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Blue Bird

Posted in Animal painting, birds, The Michigan Shcool, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on April 16, 2018 by yumi

Hello there!

How have you been so far? Before me going back to the States, I want to update my art blog again! I am very happy with my recent bird painting, and I wanted to show it soon to you! I believe in that blue birds bring happiness to us. So, my painted blue bird brings happiness to all people who follow my art blog!!

This is an order piece from one of my portrait painting teachers from the States, Jerri Cookie Barton. When I met her last time at Gay’s school, I showed her my humming bird  and the other bird that I painted to Dixie. She really loved them, especially, the Dixie bird. She ordered my hand-painted bird from me. What’s the honor for me it is!!!! I was very excited!! I was willing to get the order from her and enjoyed painting it, to try to paint my best bird!

Then, here it is! I am so happy with the result! I hope Cookie will like it as well! I can’t wait to see her smile at Gay’s school.

hand painted blue bird on porcelain, hand painted bird painting, porcelain bird painting, blue bird, europian style of painting


hand painted blue bird on porcelain, hand painted bird painting, porcelain bird painting, blue bird, europian style of painting


Thank you as always for visiting my art blog! See you here again  in a month!! I will write about my adventures in the States then!

Happy painting!



Yumi’s Adventures in the States, 2017

Posted in My Trip, The Michigan Shcool, Uncategorized with tags , , on June 18, 2017 by yumi

Hello there! How are you doing? I am doing awesome tonight, and I am so happy that I can share my adventures with you.

As you know every year in this season, I go back to the States to improve my painting skills and English skills. This is the best way for me to improve both. I love doing multitasking a lot. I was there almost for a month with Gay and Kay. We had wonderful times together. Since I have been improving my communicating skills in English, my trip in America is getting easier every year. It makes me very happy 🙂  I am already really looking forward to going back to the States next year.

I did lots of things this year, and I am thrilled to share what I did with you. First, I attended the Michigan school as usual and took a class from Brigit Porter. I have been taking several classes from her, and she is one of my favorite teachers in America. I learned a lot from her. Her techniques are very similar what I have been learning in my painting school. I especially loved to learn how to create original pieces with pastel drawing. When I create my original stuff, I will show you the piece I painted with Birgit with my original one.

This year Gay’s school had the youngest porcelain painter, my friend, Bea’s daughter! She is only ten years old.

I think it’s great for her school to have younger people. We definitely need young people to keep our art form in the future. I hope she will come back to her school next year as well!

We also had another fun thing! Gay’s friend, Amie came over to sell outfits, called LulaRoe. Everybody in school loved her outfits. If you are interested in them, check out her Facebook page!

I gave a presentation in Gay’s school for the first time in three years. I was very nervous then, but Kay helped me a lot.

Many people came to my demo, even teachers. Thank you so much! I showed scratch techniques to them.


I shared the scratch techniques at Gay’s painting club as well.  It was my first time to share my techniques in more than four years. So, this made me nervous too. Even so, I am glad that I could share something with people and they could learn from me. Thanks for coming to my class!



Emilie, I am looking forward to seeing your pieces when we meet next year!

After the school, Gay, Kay and I attended another school in Concan, Texas.

It was my first time in more than maybe six years? to attend another porcelain school. After I quit attending the Georgia school, I hadn’t done it for a while. So, I was so excited to attend another school with them.

Gay and I flew to San Antonio to meet Kay there. We met my friend and English teacher, Matt from Evil English: there as well. I have been learning conversational English from him for more than eight years, and it was my first time to meet him in person. We stayed at a River Walk hotel. Since I met Matt, visiting to San Antonio had been on my bucket list. So, I was very happy to make my dream come true. Gay, Kay, Matt and I ate dinner together at a Mexican restaurant. The TexMex food was so good.


Thanks for coming to meet me in person, Matt! I am looking forward to seeing you again!!



I loved the River Walk! It was very pretty!

We took a class from Susan Thumm. I learned a lot from her as well, and she has become one of my favorite teachers too! I love her dreamy fantasy paintings a lot. I also love her vivid colors in her pieces. When I create my original piece with her techniques, I will show you my class piece from Susan too. You will see what I learned from her then. We met new people there. We enjoyed the school a lot. I gave another presentation there as well. I do appreciate people who came to my demo!

I have never seen such amount of hummingbirds before! They were so cute and I got so excited to take their photos!

I experienced hey riding for the first time. The cabin where we stayed has a ranch, and we saw lots of animals from Africa like zebras or giraffes. I was so amazed because I have never seen African animals besides at zoos in Japan!! We feed corns to them, and they chased us. I enjoyed feeding baby goats. They all were so cute, and I felt that I wanted to kidnap some of them to bring to Japan, lol.




After school, we returned to San Antonio. Gay and Kay took me to the Alamo! This was one of highlights of my trip this year. When I saw the Alamo, I was very surprised because I had imaged a huge fort. It was very small and narrow. I do appreciate Kay and Gay to educate me to teach American history. I am very curious about the Alamo history and want to learn it from my teacher Matt.






We took a tour and I was happy that the tour had Japanese. It was my firs time to hear Japanese in a month.


We ate the last supper at a British pub. Since the restaurant was very interesting, I took several photos there. I am not sure if the real British pub looks like that, and I want to ask it to my British friend, Martyn.




Gay ordered the eggs for us to explain that the eggs were from Scotland. They were really tasty.


The following day we left Alamo to head to our home, and we promised to see each other again next year at Gay’s school.

It was so much fun to attend two different schools, and to meet lots of people! I want to say thank you to all the people whom I met on this trip! See you again next year!

I will update my art blog next weekend to show my tea set. I hope you all have a sweet father’s day with your family!

See you around next weekend! xoxo












Hummingbird Part 2

Posted in birds, European Style, flower painting, Modern Style, The Michigan Shcool with tags , , , , , on June 6, 2017 by yumi

Hello there!

How have you been? It’s been a while since I updated my art blog. I am sorry that I couldn’t update anything over for a month. I had been in the States, and two weeks ago I got home from America. I had fantastic time with my American friends and will write my adventures on my next blog entry.

Today I want to show you my other hummingbird painting because it’s getting really popular on Facebook.

I painted this for the Michigan school next year. I will share my techniques there in 2018. If you are interested in my class, please contact here:

I hope I will meet you in my class at the Michigan school next year, and I am really looking forward to it!

bird painting, fat oil painting, one fire techniques,

My hummingbird painting


bird painting, fat oil painting, one fire techniques,

My hummingbird painting


bird painting, fat oil painting, one fire techniques,

My hummingbird painting


Now, I am busy for several art shows in Japan, painting orders and my assignments from my painting school I just started painting one piece for the one of the art shows. I finished my second tea set for my painting school. I will show you the tea set pictures soon as well.

I hope you all are having a fruitful day! Happy painting!!! See you next week here again!!



Yumi’s Adventures in Michigan 2016

Posted in My Trip, The Michigan Shcool, Uncategorized on May 29, 2016 by yumi

Hello friends! I hope you all are having a sweet weekend! I am glad that I can come here to update my art blog!

Today I want to share what I did in Michigan. I have been attending the Michigan school every year and this year was my 6th time. In six years I have met lots of American painters and made friends with them. Not only the painters, through my friend, Gay, I have made friends with Gay’s friends. I do so appreciate what Gay is doing for me every year.

Gay and I had a great time after school. I stayed at her house, and she took me to lots of places. My top adventure thing is Gay and I saw current American president Obama’s Air Forth One in person! I was super cool for me. When I saw it, I was so excited just like a teenager. I took some pictures of it.







Unfortunately, we couldn’t see the president, but we were so excited.

One day, Gay took me to an Antique Fair. It was just like a State Fair, my other friend, Rikki took me. I bought two antique plates, one for me and the other for my mom.












The fair was so big and were so many stuff! Since I am a huge fan of antiques, I really enjoyed it. I so look forward to going antiquing with Gay again next year!


She has a Bernese Mountain dog, named Rosie. She is a therapy dog. I got a chance to visit some very interesting places because of Rosie’s job. She regularly visit Michigan University or some nursing homes.








Rosie is very popular everywhere. I met Gay’s 95 year-old uncle and his wife at a nursing home. They never seemed to be 95 years old. I enjoyed chatting with them.

Gay also took me a Bernese Mountain dog Show. It was my first to see a dog show in person. I had never seen such amounts of big dogs before, and it was very interesting.





The show was just amazing. I met Emilie there and had lunch with her. It was so much fun.

In the last week, Gay and I went to a downtown to stop by a new farmer’s market. Our purpose was to have lunch at a Vietnamese food corner there. We had Pho, and it was the best Pho ever I had in my entire life! I really loved it! We also stopped by a Japanese food corner and chatted with the owner. While talking, I figured out that the owner studied abroad in my hometown! He and I enjoyed talking about Japan, Japanese food and my hometown. I thought it’s a really small world! The guy makes our local food, Takoyaki. I am very curious who eats it in Michigan. Next year I should try it out!







It’s always fascinating for me to find Japanese products in the States.

Before leaving America, Gay and I ate BBQ  and it became my last supper this year in the States.




I don’t plan on going back to the States this year. So, this trip was the first and the last one.


At the end of this blog entry, I want to say,  Thank you so very much to my American mom, Gay and dad, Bas! Thank you as always for letting me stay at yours, Gay and Bus! See you next year!!!!!


I also want to say, Thank you so very much to all my friends whom I met there this year. I am so looking forward to seeing you guys next year as well!!!!


Thank you so much for visiting my blog again! See you next weekend here again!



Michigan School in 2016

Posted in American Syle, fruit painting, fruit painting, The Michigan Shcool, Uncategorized on May 21, 2016 by yumi

Hi there!

How have you been? I am so sorry that I haven’t updated my blog for along time. I started blogging again and want to update every weekend!

Last week I got home from Michigan. I feel I am still in the States, lol. I had wonderful time with Gay, Emilie, Kay and our mutual friends there.

This year, the school had only one class, and I took a class from Paula White. I learned color theory from her. I have been learning color theory for years, but I finally think everything what I learned started connecting each other.

In the class we painted grapes in a color wheel. I learned using pure colors is very important. Now, I am test firing all colors that I have to make sure which color groups my colors belong to. I think I should do this earlier, but well, I think it’s not too late. After doing this, I want to start painting with what I l learned from Paula.

This is my work that I learned from Paula.



My work with Paula White

I liked her techniques very much because her style just looks like water color paintings. I learned how to connect each colors in the color wheel. After the class, I painted mice with using the theory at Gay’s. You will see my mice pieces some day soon. I want to use her methods more on my pieces from now on.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog! My next blog entry will be my adventures in Michigan with Gay!

Stay turned! See you next weekend!!!!


What I learned in Michigan Porcelain Painting School ~Part 2

Posted in American Syle, flower painting, Modern Style, The Michigan Shcool with tags , , , , on June 12, 2015 by yumi

Hello there! How are you doing?

It’s getting hotter in Japan, and my hate season is coming. We are in a rainy season now.

Well, today I want to share my modern piece with you. I learned how to design modern patterns last month by Paula White in Michigan school. The class was very interesting. She showed several samples how to design modern patterns, and we ourselves designed our original design with Paula’s help.

I prefer traditional patterns and I am lack of experiences. However, since Paula was a excellent teacher, I really enjoyed designing my piece.

I hope you all like my modern piece.

Modern Design

Modern Design


Modern Desin

Modern Design


Modern Design

Modern Design


I love designing! I love my this modern design and I want to paint more modern pieces from now on!
Learning new things is so much fun and I just can’t stop it!!


Have a lovely weekend!

See you next week on my blog!



Posted in American Syle, Animal painting, Miniatures, Portrait, The Michigan Shcool with tags , , , , , on December 12, 2014 by yumi

Hi friends!

How have you been in this busy holiday season? This month is a cleaning month in Japan, and I have been busy for cleaning our house. I am preparing to welcome a New Year!

Today I want to show some of my miniature portraits again. I lost our beloved dog 7 months ago while I was in Canada. I was taking a class from my mentor, Patrizia from Italy there.  Our dog’s name was Lala, a very pretty black female Labrador Retriever. She died when she was 13 years and 9 months old. After I lost her, I couldn’t paint for a while.

I learned how to paint animal miniature portraits from my teacher, Birgit Porter in the States in May at the Michigan school this year. I painted this Lala’s portrait with her, and at the time she was alive. I couldn’t finish this piece in the class, and I flew to Canada with this to attend the Canada international porcelain show. Then, I lost her.  After I returned to Japan from Canada, I couldn’t see her photos and keep on painting on this piece. I couldn’t even blog for a while. I completely lost what I should do.

Lala, Miniature Animal Portrait

Lala, Miniature Animal Portrait


Lala, Miniature Animal Portrait

Lala, Miniature Animal Portrait


Lala, Miniature Animal Portrait

Lala, Miniature Animal Portrait


I painted her on a Limoges porcelain tile. I bought the tiles at San Do’s  painting studio last year.




Lala came to our house as our daughter’s companion. We have only daughter, 20 years old. When Lala came to our house, our daughter, Nana was only 7 years old. They grew up together. Since we have to move around Japan from one place to another place because of my husband’s job, Lala had became a good company to all of us. She was a very smart, calm and pretty dog. She moved to 4 different places with us.







I still cry when I see her photos. I still can’t stair at her photos. I still can’t move on since her death. Even so, I finished her portrait last month. I have several good her photos and want to paint her more.

I also finished my friends, Gay and Bonnie’s pets portraits. The cat is Gay’s and the dog is Bonnie’s.

Animal Portraits

Animal Portraits


Animal Portraits

Animal Portraits


I want to paint my baby, Jiji (My favorite cat) on an another Limoges porcelain tile soon!