painting utility box mural

i painted my first utility box mural last summer in redwood city. even though it was tough physically, it was a very good experience for me. so this summer, i was chosen for another set of utility boxes in san ramon city. this time the theme is the arts. my design was originally for one box but now i’m to spread it over 2 boxes. what an honor. however, it’s summer and we have record heat and now fires all over california, i find i have to take a break from painting. the bad air quality is not something i wish to risk for my lung, especially when i’m already working in the midst of traffic smog.
this is something i’m learning, since i’m slow at painting my boxes, i have to be better about choosing when to work.
things i learned:
i need to be better at transferring my design onto the box. the grid method is what you need to do to transfer the design correctly. grid the design and the box with pencil.
i’m using Percita Eyes mural paints and they’re awesome for coverage and color.
but because of heat and wind, everything dries too fast. my solution is to premix the colors in cosmetic jars that i use to save paints in and use that on site. this way, as the paints are exposed in the heat, even if there is wastage, i’m not wasting too much paint, and the colors are consistent.
as for paint brushes, def make sure to wet and rinse often. when home, best to deep clean the dried gunk off the brushes, else i’ll be tossing too many paint brushes.

Thanks to for coming out to help paint on the utility box with me. It’s hot and grimy and u never complained. And ur panel looks amazing. Thank u!
Back to working on my mural… took all day just to do the lower part of this panel! Can’t believe how slow I am. At the corner of crow canyon road & san Ramon valley blvd. Come say hi if u r nearby.
All the jars I’ve collected from my friends and sis are out to use here when I paint and mix colors.
Started a new on a set of and I’ve two young helpers today. * *

Journal Building Residency group show 2018

woohoo! it’s set! we will have a curated group show with avenue gallery in the mission. our curator will be courtney. set to b in may.

we will each be showing work and a collaborative work between 2 artists.

i will update with further details as time gets closer.

Where you stop, where I begin

Our 16 peep art exhibit is coming together nicely now.
I’ve a diptych selected from the Seams of the Fog group and a collaborative work with fellow pod-mate, rachel.
Pulling it together from concept chat to reality is an interesting process. It’s a challenge to coordinate our collaboration, because we each have a different work/ travel schedule.
She’s a photographer and I’m a painter.
In the end, we decided to create a project using a found wood panel as our frame to work within, the link between our work being the water.
I can’t wait to see what happens here.
Hope u will find time Yo stop by our group exhibit for the opening reception, may 10th, 6-10pm at Avenue, 3361 mission street.
Or, our SF Design Week demo/ talk on June 9th at 6-10pm. There will be demo by Tisha on ikebana flower arrangement or silk screen techniques

Climate Conference and Art Show

i’ve been doing a weaving project, using plastic bags collected from my everyday life. it’s my way to integrate environmental responsibility and creating abstraction in my art. one of the “painting” is going to be in an upcoming show at UCBerkeley on April 6th! i hope if you are in the region, you can come by for a visit!????

Mother’s kitchen rug
2017. plastic bags. 26×38″


message in a bottle 2018

Message in a Bottle is a series of art and education events, inspired by the ocean and marine plastic pollution. This year’s event is held on February 23-25, 2018 at The Venue at the Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco. The entire event is free and open to the public and will feature an inspiring assortment of art and educational installations that were created by local artists and environmentalists.

By the year 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Most plastic pollution at sea starts out on land as litter on beaches, streets and sidewalks. Rain or over-watering flushes that litter through a storm drain system or directly to creeks, streams and rivers that lead to the ocean. After plastics enter the marine environment they slowly photodegrade into smaller pieces that marine life can mistake for food, sometimes with fatal results. Ocean gyres concentrate plastic pollution in five main areas of the world’s oceans and various research groups are bringing back alarming data documenting plastics impacts.

To learn more about the Surfrider Foundation, visit:

teacup from boston

a friend i met 10 years ago in taipei, taiwan, continues to stay in touch via instagram. this is the way of the world today. friendships that can continue via internet.

i posted some of my ceramic work and we chatted about trading. which i haven’t gotten around. she recently send me this teacup she made. i love it. the size fits in the palm of my hands perfectly.

thank u Jenn @jlvins for sending me this beautiful cup! I’ll b drinking tea in my studio with it Hope to visit with u in Boston in April!


I believe this encaustics painting is done! This will be 6 of the seams of the fog series. I’ve added a little bit of color pigment by introducing some cosmetics into the wax mix. Would anyone be interested in taking it home, I wonder. encaustics painting blog sfartist womanartist womenartists bayarea upcycle mixedmediaart mixmediaencaustics artist etchedwax beeswax plasticwrap junkmail collage 24×24 blush makeup eyeshadow powder