Archive for June, 2011

My Nabeshima Plates

Posted in Imari painting, Iroe, Japanese, Japanese Style, Nabeshima, Sometsuke with tags , , on June 28, 2011 by yumi

I would love to show my ” Nabeshima” today. Nabeshima is a part of ” Imari” painting in Japan. It was painted from seventeenth century to nineteenth century in Japan. They were very expensive and laxury pottery in Japan because Japanese ” Shogun” had used them. It was created as gifts for Japanese Shoguns.

I copied four ” Nabeshima”  plates from old ” Nabeshima” plates. Each Nabeshima has a unique pattern on the back of the each plate. These patterns are specific patterns for Nabeshima.

 The most unique pattern is this. When you look at the rectangle pattern, most of the case, it is a Nabeshima painting.

In addition, you cant see any bands on the Nabeshima plates. It is also one of features of Nabeshima. 


My Nyons’s Roses

Posted in European Style, flower painting with tags , , , on June 25, 2011 by yumi

Hi, friends. Thanks as always to check out my art blog. I really love receiving a lot of comments from you, if you have some free time, please leave a comment on my blog entries!

I would love to show my roses with a European painting style today. My roses are called Nyons’s roses. Nyons is a part of regions in France. I have not been there, so I am not sure if my roses seem to be exact the roses or not. However, I hope mine seems to be close to them.

Here is the link of Nyons:

Although I am not good at painting with sketching with an American painting style, when I paint the roses or filler flowers with the style, I always paint them without tracing. I draw some circles or crosses with my pencil to make some marks, and I start to paint the roses or filler flowers. I can’t paint roses with an American painting style, so my next goal is to become able to paint roses with the techniques!

When you click each picture, you can see it much better. Thanks!

The Michigan School

Posted in American Syle, flower painting, Portrait, The Michigan Shcool with tags , , , on June 11, 2011 by yumi

Today I would like to write about the Michigan school. As you know I sometimes go to America to take some painting classes to improve my painting skills. I especially would like to learn an American painting style in America because I have been learning a European painting style ( Dresden Style ) and a Japanese painting style in Japan.

I took two classes in the Michigan school this May. One was a pansy class, and the other was a portrait class. To be honest with you, I am not used to painting with an American style. I especially is not good at flowers with the style. So, my first class was a bit hard for me. I was taught how to paint pansies by Ann Zitterkoph. When she suggested to us that we couldn’t trace the pansies, and we had to sketch them on our plate, I almost wanted to cry. I thought I couldn’t do that because I never do it before. However, Ann was a very good teacher. She taught us a lot while showing some real pansies. The class was very fun. It was my first time to paint flowers with an American style. I had a great time with Ann. I really appreciate her. After I took her class, I realized that painting flowers with an American style  was fun!

My next class was portrait. I was really looking forward to taking the class because I like painting portraits. However, it was also my first time to paint portraits with an American style. I was taught it by Barbara Bougher. I painted my daughter’s portrait.

In the class when Barbara looked at my work, she said that she couldn’t touch mine because mine looked perfect for her. After she said that, she picked up my work and showed around mine to all other students. All of them clapped their hands to me and said they were happy for me. I was extremely happy at that time. Babara encouraged me and suggested to me that I should start to teach. She told me that I could improve my painting skills through teaching. Right now I am thinking about it.

I met many painters there and made friends with them. I met one of my Facebook friends, Joyce there. She gave me a very cute her hand-painted box. Thanks, Joyce!
I also met Stephen Hayes. He is a teacher. Ann and Stephen especially treated me kindly. When they looked at me, they always spoke to me and asked me about my class.

After class, I always played board games with my American friends. It was very fun! To tell you the truth, I can’t catch English numbers. So, it was very tough for me to play BINGO in English! When I listen to English numbers, I always try to translate the numbers into Japanese. While I am thinking, the game is going on, and I loose my numbers. Actually, many friends helped me a lot. However, I received a lot of gifts. I was a lucky girl!

We also had a party because the school had a 40th anniversary this year.

The school was extremely fun. I really appreciate my friends, Gay, Emilie, Kay and Mari first. I also appreciate my friends, Pat, Joyce, Christine, Beatriz and many my classmates. I also appreciate my teachers Ann, Barbara, Stephen ( Thank you so much for the wonderful paints! ), Andrew ( Thank you so much for the lovely plate! ) and many teachers.

I am really looking forward to seeing all of them again next year!


Imari Painting – Iroe Sometsuke

Posted in Imari painting, Iroe, Sometsuke with tags , , on June 7, 2011 by yumi

It is my newest artwork. I copied it from a very old Imari plate that was made in 1650’s to 1710’s. Although I enjoyed painting it, I don’t want to use the plate. It is a bit tawdry for using.

I am struggling with a typical Japanese pattern, ” Takokarakusa” right now. I am trying to creat my design with the pattern, but it is very hard. After I paint a plate with my ” Takokarakusa “, I will update the picture of it!

Anyway, the plate pattern of these pictures is very old and very colourful. I think the original plate was exported to some European countries from Japan.

Imari Painting :