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What I learned at the Michigan school since Last year ~Painting with Stephen Hayes

Posted in American Syle, flower painting, Modern Style, The GA Seminar by the Sea Porcelain Art School with tags , , on May 31, 2015 by yumi

Hi there! Long time no see. Aw, I hate that I have to start saying “Long time no see”……… I am sorry that I hadn’t updated my blog entry at all for a while.

I was feeling down after I returned to Japan from America. I felt like that I burned out. You know, everyone feels the feelings after they achieve their goals.

I had been so busy in three months. In February, I was in Florida to take San Do’s class with Gay and Linda. In March, I was in Thailand to enter the world porcelain convention with my Kutani teacher. After that, my British friend, Martyn came to our house. Then, I was in Michigan. I traveled three times in three months. I completely tired.

I know it sounds excuses, but that’s why I hadn’t showed up Facebook, Twitter, my blogs or whatever.

Now, I am full of energy and want to post blog entries constantly both on my blogs! I will show up Facebook, Twitter much more often, I promise!!!!!

Today I want to write about my American painting teacher, Stephen Hayes. He is a world famous painter and one of the best teachers. I’ve been taking his class constantly at Gay’s painting school, the Michigan painting school for two years. He is a great teacher, and I love taking his classes. That’s because I can learn new techniques and how teachers should be at the same time from him.

He is an impressionist artist and it’s really new attempt for me to learn abstract art. I am too precise. I don’t know if it’s good or not, though…….

Last year, I painted two pieces; one was with Stephen and the other was my own.

Inpressionist art

Impressionist art

I painted this one with Stephen and after school, I gave it to Gay, my American mom. She has been hanging this on a wall of her bathroom. So, it was my first time to see my hand painting in a year this year, lol. I think when we frame paintings, they seem to be really gorgeous. I love Gay framed my painting very much! It seems to be very very nice!!

This round one was painted by myself!

Impressionist art

Impressionis art

Learning the painting style was fascinating for me! I was in loved with Stephen’s techniques!

This year, I painted two pieces as well; one is painting with him and the other is my own. I also gave the one which I painted with Stephen to Gay  again. Next year I will see which colored frame she used.

Impressionist art

Impresionist art

My painting without Stephen’s help

impressionist art

impressionist art

Since this style is so unique for me, I want to use this techniques to my art pieces from now on!  You will see my new attempts more soon!

Me and Stephen

Me and Stephen

If you are interested in Gay’s porcelain painting school, please contact me or Gay! Especially, Japanese painters! I am also a Japanese porcelain artist. I can’t translate every details into Japanese because I also take some painting classes. However, I can help your English! 一緒に是非、ミシガンでペイントいたしましょう!

Here is the information about the Michigan porcelain painting school http://www.michiganporcelainartists.com/

Please leave a comment to encourage me to keep blogging! Thank you for your support!! I really appreciate it!

See you next week on my blog again!

-Yumi

A Piece of Jewelry Painting

Posted in American Syle, Jewerly Painting, The GA Seminar by the Sea Porcelain Art School, Uncategorized with tags , , , on June 21, 2013 by yumi

Hi friends!

It’s getting hotter and more humid in Japan, and how are you doing?

After I returned to Japan from my trip, America and Mexico, I’ve been settling up our new house. It’s getting final, and I think I can start painting again in this week. Since I have a friend from America at home, he has been helping me to settle up.

This week I am planning on going to my Kutani teacher’s painting studio for the firs time in three months, and I want to go to a big Japanese antique show in Kyoto with my friend from America. Since I’m a huge huge fan of both of Japanese and Western antiques, I can’t wait! I will take a bunch of pictures, and will show you in my blog!

Today I want to show you my recent piece of jewelry panting. I painted this one for a demo at the GA school by the Sea in February. I demonstrated how to paint the jewelry piece at the school, and many people came to my demo.

 

You can see my demo pictures here.

http://www.firebrickart.com/viewtopic.php?f=153&t=2493

My Jewelry Painting

My Jewelry Painting

My Jewelry Painting

My Jewelry Painting

My Jewelry Painting

My Jewelry Painting

My Jewelry Painting

My Jewelry Painting

My Jewelry Painting

My Jewelry Painting

I enjoyed the demo!

A Kutani Bowl for Paula

Posted in Japanese, Japanese Style, Kutani, My Trip, The GA Seminar by the Sea Porcelain Art School with tags , , , on April 4, 2013 by yumi

Hi friend!

Spring comes and cherry blossoms are fully in bloom now here where I current live. I will post the cherry blossoms pictures on my other blog soon!

Stay tunned to my other blog!

http://yumiyumayume.wordpress.com/

Today I show you my new Kutani piece.

http://www.kutaniyaki.or.jp/english/english.html

I painted it for my American friend, Paula. I met her last year at Tybee. She is friends with Suzanne, the owner of the GA school by the sea porcelain arts school in America, and Suzanne introduced me to her. She invited me to her really lovely house, and we had a great time!

She lived in Japan for several years because of her husband’s job and while living in Japan, She had been teaching English to Japanese students. She has been collecting a lot of Japanese antiques and her house is full of Japanese antique furniture, dolls, vases, plates and stuff. Her house is so organized and like a house from a magazine!

A Kutani Bowl For Paula

A Kutani Bowl For Paula

A Kutani Bowl For Paula

A Kutani Bowl For Paula

A Kutani Bowl For Paula

A Kutani Bowl For Paula

A Kutani Bowl For Paula

A Kutani Bowl For Paula

A Kutani Bowl For Paula

A Kutani Bowl For Paula

It was very interesting to look around Paula’s house because she was really good at arranging the Japanese antiques into the Western style.

I took some pictures of her house and want to show them. It seems to be very Western from a Japanese point of view but very unique.

Paula's Beautiful House

Paula’s Beautiful House

Paula's Beautiful House

Paula’s Beautiful House

Paula's Beautiful House

Paula’s Beautiful House

Paula's Beautiful House

Paula’s Beautiful House

Paula's Beautiful House

Paula’s Beautiful House

Paula's Beautiful House

Paula’s Beautiful House

Paula's Beautiful House

Paula’s Beautiful House

Paula's Beautiful House

Paula’s Beautiful House

Paula's Beautiful House

Paula’s Beautiful House

Paula's Beautiful House

Paula’s Beautiful House

Paula's Beautiful House

Paula’s Beautiful House

Paula's Beautiful House

Paula’s Beautiful House

Paula's Beautiful House

Paula’s Beautiful House

Paula's Beautiful House

Paula’s Beautiful House

Paula's Beautiful House

Paula’s Beautiful House

Paula's Beautiful House

Paula’s Beautiful House

Paula's Beautiful House

Paula’s Beautiful House

Paula's Beautiful House

Paula’s Beautiful House

Paula's Beautiful House

Paula’s Beautiful House

Paula's Beautiful House

Paula’s Beautiful Hous

I think I’m extremely lucky because every time I go to America, I can make a lot of friends. I’ve been experiencing wonderful things that usually many tourist can’t experience. I appreciate all my friends that I’ve met!

I’m looking forward to visiting her house again and see how she has been decorating my hand painted kutani bowl in her house! When I visit her, I will take the picture and show you!!!

Thank you so much for sharing a wonderful time with me, Paula! See you soon again!!!

-Yumi

The GA School By The Sea Porcelain Arts School

Posted in American Syle, European Style, landscapes, Meissen Style, Miniatures, My Trip, Portrait, The GA Seminar by the Sea Porcelain Art School with tags , , , , , on March 27, 2013 by yumi

Hi there!!!!

How have you been? It’s been a while since I updated my blog. I returned to Japan from America a week ago. While I was there, I started walking in the morning and I still have been keeping on walking every morning in Japan. It’s really good for me to start a day.

Today’s entry is what I painted in America. I got in the GA school by the sea porcelain arts school and took three classes from international teachers.

My first class was painting a miniature scene with an ex Meissen painter, Joerg Kugelmeier. I met him at the Thai convention last year, and even though I exchanged a small conversation with him, I didn’t talk to him. So, I was a bit nervous to take his class, but taking his class was extremely fun and I really enjoyed it. He was a great teacher and painter. I love painting with the Meissen technqiues. I’m thinking that to go his painting studio in Germany to learn the Meissen techniques more next year! Thank you so much for teaching, Joerg! I’m looking forward to piking on our BAD English each other again, lol!!!!!

The Class subject for the GA School

A Class subject for the GA School

The Class subject for the GA School

A Class subject for the GA School

I painted one more plate for my mom during the class.

The Class subject for the GA School

A Class subject for the GA School

The Class subject for the GA School

A Class subject for the GA School

My second class was painting a miniature portrait with Cookie Barton, an American portrait painter. Since I like painting royal families, I really enjoyed painting the boy’s portrait. Cookie was also a very good teacher. Since she invited me to go to her painting studio in Oregon, I really want to stop by her painting studio to take her class more!!

A Class Subject for the GA School

A Class Subject for the GA School

A Class Subject for the GA School

A Class Subject for the GA School

Me with Cookie and my classmates

Me with Cookie and my classmates

She didn’t touch my portrait and just taught me how to paint it. I love the way that a teacher doesn’t touch a student painting because I can think about my painting.

My Last class was how to do raised past and gold with Sylvia Beythoun from England. I met her three years ago at the Arizona school for the first time. Since then she has been my friend. I love raised pasts and gold, but I’m not good at it and I needed a good teacher. I’m glad that I learned it from her. I really love her gorgeous work and from now on, I want to use the techniques on a lot of my work! I also plan on going to England to learn more from her next year!! See you next year, Sylvia!!!!

A Class Subject for the GA school

A Class Subject for the GA school

A Class Subject for the GA School

A Class Subject for the GA School

A Class Subject for the GA School

A Class Subject for the GA School

A Class Subject for the GA School

A Class Subject for the GA School

A Class Subject for the GA School

A Class Subject for the GA School

I enjoyed learning, hanging out with my friends, painting and everything at the school! I hope I can go there next year again!

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