Sculpt with Hand, Work with Heart
Dec 6 2011

Latest Print – Sculpture Figure Head

Mucontinent

An abstract graphic of a head figure of a Indian portrait with exhausted decorated outfit.

This is a hand cut Philippine Mahogany (Luan) block print Image/Paper is 14”x10″ – Printed with water base Black mix Red Ink on Hosho 71gsm Mulberry fiber paper
. Signed and numbered.
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Dec 6 2011

Latest Print- Cliff Land , a spiritual landscape

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I try to create a fictional landscape in the deep forest, a place where all mysterious part of nature occurs. You will be experience sensational and spiritual feeling as if go through a deep meditation. It’s like being at the edge of a cliff, extremely horrified but also frees you up to the unknown possibilities.

Print using one Lino Block and one Philippine Mahogany (Luan) with hand applied textures
Image/Paper is 14”x10″ – Printed with water base Black mix Blue Ink on 250 gsm Lenox 100 cotton paper.

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Dec 6 2011

2011 MOCCA Show table

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2011 MOCCA hope to you come again next year

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Dec 9 2010

Macchu Picchu & Huayna Picchu Part 1

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My high altitude sickness temporary went away shortly after I had arrived Angus Calientes.
After a short night, we headed on to the scarcest archeology site of this trip – Machu Picchu. The original name of the city is still unknown so it borrows from the name of mountain called by the native. “Machu Picchu” means new mountain. Looking out from the bus on the whiny road seeing those figured rock filled with moss reminds me of the animation film – Avatar. It’s an emotional sensational experience, I’ve been waiting this moment to cure my ill mental poisoned by my materialize life.
Rock over here layout in a different way than those in Cusco, it’s less dressed and w/ more practical purpose. They served as a retaining wall to sculpt the endless layers of terrace. By using granite versus the limestone you see elsewhere in Peru makes it the least porous structure that support a highly functioned irrigation system which prevent the city from erosion after hundreds of years.
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The Sun Temple
The exquisite sun temple layout in a way demonstrate the believe of ancient Inca. The temple wall build on top of a rock out of landscape. The sun on winter solstice hit right through the stone opening facing east and on the rock surrounded by the stone wall. The landscape rock is carved out right under neath the sun temple and as the home for Pachamama (Mother earth).

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Pachamama (Mother earth)
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w/ a short stay around ruin… we start our long journey to get on Huayna Picchu…

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Dec 6 2010

New York Skyline – An abstract image represents a city I live.

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The wood block grain can sometimes be fairly frustrated when you try to be as precise as possible. With a little of mis-forced on your knife, the fine edge chipped away fairly quickly. But working image in an abstract form can turn this toward your advantage. I kind of like the pattern on Mahogany and you can work with those line as vertical or speedy elements as in your image.

Anyway, the bottom line is: You just carve on to these blocks and forget the finicky detail you have on your paper, its kind of fun this way to play w/ your block.

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This is a hand block print. Using Philippine Mahogany (Luan) with hand applied textures.
Image/Paper is 8×11″ – Printed with water base ink and gouache on 100% cotton paper, 250 gsm.

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Dec 6 2010

Moon Rabbit and Bay Tree

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Next Year’s Chinese Birth Symbol is Rabbit
So I did this….
This is a hand linocut print. Image inspireed from a chinese folk tale story.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moon_rabbit

Image/Paper is 9×11″ – Printed with water base Prussian Blue Ink on 280 gsm Rives BFK cotton paper (cream color).

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Nov 24 2010

Ollanytaytombo – Alien Giant with old chief

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The big giant “god” figure is the most astonishing image in the guide-book long before my trip. Quite frankly, I was sort of disappointed when I saw the real figure since I thought it can be carved out of a mountain.
However, these giant steps to the Sun Temple at its top marked me an unforgettable memory. It’s 2,792 m (9,160 ft), and jumping and shouting is a sure not to do when you still not adjust well to high altitude. (However, when I had arrived Amantani of Lake Titicaca later climbing somewhat at 3800m, I feel very near to collapse)
I like the view from top of mountain seeing Valley River intertwined and change its curve in front the sculpted mountain, I suppose it should be fairly dramatic when the river flooded.
The so call “Inca” chief face right at the silhouette profile of mountain capture the 1st light at winter solstice at is eye, sound mysterious but poetic, isn’t it?
Afterward…it’s the time for the train ride…Machu Picchu —WE ARE COMING!!!

the scale of rock
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valley with agriculture
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the big chief
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the giant
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overall view of valley
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Bazaar.. I had been bugging to buy a book for 50 sole here and not be able to cut it down to 40. I gave up, but regret afterward since nowhere else again during my trip I can get this book. After all I knew, this book had been only sold in Cusco(weird). If you would buy in Amazon now, it’s 100 USD. Should got a stack when I had chance~
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Nov 16 2010

Pisac Ruin

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All I know about this place before my visit is a fact that there is a great bargain market below the mountain. However, the terrace over here is quite dramatic and apparently they are still using it as today (to see terrace on this altitude is very abnormal as well). The valley river- Urubamba is completed draught since we visit here at the end of dry season. Because of its strategic location; this is a spot known for its military / agriculture / religious. I don’t feel having much connection to this landscape and due to the sky is overcast w/ dull and flat light with the chill wind around me, I just feel simply a sorrow and memorable glory of the Inca past.

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Nov 15 2010

Zoo, Farm and the Factory

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Or a Textile manufacturing
Today we descend to Sacred Valley, it actually feel a lot better physiologically since I’ll be in lower elevation. The very first stop is a place called Awanacancha, where we see a variety of camelids (llamas, alpacas, vicunas). This is a place dedicate to traditional textile art. The part I enjoy the most is the dying process of the wool, all the dye are natural. In my photo, the red ink is actually from an egg of insect that parasite on a cactus plant.

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I’m sweating already
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Nov 15 2010

Food and Night

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Jack’s café right next to my lodging place is really good!! However, it’s almost like you go to a very good brunch place here in New York.
As we want to try some real Peruvian food as taking advice from our afternoon tour guide. This little adventure proofed to be a huge mistake two days after.
It cost me money (70 sole = 23 dollars, very expensive in Peru) and time (I eventually get sick in Cusco and can’t leave hotel for a full day)!!

I had a guinea pig for dinner …..Wrong decision…

Plaza de Armas night scene is quite pretty, and I got the chance to test my tripod. So my conclusion is – an empty restaurant get to try your tripod is never ever a good sign!!

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