The GA Seminar by the Sea Porcelain Art School
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!