Archive for May, 2012

My Miniatures #2

Posted in European Style, flower painting, Miniatures, Nyon Rose with tags , , , , , on May 31, 2012 by yumi

Seriously, lol, this entry is the last one before I go to America!

I’d love to show my miniatures! I’m thinking that after I return from America this time, I’d love to start selling my hand painted miniatures and Japanese style paintings  (Kutani painting) online.

My Miniature Piece

My Miniature Piece

My MIniature Piece

My MIniature Piece

My MIniature Piece

My MIniature Piece

My MIniature Piece

My MIniature Piece

My MIniature Piece

My Miniature Piece

My Miniature Clock with a Lovely Tassel

My Miniature Clock with a Lovely Tassel

My Miniature Clock

My Miniature Clock

My Miniature with a Lovely Tassel

My Miniature with a Lovely Tassel

My Miniature with a Lovely Tassel

My Miniature with a Lovely Tassel

Pendants with Limoges White Porcelain

Pendants of Limoges White Porcelain

Pendants of Limoges White Porcelain

Pendants of Limoges White Porcelain

Miniature Clocks

Miniature Clocks

Miniature Pillcases

Miniature Pillcases

I sold some of my miniatures at the convention in Canada. So, I have to paint on miniatures first! After I return from America, I will become busy for painting to sell, improve my skills and the Thailand convention! While enjoying painting, I’d love to do everything!

Failure Teaches Success

Posted in American Syle, Portrait with tags , , on May 30, 2012 by yumi

Hello, there! Long time no see! I recently think that I always say “Long time no see” to y’all, lol.

I’m so happy because I finally can post this blog entry today! Woot!!

Today’s entry is a portrait!!!!

My practicing Piece with Jane Mark's studies in Portrait  #1

My practicing Piece with Jane Marks’s studies in Portrait #1

 

After I returned to Japan from America last time, I started practicing a portrait with Jane Marks’s studies and her colors. I like her colors because it’s very smooth for painting.  Since I took her portrait class at the GA school in America, I have become a big fan of her portraits and colors. I think her colors are especially good for painting Caucasion people like Victorian ladies, babies and little girls and boys. I also think it’s good for us to practice different angles of portraits with her studies. When I was in the GA school, I painted a front side portrait. The light sauce was also from the front side. I learned how to catch the shadows and lights on the face. This time I wanted to practice a different angle of portrait, and I chose her. Her angle is slightly a side face, and light sauce is from the right side. I thought it wasn’t difficult for me to paint her, but my idea was wrong!!!!!!

My Failure Piece in the Portrait

My Failure Piece in the Portrait

 

Look at the second picture! I fired her twice and burned her lip color and lost her skin color. I fired her at a temperature that Jane mentions in her studies. However, I lost some yellow and red colors and burned them. I asked my painting friends which temperature was the best for her colors. I tried again and I lost them again…… I added some yellow and red colors and lost them back and forth many times. And then, I realized that I couldn’t fix the piece. I gave up keeping on painting on the piece and test fired all her colors on the rear side of the plate.

A Test Fire

A Test Fire

 

It seemed to be good for me, and I fired my second piece for her (I mean I repainted her on the other tile, and that is my finished piece.) at the same temperature. My first fire was good. I could keep the colors, but I lost some yellow and red again at my second fire. At the time, I almost lost my motivation to keep on painting her. It was really frustrating for me. I know that my kiln is a digital kiln. I don’t need to control anything like opening a lid of the kiln, controling temperatures or whatever. On the other hand, I can’t control anything. I can’t open the lid, control the firing time, maturing time or whatever. It’s sometimes convenient, but it sometimes inconvenient. In this case, it was quite inconvenient!!!

After I lost yellow and red again, I asked my friends again. I received a lot of good advice and ideas from my painting friends! I really appreciate them! Even thought my Texan friend isn’t a painter, he also helped me! Thank you, Matt!!! A friend of mine, Emilie asked to Jane Marks about my problem. She was also surprised at my problem because she never ever had the problem for a long time. I think the digital kiln can’t create an air flow, and that’s is also the problem that I lost some colors. I tried to do all kind of things to create the air flow in my kiln.

I finally could solve the problem! It was a long way, and I took three weeks to conquer it!

 

My Practicing Piece with Jane Marks's Studies #1

My Practicing Piece with Jane Marks’s Studies in Portraits #1

 

My Practicing Piece with Jane Marks's Studies in Portraits #1

My Practicing Piece with Jane Marks’s Studies in Portraits #1

 

Now, I’m thinking that I’d love to paint all Jane’s studies that I have because I can practice a lot of different angles portraits and light sauces with Jane’s colors to study her colors more. I really would love to improve my skills and knowledge in portraits. I guess I sometimes will become tired and bored to paint only her portraits, so I’d love to paint real people’s pictures that are good ones for Jane’s colors as well. This project is my goal for this year!

Next year, I’d love to use San Do’s portrait colors to study his colors. At the time I’d love to paint portraits from real people’s pictures with his colors.

 

I will go to America again to take San Do’s private class two days from now. I will take his still life class. I love painting still life with oil paints, but I haven’t tried to paint it on pottery. I’m really curious how to paint still life paintings on ceramics. I’m thinking that I’d love to buy all his colors to study how to paint still life paintings. While painting all his still life studies, I’d love to study how to paint still life on pottery next year! That’s is my next goal for next year!!!

I probably won’t be able to post anything in a month because I will be in America in a month! See you, everyone one month from now!!!

 

-Yumi

 

Canadian Porcelain Painting National Convention

Posted in International Convention, Jewerly Painting with tags , on May 18, 2012 by yumi

Hello, friends from Japan! Today is a sunny day in Japan and I’m in a very happy mood!

Today’s entry is about Canadian Porcelain Painting National Convention!

I attended the show with two of my dearest American friends, Gay and Emilie.  The show was in Ottawa, Canada, and it was my first time to visit there. We drove there for 12 hours from Flint, Michigan. Gay has a special driver license, and according to her, she doesn’t need to show her passport to the immigration.  After we left Gay’s house and had a several hours drive, we arrived at the immigration. We parked our car and went to a bank to exchange American dollars into Canadian dollars. I loved the Canadian 50 dollars because they were so pretty! I’ve never seen such lovey bills before. After that we got in the car again to pass through the gate for immigration. Gay opened windows and a door in my site to show me to the officer. I showed my passport while sitting in the seat. It was my first time to pass through the gate, and I thought it was so cool!

While we were loosing and sometimes stopping by some coffee shops, we arrived in Ottawa. It was almost midnight. Since I’m not used to the long drive, I was exhausted.

The following day, we woke up at 7:30 am and started preparing our booth after breakfast. I was so nervous because I realized that I had to demonstrate my first presentation “how to paint jewelry” in English at 4:00 pm. It means my first demo in my entire life in English!!!!! I did practiced only once with Emilie at Gay and Emilie’s painting meeting. Emilie became my interpreter even thought she didn’t know any Japanese at all.

My demo piece "how to paint jewelry"

My demo piece “how to paint jewelry”

I painted the demo piece for this Convention.

My demo piece "how to paint jewelry"

My demo piece “how to paint jewelry”

Even if I was so nervous and upset, my turn came. I didn’t remember what I said and showed in English, but I did it in English. Many people came to my demo and they said that they loved it. I saw two of my American friends, Suzanne who is the owner of GA seminar by the sea and Dell who is Suzanne’s friend and a secretary for the school in my demo. They encouraged me while demonstrating. Emilie also supported me. Thanks to them, my first demo achieved success. Thank you so much, Emilie, Suzanne and Dell! After the demo, two of young Canadian painters approached me and told me how much they enjoyed it. Some French Canadian painters also told me they loved it. They bought some painting supplies from me.

It was also the first time for me to have a booth.

My Booth

My Booth

I sold some of my hand painted miniatures and painting supplies.  A couple of days ago I received a letter from Canada. It’s from the person who bought my hand painted miniature at the international convention in Canada. She was the first buyer for me in my entire life. I still remember when she bought it from me, I was so excited! The miniature wasn’t cheap because I painted tiny roses on a Limoges white porcelain. I didn’t want to sell my artwork cheap either.

A Letter From Canada

A Letter From Canada

She took some pictures of my miniature and my pictures and sent them with the letter. According to her, she made a brooch with my miniature and wanted to show it to me. She also said how much she loves it.

I’m so happy, and they became my treasure. It made my day!

I met a lot of international famous porcelain painters in the show. Some of them had their booths. I also met some my Canadian painting friends there again.

Canadian Porcelain Painting National Convention

Canadian Porcelain Painting National Convention

Canadian Porcelain Painting National Convention

Canadian Porcelain Painting National Convention

Canadian Porcelain Painting National Convention

Canadian Porcelain Painting National Convention

Canadian Porcelain Painting National Convention

Canadian Porcelain Painting National Convention

Last day I also demonstrated other presentation “A Japanese style Painting”.  Since I’m not an expert of Japanese Style painting, I explained our painting history and showed how to paint. After that I suggested to everybody who was in my demo that they should try painting with my Japanese blushes. Emilie also became my interpreter again, and Gay attended my demo as well. Since I knew all of them haven’t experienced to paint with some Japanese brushes, they really seemed to enjoy trying it. This also achieved success.

Canadian Porcelain Painting National Convention

Canadian Porcelain Painting National Convention

Canadian Porcelain Painting National Convention

Canadian Porcelain Painting National Convention

He is my Dresden teacher, Alfredo Toledano! I was so glad to meet him again and he remembered me!!!!!

Canadian Porcelain Painting National Convention

Canadian Porcelain Painting National Convention

Canadian Porcelain Painting National Convention

Canadian Porcelain Painting National Convention

Canadian Porcelain Painting National Convention

Canadian Porcelain Painting National Convention

Canadian Porcelain Painting National Convention

Canadian Porcelain Painting National Convention

Canadian Porcelain Painting National Convention

Canadian Porcelain Painting National Convention

Canadian Porcelain Painting National Convention

Canadian Porcelain Painting National Convention

Canadian Porcelain Painting National Convention

Canadian Porcelain Painting National Convention

My dreaming teachers,  Beatriz and Mariela!!!!!

Canadian Porcelain Painting National Convention

Canadian Porcelain Painting National Convention

My Canadian friend, Mary! I’m looking forward to meeting her again at Gay’s school next year!

Canadian Porcelain Painting National Convention

Canadian Porcelain Painting National Convention

My American moms, Emilie and Gay!!!! Love you!!!!

Canadian Porcelain Painting National Convention

Canadian Porcelain Painting National Convention

A young French Canadian painter, Martin!

Canadian Porcelain Painting National Convention

Canadian Porcelain Painting National Convention

My another dreaming teacher, Mary! I’m looking forward to going to NY with Gay to take her private class!

Canadian Porcelain Painting National Convention

Canadian Porcelain Painting National Convention

My French Canadian friend, Sol! I’m really happy to know her!!!

I met two of famous Japanese painters in the convention, and I also met a famous French painter there as well!

I really enjoyed the convention. It opened my mind, a new door and pushed me to go to the next step!  Thank you so much!!!!!

The Michigan School: Michian Porcelain Artists Spring Retreat

Posted in European Style, flower painting, Meissen Style, The Michigan Shcool with tags , , , , on May 12, 2012 by yumi

Hi, there! Loooooooooooooooong time no see! How have you been?

I studied abroad in America again , and the day before yesterday I returned to Japan! Although I’ve been suffering from a jet lag, I’d love to update my blog entry!

Today’s entry is about my best American friend, Gay’s school, Michigan Porcelain Artists Spring Retreat! She just started her own school this year!

Here is her school’s website: http://michiganporcelainartists.weebly.com/

I attended her school and took a Cuban painter, Ivonne Planos’s class.

Here is my work! I painted it with her.

Meissen Style Vase with Ivonne Planos

Meissen Style Vase with Ivonne Planos

Meissen Style Vase with Ivonne Planos

Meissen Style Vase with Ivonne Planos

Meissen Style Vase with Ivonne Planos

Meissen Style Vase with Ivonne Planos

I have done raised paste in Japan, but I didn’t like it because I couldn’t do it well. After I used Ivonne’s raised paste, it was great! I came to like it!

I love Ivonne’s artwork because they seem to be classic and elegant and have a lot of details. I also love adding a lot of tiny details on my work. I learned a lot from her. I especially love her wonderful raised paste and gold works! They are really really beautiful!

Meissen Style Vase with Ivonne Planos

Meissen Style Vase with Ivonne Planos

I misspainted this bottom part, and I painted with a blue color all part of it. So, I changed a little bit my vase’s design. Mine is different from other students, but I prefer mine.

Meissen Style Vase with Ivonne Planos

Meissen Style Vase with Ivonne Planos

Meissen Style Vase with Ivonne Planos

Meissen Style Vase with Ivonne Planos

Meissen Style Vase with Ivonne Planos

Meissen Style Vase with Ivonne Planos

Meissen Style Vase with Ivonne Planos

Meissen Style Vase with Ivonne Planos

This class was a six days class. It was the first time for me to melt some powder colors with some turpentine oil and copaiba. Ivonne covered with her mix blue over my base once. After only one fire, it turned out very pretty shiny blue. I’d love to use her techniques when I cover whole things with some colors. Her techniques are really useful and easy.

Her class was very interesting. All her classmates became good friends and we enjoyed chatting while painting. I’d love to take her class again! Thank you so much for teaching me a lot, Ivonne!

I met some friends at Gay’s school again. I also met new friends and teachers.

Michigan Porcelain Artists Spring Retreat

Michigan Porcelain Artists Spring Retreat

I’m so happy because all of them remembered my name and face. Every time they saw me, they spoke to me!

Michigan Porcelain Artists Spring Retreat

Michigan Porcelain Artists Spring Retreat

This time I didn’t have much time to hang out with my painting friends because I had to prepare for the convention in Canada after class. I’d been painting almost until midnight every day.  Gay prepared some events; going antiques after class, bingo games and so on, and I really wanted to attend, but I couldn’t do it. Even so,  I enjoyed watching some demonstrations.  I already signed up her school for next year, so I’m looking forward to meeting my friends there again! Gay’s school just started, but I really hope her school will become one of the most popular porcelain painting schools in the world!