Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Here's one of Baiko's most recent works which is available as a fine art giclee print on Imagekind.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Arte Y Pico Award Update

An old friend from Imagekind, Solomon Walker, has begun a new blog. So now we can offer the Arte y Pico Award to Solomon whose blog is called, The Urban Stone Gallery (USG).

Bloggers at Arte y Pico, a Spanish language blog, created the Arte y Pico Award to honor artists who create, design, and inspire regardless of language or culture. It's an international award for a global community of artist-bloggers, acknowledging that what we create helps make the world a finer place.

You can see the rules for the Arte y Pico Award here:

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

The Zen-Images 2009 Calender

The Zen-Images 2009 Calender is available for purchase on RedBubble.
The calender is a collection of Baiko's work chosen to reflect the changing seasons.

RedBubble calendars are printed on high quality, high density paper that’s easy to write on and come bound and ready for hanging on your wall. Each page is a matte coated print on 170gsm pages. The cover image is on heavier 300gsm paper. The calendars have a hanger and white wire binding. RedBubble calendars are satin-coated prints on high quality art paper.
They’re A3 size (that’s 297×420mm, or 11.69×16.54”).

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Arte y Pico Award

This is long overdue. A big thanks to Ivan Chan for selecting Zen-Images for the Arte y Pico award last July. If you don't know Ivan's finger painting, you are in for a real treat. His work is exotic & sensual and his Asia-Pacific scenes remind of us of the great French artist, Paul Gaugin.

Ivan wrote that the "bloggers at Arte y Pico (this is a Spanish language blog, so if you don't read Spanish, get your Internet translators ready) created the Arte y Pico Award to honor artists who create, design, and inspire regardless of language or culture. It's an international award for a global community of artist-bloggers, acknowledging that what we create helps make the world a finer place."

Now we have the honor of giving this award to five of our peers. Here are the rules for the Arte y Pico Award:

1) Award five blogs that contribute to the blogging community through creativity, design, and interesting material, regardless of language.

2) Name each of the five blog authors and provide a link to his or her blog.

3) Award recipients must show the Arte y Pico Award image and the name of the award-giving blog author, as well as the award-giving blog author's blog link.

4) Award recipients must provide a link to the Arte y Pico blog.

5) Award recipients must show these rules.

Here are our five choices for the Arte y Pico Award. We know you will enjoy their creations.






Saturday, October 4, 2008

Back to Work

Last May, we stopped working to go to the US to help JW's 95 year old Dad recover from a stroke. After 3 months, we returned to our home in France to find a garden overrun with grass and weeds and a house reminiscent of Ms. Haversham's. A month later, we've finally found the calm needed to return to our Ikebana Art Blog. Here are a few of Baiko's new creations.

Grape vines and wild flowers in ceramic vase.

Lotus leaves set in pine section.

Gerberas and bear grass in glass vase.

Abandoned tractor part, gerberas and willow branches.

Welder's mask, gerberas and grass.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Imagekind Featured Artist of the Week

I am honored and thrilled that I have been chosen by Imagekind as one of the three "Featured Artists of the Week." I hope this increased exposure will entice those not familiar with Ikebana to visit my galleries and experience this Japanese art form which I love so much.

Monday, April 21, 2008

A New Milestone

During the weekend, the My Fans counter on my Imagekind gallery clicked past 1000. I would like to thank all of you for taking the time to look at my work. I especially appreciate those of you who have written to me to comment on my Ikebana Art. It has been an inspiration.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

An Iris is an Iris is an Iris?

The iris is one of my favorite flowers to work with. I love its sensuous blossoms and pointed buds. Walking through my garden, the white and purple masses of the early-blooming variety of beard irises are a feast for the eyes. But have you ever inhaled their exotic scent? Hmmm!
I never noticed it until I started to work with them.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

'The Dutch Tulip'

Those of you who have visited this blog know me by my Japanese name 'Baiko' (Plum Blossom) which the Sogetsu School gave me when I was awarded the title 'Sensei' or Master.

But, for my American father-in-law, I am and will always be 'The Dutch Tulip' because I hail from Holland and love to work with this symbol of my country.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Magical Music

Often it seems that music is everywhere we go. But not exclusively in the natural sounds that fuse into spontaneous symphonies. This work is inspired by a piece of vegetation found on a recent hike which uncannily resembles a musical notation. Or an instrument? JW says this piece reminds him of an angel's harp.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

A New Sculpture

JW and I are always on the prowl for new material for my Ikebana Art. During a hike in the mountains last week, we came across a plough lying abandoned next to a deserted manor house. I've manipulated these rusty iron parts into a sculpture which provides a stark setting for this delicate camellia.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Spring is in the Air

I love to express the Seasons in my creations. Spring is bursting all around us and at our local market I found these irresistible, colorful ranunculi. The airy bamboo basket adds to the gay, seasonal mood.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

EmptyEasel Featured Artist

I am very thrilled to announce that Dan at EmptyEasel has chosen me as this week’s featured artist. He wrote a very perceptive review of my work which he entitled Baiko's Ikebana Art. What pleases me most is that Dan didn’t know a thing about Ikebana prior to seeing my work. He is a very knowledgeable art critic and that is exactly how he approached my work. He looked without any pre-conceptions. He has made some very insightful remarks which I hope will help the art buying public appreciate the Art of Ikebana. This is my homage to the late Sofu Teshigahara, the founder of the Sogetsu School and modern Ikebana.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

A Small Milestone

We reached a small milestone last night: our 500th fan on Imagekind. By coincidence or design, it was artist/member Charles Ferrell who sent in this lovely comment: "Your creativity is inspiring!"
We think Charles is a very talented artist. There's an energy in his pencil drawings that sings out. We've posted one of his works here but to see more, please visit his on-line gallery.

Friday, February 15, 2008


In Sogetsu Ikebana, we often use unconventional material to make our creations. I love the form of this smashed up tennis racket I found at our village club. I spray-painted it jet black to make its form even starker. The camellias which are now in bloom in our garden provide just the right contrast.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Meet The Mulberry Man

The Mulberry Man has led quite an interesting life. I created him in Tokyo while studying for my Sensei degree at the Sogetsu School. His appendages are made of mulberry branches and his head is a cocoon. At one point we had silk worms crawling all over our apartment. From Tokyo, Our Friend moved to France, then to Italy and back to France again. Now, thanks to the Internet, he resides in the blogosphere, too.

Order a print of The Mulbery Man

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Figuier de Barbarie

This Ikebana was inspired by the Figuier de Barbarie, a cactus which grows on the steep, rocky slopes that surround our village in the south of France.

Originally from Mexico, where they use it to make tequila, the Figuier de Barbarie grows well in the arid climates here, in Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily and north Africa. It's prickly to work with but I love its wonderful, comical shapes. It has a yellowish- red fruit which is a local delicacy.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

The Sogetsu School of Ikebana

The Sogetsu School of Ikebana shaped Baiko's artistic style. The most avant-garde of the Japanese Ikebana schools was started in 1927 as an answer to one man's intense desire to make Ikebana a vehicle for personal artistic expression. That man was the late Sofu Teshigahara (1900-1977), the first Iemoto, or grand master, of the Sogetsu School and he truly revolutionized the world of Japanese flower arranging.

Teshigahara considered Ikebana to be much more than flower arranging. He believed that Ikebana is Art. He said, "the spirit under which the Sogetsu School was born was to create Ikebana that matches actual life and to create something that deserves the name art." He feared that traditional Ikebana would die out unless it adapted to modern times. To survive, he said, "Ikebana has to be always fresh, vital and dynamic."

Here are some quotes from Teshigahara's diary, Kadensho, The Book of Flowers:

Ikebana is born from the encounter of nature and humans; it is the coming together of nature and human life....a clear example of perfect harmony between man and nature....

Ikebana can be done anywhere by anyone. There are no national or ethnic boundaries. Like flowing water or drifting clouds, Ikebana spreads throughout the world....

Just as musicians express themselves through the language of music, Ikebana artists must use the language of flowers....

Ikebana will fail if its ultimate goal is the imitation of nature---even if the imitation is more or less perfect. One cannot just take a piece of it and try to recreate it. One takes a piece of nature and adds something that was not there. This is what creation in Ikebana means.

In Ikebana, the flowers are imbued with a human meaning. They are no longer the flowers of the meadow or the flower shop...the result is an expression of the Ikebana artist.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Ikebana and Photography

A few years ago a dear friend suggested that my wife Baiko and I team up to produce a website gallery to exhibit her art, known as Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging. The result is Zen-Images. We invite you to take a look at our Ikebana galleries as well as a brief history of Ikebana and a short profile of Baiko.

An Ikebana creation is very transient like nature itself. While there are books by Japanese masters containing photographs of their work, no master has offered a collection of Ikebana works as fine art prints for wall decoration. We can because I am a professional photographer and nearly always available to capture and preserve the transience of Baiko's creations.

As both the camera lens and artificial light can distort a composition, I intentionally keep the photography as natural as possible to avoid imposing on the art. Baiko and I have learned to work together so that the essence of her artistic creations can be perfectly captured.

Sogetsu Ikebana by Baiko

Baiko is the Japanese name of artist Astrid Stadt, Ikebana master (Sensei) of the Sogetsu School of Japan. Baiko means plum blossom, a very revered flower in Japan. White to rose in color, the plum blossom appears in early February, a harbinger of spring. The Japanese admire it for its resilience against the cold of winter. Baiko is a symbol of perseverance in the face of adversity. Astrid received the name Baiko when the Sogetsu School awarded her the title Sensei. All the prints of her creations are stamped with her Baiko seal.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

A Thousand Thanks

We appreciate the many positive comments about Baiko's creations from our fellow artists.

shanghaiwu commented on Ikebana-017:
brilliant baiko, viewing your work has brought morning calm/thankyou

elenamaza says this about Ikebana-017:
This amazing image of ikebana brings to my mind the silhouette of a beautiful geisha opening her kimono, as well as a butterfly unfolding its wings--amazing and lovely!

caroline caux commented on Ikebana-066
I am totally overwhelmed by the beauty of these compositions!
what you do is extremely beautiful, and the meaning behind your work too!

antje-b says this about Ikebana-036:
This is absolutely gorgeous. The delicate nature of the subject is emphasized by beautifully colouring.

Junko Azukawa commented on Ikebana-000
I love your works! beautiful composition…

Stephensfineart says this about Ikebana-000:
What a great sense of space and simplicity this artist has in the images.

GrayeaglePhotography says this about Ikebana-000:
I like what you have done here. It is simple but holds the eye so as to please the heart. Pat

robertamaria says this about Ikebana-000:
Ikebana-000 does it for me. And then some. rma

kbacklundart says this about Ikebana-037:
Great work. I love your gallery. Kevin

eyecontact says this about Ikebana-024:
Love your grasp of positive and negative space. Nice subjects, too.

ve1mos says this about Ikebana-024:
What a perfect arrangement of form and colour!

CorrineBongiovanni says this about Ikebana-061:
I am so impressed with the delicacy of your work!

awoni commented on Ikebana-061:
This is great! I love it! Very fresh, first time I see Ikebanas on Bubble, awesome!

AJCVISIONS says this about Ikebana-025:

ursbugg says this about Ikebana-012:
I love them all but I think this one may be my favorite.

coffeetea commented on Ikebana-012:
awesome one. it swirls the universe.

suzeez says this about Ikebana-012:
Very nice. I love the colors.

NIMEX says this about Ikebana-048:
All of Your arrangement are just flat out cool!;)

AJCVISIONS says this about Ikebana-048:

1stAngel says this about Ikebana-007:
I adore this, along with all the works here.. So beautiful!

AJCVISIONS says this about Ikebana-019:
Great concept...Photo is a perfect 10

ScottKuehn says this about Ikebana-026:
I like the clean, minimal design of your images. Less is more!

Caprice says this about Ikebana-009:
Gorgeous. So fresh....Your images and the arrangements are so amazing. Delicate, serene, with so many themes. I am amazed by you!

Betty Mackey commented on Ikebana-042:
This is a deeply beautiful Ikebana floral arrangement and photograph.

corndontgrow1966 says this about Ikebana-011:
verry nice!!! love it

masjil2000 says this about Ikebana-011:
Nice gallery. I amaze the flower and love it.

BlueSwan says this about Ikebana-006:
Lovely. I love the fact that you used the clear Aalto vase here. Perfect!

CarolineAlphaShots says this about Ikebana-054:
most beautifull

Some General Comments received via Email:

Vincent-Field Photography ...
Your work is absolutely breathtaking.

Ellen Y. Lau
Hello Baiko,
Love, love your work. Very refreshing, new and soothing....

Carl Jacobson
Wow, absolutely sublime work. I'm stunned.

Marilyn E Robertson
Very serene and beautiful work. Ikebana is not easy, I know. I admire your abilities.

Matt Hess
Wow your arrangments are more like sculptures. I love the look....Matt Hess

Donald Taylor
Beautiful and powerful work!

Chris Bolmeier
Simply beautiful images.
Chris Bolmeier

Your work is just beautiful - absolutely breathtaking!

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