Lala

Posted in American Syle, Animal painting, Miniatures, Portrait, The Michigan Shcool with tags , , , , , on December 12, 2014 by yumi

Hi friends!

How have you been in this busy holiday season? This month is a cleaning month in Japan, and I have been busy for cleaning our house. I am preparing to welcome a New Year!

Today I want to show some of my miniature portraits again. I lost our beloved dog 7 months ago while I was in Canada. I was taking a class from my mentor, Patrizia from Italy there.  Our dog’s name was Lala, a very pretty black female Labrador Retriever. She died when she was 13 years and 9 months old. After I lost her, I couldn’t paint for a while.

I learned how to paint animal miniature portraits from my teacher, Birgit Porter in the States in May at the Michigan school this year. I painted this Lala’s portrait with her, and at the time she was alive. I couldn’t finish this piece in the class, and I flew to Canada with this to attend the Canada international porcelain show. Then, I lost her.  After I returned to Japan from Canada, I couldn’t see her photos and keep on painting on this piece. I couldn’t even blog for a while. I completely lost what I should do.

Lala, Miniature Animal Portrait

Lala, Miniature Animal Portrait

 

Lala, Miniature Animal Portrait

Lala, Miniature Animal Portrait

 

Lala, Miniature Animal Portrait

Lala, Miniature Animal Portrait

 

I painted her on a Limoges porcelain tile. I bought the tiles at San Do’s  painting studio last year.

 

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Lala came to our house as our daughter’s companion. We have only daughter, 20 years old. When Lala came to our house, our daughter, Nana was only 7 years old. They grew up together. Since we have to move around Japan from one place to another place because of my husband’s job, Lala had became a good company to all of us. She was a very smart, calm and pretty dog. She moved to 4 different places with us.

Lala

Lala

 

Lala

Lala

 

I still cry when I see her photos. I still can’t stair at her photos. I still can’t move on since her death. Even so, I finished her portrait last month. I have several good her photos and want to paint her more.

I also finished my friends, Gay and Bonnie’s pets portraits. The cat is Gay’s and the dog is Bonnie’s.

Animal Portraits

Animal Portraits

 

Animal Portraits

Animal Portraits

 

I want to paint my baby, Jiji (My favorite cat) on an another Limoges porcelain tile soon!

IPAT ~International Porcelain Artists and Teachers’s Show

Posted in American Syle, Animal painting, Awards, competition, Dragon, Fantasy, Japanese, Japanese Style, Kutani with tags , , , , , , on December 7, 2014 by yumi

Hi there!

I attended one of the biggest porcelain shows in Florida,  the States in August. I went there with my friend, Fresia from Bolivia.  During the show we enjoyed watching the Cirque du Soleil at Disney, going to a big shopping mall and Universal studios. We had a great time there, and after the show, we flew to Huston to Cheri Holder’s international painting studio and took two classes from my mentor, Patrizia Arvieri. I can’t write everything on this blog entry, and I will write step by step.  First of all, I want to focus on writing the IPAT show.

It was my first time to attend the show and I met a lot of Japanese porcelain artists there. I made friend with them, and it was great! I really appreciate their friendships!! Thank you, Yumiko Okumura, Etuko Hanajima, Rumi Agawa, Satomi Totten, Kazuyo Tanaka, Syuuko Kishida, Yurimi Sakashita and Sachiko Teramura. I especially had a great time with Satomi Totten! I took the same classes from patrizia Arveri at Cheri’s painting studio with her. It was so nice. All of them are so talented artists. I got a lot of influence from them. I am looking forward to seeing them again somewhere!

 

IPAT show

IPAT show

 

The show had some display tables where we can show our pieces and it also had some tables for the competition. I entered two pieces and got a silver ribbon and a bronze ribbon. It became a great memory for me.

Japanese Dragon

Japanese Dragon

 

Japanese Dragon

Japanese Dragon

 

Japanese Dragon

Japanese Dragon

 

My Bronze Ribbon

My Bronze Ribbon

 

Japanese Gold Fish

Japanese Gold Fish

 

My Silver Ribbon

My Silver Ribbon

 

I also did a demonstration of our dying art from, Kutani. It was my first time to show Kutani in the American show. Many people came up to my table and I received a lot of questions. I am so glad that may people in the States are so interested in Kutani.

 

My demo at IPAT show

My demo at IPAT show

 

My Demo at IPat Show

My Demo at IPat Show

 

I won a lottery and got two hand painted pieces by my portrait teacher, Cookie Barton! I was extremely lucky!!!!!!

 

The show was so much fun, and I am looking forward to going to the next show with Gay and Rikki!

 

 

My Bird Painting ~Part 2~

Posted in American Syle, Animal painting, Awards, birds, International Convention with tags , , on November 23, 2014 by yumi

Hi friends!

How are you doing? I have had a cold since two weeks ago, and I still can’t stop coughing. I hope tomorrow I will feel better.

Today I want to show my other bird painting. I painted this one for the Canada international porcelain convention. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get any award, I like this painting. I hope you also like it.

Since the competition theme was about Canada, I painted a Canada Goose for it.

My Canada Goose Painting

My Canada Goose Painting

 

My Canada Goose Painting

My Canada Goose Painting

 

My Bird Painting ~Part 1~

Posted in American Syle, Animal painting, birds with tags , , , on November 15, 2014 by yumi

Hi there!

First of all I want to appreciate you all even though I haven’t updated anything more than for 6 months. Thank you so much for visiting my art blog!!!

Today I want to show my bird painting. I brought this rooster painting to the IPAT show in the States for decorating. It’s my first time to attend the international porcelain painting show in America. I will write about the convention on my another journal soon.

My Rooster Painting

My Rooster Painting

 

My Rooster Painting

My Rooster Painting

I hope you like my rooster painting!

Mushroom!!!!

Posted in American Syle, Fantasy, Miniatures with tags , , , on November 12, 2014 by yumi

Mushroom!!!! Hi there! It’s really been a while since I posted my last entry. I am very sorry to the long delay. There were so many things happened to me in six months. While I was in Canada, I lost our beloved dog, Lala. I went back to the States again to attend the IPAT show in August. We got a new puppy. Then my PC died. This PC is Windows 8, and I am still struggling with handling it. This is my first blog entry on my new PC! Weee!! I will write about these things step by step later. Today I want to show my newest artwork! I think this entry is good for this season. In Japan it’s fall. Yes! The mushroom season!!!!! I bought this cute Limogues porcelain at San Do’s painting studio last September. I still haven’t post anything about the trip either. Aw, I have to write so many things before I forget everything.

Limoged Porcelain Mushroom

Limoges Miniature Porcelain Mushroom

Limoged Porcelain Mushroom

Limoges Miniature Porcelain Mushroom

Limoged Porcelain Mushroom

Limoges Miniature Porcelain Mushroom

Limoged Porcelain Mushroom

Limoges Miniature Porcelain Mushroom

Limoged Porcelain Mushroom

Limoges Miniature Porcelain Mushroom

Limoged Porcelain Mushroom

Limoges Miniature Porcelain Mushroom

Isn’t it cute? I really love the mushroom pill case! I will poste a new blog entry soon. Please stay tune on my blog!!!!!!

Salon Blank International Exhibition of Contemporary Art

Posted in American Syle, Animal painting, Awards, competition, Fantasy, International Convention, Japanese, Japanese Style, Kutani, Modern Style with tags , , , , , , , on April 22, 2014 by yumi

Hi there!

How’s the weather in your place? In Japan we are in the mid of spring, and I really enjoy it. I love spring because I was born in April. My parents told me when I was born, the cherry blossoms were full blooming. I guess that’s why I love cherry blossoms and spring.

This spring, an exciting thing happened to me. I tried to get in Salon Blank International Exhibition of Contemporary Art, and it’s my first try and got a prize to two of my pieces. Since it was my purpose to got a prize and get into the show to show my artwork ( I mean if I wouldn’t get a prize, I couldn’t get into the show.), I’m super happy :)

Here are my pieces.

I painted a floating bosastu. Bosatsu means buddha. We have several curving floating bosatsu in Kyoto, and when I saw them with my friend from America, I thought they were so pretty. I really wanted to paint them.  I painted the floating bosatsu with the Kutani techniques and the Western techniques.  This piece is a test piece for me to paint more floating bosatsu. I really want to paint all floating bosatsu with this idea soon! I can’t wait to show my new piece of floating bosatsu to you all!

A Floating Bosatsu

A Floating Bosatsu

 

Next one is my cat.

Jiji

Jiji

Jiji is my kitty’s name, and he came to our house last June. Since then, I really really love him. Painting Jiji was so much fun. This piece is my imagination, and we don’t have mice at home. He is really playful, and he is peering through mice to play with them or maybe to eat.

I think it’s one of the hardest parts for us painters to make our pieces closer what we imagine in our mind. I’ve always been struggling with this, but to be honest with you that’s why I love painting. Meanwhile, I really enjoyed painting Jiji, and you will see my kitty’s pieces more from now on!

Jiji

Jiji

 

Jiji

Jiji

 

Jiji

Real Jiji

I’ve gotten in the book of this art show’s collections.

Salon Blanc

Salon Blanc

 

Salon Blanc

Salon Blanc

The exhibition was in Tokyo, and I couldn’t go there.

Some of my friends who live in Tokyo took some photos of my pieces for me. So, I want to show them to you as well. Thank you very much for the photos, Yukari-san, Jiro-san, Hiroko-san, Toshio-san and Emiko-san.

 

Salon Blanc

Salon Blanc

 

Salon Blanc

Salon Blanc

 

Salon Blanc

Salon Blanc

 

Salon Blanc

Salon Blanc

 

Salon Blanc

Salon Blanc

 

I also bring these pieces to PAC BC convention in Canada, http://pacbcconvention.wordpress.com/

See you there soon!

 

Happy Easter!

Posted in European Style, Fantasy, flower painting, International Convention, Modern Style, Uncategorized with tags , , , on April 19, 2014 by yumi

Happy Easter, everyone!

Although in Japan most of us don’t celebrate it because most of us are Buddhists, the Easter season is the Cherry Blossoms season for us.

I bought this cute blank plate from Peter Faust. Since it’s gotten a rabbit on the plate, I thought painting Easter was a great idea. Then, I designed my style of Easter plate. I painted cherry blossoms with luster. When I ordered this plate to Peter, he said that I should NOT use luster on the plate. However, I totally forgot what he advised me and DID it…….

When I looked at what happened to my plate, I was a little bit shocked because it got a lot of tiny white spots. But, I kept painting on it, and as a result, I think the white spots added some interests to my design.

Modern Style of Easter Plate

Modern Style of Easter Plate

 

Modern Style of Easter Plate

Modern Style of Easter Plate

 

Modern Style of Easter Plate

Modern Style of Easter Plate

 

In Osaka we have several nice spots where we can enjoy viewing cherry blossoms. I designed my plate from this type of cherry blossoms called Yae-Zakura in Japanese.

Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms

If you are interested in seeing more photos, please visit my another blog. I’ve been showing more photos on my blog post!

http://yumiyumayume.wordpress.com/

Thank you so much!

Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms

 

Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms

 

Don’t you think they are very cute and pretty? I really really love the Yae-Zakura!

I hope when you look at my Easter plate, you can feel Spring, I’m so happy!!!

I will bring this plate to PAC BA convention in Canada, http://pacbcconvention.wordpress.com/. See you there!!!

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