Two months ago I learned the KPM Berlin techniques from Birgit Porter in Georgia, America with Gay and Dixie.
We stayed at the host’s house for 6 days and took a four-day class. We practiced several flowers, and it was my first time to use her type of fat oil. I hadn’t mixed fat oil, clove oil, turpentine and lavender oil before, and it was new things for me. When I painted with the techniques, first of all, it was not easy. It was very difficult for me to keep the good consistency for painting. While practicing, I became used to it.
Birgit painted any kind of flowers without looking at the real ones, and it made me very surprised. I think she had been trained at the KPM factory for a long time. So, her hands reminds how to paint. It was really amazing.
While teaching the KPM techniques, she painted several flowers for me.
Birgit Porter’s hand painted Plate
I practiced the flowers many times on a title.
My Practicie Piece
My Practice Piece
Since I love the European style, I became a big fan of her techniques! Since I returned to Japan, I’ve been practicing her techniques every day. I finished several pieces, and I want to show my other practice pieces later on the other blog entry.
I became good friends with Birgit, and we talked a lot until midnight every day. She became one of my international sisters. She told me that many people say the KPM techniques are very difficult and it’s hard for them to master it, but I really don’t think so. I don’ think it’s difficult. I think it needs a little bit practicing time compared to other techniques, and that’s it. I painted some pansies and pearls with the KPM techniques and I will show the piece later too. I think we can use the techniques to a lot of things not only flowers. I want to use the techniques a lot to my paintings from now on.
She taught us very gently, and I really loved the way she teaches us.
Birgit with Her Students
Birgit, Gay and Dixie
We stayed at the friend of Birgit’s house, and it was just amazing. Foods were good, and she was full of hospitality. We really enjoyed painting, eating, hanging out, chatting, learning, sharing or whatever.
The View From the House
I want to take her classes every time I go back to America from now on. She explained how to design some bouquets, and I want to learn it more. I can copy the European style of bouquets, but I can’t design my original ones. I really want to become able to do it. I also want to learn how to paint fruits too.
I will take her class at Dixie’s soon, and will learn how to paint super miniature portraits. I really can’t meet her again and learn from her!