May 23, 2018

Commission | Family Portrait for Anniversary

This was a commission I turned in last month. The client wanted a family portrait to gift to his brother on his anniversary. So lucky to have this opportunity to paint this lovely family!

I had a limited number of reference photos as it was supposed to be a surprise (my client couldn't ask for too many of them without them feeling suspicious) so that was challenging. I made different sketches and decided to make it simple with just some pop of colors.

The client's brother posted a comment on Instagram(at the bottom of this post) how they loved this surprise. Always so fullfilling when you make your client happy :)

Work info
Size: about 40cm x 40 cm
Medium: colored pencils, gouache, gansai(Japanese watercolor in pans), walnut ink on paper.

Detail #1

Detail #2

Detail #3

Detail #4

Love the metallic frame Kyota chose!!

May 10, 2018

Watercolor for Sale @ DaVinci Artist Supply

A small watercolor of mine "The Bunny and the Sun" will be on view at my go-to art supply shop DaVinci Artist Supply in its Chelsea location, starting today through May 31st. They are featuring some new works by local artist under the theme "May Flowers". 

Please stop by and take a look at my work if you are in the neighborhood :)
It's also a great little shop for all your artistic needs; the people are kind &  helpful if you have questions!

May 9 - May 31
DaVinci Artist Supply
132 West 21st St (btw 6th & 7th Ave)
New York, NY 10011
tel: 212-871-0220

Mon-Fri  8:45am-7pm
Sat-Sun  11am-6pm

April 19, 2018

Another Birthday

Today was my birthday.
When I got up in the morning, Kiliko reached out her slender hand from her bed and told me "happy birthday" in Japanese. She then joined Randy and me and they sang a birthday song for me.

Back in March, someone I knew from my childhood in Tokyo has passed away. She was an older sister of one of my closest friends and she was only forty six. Because of the way it had happened, it has been an extremely difficult death for my friend—and for me and everyone who knew her—to accept and I cannot help but think what life is all about; if, all of a sudden, one's life can be taken so easily.

Maybe because of it, I am especially grateful I was able to greet another birthday this year, with my family and friends well. I am grateful to everyone in my life who enriches my everyday; each of you like a piece of a beautiful mosaic and it is not complete without you. Thank you.

Kili took this picture of me
and Sleepy the Fox on my birthday.

April 13, 2018

Muyu Market in Union Sq. this Sunday!

My daughter will be taking part at a kids entrepreneur market in Union Square this Sunday, April 15th. She will be selling handmade bracelets, hand-painted lanterns, screen-printed greeting cards with her own design. Customers will also be able to make 1" pins with their own drawings at her booth! So come on by!

SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2018
@NYC Baha'i Cetner
53 E. 11TH St.
New York, NY, 10003

March 19, 2018

Kaiju Big Battel in Queens

We finished another successful Kaiju show at La Boom in Sunnyside, Queens.

For those who doesn't know, Kaiju Big Battel is a monster fighting spectacle my partner Randy has been doing for 20 years. Randy also has been doing a fundraising show for NYC public schools since 2 years ago with a help from Tara Altebrando, my friend, a NYC parent, and a writer.

This time it was a fundraiser for three Queens charter schools: Our World Neighborhood Charter School, Academy of the City, and Growing Up Green! We donated 100 tickets to each school and tickets were sold out! That's 300 people right there and Randy also sold his own tickets to the public so we had about 700+ loud audience!

Big thanks to my friends Kazuki and Michelle for helping me with the merch table! You guys make the best team!!

Half-time dance show by kids from NYC schools.

With BFF Kazuki (left) and Michelle (right).
They both happen to be fashion designers.
I am a fashion designer magnet :)

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