busy bee update

mixed media acrylic

sorry, this is gonna be a long post…
how can it be the first day of spring already? it felt like this year has gone by in such a flash, more so than last year’s winter. maybe i just say that every year now? i guess keeping busy is a good thing. maybe?
i will update here what has been happening. my family decided to split in half for the xmas/ new year holidays because my dad wants to be back in the states, taking a break from caring for my mom and his work. so did my little brother who prefers xmas in california. so the rest of us went to taiwan to visit with my mom. it’s so hard to see her weakened from all the drugs her body has to deal with. it was nice to see half of the family gathered around her. kids growing up and we are aging yet young at heart. I treasure every moment of time together.
2019. Jan… upon return to SF, first thing i did was to install for the Beauty on the Periphery exhibit at the Reclaimed Room Gallery at the Building Resources. For this show, i pulled all the plastic bag weaving pieces together, it looks great. My wall was super tall and had extra space, so I went back to the studio and brought the newly finished collage painting from The Garden series over.

  • mixed media acrylic

02.2019
the mini heart i created for the SFGH Foundation’s Hearts in SF last fall is finally going onto the auction block and they are holding a gala for the event. all the artists were invited, and Tisha Kenny went as my date. it was perfect because her work in the non-profit world before was also about mental health. I’ve not been to such a fancy event since forever and it was a blast. Taiko’s heart was sold before the event as was most of the larger hearts. I was super excited because it took me 2 rejections to finally get a ❤️ to work on. Us artist just have to grow a thicker skin to deal with rejections. keep swimming 🐟 as Dori would say.
during all this, i received an acceptance email from somewhere totally unexpected. apparently, i was on the back burner for a submission i did last spring and i just got accepted. as i grow older, maybe wiser? i realized that everything is cyclical. i’m going to be making window installation, using reclaimed materials. my senior show was an installation with trash. HA!😮😂😁😍👌 this time around, i’m using light in addition. the show will be on april 12th in Alameda. Guess what the title is? Radical Beauty… ha! yes, i like beauty.
around chinese new year, i was invited to join the Imagination exhibit at the Hayes Valley Art Works for year of the pig celebration. It was my family’s new year, i had to miss the reception and went home to newport beach to celebrate it.
A big event just after was the East on West exhibit curated by Joseph Abbati for Senator Scott Wiener’s office. It was a really fun reception and i got to meet lots of great Asian artists living and working in the Bay Area.
while i’m creating a new series of smaller paintings, i’m prepping for the installation. i went around my neighborhood or wherever i happen to be, and collected used coffee cup lids. I’ve been busy cutting up packaging that have foils on them. it ranged from junk mail to product packaging and food packaging including coffee bags. soft plastic and foil lined plastics are none recyclable. Our condo and my studio is filled with things.
The remnant of cutting up the 🍂 shapes are used in the small work i’m making. This series is called The Space in Between. when you line them all up together, they would created a larger painting, with a connecting line. The first of these will be on show at The Space gallery’s grand opening show called The White Cube on April 5th! This is a new gallery in Alameda as well. I like Alameda, hehe, 😉 😜
AND… for Danville, i’m about to go pick up my 🐶 sculpture for Dog of Danville to paint on. check out my selected proposed art work in the slide show above.
I think we are all caught up here. The next thing i’ve gotta plan is what to do for our Journal Building artist collective’s summer show: The Long Goodbye. It’ll be some sort of self-portrait. yikes!

art walk on april 12th!


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. * *

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″
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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!

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As part of the upcoming openstudios in sf launching next week, I’ve got a painting at the hoteltriton hub. Thanks to @arielgoldart for this wonderful photo of my work to share with u. This is hawaii northshoreoahu inspired work thus the title is Hawaii-6-O. Part of my cell arabesque series. blog sfartist localart womanartist asianwomanartist acryliconcanvas plasticbags

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As part of the upcoming #openstudios in #sf launching next week, I’ve got a #painting at the #hoteltriton hub. Thanks to @arielgoldart for this wonderful photo of my work to share with u. This is #hawaii #northshoreoahu inspired work thus the title is Hawaii-6-O. Part of my #cell #arabesque series. #blog #sfartist #localart #womanartist #asianwomanartist #acryliconcanvas #plasticbags