A New One

I’m also starting a new one…Trying to get two done before my show in September…BTW, September 9th!!! The official date of my show!! @Open Ground Studios in Seaside, 1230 Fremont Blvd.


The new design

Admittedly it is not one of my typical designs, I guess, but this one I think is more for my mom than anything else πŸ™‚ She told me to do one with cranes because she likes the elegance they embody (I’m guessing….XD). She’s a bird lady πŸ˜‰

This snow crane is a symbol of Japanese culture and is also known as the red-crowned crane (for obvious reasons…). It represents luck, longevity and fidelity. When the snow crane mates, it mates for life and when a snow crane migrates, it will fly for hundreds of miles, a real show of strength. It really is an important symbol in Japan and with a bright red crown on a snow white brow, it’s hard not to imagine the Japanese flag.
Sadly, if I’m being completely honest, I don’t think I can finish this piece before my show in September…BUT!! There will be a nice work-in-progress piece to show πŸ˜€ So I guess that’s fine…plus it’ll be done for sure by the open studios tour at the end of September!! People will just have to come back and see the finished piece πŸ˜‰

Ready for the key…to the kingdom!!!

Just kidding…But I am ready for the key for this cherry blossom print!! I’ve already gone through all the other colors…just haven’t been posting them here…SORRY!!! 😦

But here we go:

Dark pink

After the green layer: dark pink (kinda…)

This layer started to look a bit more purple-y than I would’ve liked…but I wanted to see how things played out with it as is. I have a weird habit of doing that…Not going to lie though, I was a bit worried about this color…

Carving out dark pink

Carving out the places I wanted to keep dark pink

After the dark pink I did:

Dark Blue


This is now officially my new favorite color!!! I mean, blue has always been my favorite color, but in a print…YAAAASS!!!!


Though the dark pink layer looks even more purple-y….:( But once again, you can’t go back and change something in a reduction woodcut….SO FORWARD WE GO!!!



And wow…This is why I’m a little crazy….I make myself go insane with flip flopping with worry….>__< SHE’S GORGEOUS!!!!Β β™₯

BUT I’m really looking forward to my key layer….the anticipation is killing me….But again, can’t rush the drying of each layer….I’m soooo ready thoughΒ β™₯_β™₯

Ready for the key

Ready ready ready….

Photographing the Ladies

I decided to get my ladies photographed professionally so that I may have digital copies of each print. Not only can I then keep photographic inventory of my pieces, I can now print them digitally and sell them a whole lot cheaper!!! πŸ™‚ A win-win!!

Plus they look so pretty under these lights :]

Photographing the ladies

Layered Beauty

Digitally printing

Giant printer….!!!

I was referred to Coastal Giclee in Carmel by Katie from my studio. Rick did an amazing job photographing and printing my ladies and I’ll definitely be going back!! πŸ™‚

Each print went from their original 18×24 image on 22×30 paper to a 16×21.5 image on 18×24 paper. Still a good size print, but not as big as the woodcut originals. As of right now, I have “Ideal Beauty” (the 1st print), “Layered Beauty,” “Uncaged Beauty,” and “Nostalgic Beauty” (my newest wisteria print) as digitals. More to come!!! πŸ˜€