Yumi’s Adventures in Italy!

Posted in My Trip with tags , , , on January 2, 2017 by yumi

Happy New Year 2017!!!!!

My first blog entry in 2017 is my trip in Italy.  I studied abroad in Italy to improve my painting skills last December and had amazing time with my painting teacher, Patrizia, her family and my classmates. So, I want to write about my adventures in Italy today.

It was totally big adventure for me because I don’t understand Italian conversations at all. Even so, to use body languages, electric dictionary on a cellphone, I enjoyed hanging out with Italian people.  I met lots of nice people and made friends with them.







Italian food in Italy was just amazing! I was in love with Italian coffee, sweets, gelato, pasta, pizza and everything. When I got in Italy, Patrizia and her family invited me to a pizza restaurant. I am so used to being Americanized and ate a piece of pizza with my hand. Oops………. I figured out that none of Italian people were eating pizza with their hands. They use silver wares and cut pizza with a knife and eat it with a folk. They also don’t add Tabasco either!!!! I realized that Italian food in Japan is not real Italian food at all soon.


Since Italy has long history, they have lots of old buildings everywhere. They remake old churches to a restaurant or bar (bar is a coffee shop).










Patrizia and her husband took me to some restaurants and all food looked art to me. In every class Patrizia, my classmates and I went to an Italian restaurant to eat lunch too. I really enjoyed all food there!



I stayed at Patrizia’s painting studio alone and sometimes went out to get some food for dinner at the closest supermarket. A cashier memorized my face and we made friends. She asked me if I was Chinese in Italian. Since I didn’t understand her conversation, I could catch up with similar sounds words as English. It was fun to communicate with Italian people in my really poor Italian.






I was there before Christmas, I saw lots of beautiful Christmas decorations everywhere.











After class, one day Patrizia’s daughter, Francesca and her boyfriend took me to a Christmas shop and an amazing gelato shop.




On other days, Patrizia and her husband, Daniele took me to a downtown in Brescia city. Brescia is a very old city to have lots of cathedrals. I loved going there to see really fancy art! Patrizia and Daniele bought me some candles to pray there and brothers as well.













They also took me a very old castle. We have lots of castle in Japan too, but our castles are totally different. Even so, they are always built in the highest place in a town to look down and to avoid being attacked by enemies. This part is common.















This castle is built in center of the city.














We walked around a downtown of Brescia city twice.  Patrizia and Daniele took me to a palace from the Roman era. It was really fascinating! I thought about Japanese history then. We both have long history, but Italian ancient people were much advanced in education.

The palace was destroyed and sunk because of flood. For a long time it was not discovered.






The white part was original, and the brown part was rebuilt later.














The last picture is a miniature model of the original castle.


I enjoyed walked around the downtown of the very old Brescia city with Patrizia and Daniele.

We saw lots of old buildings like a major house.











EU flag, Italian flag and Brescia city flag.






Japanese restaurant! I am curious how different between Italian Japanese food and American Japanese food are…….







I learned a lot from Patrizia, not only painting but also lots of other important things for our lives.  After I returned to Japan, I started cleaning up my really messy painting studio. After finishing it, I want to practice what I learned from her.  You will see what I learned from her when you see my pieces this year!!

Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I hope I can post more blog entries this year than last year.











The Holiday Season Is Coming!

Posted in Christmas, European Style, landscapes with tags , , , , on November 26, 2016 by yumi

Hello there!

How have you been? I am very sorry that I couldn’t update my art blog at all. I went back to my painting school, and I am busy for doing my assignment. I am in a mid course of advanced and have to paint a lot to finish the course.

I am glad that today I can post something! I painted this place more than four years ago at my painting school. I  painted this Christmas place with one fire techniques.  Do you plan on painting something Christmas this year? Do you have some ideas for painting? I hope I can paint something Christmas this year and can update it here. I will try my best.

Christmas Plate, Christmas scenery, One fire techniques

Christmas Plate

Christmas Plate, Christmas scenery, One fire techniques

Christmas Plate


Christmas Plate, Christmas scenery, One fire techniques

Christmas Plate


Christmas Plate, Christmas scenery, One fire techniques

Christmas Plate


Christmas Plate, Christmas scenery, One fire techniques

Christmas Plate


My teacher in Tokyo gave me two objects, the burn and poinsettias. I combined two of them and designed the plate. My teacher loved it, and I got a big compliment from her. She wanted to keep the plate to show it to other students and recently she returned it to me. She had showed it to others for more than four years. I am so honored, lol.

Tomorrow, I will update my other blog that I have been introducing Japanese culture.  So, stay turned!




Painting with Simona-Marina Braathen from France マスタークラブ大阪のシモナ先生のセミーに参加させていただきました

Posted in European Style, Jewerly Painting, Miniatures, Uncategorized with tags , , , on October 1, 2016 by yumi

This entry is both in Japanese and English, but I don’t translate what I write in English into Japanese, visa versa. If you are interested in what I write in your unknown language, feel free to ask me. I am willing to tell you.

昨日、お誘いいただいてマスタークラブ大阪支部のセミナーに参加してきました。先生は、フランス人のシモナ・マリナ先生で、細かいレースの描き方を習ってきました。マスタークラブの展示会が大阪であり、シモナ先生はその展示会のために来日されていました。私は、初めてそのセミナーに参加させていただきました。シモナ先生とは2年前、フロリダのIPATショーでお会いしたことがありますが、その時は、全くお話ししませんでした。だから、セミナーの前、英語が通じるのか少し不安でした。結局は、心配する必要など全くありませんでした。先生の英語は素晴らしく、どんな質問にも答えてくださいました。マスタークラブ大阪の皆さんも初めて参加した私にとても親切に接してくださいました。楽しくおしゃべりしながら新しいことを習うのは、本当に楽しかったです。シモナ先生、マスタークラブ大阪の皆様、大変お世話になりました。今回マスタークラブの作品展にお邪魔させていただくことができず、セミナーだけの参加となりましたことお詫び申し上げます。次回は是非作品展にお邪魔して、皆様の素晴らしい作品を拝見させていただくのを楽しみにしております。また、マスタークラブのますますのご発展をお祈り申し上げます。 金澤 由美子



Yesterday, I took a class from Simona-Marina Braathen from France in Osaka, Japan with members of Master club. Master Club had an exhibition and she was visiting Japan as a feature artist for the show. Master Club is a porcelain painting club in Japan to improve our painting skills. I am not a member, but some of members asked me to take the class. Well, I had a great time with members and Simona. It was so much fun! I was just in love with her techniques because I love preciseness, lol. We made a pendant to scratch the surface of the porcelain with unfired black paints with a toothpick. The butterfly on the porcelain looks lace! The techniques were amazing!! I learned some new techniques, and now I have so many ideas to use them on my works.

First of all, I want to finish my piece. Secondly, I want to practice what I learned. Thirdly, I want to create my own art with the techniques!

You will see my piece with Simona’s techniques some day soon.

Thank you as always for your support! See you around here again next weekend!




City Art Show

Posted in American Syle, Animal painting, Awards, birds, competition with tags , , , , on September 24, 2016 by yumi

Long time no see. I apologize for my laziness. I was busy trying to get in a city art show where I live. The art show is not a porcelain show and I had to compete with around 500 artworks. Everyone can enter one piece, and if they can’t win a prize, their piece can’t be displayed. If you want many people to see your piece, you have to win a prize. That’s the show rule.

I tried to enter the show with this piece and made it. When I received the news, I was very happy for it.

Bird painting, American style, Porcelain painting

Bird Painting


A couple of days ago, I went to the museum where my piece has been shown with my hubby. Before going there,  he and I were talking how many pieces would be in the show. He told me he guessed that everybody could get in the show because it’s the city art show. Well, we met some people who couldn’t get in there. I talked with several of them, and they told me that they have been trying for several years, but it’s hard for them to get in. They came there to get their pieces back. The show had prepared two rooms to put the pieces which couldn’t get in. I saw many pieces were there.

Bird painting, American style, Porcelain painting

Bird painting


I realized that to get in the show was a little bit more difficult that I had thought. The show is more serious that I had imagined. When I heard their stories, I felt sorry for them. At the same time I appreciated my luck.

Bird painting, American style, Porcelain painting

City Art Show


Bird painting, American style, Porcelain painting

My decorated piece at the city art show


While we were looking around, I heard an elderly woman who was with her husband pointing at my piece and said, “Oh, I love this one!”. It totally made my day.

It was fun to try out to get in a real art show. I want to do this every year from now on.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and supporting me! I will try to post something every weekend constantly, but I guess that I sometimes won’t be able to do this. Now, I am painting some mushrooms on mugs, and you will see them next weekend.


See you around next weekend!




B& B in Florida

Posted in My Trip with tags on August 13, 2016 by yumi

Hi there! How have you been? Today, my blog entry is not about my piece, and I am sorry for this.

Last year, I took a class with Gay and Linda in Florida from San Do. At that time, I was super busy and couldn’t write about my trip of Florida. I learned how to paint glasses and I will make my original piece with the techniques to show you what I learned there some day.

Today I write about our trip. Gay and I stayed at a country style of B and B. She found the place and booked for us. It was my first time to stay at B and B. When I looked at the house, I was in love with the house in the first sight. It was just like a house in a magazine, Country Living! Gay and I stayed there for a week. I just loved the B and B, but well, I didn’t like the breakfast because I don’t eat cereal. Besides that, the place was wonderful! I learned a lot and had a great time with Gay and Linda! We went to a zoo. I took lots of pics of animals there. I know I have to paint some of them from the pics!







As looking at these photos, the house was just like a museum. Since I am a big fan of American country side, I really enjoyed there.







Since the owner couple is a huge fan of antiques, we could see them everywhere. Gay and I also enjoyed going antiquing where the couple recommended us.

DSCF6780One day, the owner told us that he caught an wild  armadillo. I have never seen the wild one because in Japan we don’t have them. They are zoo animals for us. They look very cute, but according to him, they give damage their garden.


Next week, I will show you my art piece. I am glad that I finally could write about my trip of Florida in 2015 before forgetting it. I hope I can stay there again some day. The owner couple was so kind and nice. They told me that I was the first Japanese guest for them. I wrote my name and address in Japanese on their guest notebook.  I still have several trips of New Orleans or Yellow Stones. I have to write about them as well.

I hope you enjoyed the beautiful old house. See you again next weekend here! Have a great weekend!



Blue and White

Posted in European Style, flower painting, Miniatures with tags , , , , on August 6, 2016 by yumi

Hi there! I am sorry for the delay. Last week I was busy for doing seven days art challenge on Facebook. I am glad that I finally can update my art blog tonight.  How is the weather where you live? Here it is extremely muggy. Today Osaka recorded 38 degrees Celsius! I almost melt with this humid summer!!!!

Since it’s too hot, I didn’t want to use many colors. So, I painted only blue. I bought the beautiful elegant shaped Limoges porcelain box at San Do’s painting studio a couple of years ago. Since then, I had an idea to paint a landscape on it.  The blue roses are Nyon roses.

Thank you so much for your support. See you next weekend here again!



Nyon roses, landscape, blue and white, European style, Porcelain painting

Blue and White


I hope you like this small porcelain box.


Nyon roses, landscape, blue and white, European style, Porcelain painting

Blue and White



Nyon roses, landscape, blue and white, European style, Porcelain painting

Blue and White

Nyon roses, landscape, blue and white, European style, Porcelain painting

Nyon roses, landscape, blue and white, European style, Porcelain painting


Posted in American Syle, Animal painting, flower painting on July 24, 2016 by yumi

Hi there! How have you been? I am sorry that this blog entry was delay.

Today I show you my bee painting. This is not a one fire painting. I fired this piece three times.

I hope you like it.


It was fun to paint a bee. I just focused on painting the bee and the flower is a pen work.

American style, animal painting, porcelain painting



American style, animal painting, porcelain painting