Workshop Participants Create Their First Japanese Woodblock Style Prints

Workshop Participants Create Their First Japanese Woodblock Style Prints

Congratulations and thanks to Giana, Tyra, Jennifer and Fiona, my latest round of workshop participants who churned out their first woodblock prints! Each of their prints showcases the students own personal style, yet as a whole, each work contains characteristics of Japanese woodblock prints like overlapping shapes, tight registration, and multiple colors. 

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Displaying Japanese Paper in the Gallery Setting.

I prefer to hang the Cathedral Suite prints in a gallery setting unframed, against a grey wall. Sekishu, the paper I print on, sways back and forth with breath-like beats, inviting one closer to examine the artwork. One can sense the translucency of the paper’s thinness, as portions of the image wave in and out of focus. 

Cathedral Suite prints shown here are photographed as on display during a month long exhibition at the Telegraph Hill Gallery, San Francisco, CA. 

Drawings from Cabo San Lucas

Hello Friends, 

I'm recharged after a week-long trip to Cabo San Lucas,BCS. Mexico has so much texture, I couldn't help but draw a bit every day while on vacation. 

Tiny bars peppered across Cabo San Lucas are like the experience of peering in a dollhouse, then walking inside. Usually there are enough barstools for six people, and the walls  are densely packed with the same amount of posters, dollar bills, and decorations you would find in a regular-sized neighborhood dive bar. 

The cramped space forces me to compose akin to a traditional Japanese print: Large, flat objects in the foreground place the viewer directly into the environment. In some cases, the page feels like the same amount of space when actually in the bar.  

Select Drawings of the Week: July 12 - 19.

This week I document one of my favorite dive-bars, along with some new spaces in Sacramento California.

Metal Bandages

The facade of the Stanford Memorial Church acts as a centerpiece and tourist destination; It’s what's around the corner that inspires me. Crowds of people snap photographs of the grand mosaic glistening in the sun; I walk through the shady garden, stumbling upon a breathtaking view. Shielding the rock, covering the stained glass, and wrapping across the steeple, I see what comforts me. Scaffolding.

Scaffolds at the Stanford Memorial Church. Digital plain-air drawing.

Scaffolds at the Stanford Memorial Church. Digital plain-air drawing.


I give up the safe and controlled environment the studio provides when drawing in public spaces. Cafes and bars serve as temporary studios with unpredictable levels of noise and movement that rise and fall. Patrons are the only unchanging component of such places. Their active stillness is reliable as they sit, drink, text, and stare at their screens for hours.