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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

 

-Yumi

Yumi’s Adventures in Tennessee!

Posted in European Style, flower painting, My Trip, Nyon Rose with tags , , , , on December 28, 2013 by yumi

Hi all!

Today I want to write about my adventures in Tennessee. I know it will be a long entry. I still have one more long adventures with Rikki, and I will write about it later.

First of all, I show you my work shop piece at Linda’s.

Nyon Roses Plate

Nyon Roses Plate

Nyon Roses Plate

Nyon Roses Plate

Linda is my Tennessee mom #1 (I have another Linda Tennessee mom #2), and I met her at Tybee this year.

I had a work shop at Linda’s in Tennessee, and we painted the Nyon style. I stayed at her house for a while, and she took me to several cool places. I think Tennessee is one of the coolest places in America!

Linda's Painting people

Linda’s Painting people

Linda's Painting people

Linda’s Painting people

We enjoyed painting with the Nyon style and they made beautiful wall pockets with the Nyon roses!

One of Linda's Painting People's Work

One of Linda’s Painting People’s Work

They added some gold work after they fired the wall pockets.

After the workshop, Linda took me to several places and I show you where I visited.

First, she took me to the TeaPot Museum!!!!! It was a dreaming place for me. Can you imagine, at the museum we can see tons of hand painted teapots for free!!!! Linda has a good friend who can explain about each teapot’s history. I enjoyed listening to the stories. The museum is the biggest teapot museum in the world. Although I can’t post all pictures of the teapots, I post some of them. The place is in Tennessee, and if you are interested in seeing them, you should go there! I’m sure for all porcelain painters, the museum is a dreaming place! Thank you so much, Linda for taking me to the place!!!

The Tea Pot Museum in Tennessee

The Tea Pot Museum in Tennessee

The Tea Pot Museum in Tennessee

The Tea Pot Museum in Tennessee

The Tea Pot Museum in Tennessee

The Tea Pot Museum in Tennessee

The Tea Pot Museum in Tennessee

The Tea Pot Museum in Tennessee

The Tea Pot Museum in Tennessee

The Tea Pot Museum in Tennessee

The Tea Pot Museum in Tennessee

The Tea Pot Museum in Tennessee

The Tea Pot Museum in Tennessee

The Tea Pot Museum in Tennessee

This is the rich guy’s house who owned the bunch of teapots. He donated his collections from all over the world to the museum.

The Tea Pot Museum in Tennessee

The Tea Pot Museum in Tennessee

Then we visited a country market. It was the just my image of old fashioned American market plate.

Old Fashioned American Country Market

Old Fashioned American Country Market

Old Fashioned American Country Market

Old Fashioned American Country Market

Inside of the shop was so neat. It just looked like a museum even though it was an actual shop. I just felt like I went back to 40’s, 50’s in America.

Old Fashioned American Country Market

Old Fashioned American Country Market

Old Fashioned American Country Market

Old Fashioned American Country Market

Old Fashioned American Country Market

Old Fashioned American Country Market

Tom and Linda took me to a battle place of civil war between Alabama and Tennessee.

It’s my first time to visit a battle place.

Civil War Battle Plave

Civil War Battle Plcve

In South we can see a lot of civil war battle places and museums. You can see a lot of cannons on the battle places.

Civil War Battle Place

Civil War Battle Place

Civil War Battle Place

Civil War Battle Place

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Civil War Battle Place

Civil War Battle Place

Civil War Battle Place

Civil War Battle Place

When you go South, you still can see this flog a lot. This flog was the symbol for South in America at that time.

Civil War Battle Place

Civil War Battle Place

Civil War Battle Place

Civil War Battle Place

I thought when we lived in the Civil War era, my Michigan moms, Gay, Emilie and Kay were Yankees, and my friends^\[ from North and from South fought against each other. The thought made me really awkward.

Civil War Battle Place

Civil War Battle Place

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Do you know that rockabilly was born in Tennessee? Isn’t it neat?

Linda also took me to the rockabilly museum, and it was pretty cool!

Rockabilly Museum

Rockabilly Museum

Rockabilly Museum

Rockabilly Museum

A very popular rockabilly song, Blue Souse

A very popular rockabilly song, Blue Soes

The inside of the museum was full of Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and other rockabilly singer’s items.

Rockabilly Museum

Rockabilly Museum

Yumi is playing the dram belongs to Elvis Band member!

Yumi is playing the drum belongs to the Elvis Band member!

The most exciting thing at the museum was I could play the drum belongs to the Elvis band member. I forgot the drummer’s name, though. Isn’t it cool?!

Rockabilly Museum

Rockabilly Museum

Can you see my autograph? All visitors can write down their names on a wall, and I’m the first person who wrote down the name in Japanese!!! I don’t think many Japanese people have visited the place. I’m so so lucky!!!

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Bluegrass

Tennessee is a music state and we can listen to bluegrass music in front of a shop. I listened to people enjoying playing bluegrass music at the country store. I thought it was really neat!

The last spot in Tennessee is Nashville!!!! It was one of my dreaming places for a long time, and I’m so happy that I could get there!

Nashville is a mecca of country music. Some day I want to go to a real country music concert in Nashville!  Tennessee is a really music state relates to bluegrass, rockabilly and country music!

Nashville

Nashville

Nashville

Nashville

Nashville

Nashville

I love this kind of American joke, lol.

Nashville

Nashville

Nashville was a huge town. I thought the bike was a great idea for tourists!

The Nashville Country Music Museum

The Nashville Country Music Museum

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Tom, Linda and I visited the country music museum. I learned a lot of history of country music there.

The Nashville Country Music Museum

The Nashville Country Music Museum

I don’t think Reba is popular in Japan, but she is one of the most feature artists in America.

The Nashville Country Music Museum

The Nashville Country Music Museum

The Nashville Country Music Museum

The Nashville Country Music Museum

I forgot who was the owner of the car, but I thought this was the American car. I don’t think we can drive such the huge car in Japan, lol. We don’t have enough space to park the car.

The Nashville Country Music Museum

The Nashville Country Music Museum

The Nashville Country Music Museum

The Nashville Country Music Museum

For American people it might be difficult to realize that how big your museums are, but from the Japanese point of view, the museum was gigantic. The museum has displayed a lot of stuff like such the big Cadillacs or Elvis’s piano or whatever.

Elvis's Piano

Elvis’s Piano

The Country Music Museum

The Country Music Museum

I really enjoyed exploring in Tennessee. Thank you so much for everything, Linda, Tom and Jill!!!

I’m looking forward to visiting to Tennessee again next year!

My Last Trip in America This Year with Dixie and Charles

Posted in My Trip, Uncategorized with tags on December 22, 2012 by yumi

This year, luckily I could go to America three times, and last one was special for me. Dixie and Charles are one of my American moms and dads.

After taking a private class at the San Do’s painting studio with Gay in Tampa in this September, I separated from her and flight to Dixie and Charles’ in Alabama to meet them. They invited me to stay at their house and go somewhere with them. I was so excited because it’s my first time to learn about the Southern part of America.

Dixie and Charles took me to a lot of places and I really enjoyed all of them.

First, we went to  NASA in Huntsville, Alabama. The day was very hot.

NASA in Huntsville

NASA in Huntsville

When I looked at the scene from a car, I was very excited and I thought I was in America because it’s my first time to see NASA!!!!

NASA in Huntsville

NASA in Huntsville

NASA in Huntsville

NASA in Huntsville

NASA in Huntsville

NASA in Huntsville

Charles explained they tested to fly two of monkeys to moon. They were alive in the space ship but when they arrived in moon, they died because they couldn’t breath.

NASA in Huntsville

NASA in Huntsville

You can see a monkey. He was flied in the way.

NASA in Huntsville

NASA in Huntsville

Everything was so huge in NASA and I realized that that’s why we lost the WW2. I couldn’t understand why at the WW2, we tried to fight against America. I was completely overwhelmed by the advanced technology of space project in America.

NASA in Huntsville

NASA in Huntsville

This one is an actual size as one of the space ships. It didn’t go to space.

NASA in Huntsville

NASA in Huntsville

Inside of a space ship.

NASA in Huntsville

NASA in Huntsville

NASA in Huntsville

NASA in Huntsville

NASA in Huntsville was really really cool. I bought some space food for my daughter and husband.

We went to Kentucky a couple of days later. Kentucky become my favorite place because it’s the exact place where I’ve been imagining about America for a long time.

Kentucky

Kentucky

They took me to the Abraham Lincoln’s birthplace.

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

Before I went there, I didn’t even know Abraham Lincoln was born in Kentucky.

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace

He was born in the cabin. He was poor and he rarely went to school with his sister, but he really studied hard. He became a lower and finally became an American president. I really think he is a good example that hard work pays off in the end.

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace

The park was very beautiful!

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace

This is a souvenirs shop and Nancy is a mother’s name of Lincoln.

We stayed at Dixie’s mom’s. The place was my favorite because it was so pretty and breathtaking.

Ma's Place

Ma’s Place

I thought the place is the heaven in this world. I really really love there!!

Ma's Place

Ma’s Place

We can see Dixie and Charles’s soy beans’

field over there. They are huge.

Ma's Place

Ma’s Place

Ma's Place

Ma’s Place

Kentucky

Kentucky

Charles and Dixie took me to a Lincoln museum because I was so interested in him. I wanted to learn about him more.

Lincoln musium

Lincoln museum

This statue was his childhood. While helping his family, he studied. He was never ever lazy and that’s why he became an American president.

Lincoln museum

Lincoln museum

Lincoln museum

Lincoln museum

Lincoln museum

Lincoln museum

Lincoln museum

Lincoln museum

Lincoln museum

Lincoln museum

Lincoln museum

Lincoln museum

I found an Texan bill and I want to ask about it to my Texan friend.

Lincoln museum

Lincoln museum

Lincoln museum

Lincoln museum

This painting is amazing!!!

A Cemetery for WW2

A Cemetery for WW2

After that we stopped by a cemetery for WW2. I saw some graves there. It was exact same as the graves that I’ve seen in some WW2 movies. I felt like I was watching a movie.

A Cemetery for WW2

A Cemetery for WW2

A Cemetery for WW2

A Cemetery for WW2

A Cemetery for WW2

A Cemetery for WW2

After that we enjoyed hamburgers at Dixie’s broghter’s shop. It was the best burger ever for me!

When I went out from the shop, I saw some real Amish people!!!!! I know that taking their picture is rude, but I couldn’t stop myself. When I realized myself, I finished taking some pictures.

Amish people

Amish people

I was so excited because it was one of my dreams to see some real Amish people!!!!! I finally made one of my dreams come true! Yay!!!!

Amish people

Amish people

Amish people

Amish people

I asked to Charles if he could chase their wagon and he did it for me. Thank you so much, Charles! I know it was tough for you to do it. I really really appreciate you!!!! The night I was so excited that I couldn’t sleep well. I was so so so happy!!!

A much more excited thing happened to me the following day! Dixie and Charles took me to a Shaker town!!!

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

Since I started learning conversational English especially American English, I’ve been so interested in American culture like Amish people, Shaker people or whatever. I finally arrived in the town! The town is already dead and there are no Shaker people. It made me sad.

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

I’m so involved in the Shaker furniture. They are very simple and very pretty.

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

Their life style was very wired. Men and women lived separately even they were children. Women lived together some buildings and men lived another buildings or even they lived in the same building, their rooms were separated.

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

I learned the term, a spiral staircase in English from Charles. He taught me how to say the ladder in English.

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

Shaker people were craftsmen and they were really good at making everything.

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

They are not actual Shaker people and they are pretending. They are working the town and show how to make the things to us.  She is a college student and she is very interested in weaving, she said.

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

He is a craftsman of brooms.

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

He told us that the good brooms can stand by themselves.

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A desk for men and a desk for women. They didn’t get together.

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A potty chair.

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

Mom and her baby room.

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

Dixie’s mom is really cool and she was a doll artist. She had been selling her hand made dolls at the Shaker town for a long time. She retired from it a couple years ago.

A Shaker Town

A Shaker Town

The Shaker town was just amazing. I really really loved there!!

I spent a couple of days with Dixie’s sister, Vana Dean and her family, Dixie’s mom, Ma, brother, Gale, Charles and a lot of Dixie’s relatives at Ma’s house. Vana Dean invited me to her house and she showed me a lot of quilts and embroideries. She gave me one of her hand made embroidery. OMG!!!!! Thank you so much, Vana Dean!!!! They were beautiful. Ma also showed me her pretty hand made quilts and dolls.

My room of  Ma's House

My room of Ma’s House

I stayed at the room and the quilt was hand made by Ma.

One of Vana Dean's Hand Made Quilts

One of Vana Dean’s Hand Made Quilts

After I separated from them, Dixie, Charles and I returned to Alabama. They had another plan for me, and it was taking me to  the Helen Keller’s Birth House!

Helen Keller Birth House

Helen Keller Birth House

Helen Keller's Birth House

Helen Keller’s Birth House

Helen Keller's Birth House

Helen Keller’s Birth House

Helen Keller's Birth House

Helen Keller’s Birth House

Helen Keller's Birth House

Helen Keller’s Birth House

Helen Keller's Birth House

Helen Keller’s Birth House

Helen Keller's Birth House

Helen Keller’s Birth House

Helen Keller's Birth House

Helen Keller’s Birth House

Helen Keller's Birth House

Helen Keller’s Birth House

Helen Keller's Birth House

Helen Keller’s Birth House

Helen Keller's Birth House

Helen Keller’s Birth House

Helen Keller's Birth House

Helen Keller’s Birth House

Helen Keller's Birth House

Helen Keller’s Birth House

Helen Keller's Birth House

Helen Keller’s Birth House

I saw a lot of  Helen’s books of Japanese version there. Of course, she is very famous among Japanese people.

Helen Keller's Birth House

Helen Keller’s Birth House

Helen’s China.

Helen Keller's Birth House

Helen Keller’s Birth House

Helen Keller's Birth House

Helen Keller’s Birth House

Helen Keller's Birth House

Helen Keller’s Birth House

After we enjoyed exploring around the Helen’s house, we enjoyed a play of Helen Keller. It was my first time to see the live play in English.

The Live Play of Helen Keller

The Live Play of Helen Keller

Charles bought three special seats for us.

The Live Play of Helen Keller

The Live Play of Helen Keller

The Live Play of Helen Keller

The Live Play of Helen Keller

The Live Play of Helen Keller

The Live Play of Helen Keller

The Miracle Worker was spectacular. I really really enjoyed it!

I painted the Nyon style painting at Dixie’s painting group as well.

Some of My students' Pieces

Some of My students’ Pieces

Dixie's Painting People

Dixie’s Painting People

Dixie's Painting People

Dixie’s Painting People

Dixie's Painting People

Dixie’s Painting People

Thank you so much for coming my class, everyone! All of you are very talented painters!!!! I’m looking forward to meeting you all again next year!

I stayed at Dixie’s for 16 days and enjoyed sightseeing and painting!

Dixie and Charles

Dixie and Charles

Thank you so so so much for everything, Charles and Dixie! I really really enjoyed my last trip in America this year with you! I’m really looking forward to visiting you again next year and paint with you all!

-Yumi