I'm going to introduce a little bit about myself on this page and update every month, so that I can connect with you better and hope that you feel my artworks closer.
This month, I'll write about my appreciation to people who got to know my art works and purchased to add to their art collection in this year.
I've been painting for a long time since I was a little kid and went to Art University to study art, but I never thought to sell any art works before. I worked on mainly small paintings (more like illustrations) before, but never showed them to anyone and kept myself only.
During the pandemic in 2020, I looked back my life like everyone did and thought, "this is an opportunity to change my career and life." There was time to think what I really want for my life and what I can do for my life. I wanted to become a musician once, and gave up at a point, but I never quit painting in my life, and I've felt like there has been always some possibilities in art.
I decided to open my shop at my website in May this year, though I had this website just to show my art works to people and people in gallery business as portfolio for years. You can imagine what kind struggles I had, like how to reach people who might be interested in my works. I even had very difficult time just to open Facebook business page. Googled how to take good pictures of works, what kind of lights I needed, how I run ads on Facebook etc...
I still struggle with those stuff, and YouTube videos are great teachers.
I never forgot the moment that I actually sold the very first painting to someone.
Can't describe how happy I was. A lady from Astoria in NY bought 9 x 12 inches small painting. It was right after I opened my shop, so caught me by surprise. What made me happy more was that she bought another piece as a gift. That made me sure that she was happy with the first one. I know you just bought some paintings from a local artist, and it was not your special event in this year, but Maria, thank you.
In this year, I've met ( not in person, of course) many people who like my works and actually purchased some. I love every single small conversations with them. Some of them are very quiet which is totally fine but secretly sometimes they stop by my shop to see my art works. I like them as well. Everyone is unique. Photographer, high school teacher, design company manager, musician... I can't name them all here but each one of them inspires me.
Like Lisa and Laken, they framed painting and prints, took a pictures of them, and showed them to me after their purchase. People like Rachel, she sent me a thank you note after she received paintings telling me that whole experience was wonderful and those paintings became a part of her family. That made me cry. I was incredibly happy that someone is happy with my creations, and what I do made someone happy, even for a moment.
I always write a letter to each one of people who purchased my works because there are many "thank you" in this world and my thanks to them is not what they this it is. How can I tell people that I appreciate so much? To be honest, writing is not my strong skill and it takes a while to finish one letter, but I think this is the best way to say something I really mean. Maybe it could reach to their heart a little? Maybe. I leaned a lot and still am learning.
I'll keep writing letters until I find a better way to say thank you
This year has been one of the greatest years in my life, simply.
I feel like finally alive and happy. Painting process is not easy, and art business is more like a closed world. I had many nights that I could not sleep because either the painting process did not go well on the day or got a great idea in a bed. Applying for gallery and publishing cost a lot, galleries take all the controls. But this whole experience with people I met this year and the time I could spend on making art... I can't ask any more than this. I didn't know I love making art this much really.
This is the last newsletter of this year, so I'd like to scream a giant THANK YOU to everyone. Hope you know that this includes YOU too.
Beastie Boys / To The 5 Boroughs
It was released in 2004 and I was studying music back then. At college they teach classical music and theory, and on the way school and home, I was listening to this album a lot. This album is like a love letter to NYC. People love this city knowing beautiful and nasty parts of it. This dirty, expensive, dry city mysteriously inspires people. NYC is my second home.
Seven Samurai (1954)
Directed by Akira Kurosawa
How many people still out there who think samurai still exists in Japan?
Anyway, the first time I watched this movie was when I was 20 or something.
I was just overwhelmed by the story and the scale of this production. Why can't Japan create great movies like this anymore? Because they have an aging society with a declining birthrate? There aren't much budget for productions?
Come on Japan, you can do this again.
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LED Light-Up Tabletop Tree
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Don't laugh at the size of the tree! I live in NY, and most of the apartment are small!
I live with my husband and two dogs in a such a small apartment, so this size is actually perfect. We collect unique ornaments every year if we find, but this year, no additional ornaments. I guess I should make ones myself.
OK, That is it for this month and this year!
Wishing you a joyous holiday season with peace and cheer in the new year.
Thank you for visiting my shop.
Thank you for your time to take a look at my art works.
Thank you for your purchase.