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!!!

Luster Work!

Posted in American Syle, Animal painting, birds, European Style, flower painting with tags , , , , , on April 17, 2014 by yumi

Hi there! It’s been quite a long while since I updated my last blog entry. I’m really sorry for the delay.

I went back to the States again and took some classes at Cheri’s International Painting Studio in Huston, TX with my friend from Bolivia, Fresia.  After the classes, we enjoyed traveling around New Orleans, and I want to write about it on my another blog entry.

In this entry, I want to show you my pieces that I learned from Mary Gosden and Peter Faust.

I took two of Mary’s classes in September last year with Dixie. She is the first teacher who taught me how to handle luster. Since then, I have become more interested in using luster to my works. I have come to like it!

This is the class subject that I took. This design has belonged to Mary Gosden.  She is one of the best teachers whom I have taken before! Everyone loves her, and we really enjoyed painting with her. Mary will come to Anna’s painting studio next summer again, and I really can’t wait to take two classes from her again!!!!

Luster Work with Mary Gosden

Luster Work with Mary Gosden

 

Luster Work with Mary Gosden

Luster Work with Mary Gosden

 

Mary's Class at the Anna's Painting Studio

Mary’s Class at the Anna’s Painting Studio

 

One day Anna took us to a Chinese restaurant with Mary.  We had a great lunch time there!!

At a Chinese Restaurant with Mary

At a Chinese Restaurant with Mary

 

In the Last day, Mary and we threw a chocolate party! It was so much fun!

Chocolate Party with Mary

Chocolate Party with Mary

Our Beloved Mary

Our Beloved Mary

 

Thank you so much for teaching me, Mary!!!

 

Next is the class subject what I painted with Peter Faust. Since taking his classes, I’ve been involved in designing more modern patterns. He definitely has given me a huge influence! I learned a lot of things from him.

Luster Work with Peter Faust

Luster Work with Peter Faust

 

This unique porcelain was designed by Nancy Benedettii. I’m so lucky to get in the classes thanks to my dear friend, Fresia!

She and I really enjoyed hanging out and painting even though we sometimes argued. Through arguing, we have become much closer friends!

Luster Work with Peter Faust

Luster Work with Peter Faust

 

At the Cheri’s painting studio, I met some of my Facebook friends,  Wilma, Karen, Cheri, Nancy, Herta, Dian, in person for the first time! I also met some new friends there. Everyday, we hanged out to eat dinner and had a wonderful time together!

Cheri's Painting Studio

Cheri’s Painting Studi

 

Me and my classmates in our first class with Peter

Me and my classmates in our first class with Peter

 

Me and my classmates in our first class with Peter

Me and my classmates in our second class with Peter

 

Me and Fresia

Me and Fresia

 

This is not a class subject.  Cheri gave each of us a blank porcelain with Peter’s original pattern. Since I took two classes, I got two of white porcelain which has a different pattern.  While taking a class, I painted on one of the pieces by myself. The pattern belongs to Peter, but the idea belongs to me.

My First Work with Luster

My First Work with Luster

 

I don’t want to excuse, but I know my piece is lack of values. Since I didn’t have enough time for firing and I wanted to give this piece to a friend of Fresia while I was in the States, I fired this piece two times. I wish I could fire one more time….. but I love my idea. Using the similar idea, I want to paint another piece some day!

 

 

 

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

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

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!!!!

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