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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

 

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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!

 

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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.

 

 

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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!

 

-Yumi

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.

 

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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!!!!

-Yumi

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

 

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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!

-Yumi

Lala

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.

 

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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.

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Lala

 

Lala

Lala

 

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!

Michigan Porcelain Artists Spring Painting Retreat in 2013

Posted in American Syle, Portrait, The Michigan Shcool, Uncategorized with tags , , on June 8, 2013 by yumi

Hiya!

Long time no see! How have you been?

I returned to Japan a couple of days ago, and have been busy for settling up our new house! I still have a little bit jet lag, but I’m really fine!!! I still can’t believe that I had been in the U.S. and Mexico for one and a half months, but it’s very true. I had a great time there and write about my trip step by step in my blog.

First of all, I want to write about Gay’s school, Michigan Porcelain Artists Spring Painting Retreat. I left Japan a week after I moved to a new town. At the time I was completely exhausted , and couldn’t think anything in a positive way. When I arrived in Michigan, I was very blue how I should manage these feelings. However, I really didn’t need to worry about the negative feelings. When I met my painting friends, they changed my mood quickly. I think I really needed it and wanted it. I think that’s the meaning of this time’s trip for me.

At the school, I took a portrait class from my favorite teacher, San Do. I painted a Victorian lady with him. I love taking his class because he is funny. His class is always fun, and all students couldn’t stop laughing as usual too.

Portrait with San Do

Portrait with San Do

Portrait with San Do

Portrait with San Do

Portrait with San Do

Portrait with San Do

Painting portraits is always fun. After I finish settling up our new house, I really want to start practicing portraits again! Thank you so much for teaching me, San Do! See you in October!!

My Kutani Plates

Posted in Japanese, Japanese Style, Kutani, The Michigan Shcool with tags , , , on February 12, 2013 by yumi

Woo Hoo!

How have you been my dear friends? I’m super busy for preparing studying abroad in America. I will leave my house a couple of hours later  and head to Deep South.  Since I will be in America over for a month, I probably can’t update my blog.

Before going back to America, I want to show my newest Kutani on my blog. I’m very happy that I can introduce my newest kutani work.

I bring these kutani pieces to introduce our classical and traditional art style to Americans. I hope you can get some chances to see them. If people are interested in my kutani pieces, just speak to me or my American friend, Gay. I pass these plates to her and she or I can show you them. This May I will have a presentation how to paint the Kutani style at Gay’s school, the Michigan school. If people are interested in how to paint this style, please contact Gay!!!!

It’s very difficult for me to take the best shots of kutani because the kutani colors are made from glasses and it’s really shining.  However, that’s why the colors are very transparent and you can see a lot of lines through the colors.
This is the biggest difference from other Japanese ceramics. I’m into in this painting style and it’s one of my dreams to expand kutani to the world.

My Kutani Plate Japanese Painting style, Kutani

My Kutani Plate
Japanese Painting style, Kutani, Koma-inu, Lion dog

My Kutani Plate Japanese Painting style, Kutani

My Kutani Plate
Japanese Painting style, Kutani

My Kutani Plate Japanese Painting style, Kutani

My Kutani Plate
Japanese Painting style, Kutani, koman-inu, lion dog

My Kutani Plate Japanese Painting style, Kutani

Rear side of view, My Kutani Plate
Japanese Painting style, Kutani, Koma-inu, Lion dog

My Hand Painted Kutani Plate

My Hand Painted Kutani Plate

My Hand Painted Kutani Plate

My Hand Painted Kutani Plate

My Hand Painted Kutani Plate

My Hand Painted Kutani Plate

My Hand Painted Kutani Plate

My Hand Painted Kutani Plate

I’m really exited that many American painters are in love with this pretty Japanese painting style!  I’m looking forward to receiving a lot of comments!

See you soon, and don’t miss my kutani plates, my dear Tybee friends!!!!

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!