Archive for March, 2012

A Nabeshima Plate For Matt

Posted in Arita, Iroe, Japanese, Japanese Style, Nabeshima, Sometsuke with tags , , on March 27, 2012 by yumi

Hi, there! A bit long time no see!! How have you been? I started to prepare to study abroad in America again! A month from now I will enroll in my dear America friend, Gay’s painting school, the Michigan school! After school, Gay, my other dear friend, Emili and I will go to Canada to join the international porcelain painting show in Canada. I’m so excited! I can meet some my Canadian friends, Gloria, Sol, Pad and so on!!! I also can meet Akiko and Kay again at the Michigan school!!!

Today, I’d love  to show my newest work! It’s a Nabeshima plate. I painted it for my Texan friend. Let me introduce about him. He is one of my English teachers and my conversational partners. I have several good conversational partners and English teachers.  I met him at a language exchange site. He has been learning Japanese. I’ve been teaching him Japanese, in turn, he has been teaching me English. We have been talking on Skype almost every day for two hours for three years, I guess. I’ve never met him in person, but he is one of my closest friends. Since I’ve been learning American English, talking with him is so helpful and effective for me. He is really good at listening to someone’s stories, so I’ve been improving my speaking skills a lot.

He and I can talk about everything. Thinking back on our past conversations, I’ve asked him a lot of embarasseing phrases, expressions and swear words  that relates to sexual expressions that I can’t write down here like kids ask to their parents, lol. Every time he receives some questions from me, he has told me that it’s OK. I can ask anything to him because I’ve been learning English. I have to learn everything in English. I can ask him anything. I really think that he is a really good English teacher. It’s not an important thing for teachers to teach in one way. I really think that it’s also important for teachers to listen to their students stories. He is such a kind of teacher.

Since I wanted to show my appreciate to him, I painted the plate for him. Since I’ve known he is very interested in Japanese culture, I wanted to paint a Japanese plate. I copied it from an old Nabeshima plate. I hope he likes it.

A Front of View of my Nabeshima Plate with a Japanese Imari Style

A Front Side View of my Nabeshima Plate with a Japanese Imari Style

A Back Side View of My Nabeshima Plate with a Japanese Imari Style

A Back Side View of My Nabeshima Plate with a Japanese Imari Style

A Back Side View of My Nabeshima Plate with a Japanese Imari Style

A Back Side View of My Nabeshima Plate with a Japanese Imari Style

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The GA Seminar by the Sea Porcelain Art School

Posted in American Syle, Animal painting, Dresden, European Style, flower painting, Portrait, The GA Seminar by the Sea Porcelain Art School with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 12, 2012 by yumi

Hi, there! Long time no see!!!! How have you been? I’ve been doing good. I’ve still been suffering from a jet lag because I returned to Japan two days ago.

I’m happy that I finally can update my blog entry today!

I had been in America to take some painting classes. I enrolled in the GA Seminar by the Sea Porcelain Art School. I took three classes there. It was my first time to join the school. First, before the school started, I stopped by my dear American friend, Gay’s house for a week. She invited me to her house to take a rest and get over a jet lag. She is my wonderful American friend! I’ve really beeing enjoying  hanging out with her. I also met Emilie there again! She is also my amazing American friend. This time I met my dear Japanese painting friend, Akiko. She and I have a lot of common interests. We are from the same home town, Shiga prefecture. Her husband’s home tome is my current city, Fukui City. It’s easy for us to become good friends! I met her on this blog! So, I’m very happy to meet her in person for the first time!!! Anyway, after I enjoyed hanging out with Gay, Emilie and Akiko, Gay and I flied to GA.

I knew the school on Facebook. Suzanne Painter is the owner of the school.  Here is the website: http://gaseminarsbythesea.net/  I also looked forward to meeting Suzanne in person very much. After I signed up the school, I’ve been contacting her for 10 months. I called her twice. I was scared to speak to her in English on a phone for the first time even though I’ve used to talk with my American friends on Skype. Before Gay signed up the school, I planned to go to the school alone. So, I had to make sure something to her. She is a very kind and nice person. So, I could feel relax. Anyway, when I knew that Gay also signed up the school and she could go there with me, I was very happy! Before I went to the school, I was really looking forward to meeting my Facebook and Twitter friend, Dixie! I finally met her in person at the school!!!!

Gay and I really enjoyed the school! She took two Andrew Orr’s classes. I took a Jane Marcks’s class, an Alfredo Toledano’s class and a Filipe Pereia’s class. I learned a portrait from Jane, a Dresden Style from Alfredo and an animal portrait from Filipe. All of them were wonderful teachers. It was my first time to go to the southern part of America. I sometimes can’t understand what people in south said. I asked my American friends who speak with a standard accent what they said. Although I couldn’t understand the accent, at the end of the school, I became used to it and started to understand it. I also enjoyed the southern foods. They are so good! People in south were so nice. I love the part of America! That’s because I am from the west of Japan. People in west, Japan are also very friendly and nice. I feel kind of the similar feeling from people in south in America.

My first class was a portrait. I painted it with Jane Marcks. She was an amazing teacher. I learned a lot from her! Since I love her painting techniques,style and herself(Oh, yes, she is so cute!), I signed up her private class in Texas. I’m looking forward to taking her private class! Since I bought her portraits colors, I’d love to practice portraits with her colors. I love painting portraits.

A Portrait, Design by Jane Marck

A Portrait, Designed by Jane Marcks

A Portrait, Design by Jane Marcks

A Portrait, Designed by Jane Marcks

A Portrait, Design by Jane Marcks

A Portrait, Designed by Jane Marcks

I became friends with Nancy, Lisa and Bonnie. I also became friends even with Jane Marcks. I really look forward to meeting them again next year at the school.

My second class was a Dresden style. I was so excited to take the Alfredo Tledano’s class because I’ve been learning Dresden style in Japan. I was very curious about his techniques, brushes, some oil and paints.

I took his class with my dear American friend, Dixie. She was sitting next to me, and we painted together. It was very fun!

A Dresden Plate, Designed by Alfredo Toledano

A Dresden Plate, Designed by Alfredo Toledano

A Dresden Plate, Designed by Alfredo Toledano

A Dresden Plate, Designed by Alfredo Toledano

I changed a little bit of my gold on my plate. This class was very unique. He paints two plates for each his students. His students exact copy his plate while looking at their plate that Alfredo painted. Since I wanted to paint with my style,  mine’s aren’t exact copy from him.  I painted my Dresden plates in my way. However, I painted them with his brushes, some oil, brushes and his techniques.

Alfredo's plate that he painted for me

Alfredo's plate that he painted for me

A Dresden Plate, Designed by Alfredo Toledano

A Dresden Plate, Designed by Alfredo Toledano

A  Dresden Plate, Designed by Alfredo Toledano

A Dresden Plate, Designed by Alfredo Toledano

Even thought I painted my plates with his brushes, his oil and his techniques, I used my Dresden colors. I bought some his colors, but I used my pink, pouple, yellow and orange. They are Japanese paints. I wanted to try to use my Japanese colors on his style. I’m happy it works very well!!

I have been painting Dresden with one fire. When I told it, he was very surprised. He said that it was very difficult. Yes, it is very difficult. I’ve learned the one fire techniques at my Japanese painting school. After I learned his techniques, I found that painting with Dresden with one fire techniques is so difficult. I realized that I’ve been painting Dresden in a very difficult way. I love my school’s way, but I also love his way. I’d love to create my way with mix of his way and my school way in Dresden.

Alfredo's plate that he painted for me

Alfredo's plate that he painted for me

I met Regina, Deroles, Lynette and Denise. We became good friends! I also look forward to meeting them again at the school!

My third class was with Filipe Pereia. I painted three animal portraits with him. The class was the hardest for me. I had to paint three animals on three tiles. I chose a baby monkey, a tiger and a baby seal. It was my first time to paint animal portraits. I was also excited. I love realistic paintings. I painted three of them from three calenders. The class was so much fun. I was the only one student who painted on tiles. All other students painted on a huge vase. I wanted to paint on it, but it was impossible for me to bring it to Japan. I don’t think even if I would bring it, it wouldn’t fit to my small Japanese house. So, I changed my painting materials. However, it was really good for me. I learned a lot form Filipe.

A Baby Monkey painted with Filipe

A Baby Monkey painted with Filipe

After I painted all the part of the monkey tile, he corrected the right side. I didn’t know how to paint the monkey’s mom’s hair. So, he corrected the part. He also corrected the baby’s body part a bit. This monkey portrait is my favorite! When I painted the monkey face, he said that I did a great job.

A Baby Monkey painted with Filipe

A Baby Monkey painted with Filipe

A Baby Seal painted with Filipe

A Baby Seal painted with Filipe

I also painted all of the baby seal  by myself first. He corrected the back ground, some brunches in front of the baby seal and the seal’s body part. I really enjoyed creating the seal’s fur. His brushes are extremely good for creating textures. They are amazing! It’s very easy for me to make different textures. I got a lot of hints from his brushes. I’m planning to paint a lot of objects with them! The brushes were very expensive, but I think I got treasures!

A Baby Seal painted with Filipe

A Baby Seal painted with Filipe

My last tile is a tiger. I couldn’t paint him by myself. He painted it most of the part because I didn’t have enough time to finish three tiles in four days.

A Tiger painted with Filipe

A Tiger painted with Filipe

A Tiger painted with Filipe

A Tiger painted with Filipe

While painting the tiger, I made a big mistake. Before blending the yellow and white on the tiger, I put all black color on my tiger. When I showed it to Filipe and asked about my next step, he said, “Oh No!!!!! Yumiko! (It’s my real name) Don’t put black before blending. Fix it up everything!” Since he didn’t teach me how to fix it, I removed all black from my tiger. It was a really good lesson for me. Even he painted most of the part, I still painted some part of my tiger. I painted nose part, the tiger’s head, a light side eye, ears and so on. I really wanted to paint him by myself and receive his correction. However, it was difficult in a four day seminar. He told me that I shouldn’t take his special class. I should take his normal class from now on. I should focus on painting one animal portrait in four days. I agree with him. He suggested to me that I should go to Portugal to study abroad at his painting studio. I started to think about it.  It must be fun!

I met Rikki, Pat, Libby, Paula and many classmates there. I painted my third session without Gay because she didn’t take a third session. Before the class started, I was so nervous. I wasn’t confident in doing good without Gay. However, Suzanne, Dell, Pat, Paula, Rikkie and many classmates helped me. I really appreciate them!

I stayed at the house with Dixie, her husband, Charles and Jane Marcks. We chatted a lot and had a great time at the house. Dixie and I became good friends. I really look forward to meeting her again!

      

When the school was off, Gay and I enjoyed shopping. We went to Savanna and went antiquing. We also met Gay’s cousin there. She visited Japan and knows a lot of Japanese words. I enjoyed talking to her. I bought some antiques there. I really love Savanna. There are so many antique shops!!!! There are so many Victorian houses!!!! Every time we passed through some Victorian houses, I cried to Gay “Look at the houses!!! Look at the shop!!!” It was very fun!

We ate a piece of cheese cake as our dinner. It was very tasty! I loved the cake! I ate a piece of banana cheese cake.

Gay ate a piece of strawberry short cake. Both of them were so good! I hope I will be able to come here again next   year!

            

After Gay returned to her home, I changed my house. I stayed at the house with Pat, her husband, Dag and Filipe’s assistant, Paula.

The third session was a small class.  I spent a great time with, my classmates, Pat, Rikki, Libbi and Suzanne and Dell.

All of them were wonderful people. I really thought it was good for me to take three classes. I already signed up next year. I’m really looking forward to meeting my friends again there. I also look forward to meeting new friends there!

I really appreciate my friends, Gay, Emilie, Akiko, Dixie and Charles first. I also appreciate Suzanne and Dell.

I also appreciate my painting teachers, Jane, Alfredo and Fillipe. Then I appreciate many my painting friends, Nancy, Lisa, Bonnie, Regina, Delores, Lynette, Denis, Pat, Rikki, Libbi, Paula and many many painters whom I met!   See you next year, girls!

-Yumi