Sushi dream painting series 1

The idea comes in when I want to paint things that relate to me. Back when I was a kid, there was a Japanese animation series called <Chūka Ichiban>. The story was about a Chinese young boy who finally became the top chief of whole country. Yes, it was a Japanese manga and yes it was about a Chinese young chief. The boy always said, when you don’t know what to cook next, always remember where you started, your origin. I guess this line helps me when I try to develop my own art voice.

Where did I start? What things I like and can relate to?

I love sushi and Japanese cuisine. I used to made sushi roll myself. So I thought it would be a good start. I searched online to see how others paint sushi. They all look good but I want more casual and more fun, not just photorealistic. Like the food in <Chūka Ichiban>, it is a dream with dancing vegetables and shining fishes. I drew some quick sketch in Procreate. Then I prepare some square cradled wood panel like before. I design 3 series of sushi dream. Each series has 3 pieces in there. I label them as S1E1, S1E2 or S2E1. The side of cradled wood board is covered with gold foil. At last the wood board is installed into a gold/black floater frame. My goal is to have these 9 pieces hang on the wall like a sushi matrix. 😀

Here is series 1.

The cradled wood board is 8″×8″, framed size is 9.5″×9.5″. You can find them now in my store. Series 1 and series 2 are all done but series 3 is work in progress.

I hope you enjoy these little sushi pieces. ❤

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My paintings are an outlet to express the imagination I have inside my head that I can not put into words. After trying many mediums, I always find myself coming back to paint and brushes. In my current artistic practice, I use oil paint and mainly create portraits of mythical creatures and animals transfixed in the shifting colours of seascapes and landscapes. There is a natural spirit and magic to these creatures and their energy draws me in. Choosing to paint these creatures as real living wildlife rather than abstractions, I use bold and vivid colours to express the imaginary intertwined with reality, finding magic between the seams. Using a saturated colour palette, I create bold and striking imagery, contrasted between foreground and background, subject and landscape, and light and darkness. Weaving their bodies and the surface of the landscape into each other through organic forms and flowing brush strokes, I find beauty, strength and innocence in these creatures that reflect my inner world.