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Practicing Butterflies!

Posted in European Style, Fantasy, Modern Style with tags , , , , on February 12, 2017 by yumi

Hi there!

How have you been? We have snow in Japan, and the weather is really cold. I started knitting for the first time in three years! I am knitting a pair of mittens to my mom.  However, my kitty, Jiji annoys me a lot when I knit. I can’t focus on knitting. Even so, I am enjoying knitting and playing with Jiji at the same time, lol.

Today I want to show you my butterfly plate.  I bought lots of painting supplies at my Italian painting teacher, Patrizia’s and to get used to them, I started practicing both with her painting supplies and techniques. I chose butterflies as my first practice subjects.

I know I need practice more to paint butterflies, but I am happy that my first butterflies look good. I have more ideas about butterfly paintings, and you will see more this year.

European Style, Butterfly painting, Porcelain painting

My Butterfly painting

European Style, Butterfly painting, Porcelain painting

My Butterfly painting

European Style, Butterfly painting, Porcelain painting

My Butterfly painting

European Style, Butterfly painting, Porcelain painting

My Butterfly painting

Thanks for visiting my blog and supporting me. I do appreciate you a lot. I hope you all are having a good weekend!

-Yumi

IPAT ~International Porcelain Artists and Teachers’s Show

Posted in American Syle, Animal painting, Awards, competition, Dragon, Fantasy, Japanese, Japanese Style, Kutani with tags , , , , , , on December 7, 2014 by yumi

Hi there!

I attended one of the biggest porcelain shows in Florida,  the States in August. I went there with my friend, Fresia from Bolivia.  During the show we enjoyed watching the Cirque du Soleil at Disney, going to a big shopping mall and Universal studios. We had a great time there, and after the show, we flew to Huston to Cheri Holder’s international painting studio and took two classes from my mentor, Patrizia Arvieri. I can’t write everything on this blog entry, and I will write step by step.  First of all, I want to focus on writing the IPAT show.

It was my first time to attend the show and I met a lot of Japanese porcelain artists there. I made friend with them, and it was great! I really appreciate their friendships!! Thank you, Yumiko Okumura, Etuko Hanajima, Rumi Agawa, Satomi Totten, Kazuyo Tanaka, Syuuko Kishida, Yurimi Sakashita and Sachiko Teramura. I especially had a great time with Satomi Totten! I took the same classes from patrizia Arveri at Cheri’s painting studio with her. It was so nice. All of them are so talented artists. I got a lot of influence from them. I am looking forward to seeing them again somewhere!

 

IPAT show

IPAT show

 

The show had some display tables where we can show our pieces and it also had some tables for the competition. I entered two pieces and got a silver ribbon and a bronze ribbon. It became a great memory for me.

Japanese Dragon

Japanese Dragon

 

Japanese Dragon

Japanese Dragon

 

Japanese Dragon

Japanese Dragon

 

My Bronze Ribbon

My Bronze Ribbon

 

Japanese Gold Fish

Japanese Gold Fish

 

My Silver Ribbon

My Silver Ribbon

 

I also did a demonstration of our dying art from, Kutani. It was my first time to show Kutani in the American show. Many people came up to my table and I received a lot of questions. I am so glad that may people in the States are so interested in Kutani.

 

My demo at IPAT show

My demo at IPAT show

 

My Demo at IPat Show

My Demo at IPat Show

 

I won a lottery and got two hand painted pieces by my portrait teacher, Cookie Barton! I was extremely lucky!!!!!!

 

The show was so much fun, and I am looking forward to going to the next show with Gay and Rikki!

 

 

Mushroom!!!!

Posted in American Syle, Fantasy, Miniatures with tags , , , on November 12, 2014 by yumi

Mushroom!!!! Hi there! It’s really been a while since I posted my last entry. I am very sorry to the long delay. There were so many things happened to me in six months. While I was in Canada, I lost our beloved dog, Lala. I went back to the States again to attend the IPAT show in August. We got a new puppy. Then my PC died. This PC is Windows 8, and I am still struggling with handling it. This is my first blog entry on my new PC! Weee!! I will write about these things step by step later. Today I want to show my newest artwork! I think this entry is good for this season. In Japan it’s fall. Yes! The mushroom season!!!!! I bought this cute Limogues porcelain at San Do’s painting studio last September. I still haven’t post anything about the trip either. Aw, I have to write so many things before I forget everything.

Limoged Porcelain Mushroom

Limoges Miniature Porcelain Mushroom

Limoged Porcelain Mushroom

Limoges Miniature Porcelain Mushroom

Limoged Porcelain Mushroom

Limoges Miniature Porcelain Mushroom

Limoged Porcelain Mushroom

Limoges Miniature Porcelain Mushroom

Limoged Porcelain Mushroom

Limoges Miniature Porcelain Mushroom

Limoged Porcelain Mushroom

Limoges Miniature Porcelain Mushroom

Isn’t it cute? I really love the mushroom pill case! I will poste a new blog entry soon. Please stay tune on my blog!!!!!!

Salon Blank International Exhibition of Contemporary Art

Posted in American Syle, Animal painting, Awards, competition, Fantasy, International Convention, Japanese, Japanese Style, Kutani, Modern Style with tags , , , , , , , on April 22, 2014 by yumi

Hi there!

How’s the weather in your place? In Japan we are in the mid of spring, and I really enjoy it. I love spring because I was born in April. My parents told me when I was born, the cherry blossoms were full blooming. I guess that’s why I love cherry blossoms and spring.

This spring, an exciting thing happened to me. I tried to get in Salon Blank International Exhibition of Contemporary Art, and it’s my first try and got a prize to two of my pieces. Since it was my purpose to got a prize and get into the show to show my artwork ( I mean if I wouldn’t get a prize, I couldn’t get into the show.), I’m super happy 🙂

Here are my pieces.

I painted a floating bosastu. Bosatsu means buddha. We have several curving floating bosatsu in Kyoto, and when I saw them with my friend from America, I thought they were so pretty. I really wanted to paint them.  I painted the floating bosatsu with the Kutani techniques and the Western techniques.  This piece is a test piece for me to paint more floating bosatsu. I really want to paint all floating bosatsu with this idea soon! I can’t wait to show my new piece of floating bosatsu to you all!

A Floating Bosatsu

A Floating Bosatsu

 

Next one is my cat.

Jiji

Jiji

Jiji is my kitty’s name, and he came to our house last June. Since then, I really really love him. Painting Jiji was so much fun. This piece is my imagination, and we don’t have mice at home. He is really playful, and he is peering through mice to play with them or maybe to eat.

I think it’s one of the hardest parts for us painters to make our pieces closer what we imagine in our mind. I’ve always been struggling with this, but to be honest with you that’s why I love painting. Meanwhile, I really enjoyed painting Jiji, and you will see my kitty’s pieces more from now on!

Jiji

Jiji

 

Jiji

Jiji

 

Jiji

Real Jiji

I’ve gotten in the book of this art show’s collections.

Salon Blanc

Salon Blanc

 

Salon Blanc

Salon Blanc

The exhibition was in Tokyo, and I couldn’t go there.

Some of my friends who live in Tokyo took some photos of my pieces for me. So, I want to show them to you as well. Thank you very much for the photos, Yukari-san, Jiro-san, Hiroko-san, Toshio-san and Emiko-san.

 

Salon Blanc

Salon Blanc

 

Salon Blanc

Salon Blanc

 

Salon Blanc

Salon Blanc

 

Salon Blanc

Salon Blanc

 

Salon Blanc

Salon Blanc

 

I also bring these pieces to PAC BC convention in Canada, http://pacbcconvention.wordpress.com/

See you there soon!

 

My Snake Plate with Some Chelsea Birds

Posted in birds, Dresden, European Style, Fantasy, flower painting, International Convention, Meissen Style, Nyon Rose with tags , , , , , , , , on November 18, 2012 by yumi

Hi, everyone!  I returned to Japan from Thailand last night. I had a great great time with my friends, Ingrid and Helga there. I will report the Thai convention later on another blog entry and this time I want to show one of my exhivision pieces.

I ordered the plate online. When I looked at it, I thought it was very unique because it had some relieves of snakes. My Chinese zodiac is a snake and I thought it might be a lucky charm for me. It was true, and I received an award at the Thai convention. I will show my award piece later on another entry too.

My American friend, Dixie loves Chelsea birds and I’ve known she has wanted to paint them. So, I designed the plate for her.

My Snake Plate with Some Chelsea Birds

My Snake Plate with Some Chelsea Birds

My Snake Plate with Some Chelsea Birds

My Snake Plate with Some Chelsea Birds

My Snake Plate with Some Chelsea Birds

My Snake Plate with Some Chelsea Birds

My Snake Plate with Some Chelsea Birds

My Snake Plate with Some Chelsea Birds

My Snake Plate with Some Chelsea Birds

My Snake Plate with Some Chelsea Birds

My Snake Plate with Some Chelsea Birds

My Snake Plate with Some Chelsea Birds

The Back Side of My Snake Plate with Some Chelsea Birds

The Back Side of My Snake Plate with Some Chelsea Birds

The Back Side of My Snake Plate with Some Chelsea Birds

The Back Side of My Snake Plate with Some Chelsea Birds

I added some snake scales and it worked out for my snake plate beautifully. When one of my painting teachers,  Ivonne Planos looked at my plate, she praised me very much at the Thai convention. I was very happy at the moment.  I painted the plate with some pine oil and lavender oil.

When I paint other Chelsea birds, I want to try to paint with some different oil.

Go for Gold!!!!!

Posted in American Syle, Animal painting, competition, Dragon, Fantasy, Japanese Style with tags , , , , on October 13, 2012 by yumi

Hi, all! I finally came back to my art blog!!!! It’s been a while since I posted my last entry. I think it’s three months ago. Oh, my goodness. I can’t believe that. I’m sorry for that, everyone.
For these three months I have been super busy creating seven new pieces, but I really have been enjoying it! I love thinking new designs and describe my ideas on white porcelain. When I can finely express my ideas in my paintings, it’s the happiest moment for me!!

I painted three new pieces for the Facebook competition. I couldn’t post my current artwork to show my respect to the competition, but it was over last night and I can show all my competition pieces now! I’m so happy.

The competition had a theme, “Go for Gold”, and following the theme I painted my competition pieces. I’m glad I could create three new pieces for it.

My first piece is a dragon. Since the theme for the Facebook competition is “Go for Gold” and the chairperson Christine said what influence we got from the London Olympics, I concerned about it. This year’s Japanese Chinese zodiac is a dragon, and it means the London Olympics was in the dragon year. During and after the Olympic games, we had several diplomatic issues between Korea and China. First of all, after we played against Korea in the male soccor, we lost the bronze medal. A soccor player in the Korean team held a Korean flag printed “Takeshima island belongs to Korea!” and he paraded around the succor stadium carrying the flag. I was very disappointed at it because I really don’t think in the Olympic games people should show the diplomatic issues in public. After the Olympics Korean people visited the island many times and advocated that the island belonged to Korea, but I think the island has belonged to Japan for a long time. I know the area has a lot of sea resources and it’s very important for both of us, Japanese people and Korean, but it’s ours.

After the issue, next time China offended to Japan with the senkaku islands. They also advocated that the islands belongs to China, but I think the islands also have belonged to us for a long time. Chinese people protested and destroyed many Japanese companies in China. I felt very sad for the issues and I wanted to create a peaceful piece for us.

Then, an idea popped up in my mind. I painted a dragon, and he is from a Japanese countryside, my current place where I live. I painted the place with monotone colors, and tried to distinguish it from the dragon. I painted the dragon with a lot of colors, and it gave a strong impact to the dragon. After I painted the dragon, I made the dragon hold a gold medal printed with the Japanese word for “peace”, 平和.

It’s my fist time to paint a dragon, but I really enjoyed it! I’m happy that I could finely express my idea and mine has a theme, “Go for Gold!”.

I’ve been always aspire for gold, but my gold isn’t a prize in the competition. I’d really love to become a better painter and that’s my gold!

My Dragon Painting with the Western Syle

My Dragon Painting with the Western Syle

My Dragon Painting with the Western Syle

My Dragon Painting with the Western Syle

My Dragon Painting with the Western Syle

My Dragon Painting with the Western Syle

My Dragon Painting with the Western Syle

My Dragon Painting with the Western Syle

My Dragon Painting with the Western Syle

My Dragon Painting with the Western Syle