Canadian Porcelain Painting National Convention
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.
I painted the demo piece for this Convention.
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.
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.
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.
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.
He is my Dresden teacher, Alfredo Toledano! I was so glad to meet him again and he remembered me!!!!!
My dreaming teachers, Beatriz and Mariela!!!!!
My Canadian friend, Mary! I’m looking forward to meeting her again at Gay’s school next year!
My American moms, Emilie and Gay!!!! Love you!!!!
A young French Canadian painter, Martin!
My another dreaming teacher, Mary! I’m looking forward to going to NY with Gay to take her private class!
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!!!!!