A Sake Bottle with the Kutani Techniques

Posted in Japanese, Japanese Style, Kutani, landscapes with tags , , , , on January 27, 2014 by yumi

Hi there!

Today’s entry is the Japanese style! It’s a sake bottle and I painted it for my mom. She doesn’t drink at all, but she wants to use it as a vase.

The design is twisted, and it’s a feature of Kutani tableware. Isn’t it a unique style?

A Sake Bottle with The Kutani Techniques

A Sake Bottle with The Kutani Techniques

A Sake Bottle with The Kutani Techniques

A Sake Bottle with The Kutani Techniques

A Sake Bottle with The Kutani Techniques

A Sake Bottle with The Kutani Techniques

A Sake Bottle with The Kutani Techniques

A Sake Bottle with The Kutani Techniques

I hope you like our Japanese style!!

Miniature portraits

Posted in American Syle, Miniatures, Portrait with tags , , , , on January 21, 2014 by yumi

Hello there!

This is my first blog entry for this year. It’s time for me to start blogging again! Thanks as always for visiting my blog!! When you look at my artwork and read the blog entry, please leave a comment!! It always encourages me and has become a really good motivation to keep on painting for me!!! Thank you so much!

Meanwhile, last year I learned how to paint miniature portraits from my dear teacher, Birgit Porter from Germany in America.

Miniature portraits

Miniature portraits

I painted a Russian princess and one of my daughter’s super miniatures in the class. After I returned to Japan, I finished two of left of my daughter’s super miniatures.

Miniature portraits

Miniature portraits

The super minis are almost the same size as a penny. I wanted to make a necklace with each of them, but I figured out that it’s difficult and needs a lot of money. So, I almost gave it up. However, when I showed them to my other teacher, San Do, he suggested that I can make a porcelain button. I think it’s very cute to have some porcelain buttons with my daughter’s portraits!

Miniature portraits

Miniature portraits

After I finished them, I started practicing some miniature portraits again. They are my practice pieces.

Miniature portraits

Miniature portraits

The right one is my self-portrait. I’m planning on giving it to my mom as a surprise gift on my birthday. I think on a birthday that we should appreciate to our parents to give birth. I learned it after I gave birth to my daughter. The left of two are my daughter. I bought the blanc porcelain necklaces and broach in Florida with Gay.
This is a good size for me to wear and paint on.

Miniature portraits

Miniature portraits

Miniature portraits

Miniature portraits

Can you see my daughter’s facial expression? She is crying and I painted some tear drops on her face. It was so much fun!!!

Miniature portraits

Miniature portraits

Miniature portraits

Miniature portraits

I love painting miniatures and want to practice more!!!

2013 in review

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on December 31, 2013 by yumi

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The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 24,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 9 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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New Attempt

Posted in American Syle, Animal painting, Dragon, Fantasy, Kutani, Uncategorized with tags , , on December 30, 2013 by yumi

Hi there! I painted this vase for Dixie’s 54th wedding anniversary. This is mixed of Kutani (the Japanese style) and the American style. I wanted to create an unique style for her specific occasion, and I think I did a pretty good job.

Dixie loves my ship painting and I arranged her favorite my design. I created the new style.

Happy Anniversary, Charles and Dixie! Thank you as always for doing for me!!! Love you so much!!!!

New Attempt

New Attempt

New Attempt

New Attempt

New Attempt

New Attempt

New Attempt

New Attempt

I think you will see a lot of this unique style kind of mixed with the Japanese style and Western style or the European style and the American style on my paintings from now on! I can’t wait to show my style of paintings more!!!!

My practicing pieces with KPM techniques

Posted in European Style, flower painting, KPM Berlin with tags , , , on December 29, 2013 by yumi

Hi there!

Today’s entry is my practicing pieces with the KPM techniques. I’ve been learning the techniques from my dear teacher, Birgit Porter who had been trained at the KPM Berline factory.

I’ve been using the techniques to my original paintings, but I think I still need practice. I hope I’m getting better.

I love painting with traditional patterns because I can learn a lot of things from them.

I painted the pieces with Brigit’s studies, and they are not my original. I will show you my original with the KPM techniques soon!

My practicing piece with the KPM techniques

My practicing piece with the KPM techniques

My practicing piece with the KPM techniques

My practicing piece with the KPM techniques

My practicing piece with the KPM techniques

My practicing piece with the KPM techniques

My practicing piece with the KPM techniques

My practicing piece with the KPM techniques

My practicing piece with the KPM techniques

My practicing piece with the KPM techniques

My practicing piece with the KPM techniques

My practicing piece with the KPM techniques

Yumi’s Adventures in Tennessee!

Posted in European Style, flower painting, My Trip, Nyon Rose with tags , , , , on December 28, 2013 by yumi

Hi all!

Today I want to write about my adventures in Tennessee. I know it will be a long entry. I still have one more long adventures with Rikki, and I will write about it later.

First of all, I show you my work shop piece at Linda’s.

Nyon Roses Plate

Nyon Roses Plate

Nyon Roses Plate

Nyon Roses Plate

Linda is my Tennessee mom #1 (I have another Linda Tennessee mom #2), and I met her at Tybee this year.

I had a work shop at Linda’s in Tennessee, and we painted the Nyon style. I stayed at her house for a while, and she took me to several cool places. I think Tennessee is one of the coolest places in America!

Linda's Painting people

Linda’s Painting people

Linda's Painting people

Linda’s Painting people

We enjoyed painting with the Nyon style and they made beautiful wall pockets with the Nyon roses!

One of Linda's Painting People's Work

One of Linda’s Painting People’s Work

They added some gold work after they fired the wall pockets.

After the workshop, Linda took me to several places and I show you where I visited.

First, she took me to the TeaPot Museum!!!!! It was a dreaming place for me. Can you imagine, at the museum we can see tons of hand painted teapots for free!!!! Linda has a good friend who can explain about each teapot’s history. I enjoyed listening to the stories. The museum is the biggest teapot museum in the world. Although I can’t post all pictures of the teapots, I post some of them. The place is in Tennessee, and if you are interested in seeing them, you should go there! I’m sure for all porcelain painters, the museum is a dreaming place! Thank you so much, Linda for taking me to the place!!!

The Tea Pot Museum in Tennessee

The Tea Pot Museum in Tennessee

The Tea Pot Museum in Tennessee

The Tea Pot Museum in Tennessee

The Tea Pot Museum in Tennessee

The Tea Pot Museum in Tennessee

The Tea Pot Museum in Tennessee

The Tea Pot Museum in Tennessee

The Tea Pot Museum in Tennessee

The Tea Pot Museum in Tennessee

The Tea Pot Museum in Tennessee

The Tea Pot Museum in Tennessee

The Tea Pot Museum in Tennessee

The Tea Pot Museum in Tennessee

This is the rich guy’s house who owned the bunch of teapots. He donated his collections from all over the world to the museum.

The Tea Pot Museum in Tennessee

The Tea Pot Museum in Tennessee

Then we visited a country market. It was the just my image of old fashioned American market plate.

Old Fashioned American Country Market

Old Fashioned American Country Market

Old Fashioned American Country Market

Old Fashioned American Country Market

Inside of the shop was so neat. It just looked like a museum even though it was an actual shop. I just felt like I went back to 40′s, 50′s in America.

Old Fashioned American Country Market

Old Fashioned American Country Market

Old Fashioned American Country Market

Old Fashioned American Country Market

Old Fashioned American Country Market

Old Fashioned American Country Market

Tom and Linda took me to a battle place of civil war between Alabama and Tennessee.

It’s my first time to visit a battle place.

Civil War Battle Plave

Civil War Battle Plcve

In South we can see a lot of civil war battle places and museums. You can see a lot of cannons on the battle places.

Civil War Battle Place

Civil War Battle Place

Civil War Battle Place

Civil War Battle Place

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Civil War Battle Place

Civil War Battle Place

Civil War Battle Place

Civil War Battle Place

When you go South, you still can see this flog a lot. This flog was the symbol for South in America at that time.

Civil War Battle Place

Civil War Battle Place

Civil War Battle Place

Civil War Battle Place

I thought when we lived in the Civil War era, my Michigan moms, Gay, Emilie and Kay were Yankees, and my friends^\[ from North and from South fought against each other. The thought made me really awkward.

Civil War Battle Place

Civil War Battle Place

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Do you know that rockabilly was born in Tennessee? Isn’t it neat?

Linda also took me to the rockabilly museum, and it was pretty cool!

Rockabilly Museum

Rockabilly Museum

Rockabilly Museum

Rockabilly Museum

A very popular rockabilly song, Blue Souse

A very popular rockabilly song, Blue Soes

The inside of the museum was full of Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and other rockabilly singer’s items.

Rockabilly Museum

Rockabilly Museum

Yumi is playing the dram belongs to Elvis Band member!

Yumi is playing the drum belongs to the Elvis Band member!

The most exciting thing at the museum was I could play the drum belongs to the Elvis band member. I forgot the drummer’s name, though. Isn’t it cool?!

Rockabilly Museum

Rockabilly Museum

Can you see my autograph? All visitors can write down their names on a wall, and I’m the first person who wrote down the name in Japanese!!! I don’t think many Japanese people have visited the place. I’m so so lucky!!!

Blue glass

Bluegrass

Tennessee is a music state and we can listen to bluegrass music in front of a shop. I listened to people enjoying playing bluegrass music at the country store. I thought it was really neat!

The last spot in Tennessee is Nashville!!!! It was one of my dreaming places for a long time, and I’m so happy that I could get there!

Nashville is a mecca of country music. Some day I want to go to a real country music concert in Nashville!  Tennessee is a really music state relates to bluegrass, rockabilly and country music!

Nashville

Nashville

Nashville

Nashville

Nashville

Nashville

I love this kind of American joke, lol.

Nashville

Nashville

Nashville was a huge town. I thought the bike was a great idea for tourists!

The Nashville Country Music Museum

The Nashville Country Music Museum

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Tom, Linda and I visited the country music museum. I learned a lot of history of country music there.

The Nashville Country Music Museum

The Nashville Country Music Museum

I don’t think Reba is popular in Japan, but she is one of the most feature artists in America.

The Nashville Country Music Museum

The Nashville Country Music Museum

The Nashville Country Music Museum

The Nashville Country Music Museum

I forgot who was the owner of the car, but I thought this was the American car. I don’t think we can drive such the huge car in Japan, lol. We don’t have enough space to park the car.

The Nashville Country Music Museum

The Nashville Country Music Museum

The Nashville Country Music Museum

The Nashville Country Music Museum

For American people it might be difficult to realize that how big your museums are, but from the Japanese point of view, the museum was gigantic. The museum has displayed a lot of stuff like such the big Cadillacs or Elvis’s piano or whatever.

Elvis's Piano

Elvis’s Piano

The Country Music Museum

The Country Music Museum

I really enjoyed exploring in Tennessee. Thank you so much for everything, Linda, Tom and Jill!!!

I’m looking forward to visiting to Tennessee again next year!

A Demo at The Decatur Guild Meeting

Posted in Japanese, Japanese Style, Kutani with tags , on December 27, 2013 by yumi

Hi there again!

Today’s entry is my demo piece at the Decatur guild meeting.  Dixie belongs to the guild, and she set it up for me.

I showed the Kutani techniques there, and the guild members enjoyed painting with the techniques.

I love exchanging different culture and I’m so glad that I could do it!

Thank you so much, Dixie!

Kutani Plate

Kutani Plate

 

Kutani Plate

Kutani Plate

 

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I think they are the first American painters who tried to paint Kutani. They did a great job!

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