering like this... but, I also know that the Japanese are some of the most industrious and determined people on earth; they make everything out of nothing; they have been ravaged by natural and man-made disasters, two atomic bombs, but nothing stops them from speeding ahead and becoming the best at anything they do. I love Japan!

I'm glad I had the opportunity to put my art into action and donate a piece to SWEET STREET's #PrayForJapan Art Fundraiser taking place at JapanLA in Hollywood. I worked madly quick because I knew the longer I took, the higher the price would be to ship UP$. (It ended up costing $112, BAH!) Oh well. It's part of my contribution to the Red Cross.

The piece is 16x20, mixed media + gold leaf on canvas. She is called "Indomitable -Fukutsu-" because that is what I feel characterizes Japan.

Beautiful, delicate, sweet... yet fearless, calm, and rising out of any disaster. I hope she fetches a good price for a nice donation to the Red Cross. Thanks to all the LA galleries who are holding fundraisers for Japan!!!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

How to scan my large paintings?

Question of the day: How can I get high-dpi scans of my large artwork on wood?

I am spending ALL DAY trying to figure this out! There's not much info about this online, and I'm about to stab Google in the O for being so useless!

Charmaine Olivia does it just exactly the way I wish to do it. Here:

I asked her on her comments about what type of scanner she has. I hope she'll answer because this is about to drive me 'round the bend. And you might ask some questions below, and here are my answers to them:

1. Why don't you just get it scanned at Kinko's? A) Since I'll be doing lots of paintings, $25-$50/scan is going to start adding up. And even their scanners have a limit of 36". Plus, I'd rather not trust everything to someone who might now know the best methods for doing this. I want to invest in a scanner and do it myself!

2. Why don't you send it off to a professional shipping service? A) I am afraid to ship my artworks because they are mixed-media collages and very delicate. Plus, the rising costs are another issue.

3. Why don't you just photograph it? A) No matter how crisp the photo, it's never as good as a high-dpi scan. I want to be able to make 1:1 reproductions.

4. Why don't you scan in sections with your current scanner? A) My paintings are on wood, so I can't "bend" them to fit into the square-shaped guide that most scanners have. It has to sit on top, which throws it out of focus on my current scanner. And yes, I have tried removing the "lip" to no avail.

All this to say I'll be going to Best Buy to see if they have any truly flat scanners without that all-annoying lip! I surely would appreciate it if anyone had info for me on this most elusive topic. Cheerio.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Newest piece "Tears & Rain -Namida Ame-

Here's my newest, called "Tears & Rain -Namida Ame." (Thanks to my best friend Sayuri for thinking of the title!)

It's a mixed media collage on Masonite board, 18x34. The elements I used: watercolor+colored pencil painting of the girl's face, gold leaf, Japanese paper (for the flowers), and the background is acrylic paint. Next time I think it'll do a step-by-step of my method. I wanted to try it out first to make sure everything worked ok.

makeask E to build a frame for this tomorrow.

I'm so excited that I'm having a very favorable reaction to this piece... lots of new "likes" on my FB page including who but my beloved Audrey Kawasaki! What can I do but squeal like a teenage girl!???

But seriously, THANK YOU to everyone who is following my work. I can't express in any human tongue how much it means to me.

On another (and unrelated to art) note, I chopped my hair off. What say you? *Aragorn voice*

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Momentum OKC ~Friday and Saturday~

If you live in OKC area and have nothing to do Friday or Saturday, you should come say hi at Momentum OKC, happening on both nights 8-midnight at 311 S. Klein Ave in downtown OKC. There will be tons of art from local artists under 30, and I think some pretty large installation pieces too. There will be live music, and I'm hoping for food, of course. I have one piece, "Spring -Haru-" in the show. I wished I had 2 more, but alas and alas, that's the way it goes. Anyway, it should be an interesting event. This will be my first time to attend the show~

Here is more info ---> Momentum OKC

Here's a sampling of some art you'll see there.