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JPAC Convention

Posted in International Convention, Uncategorized with tags on June 4, 2018 by yumi

Hello there! How have you been so far? It’s been a while since I posted my last entry.

This blog entry is written both in Japanese and English. However, I don’t translate Japanese into English, visa versa.  I write whatever I want in the languages.


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I went to the JPAC convention with two of my friends after I returned from the States. It was in Kyoto a couple of weeks ago. The JPAC is one of the Japanese porcelain painting groups name. I don’t belong to the group.

I saw amazing art pieces and met lots of my Japanese painting friends there. All pieces gave me influence and motivated me a lot.

Since I got some chances to take some photos ( I was not allowed to take each pieces’ photos.), I would love to show them.


The art show was there. The building was built 400 years ago. I think it’s really cool to have an art show in such an old building!



Inside of the building. It is a very Japanese style.



Presentation room. When I got there, a master painter of Herend  was giving a demonstration there.


I saw the member’s pieces at the entrance of the art show.  ( I am not a member of JPAC.)



Another demonstration



This building has a beautiful Japanese garden inside. It was very cool to see beautiful art and garden at the same time.



One of my JPAC member friends, Rumi-san and her friend. Thank you so much for the wonderful chatting time with me, Rumi-san!



Me and two of my friends, We had a really fun time together.

Thank you for visiting my blog as well. I will update my blog in two weeks. My next blog post will be about my U.S. trip and portrait painting. See you again soon!

I hope you started a fabulous week!




Blue Bird

Posted in Animal painting, birds, The Michigan Shcool, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on April 16, 2018 by yumi

Hello there!

How have you been so far? Before me going back to the States, I want to update my art blog again! I am very happy with my recent bird painting, and I wanted to show it soon to you! I believe in that blue birds bring happiness to us. So, my painted blue bird brings happiness to all people who follow my art blog!!

This is an order piece from one of my portrait painting teachers from the States, Jerri Cookie Barton. When I met her last time at Gay’s school, I showed her my humming bird  and the other bird that I painted to Dixie. She really loved them, especially, the Dixie bird. She ordered my hand-painted bird from me. What’s the honor for me it is!!!! I was very excited!! I was willing to get the order from her and enjoyed painting it, to try to paint my best bird!

Then, here it is! I am so happy with the result! I hope Cookie will like it as well! I can’t wait to see her smile at Gay’s school.

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hand painted blue bird on porcelain, hand painted bird painting, porcelain bird painting, blue bird, europian style of painting


Thank you as always for visiting my art blog! See you here again  in a month!! I will write about my adventures in the States then!

Happy painting!



Posted in European Style, Fantasy, Uncategorized with tags , , on April 7, 2018 by yumi

Hello there! How have you been so far?

I am happy that I can update my art blog constantly!! I think I am getting better at managing my time to keep painting, learning conversational English and Italian, knitting, exercising and so on.  I started making studies in English as well. I will sell the studies in my classes, Alabama and Michigan first. I still have to learn how to sell online, but after I settle everything, I will start selling them online too.

Anyway, today I show you my mushroom plates. They are for my host moms, two for Alabama (Dixie and Elaine) and one for Michigan (Gay). I hope they all like them.

Somehow since I was a kid, I really really love mushrooms. So, I am happy that I painted them.  When I saw my hand painted mushrooms, they made me smile because they look so cute! Which one do you like the best? I definitely want to paint mushrooms for me again!!!

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Plate #1


mushroom on porcelain, European style,

plate #1


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plate #2

mushroom on porcelain, European style, porcelain painting

plate #2


mushroom on porcelain, European style, porcelain painting


mushroom on porcelain, European style, porcelain painting

plate #3


mushroom on porcelain, European style, porcelain painting

I love these cute mushrooms, lol


Now, I started painting two birds and some strawberries on different plates , and I have to paint some jewels as well. I am designing my last tea set for my painting school.  I have so many ideas that I want to paint. I hope I can paint all of them, lol.

I think this blog post will be the last entry before me going back to the States. I will be there for a month. So, I will see you again here after one month.

Thanks for taking a look at my blog post! Happy painting, everyone!





Posted in European Style, landscapes, Uncategorized with tags , , on January 15, 2018 by yumi

Hello there. This is my first blog post for this year. I hope I will be able to post more than last year.

I painted this for my painting school as a school subject. So, it’s not modern, and it’s very classic. I learned how much difficult for me to paint on curves. I struggled a lot.  I like the design, though.

Front side

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Back side

porcelain vase, European style, landscape

I think I need practice to paint on curves more, especially when I paint complex stuff. I think I can paint flowers, but I am not good at at least landscapes on curves.

I want to know how to use this vase thing. Does anybody know how to use this? How do we call this? If you know, please let me know. I will change the blog title then.

Now, I am practicing a bird, a mouse, fairies and a school subject. I hope I can show you one of them in two weeks!

I hope everyone started a great week! See you around soon again!

-Yumi x

Fruits Box

Posted in European Style, flower painting, fruit painting, fruit painting, Uncategorized with tags , , , on December 31, 2017 by yumi

Hello there! How are you doing? Today is the last day for this year, 2017! We will have a new year, 2018 in a couple of hours in Japan! I am so excited it!!!

In this very last moment of this year, I want to share my hand painted fruits box with you. This is a school subject and very classic.










It took more than five months for me to get permission to fire this box from my teacher. I am glad that I finally finished this.

Tomorrow I want to start painting my own design!

Since WordPress  have given up to let us know how many people have visited our blogs a year since a couple of years ago, I don’t know how many people have visited my blog this year. Even so, I think many people have visited my blog from Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook and search engines. I do appreciate all of you who have visited my blog.

I will keep blogging this until I will make my dreams come true! This blog will be history for me to make my dreams come true!

I really hope I will show you better pieces next year! I will try all my best!

Good luck next year, everyone! See you next year again!!!

-Yumi x


I Wish You a Merry Christmas!

Posted in Christmas, Christmas Ornaments, European Style, landscapes, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on December 17, 2017 by yumi

Ciao! Come stai? Sono molto bene. Sono felice.

Hello there! How have you been so far? I am great and am enjoying learning Italian! I started adding some Italian phrases that I have memorized on my blog, heehe.

Today I want to show my Christmas plate that I finished last night. This is an order from a client. I am happy that I could keep a deadline. She wants to show off this plate in her husband’s hospital. ( Her hubby is a dentist.) I hope she and her hubby will like it.

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How are you spending this Christmas? My family and I probably will go to a fancy restaurant to eat dinner as we always do. I am knitting a sweater for my hubby, but I don’t think I can give it to him on Christmas, lol. I still have to work a lot. I am ready  to give my hand knitted scarf to my mom. She will like it,  I hope. For my dad, my daughter and my in-laws, I still don’t have any gifts yet.

Christmas plate, European style, Christmas ornaments on porcelain


Christmas plate, European style, Christmas ornaments on porcelain

It’s my first time to paint something for Christmas in a couple of years. It was fun, and I want to do this next year as well.

Now, I started designing a bird painting again to practice. You will see it probably next year!

I hope everybody will have a wonderful time on Christmas!!

See you soon around here again!

-Yumi x




Yumi’s Adventures in Italy, 2017

Posted in My Trip, Uncategorized with tags , on November 12, 2017 by yumi

Hello there! It’s been a while since I posted my last blog entry. How have you been?

It’s getting colder here, and we are enjoying the weather now. I think I should go somewhere to take some photos of leaves changing for my other blog.

Well, a couple of days ago, I returned home from my studying abroad in Italy. I learned from my mentor, Patrizia Arvieri this year as well. I was there for two weeks and had great times with my painting teacher and my classmates. I do appreciate a lot to all of them whom I met there. I enjoyed hanging out with my old friends and new friends. Maria Vittoria and her hubby took me to a restaurant. We had a happy time there. I regret that I didn’t take any photos there.

I stayed alone at my teacher’s painting studio and painted a lot. She told me that when people are good at copying from others, we can call them a painter. When people are good at using their imagination to create art, we can call them an artist. I can’t forget what she said to me. I think I am a painter, but I am not an artist yet. So, to become an artist, I want to make lots of effort from now on!

When I studied abroad in Italy last year, I thought I needed to learn conversational Italian. However, I was very lazy and didn’t study it at all. I felt shame a lot this year. So, I definitely start learning conversational Italian, Italian art history, how to use my imagination to my art and so on. I hope I will be able to write something a little bit in Italian next year.

Mainly, I painted from mornings to evenings, and after classes, since I don’t understand conversational Italian, I killed time to read books in English, knitting a sweater, designing my art and so on. I sometimes went out from my teacher’s studio to walk around. I did exercise every single day as well.

I took some photos when I walked around her place. It was very funny for me to communicate with people there. That’s because most of people there don’t handle English, and I speak only Japanese and English. Our communication had to depend on my English first, then, my poor Italian, a body language next and finally technology, google translation on a cell phone. Anyway, I survived there alone without Italian for two weeks!

Here are some photos of sweets shops close to my painting teacher’s area. DSCF9418



She allowed me to take some photos of the ice cream shop. I loved there and went there so many times, sometimes with my teacher, friends and sometimes alone.



I really think Italian ice cream is the best!



I really miss the ice cream!!!!!!!!!!!!!



The next door of the ice cream shop was a cake shop. They have so many beautiful cakes!




On the other side, there was a flower shop. I stopped by the shop when I was exercising.



I took the photos before Halloween. I learned Italian people celebrate Halloween as well.



My teacher Patrizia sometimes invited me DSCF9451

to their home made males. I prefer home made meals to foods in a restaurant. I appreciate she taught me how to make risotto. I will try it out soon!



She introduced me a lot of Italian culture. She, my dear friends, Virginia, Mariarosa, Virginia’s husband, Vittorio and Patrizia’s hubby, Daniele took me to Venice! It was fascinating for me to get there!


Venice is surrounded by the sea and we have to ride on a boat to get the land.




Venice was so pretty! I loved there at first sight! I doubt there are people who don’t like Venice.






In Italy, everything looked art for me! I loved the hands stature! It was so very cool!


You can see a Gondola!







In the boat I heard a lot of different languages.


First of all, we walked to St. Mark’s church.


From the left side, the European flag, Italian flag and the Venice flag



You can see water on the floor. It was a sunny day, and you can realize that Venice is sinking. The sea water is coming to the floor because the town is on the sea level.



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Me with my friends and painting teacher



While we were in a line to get inside, I took the church photos. The architecture was just amazing!





Inside of the church was just a museum.







From the ceiling to the floor there were full of art!













In the church, I met some Japanese people in a tour group. It was my first time to speak Japanese in 12 days! The feeling was so good, lol.

After the church, we went to a restaurant.




DSCF9620My lunch! I love Italian people love sea foods! This tastes like Tempura, one of Japanese foods. It was so good! I really enjoyed it.


Since I can’t speak Italian, every time I went to restaurants with my teacher or friends, they helped me to get food. After lunch, I found some Japanese sake in the restaurant!


This amazed me a lot because I found my hubby’s favorite baseball team’ (Hanshin tigers) s mascot, Toracky! I was very curious how they got the mascot and tried to ask it to a waiter. Since he didn’t handle English at all, I couldn’t get any clue. However, he brought a Japanese menu to me!


In Brecia, I had never seen any Japanese at all, even English menus! This means so many Japanese people have visited there, and they don’t handle Italian at all, lol. Oh, shame on us!


After that Virginia and Vittorio let me get in a gondola! DSCF9626


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In most of the buildings, people can’t live on a first floor. That’s because of the water.
















It was so much fun! Thank you so much, Virginia!


After the gondola, we went to a palace.



The palace was incredible too!




Art, art, art! I was stuffed with a lot of art!







It is very interesting because we are sharing the similar style of art. I mean in Japan we can see lots of art on ceilings in castles or temples. We also loved using lots of gold to show off power in the castles or temples.





The next door of the palace was a dungeon. It was very creepy.





We went to one more church. I love looking around catholic churches. That’s because usually their decorations are very rich. I can see lots of art inside.








Venice in the evening was also very pretty and romantic. I enjoyed walking around.





The church inside







Masks! Venice is very famous with masks, the carnival. I saw a lot of mask shops, and the masks were so neat. Since the carnival is in February, some time I want to go back there to experience the carnival!

I really want to appreciate my painting teacher, her husband, her daughter, her boyfriend, my painting friends and their hubbys’ hospitality. When I go back to America, my American friends show me lots of hospitality as well. I do appreciate a lot to all my friends all over the world! Thank you so much! Grazie Mille! See you again next year!

Thank you so much for taking a look at my blog entry. See you soon again here!