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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! https://www.facebook.com/groups/LuLaRoebyAmieFisher/

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:  http://www.evilenglish.net/ 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!!

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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

 

-Yumi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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: http://www.michiganporcelainartists.com/index.html

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

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!

-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.

Lala

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!

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!

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!!

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