Wednesday, September 3, 2014

One and Only One Me

These past few years, I've been experimenting with various online media. I tried to focus on one subject or area as many media advisers advised. But the truth is, I can't only speak about one thing. My interests and passions are broad-ranging, and I want to be unlimited in my expression. So, I decided to start consolidating my various blog into just one. This one that bears my name. It's all about me and my views on many different subjects and interests. For the next few days, I will be pulling previous items that I have posted on my separate other blogs.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Bali on My Mind

I got back from Bali 5 days ago, and I think I left my heart there. As always, the beauty of the place and the warmth of the people are so touching. The following articles were originally posted on my other blog on Bali. 

The lush landscape on the mountainous area.

Ceremonial umbrellas on Mount Batur.

Amazing sunset on Klating beach.

A priest's wife immersed herself in a sacred pond to draw some holy water.
An grandmother in her kitchen just finished cooking rice.
As always, it's hard to get back into the swing of things after such a wonderful time in Bali. But one must, or one plans to move there permanently. Maybe.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

First Show of My Monoprints

I've been charmed by handmade prints for the longest time, yet the chance to learn the art seemed to never have come around, until this past Spring. I was extremely fortunate that I got to study with one of the best artists and instructors around, Jaime Ursic.

Toward the end of the term, she encouraged all her students to submit our work for a show at UCLA Extension, and all my three entries made it in. Last night was the opening. It was great to see so many people I know and love in attendance, along with their friends and family. Thank you all for your support. You know who you are!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Forming Letters by Hand

I'm not a wordsmith, but I've always loved the act of putting words onto paper by hand. I love how my hand collaborates with the writing instrument to create a series of letters. This love has led me to take classes with Carrie Imai and obsessively poring over books on calligraphy, like Mastering Copperplate Calligraphy by Eleanor Winters and Calligraphy 101 by Jeaneen Gauthier, so I can learn to form beautiful letters.

Lately, I've been attracted to other ways of forming letters by hand, and just last week, I had the opportunity to explore handmade typography with one of the masters in the field, John Clark from LookingLA. From him I learned to craft and refine my letterforms made of paper. Here is my creation:


This gave me all kinds of ideas for where I want to go with this new knowledge and skill. I'm sure I'll be sharing them with you here at some point.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Walt Disney Concert Hall

I've been living in Los Angeles for more than seven years. Every time I see a photograph of Walt Disney Concert Hall, I say to myself, "I should get myself there and take my own photo of it." I've been there for a concert, without a camera. I've passed it many times, without a camera. Finally, this past Sunday, I got myself on the bus and went there with the full intention of making photographs.

This may have been done before, but not by me:


As I kept circling the building, looking up and down, I found a lot of pink floating around - a few blooming trees, a balloon someone left - and that gives a little twist to this otherwise monochrome icon.


Now I can say, "Been there, shot that." I'm happy that I finally did what I said I was going to do. And you know what made me even happier? All this was accomplished without the pain of carrying big heavy camera all day. All I was using was the light Sony NEX-5N. Definitely my favorite fun camera for works that don't need to be printed large.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Grace Before Dying

I have a fascination about the process of dying. I like the idea that it could be peaceful and beautiful. 

While death is a scary thing for most people, I've read about spiritual masters who faced their transition with such grace and calm. To symbolize this way of approaching life's transition, a few years back, I did a photo series of flowers towards the end of their lives. That body of work was shown in a small gallery in Boston. This is one of the pieces:


Recently , I was called to do it again. Here, I shot a purple dahlia, still beautiful towards the end of its life.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Quiet spaces

I confess, I am mostly a loner. That's not saying I don't like people, because I do! I just love a lot of personal space where I can contemplate undisturbed. I get great doses of it by taking walks in the park and sitting in quiet spaces, reading and writing in the library before the after-school crowd descended. And, whether inside or outside, quiet spaces with a sense of mystery always intrigue me. And when they are unusually beautiful... I just have to take some pictures, too.

This was an ignored corner of a room while a party was happening:

This was one misty night in LA near my house:

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Bookbinding

I am taking a bookbinding class this Spring, taught by Erin Zamrzla who wrote At Home with Handmade Books. These long-stich books were a couple of the projects I did for class. Here, I used an old calendar for cover, drawing paper for pages, and embroidery thread to bind the pieces together. The artwork on the calendar is by Robert Kushner.

This one is a smaller version of the sketchbook above. The cover is from a promotional pamphlet from an Italian gallery that apparently says, "I come here from heaven." It's a luxurious cardstock from Gmund Paper.


Saturday, September 3, 2011

Shooting Fashion in Bali

I did a job for a local hand-painted clothing company while I was visiting my family in Ubud, Bali. These favorite shots of mine represent that earthy feeling of being surrounded by lush landscape and going barefoot in Bali. 

Homemade Orange Juice in Movies

I always love to observe kids doing what they do, like making their own OJ... Actually, this was shot during the shooting of a short film.
He wasn't really making orange juice, just acting.