Archive for December, 2012

2012 in review

Posted in Awards on December 31, 2012 by yumi

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A Pair of Matching Cup and Saucer Sets with the Kutani Style

Posted in Japanese Style, Kutani with tags , on December 28, 2012 by yumi

Hi there!

How are you enjoying your holiday season?  I’ve been enjoying painting my newest kutani plate. It will be supposed to become my newest blog entry next year! So, please stay tuned to my blog next year too!

Meanwhile, I really want to thank you all for visiting my blog! Thank you so much for visiting and leaving a lot of comments!

This blog entry is the last this year. I painted the matching cup and saucer sets with the Japanese painting style, Kutani.

A pair of Matching Cup and Saucer Set with Kutani Painting

A pair of Matching Cup and Saucer Set with Kutani Painting

A pair of Matching Cup and Saucer Set with Kutani Painting

A pair of Matching Cup and Saucer Set with Kutani Painting

A pair of Matching Cup and Saucer Set with Kutani Painting

A pair of Matching Cup and Saucer Set with Kutani Painting

A pair of Matching Cup and Saucer Set with Kutani Painting

A pair of Matching Cup and Saucer Set with Kutani Painting

A pair of Matching Cup and Saucer Set with Kutani Painting

A pair of Matching Cup and Saucer Set with Kutani Painting

I brought these matching cup and saucer sets to Helag’s and there are in Helga’s house now.  Robert and Helga love my hand painted kutani set and she has been decorating them on a table of their living room.

Next year I will finish painting at least 50 pieces of Kutani. You difinitely will see a lot of my hand painted kutani paintings on my blog next year!

I’d like to improve my painting skills of Kutani and I also want to brush up my painting skills of the Western style more next year!

I wish all of you had wonderful new year days and enjoy your holidays!!!

Love,

Yumi

My Last Trip in America This Year with Dixie and Charles

Posted in My Trip, Uncategorized with tags on December 22, 2012 by yumi

This year, luckily I could go to America three times, and last one was special for me. Dixie and Charles are one of my American moms and dads.

After taking a private class at the San Do’s painting studio with Gay in Tampa in this September, I separated from her and flight to Dixie and Charles’ in Alabama to meet them. They invited me to stay at their house and go somewhere with them. I was so excited because it’s my first time to learn about the Southern part of America.

Dixie and Charles took me to a lot of places and I really enjoyed all of them.

First, we went to  NASA in Huntsville, Alabama. The day was very hot.

NASA in Huntsville

NASA in Huntsville

When I looked at the scene from a car, I was very excited and I thought I was in America because it’s my first time to see NASA!!!!

NASA in Huntsville

NASA in Huntsville

NASA in Huntsville

NASA in Huntsville

NASA in Huntsville

NASA in Huntsville

Charles explained they tested to fly two of monkeys to moon. They were alive in the space ship but when they arrived in moon, they died because they couldn’t breath.

NASA in Huntsville

NASA in Huntsville

You can see a monkey. He was flied in the way.

NASA in Huntsville

NASA in Huntsville

Everything was so huge in NASA and I realized that that’s why we lost the WW2. I couldn’t understand why at the WW2, we tried to fight against America. I was completely overwhelmed by the advanced technology of space project in America.

NASA in Huntsville

NASA in Huntsville

This one is an actual size as one of the space ships. It didn’t go to space.

NASA in Huntsville

NASA in Huntsville

Inside of a space ship.

NASA in Huntsville

NASA in Huntsville

NASA in Huntsville

NASA in Huntsville

NASA in Huntsville was really really cool. I bought some space food for my daughter and husband.

We went to Kentucky a couple of days later. Kentucky become my favorite place because it’s the exact place where I’ve been imagining about America for a long time.

Kentucky

Kentucky

They took me to the Abraham Lincoln’s birthplace.

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

Before I went there, I didn’t even know Abraham Lincoln was born in Kentucky.

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace

He was born in the cabin. He was poor and he rarely went to school with his sister, but he really studied hard. He became a lower and finally became an American president. I really think he is a good example that hard work pays off in the end.

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace

The park was very beautiful!

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace

This is a souvenirs shop and Nancy is a mother’s name of Lincoln.

We stayed at Dixie’s mom’s. The place was my favorite because it was so pretty and breathtaking.

Ma's Place

Ma’s Place

I thought the place is the heaven in this world. I really really love there!!

Ma's Place

Ma’s Place

We can see Dixie and Charles’s soy beans’

field over there. They are huge.

Ma's Place

Ma’s Place

Ma's Place

Ma’s Place

Kentucky

Kentucky

Charles and Dixie took me to a Lincoln museum because I was so interested in him. I wanted to learn about him more.

Lincoln musium

Lincoln museum

This statue was his childhood. While helping his family, he studied. He was never ever lazy and that’s why he became an American president.

Lincoln museum

Lincoln museum

Lincoln museum

Lincoln museum

Lincoln museum

Lincoln museum

Lincoln museum

Lincoln museum

Lincoln museum

Lincoln museum

Lincoln museum

Lincoln museum

I found an Texan bill and I want to ask about it to my Texan friend.

Lincoln museum

Lincoln museum

Lincoln museum

Lincoln museum

This painting is amazing!!!

A Cemetery for WW2

A Cemetery for WW2

After that we stopped by a cemetery for WW2. I saw some graves there. It was exact same as the graves that I’ve seen in some WW2 movies. I felt like I was watching a movie.

A Cemetery for WW2

A Cemetery for WW2

A Cemetery for WW2

A Cemetery for WW2

A Cemetery for WW2

A Cemetery for WW2

After that we enjoyed hamburgers at Dixie’s broghter’s shop. It was the best burger ever for me!

When I went out from the shop, I saw some real Amish people!!!!! I know that taking their picture is rude, but I couldn’t stop myself. When I realized myself, I finished taking some pictures.

Amish people

Amish people

I was so excited because it was one of my dreams to see some real Amish people!!!!! I finally made one of my dreams come true! Yay!!!!

Amish people

Amish people

Amish people

Amish people

I asked to Charles if he could chase their wagon and he did it for me. Thank you so much, Charles! I know it was tough for you to do it. I really really appreciate you!!!! The night I was so excited that I couldn’t sleep well. I was so so so happy!!!

A much more excited thing happened to me the following day! Dixie and Charles took me to a Shaker town!!!

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

Since I started learning conversational English especially American English, I’ve been so interested in American culture like Amish people, Shaker people or whatever. I finally arrived in the town! The town is already dead and there are no Shaker people. It made me sad.

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

I’m so involved in the Shaker furniture. They are very simple and very pretty.

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

Their life style was very wired. Men and women lived separately even they were children. Women lived together some buildings and men lived another buildings or even they lived in the same building, their rooms were separated.

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

I learned the term, a spiral staircase in English from Charles. He taught me how to say the ladder in English.

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

Shaker people were craftsmen and they were really good at making everything.

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

They are not actual Shaker people and they are pretending. They are working the town and show how to make the things to us.  She is a college student and she is very interested in weaving, she said.

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

He is a craftsman of brooms.

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

He told us that the good brooms can stand by themselves.

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A desk for men and a desk for women. They didn’t get together.

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A potty chair.

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

Mom and her baby room.

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

Dixie’s mom is really cool and she was a doll artist. She had been selling her hand made dolls at the Shaker town for a long time. She retired from it a couple years ago.

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

The Shaker town was just amazing. I really really loved there!!

I spent a couple of days with Dixie’s sister, Vana Dean and her family, Dixie’s mom, Ma, brother, Gale, Charles and a lot of Dixie’s relatives at Ma’s house. Vana Dean invited me to her house and she showed me a lot of quilts and embroideries. She gave me one of her hand made embroidery. OMG!!!!! Thank you so much, Vana Dean!!!! They were beautiful. Ma also showed me her pretty hand made quilts and dolls.

My room of  Ma's House

My room of Ma’s House

I stayed at the room and the quilt was hand made by Ma.

One of Vana Dean's Hand Made Quilts

One of Vana Dean’s Hand Made Quilts

After I separated from them, Dixie, Charles and I returned to Alabama. They had another plan for me, and it was taking me to  the Helen Keller’s Birth House!

Helen Keller Birth House

Helen Keller Birth House

Helen Keller's Birth House

Helen Keller’s Birth House

Helen Keller's Birth House

Helen Keller’s Birth House

Helen Keller's Birth House

Helen Keller’s Birth House

Helen Keller's Birth House

Helen Keller’s Birth House

Helen Keller's Birth House

Helen Keller’s Birth House

Helen Keller's Birth House

Helen Keller’s Birth House

Helen Keller's Birth House

Helen Keller’s Birth House

Helen Keller's Birth House

Helen Keller’s Birth House

Helen Keller's Birth House

Helen Keller’s Birth House

Helen Keller's Birth House

Helen Keller’s Birth House

Helen Keller's Birth House

Helen Keller’s Birth House

Helen Keller's Birth House

Helen Keller’s Birth House

Helen Keller's Birth House

Helen Keller’s Birth House

I saw a lot of  Helen’s books of Japanese version there. Of course, she is very famous among Japanese people.

Helen Keller's Birth House

Helen Keller’s Birth House

Helen’s China.

Helen Keller's Birth House

Helen Keller’s Birth House

Helen Keller's Birth House

Helen Keller’s Birth House

Helen Keller's Birth House

Helen Keller’s Birth House

After we enjoyed exploring around the Helen’s house, we enjoyed a play of Helen Keller. It was my first time to see the live play in English.

The Live Play of Helen Keller

The Live Play of Helen Keller

Charles bought three special seats for us.

The Live Play of Helen Keller

The Live Play of Helen Keller

The Live Play of Helen Keller

The Live Play of Helen Keller

The Live Play of Helen Keller

The Live Play of Helen Keller

The Miracle Worker was spectacular. I really really enjoyed it!

I painted the Nyon style painting at Dixie’s painting group as well.

Some of My students' Pieces

Some of My students’ Pieces

Dixie's Painting People

Dixie’s Painting People

Dixie's Painting People

Dixie’s Painting People

Dixie's Painting People

Dixie’s Painting People

Thank you so much for coming my class, everyone! All of you are very talented painters!!!! I’m looking forward to meeting you all again next year!

I stayed at Dixie’s for 16 days and enjoyed sightseeing and painting!

Dixie and Charles

Dixie and Charles

Thank you so so so much for everything, Charles and Dixie! I really really enjoyed my last trip in America this year with you! I’m really looking forward to visiting you again next year and paint with you all!

-Yumi

The Thai Convention 2012

Posted in Awards, International Convention, Uncategorized with tags on December 14, 2012 by yumi

A month ago I went to Thailand to attend the Thai porcelain painting convention with my  Australian friend, Ingrid.  I was very excited because I finally met her in person. She and I became good friends immediately. We shared a hotel room and spent the  whole time of the convention together.

The Thai convention belonged to the Thai government and our mutual friend, Helga who had been supporting the convention.  We also met her in person for the fast time. After the convention, I stayed at Helga’s house for a while. I will write about it later. We  met anther mutual friend, Bond in person for the first time in Thailand too! He was a really sweet guy and we spent a lot of time together.

It was my first time to visit Thailand, and the Thailand was very exotic.  I used to  Korean Airline and the food was very good. Japanese sushi!!! I became a fan of Korean Airline!

The Thai Convention

The Thai Convention

When I arrived at the airport in Thailand, I couldn’t find Ingrid soon. I was really nervous because I couldn’t understand Thai language at all. I walked around many times to find her. When I finally met her, I was so happy and hugged her!

Ingrid and I were so exited that we chatted, chatted and chatted and I stayed up too late. I guess we went to bed at three am.

The following day, Ingrid and I couldn’t get in the same bus for sightseeing. Ingrid got in the number 1 bus and I got in the number 2. I met many Australian painters in our bus and became friends with them.  Although I wasn’t used to the Aussie accent, while chatting with them, I became used to it.

The sightseeing buses took us to some temples, a porcelain shop, some places relates to Thai royal families.

I saw a lot of beautiful hand painted Thai traditional paintings called Benjarong in a shop.

Thai Style Porcelain painting shop

Thai Style Porcelain painting shop

Thai Style Porcelain painting shop

Thai Style Porcelain painting shop

Thai Style Porcelain painting shop

Thai Style Porcelain painting shop

Thai Style Porcelain painting shop

Thai Style Porcelain painting shop

Thai Style Porcelain painting shop

Thai Style Porcelain painting shop

I bought some hand painted Benjarong to my American moms, friends and my kutani painting teacher.

Souvenirs for my American moms

Souvenirs for my American moms

Souvenirs for my American moms

Souvenirs for my American moms

After we enjoyed shopping, we went to a Thai food restaurant to eat lunch. I ate lunch with my new Aussie friends. Thank you so much, my Aussie friends! I really really enjoyed hanging out with you, all!!!! My favorite Thai food at the restaurant was crab curry, and it was really good.

In next fall Australia has a big international convention. I hope many people will go there!  http://www.facebook.com/APATNSW

My New Aussie Friends

My New Aussie Friends

Then, we stopped by some temples and some places relate to the Thai royal families via cruising.

crusing

cruising

Cruising with my dear Aussie Friends

Cruising with my dear Aussie Friends

Some Nice Views From Cruising

Some Nice Views From Cruising

A Thai Garden

A Thai Garden

A Thai Garden

A Thai Garden

A Thai Garden

A Thai Garden

A Place for Ancient Thai Kings

A Place for Ancient Thai Kings

After we enjoyed the places, we arrived at the place for the opening ceremony. Bond was waiting for Ingrid and me there.

The Opening Ceremony for the Thai Convention

The Opening Ceremony for the Thai Convention

An Amazing Night View of Sirroco  in Bangkok

An Amazing Night View of Sirroco in Bangkok

After the ceremony, Bond took Ingrid and me to an amazing place! Thank you so so much, Bond!!!!!

An Amazing Night View of Sirroco  in Bangkok

An Amazing Night View of Sirroco in Bangkok

Food Stands in Bangkok

Food Stands in Bangkok

Every night Bond took us to many interesting places. While walking or getting in a taxi, we saw a lot of food stands on the streets.

The next day the Thai convention started.

The Place for The Thai Convention

The Place for The Thai Convention

078I took some demo classes.

A Demo Class of Di Curtin From Australia

A Demo Class of Di Curtin From Australia

A Demo Class of Erika Bemme from Germany

A Demo Class of Erika Bemme from Germany

Thank you so much for the wonderful demos, Di and Erika!

Inside of the Convention Building

Inside of the Convention Building

First of all, I was very admired by Thai culture.

Some Competition Pieces that I loved

Some Competition Pieces that I loved

Some Competition Pieces that I loved

Some Competition Pieces that I loved

Some Competition Pieces that I loved

Some Competition Pieces that I loved

Some Competition Pieces that I loved

Some Competition Pieces that I loved

Some Competition Pieces that I loved

Some Competition Pieces that I loved

This is my Australian friend, Ingrid’s piece. She won the third prize with this vase. It was very lovely! Congratulations, my dearest sis, Ingrid!!!!!! I’m so happy for you!

Some Competition Pieces that I loved

Some Competition Pieces that I loved

Some Competition Pieces that I loved

Some Competition Pieces that I loved

Some Competition Pieces that I loved

Some Competition Pieces that I loved

Some Competition Pieces that I loved

Some Competition Pieces that I loved

I love this piece. It was made a book and the idea was from Helga. She is an incredible artist!

Some Competition Pieces that I loved

Some Competition Pieces that I loved

My Award Piece

My Award Piece

One of my painting teachers, San Do’s exhibition pieces.

Some Exhibition Pieces

Some Exhibition Pieces

Kugelmeier’s exhibition piece.

Some Exhibition Pieces

Some Exhibition Pieces

My Friend, Bond's Piece

My Friend, Bond’s Piece

This is my Thai friend, Bond’s piece. He is a beautiful artist and won the Facebook competition! From now on, me, Ingrid and Bond will meet a lot a lot of places and I’m really looking forward to it!!!

Di's Exhibition Piece from Australia

Di’s Exhibition Piece from Australia

Di is one of my dreaming artists whom I really wanted to meet in person and I’m so happy to meet her in person. I also saw her demo and her pieces! And plus I could be friends with her!!!!

Ivonne Planos's Exhibition Piece from Mexico

Ivonne Planos’s Exhibition Piece from Mexico

Ivonne is my dearest painting teacher and Cuban mom. Since I took her class at Gay’s school, the Michigan school, we have been good friends. When I met her again in Thailand, she gave me a very pretty silver bracelet! There will be a big international porcelain convention in Mexico in May  next year, and Gay and I are planning on going there!   http://fmppac.com/

Patrizia Arvieri's Exhibition Piece from Italy

Patrizia Arvieri’s Exhibition Piece from Italy

Patrizia is one of dreaming artists too. I met a lot of European painters through Helga. I will study abroad in some European painter’s painting studios two years from now to learn modern techniques and traditional techniques! She is one of them!! See you two years from now, Patrizia!!

A Set For Queen

A Set For Queen

At the entrance of the convention building, there was a huge set for Thai queen. My friend, Helga designed and she and her students at Bangsai painted all of the set. It was so beautiful and breathtaking…..

A Benjarong Style Plate

A Benjarong Style Plate

Ingrid and I were so inspired by the Benjaroing painting. It was extremely exotic, different from other painting style, unique and beautiful. Ingrid bought a Benjarong plate. Since I also wanted to buy it, I didn’t have any room for it with my luggage. Since I will go back to Thailand again next year to meet Helga and her students, I want to buy a piece with the Benjarong style next year!

My Hand Painted Benjarong Cup

My Hand Painted Benjarong Cup

I painted this Benjarong cup at the Thai convention. It was my first time to paint with the style.

Amazing Pieces from Bansai Station

Amazing Pieces from Bangsai Station

These pieces are painted by Bangsai painters. They have been taught by Helga. They’ve won a lot of winning prizes and all of them are amazing painters. I was completely overwhelmed by their paintings. I really want to become a much much much better painter!!!!!!

My Favorite Landscape From Bangsai Station

My Favorite Landscape From Bangsai Station

This Landscape was just just just amazing!!!! I really loved it and I really want to paint like this!!!! This is my goal for landscape painting!

Bangsai

Bangsai

We could explore around Bangsai with some artists. It was very funny though, before I went to Thailand, I was really looking forward to meeting Patrice and Marie-Claire who have been publishing a porcelain magazine in Switzerland in person. However, I couldn’t recognized who were Patrice and Marie-Clarie. When I recognized them, it was the fourth day for us in Thailand. Since then, we have become good friends! Ingrid and I enjoyed exploring around Bangsai with Patrice and Marie-Claire. Their magazine is very nice and I love it! If you are interested in it, contact Patrice or me here!   http://www.facebook.com/pages/Magazine-Art-Porcelaine/246259595444652

Bangsai

Bangsai

The Royal Lodge,Bangsai Arts& Crafts Training Center, Ayuttaya Province,Thailand.

Bangsai

Bangsai

Bangsai

Bangsai

After enjoyed looking around Bangsai, Ingrid, Marie-Claire and I went to a very old temple. According to a tour guide it is 300 years old.

A 300-Year-Old Temple

A 300-Year-Old Temple

A 300-Year-Old Temple

A 300-Year-Old Temple

A 300-Year-Old Temple

A 300-Year-Old Temple

A 300-Year-Old Temple

A 300-Year-Old Temple

A 300-Year-Old Temple

A 300-Year-Old Temple

A 300-Year-Old Temple

A 300-Year-Old Temple

A 300-Year-Old Temple

A 300-Year-Old Temple

A 300-Year-Old Temple

A 300-Year-Old Temple

It was very interesting! In the temple there were some Buddha statues. A monk has been selling some gold leaves to stick them on the Buddha statues. All three of us, Ingrid, Marie-Claire and I bought the gold leaves and stuck them on the different Buddha. While sticking the leaves, I pray ed our good luck. Although we don’t stick some gold leaves on some Buddha statues, we also do the similar things in Japan. I think compared to Japanese Buddha’s faces, Thai Buddha’s faces are thinner. Even though both our countries are Buddhism, our Buddha statues’ faces are different. Isn’t it interesting? I love going to some spiritual places; temples, shrines, churches or whatever.

A 300-Year-Old Temple

A 300-Year-Old Temple

A 300-Year-Old Temple

A 300-Year-Old Temple

I forgot the snack’s name, but Ingrid and I became addicted to the snack, lol! It was like a crape from France, but different. The center thing is made from sugar. The wrapping thing has a lot of different flavors and my favorite one was a banana flavor. Ingrid liked kiwi’s one. We enjoyed them in the bus on the way to the hotel where we stayed.

A Overweight Buddha Statue

A Overweight Buddha Statue

This statue made me laugh. The guardians are pigs and the Buddha is overweighted. I know most of Thai people are thin, and I don’t know why this Buddha is there.

At the Bansai Station With Helga and Her Students

At the Bansai Station With Helga and Her Students

After the convention, I separated from Ingrid and stayed with Helga and her husband Robert. She took me to a lot of places. I met a lot of Thai rich people and some European people through her. One day Helga took me to one of her Thai friend’s birthday party. I meet some Royal families like King and Queen’s cousin and a granddaughter. I also had lunch with a German couple. I enjoyed eating lunch with Ann, Donattella and her son, Patrizia, Patrice, Marie-Claire and Erika another day too. She also took me to the Bangsai station.

I showed her students how to paint some pieces of jewelry there.

At the Bansai Station With Helga and Her Students

The Bangsai Station

Helga's Desk at the Bangsai Station

Helga’s Desk at the Bangsai Station

Bangsai People's Jewelry Pieces

Bangsai People’s Jewelry Pieces

Mui's Demonstration

Mui’s Demonstration

I went to the Bangsai station twice and the second day Patrice and Marie-Claire also went there with us. One of Helga’s students, Nui demonstrated how to paint Benjarong to Marie-Claire and me. I love learning and I really enjoyed seeing it. Mui painted a demo piece for each Marie-Claire and me! Thank you so much, Nui!!

Samsack, the Bangsai teacher took Patrice, Marie-Claire and me around to the Bangsai station. The Bangsai station has a lot of sections for hand crafts. I bought a hand made basket.

The Bangsai Station

The Bangsai Station

The Bangsai Station

The Bangsai Station

Mangos from Thai!

Mango from Thai!

Helga took me to a lot of restaurants and all foods were extremely good, but I really really miss mango from Thai!

The Thai convention and my trip in Thailand was perfect! I want to say thank to Helga, Robert, Ingrid, Bond, my Aussie friends, Patrice, Marie-Claire, Ann, Patrizia, Donatella, Erika, Ivonne, Lety and many people whom I met there. Thank you so much!

The Thai convention, Ingrid and Helga made me think about my vision. I started thinking we might be able to have the similar international convention in Japan. I thought Bangsai and our Kutani village seemed to be very similar. Since the Thai convention was really good at showing Thai culture and Thai painting, I think if it would be possible, I also want to try to have our Japanese convention in Kutai.  I reported the Thai convention to my Kutani teacher and he also is very interested in my idea. I hope we can have our international convention in Kutani,  Japan in the near future. I hope we can show our traditional painting style, Kutani and a lot of Japanese culture there!!!

I also started preparing my online shop to sell Japanese brushes, colors, white porcelain, my hand painted pieces, my textbooks and I want to create my online school in the near future and want to teach how to paint with my techniques with a lot of video clips in English. I also want to start studying abroad in some European countries to learn both classical techniques and modern techniques and how to design two years from now.  I have to improve my English comprehension skills further to make my new dreams come true!! I also want to create my own art style when people look at my pieces, they can guess they are mine. I’d like to learn a lot of techniques from now on to create my own style!

I definitely will go back to Thailand next year again to meet Helga, Robert and Bangsai people! See you next year!!!! I’m looking forward to going to Chaing May with Helga next time.

I’m planning on writing my last trip in America this year with Dixie and Charles on next my blog entry. They took me to a lot of places and I really enjoyed it. Please visit my blog again!

Helga’s Merry-Go-Round

Posted in American Syle, Animal painting, European Style, Fantasy, flower painting, Nyon Rose with tags , , , , , on December 7, 2012 by yumi

Hi there!

This is my last piece relates to the Thai convention. After I post pictures of this piece, I want to write about the convention in another entry.

This is my another competition piece for the Thai convention. The category had a theme and I had to paint about Thai culture. It was very difficult to paint Thai culture. I though and thought and thought, but I couldn’t design it. One day when I posted I couldn’t think any idea about Thai culture on Facebook, my dear friend Ingrid gave me an interesting idea. My other dear friend, Helga also posted some Thai paintings on her wall.
Then, I thought I would paint elephants because I knew that elephants were very special creatures in Thailand.

I painted a mother white elephant and a baby elephant with some Nyon roses, the Switzerland painting style. I wanted to combine my favorite painting style with Thai culture. I know Helga comes from Switzerland and lives in Thailand now. So, I thought I might be able to design something interesting like Helga’s life. I thought it might be interesting to design an elephant merry-g0-round because the place was very exotic Thailand! Thailand might have some elephant merry-go-rounds. Who knows?

However, I really think I screwed up the design even though the thought was great. When I told  this idea while showing my plate to Ingrid in Thailand, She really loved this idea, but she suggested which parts were wrong. I really appreciated to her. Mine seems to be very childish and I couldn’t express my thoughts and ideas in the certain way. If I could do that, it would be better. However, I learned a lot of things through this plate. Designing and expressing my thoughts and ideas are different. I have to improve two of them together.

Helga's Marry-Go-Around

Helga’s Merry-Go-Round

Helga's Marry-Go-Around

Helga’s Merry-Go-Round

Helga's Marry-Go-Around

Helga’s Merry-Go-Round

Helga's Marry-Go-Around

Helga’s Merry-Go-Round

Helga's Marry-Go-Around

Helga’s Merry-Go-Round

Helga's Marry-Go-Around

Helga’s Merry-Go-Round

I love express my thoughts, feeling and ideas on white porcelain. I really think that’s why I can keep on painting. My abilities for designing and expressions are weak and I know I have to improve these parts from now on.