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A Wrinkled Face

Posted in American Syle, Portrait, San Do's Painting Studio with tags , , on April 8, 2017 by yumi

Hello there!

I am happy that I can update my art blog this weekend again!

Today I show you my wrinkled face. Well, it’s not my portrait, lol, and I don’t know the person.

A couple of years ago, I learned how to paint a wrinkled face from San Do at his painting studio. Since then, I wanted to practice. However, I didn’t do that. I had excused to myself that I was busy for painting other stuff. Well, as you know we can’t improve without practicing. I am glad that I finally practiced a wrinkled face. I know I need more practice, but my first wrinkled face is pretty much awesome, lol. I am so happy with my piece!

Japanese elderly woman's wrinkled face, American style, Portrait on porcelain

Japanese elderly woman’s wrinkled  Portrait on porcelain

I practiced this very interesting Japanese elderly woman’s wrinkled face with only color black. It was so much fun. I enjoyed imaging the elderly woman’s life while painting. The wrinkles describe her life history. Her wrinkles says that her life might be tough, but I can see piece on her face.

Japanese elderly woman's wrinkled face, American style, Portrait on porcelain

Japanese elderly woman’s wrinkled  Portrait on porcelain

Japanese elderly woman's wrinkled face, American style, Portrait on porcelain

Japanese elderly woman’s wrinkled  Portrait on porcelain

I want to paint more wrinkled faces. I want to paint my ground parents some time as well.  Maybe next time I want to practice a wrinkled face with colors.

Wrinkled Face on Porcelain

Wrinkled Face on Porcelain

At the very end of this article, I painted the guy at San Do’s painting studio with him a couple of years ago. I learned how to paint a wrinkled face with the guy.

I went to San Do’s painting studio with Gay. After the class, Gay, my other American friend, Zach and I went to the Ringling brothers museum together.  I learned American circus history there. We had a fun time there.

Painting portraits is always fun. I really enjoyed painting her.

Now, I am painting strawberries. I hope I can show my piece next week!

Have a lovely weekend and happy painting!

-Yumi

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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!

Miniature portraits

Posted in American Syle, Miniatures, Portrait with tags , , , , on January 21, 2014 by yumi

Hello there!

This is my first blog entry for this year. It’s time for me to start blogging again! Thanks as always for visiting my blog!! When you look at my artwork and read the blog entry, please leave a comment!! It always encourages me and has become a really good motivation to keep on painting for me!!! Thank you so much!

Meanwhile, last year I learned how to paint miniature portraits from my dear teacher, Birgit Porter from Germany in America.

Miniature portraits

Miniature portraits

I painted a Russian princess and one of my daughter’s super miniatures in the class. After I returned to Japan, I finished two of left of my daughter’s super miniatures.

Miniature portraits

Miniature portraits

The super minis are almost the same size as a penny. I wanted to make a necklace with each of them, but I figured out that it’s difficult and needs a lot of money. So, I almost gave it up. However, when I showed them to my other teacher, San Do, he suggested that I can make a porcelain button. I think it’s very cute to have some porcelain buttons with my daughter’s portraits!

Miniature portraits

Miniature portraits

After I finished them, I started practicing some miniature portraits again. They are my practice pieces.

Miniature portraits

Miniature portraits

The right one is my self-portrait. I’m planning on giving it to my mom as a surprise gift on my birthday. I think on a birthday that we should appreciate to our parents to give birth. I learned it after I gave birth to my daughter. The left of two are my daughter. I bought the blanc porcelain necklaces and broach in Florida with Gay.
This is a good size for me to wear and paint on.

Miniature portraits

Miniature portraits

Miniature portraits

Miniature portraits

Can you see my daughter’s facial expression? She is crying and I painted some tear drops on her face. It was so much fun!!!

Miniature portraits

Miniature portraits

Miniature portraits

Miniature portraits

I love painting miniatures and want to practice more!!!

Failure Teaches Success

Posted in American Syle, Portrait with tags , , on May 30, 2012 by yumi

Hello, there! Long time no see! I recently think that I always say “Long time no see” to y’all, lol.

I’m so happy because I finally can post this blog entry today! Woot!!

Today’s entry is a portrait!!!!

My practicing Piece with Jane Mark's studies in Portrait  #1

My practicing Piece with Jane Marks’s studies in Portrait #1

 

After I returned to Japan from America last time, I started practicing a portrait with Jane Marks’s studies and her colors. I like her colors because it’s very smooth for painting.  Since I took her portrait class at the GA school in America, I have become a big fan of her portraits and colors. I think her colors are especially good for painting Caucasion people like Victorian ladies, babies and little girls and boys. I also think it’s good for us to practice different angles of portraits with her studies. When I was in the GA school, I painted a front side portrait. The light sauce was also from the front side. I learned how to catch the shadows and lights on the face. This time I wanted to practice a different angle of portrait, and I chose her. Her angle is slightly a side face, and light sauce is from the right side. I thought it wasn’t difficult for me to paint her, but my idea was wrong!!!!!!

My Failure Piece in the Portrait

My Failure Piece in the Portrait

 

Look at the second picture! I fired her twice and burned her lip color and lost her skin color. I fired her at a temperature that Jane mentions in her studies. However, I lost some yellow and red colors and burned them. I asked my painting friends which temperature was the best for her colors. I tried again and I lost them again…… I added some yellow and red colors and lost them back and forth many times. And then, I realized that I couldn’t fix the piece. I gave up keeping on painting on the piece and test fired all her colors on the rear side of the plate.

A Test Fire

A Test Fire

 

It seemed to be good for me, and I fired my second piece for her (I mean I repainted her on the other tile, and that is my finished piece.) at the same temperature. My first fire was good. I could keep the colors, but I lost some yellow and red again at my second fire. At the time, I almost lost my motivation to keep on painting her. It was really frustrating for me. I know that my kiln is a digital kiln. I don’t need to control anything like opening a lid of the kiln, controling temperatures or whatever. On the other hand, I can’t control anything. I can’t open the lid, control the firing time, maturing time or whatever. It’s sometimes convenient, but it sometimes inconvenient. In this case, it was quite inconvenient!!!

After I lost yellow and red again, I asked my friends again. I received a lot of good advice and ideas from my painting friends! I really appreciate them! Even thought my Texan friend isn’t a painter, he also helped me! Thank you, Matt!!! A friend of mine, Emilie asked to Jane Marks about my problem. She was also surprised at my problem because she never ever had the problem for a long time. I think the digital kiln can’t create an air flow, and that’s is also the problem that I lost some colors. I tried to do all kind of things to create the air flow in my kiln.

I finally could solve the problem! It was a long way, and I took three weeks to conquer it!

 

My Practicing Piece with Jane Marks's Studies #1

My Practicing Piece with Jane Marks’s Studies in Portraits #1

 

My Practicing Piece with Jane Marks's Studies in Portraits #1

My Practicing Piece with Jane Marks’s Studies in Portraits #1

 

Now, I’m thinking that I’d love to paint all Jane’s studies that I have because I can practice a lot of different angles portraits and light sauces with Jane’s colors to study her colors more. I really would love to improve my skills and knowledge in portraits. I guess I sometimes will become tired and bored to paint only her portraits, so I’d love to paint real people’s pictures that are good ones for Jane’s colors as well. This project is my goal for this year!

Next year, I’d love to use San Do’s portrait colors to study his colors. At the time I’d love to paint portraits from real people’s pictures with his colors.

 

I will go to America again to take San Do’s private class two days from now. I will take his still life class. I love painting still life with oil paints, but I haven’t tried to paint it on pottery. I’m really curious how to paint still life paintings on ceramics. I’m thinking that I’d love to buy all his colors to study how to paint still life paintings. While painting all his still life studies, I’d love to study how to paint still life on pottery next year! That’s is my next goal for next year!!!

I probably won’t be able to post anything in a month because I will be in America in a month! See you, everyone one month from now!!!

 

-Yumi

 

My Portrait with a Dreden Style

Posted in Dresden, European Style, flower painting, Portrait with tags , , , , , , on April 8, 2012 by yumi

Hi, there. Today is a sunny day in Japan. Since I had been sick, I haven’t updated my blog entries. I’m sorry.

I’m happy today because I finished several pieces. Until I go to America again, I’d love to update my blog entries as much as I can.

So, today’s entry is a portrait. I love painting classical portraits and painted her from a post card. Since I learned a new Dresden techniques from Alfredo Tlediano, when I designed this piece, I painted the Dresden part with the techniques. I like it because the colors on my piece matched to spring!

My Portrait with Dresden style

My Portrait with Dresden style

My Portrait with Dresden style

My Portrait with Dresden style

Inside view of my Portrait with a Dresden Style

Inside view of my Portrait with a Dresden Style

My Portrait with a Dresden Style

My Portrait with a Dresden Style

Side View of My Portrait with a Dresden Style

Side View of My Portrait with a Dresden Style

My Portrait with a Dredesn Style

My Portrait with a Dredesn Style

The GA Seminar by the Sea Porcelain Art School

Posted in American Syle, Animal painting, Dresden, European Style, flower painting, Portrait, The GA Seminar by the Sea Porcelain Art School with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 12, 2012 by yumi

Hi, there! Long time no see!!!! How have you been? I’ve been doing good. I’ve still been suffering from a jet lag because I returned to Japan two days ago.

I’m happy that I finally can update my blog entry today!

I had been in America to take some painting classes. I enrolled in the GA Seminar by the Sea Porcelain Art School. I took three classes there. It was my first time to join the school. First, before the school started, I stopped by my dear American friend, Gay’s house for a week. She invited me to her house to take a rest and get over a jet lag. She is my wonderful American friend! I’ve really beeing enjoying  hanging out with her. I also met Emilie there again! She is also my amazing American friend. This time I met my dear Japanese painting friend, Akiko. She and I have a lot of common interests. We are from the same home town, Shiga prefecture. Her husband’s home tome is my current city, Fukui City. It’s easy for us to become good friends! I met her on this blog! So, I’m very happy to meet her in person for the first time!!! Anyway, after I enjoyed hanging out with Gay, Emilie and Akiko, Gay and I flied to GA.

I knew the school on Facebook. Suzanne Painter is the owner of the school.  Here is the website: http://gaseminarsbythesea.net/  I also looked forward to meeting Suzanne in person very much. After I signed up the school, I’ve been contacting her for 10 months. I called her twice. I was scared to speak to her in English on a phone for the first time even though I’ve used to talk with my American friends on Skype. Before Gay signed up the school, I planned to go to the school alone. So, I had to make sure something to her. She is a very kind and nice person. So, I could feel relax. Anyway, when I knew that Gay also signed up the school and she could go there with me, I was very happy! Before I went to the school, I was really looking forward to meeting my Facebook and Twitter friend, Dixie! I finally met her in person at the school!!!!

Gay and I really enjoyed the school! She took two Andrew Orr’s classes. I took a Jane Marcks’s class, an Alfredo Toledano’s class and a Filipe Pereia’s class. I learned a portrait from Jane, a Dresden Style from Alfredo and an animal portrait from Filipe. All of them were wonderful teachers. It was my first time to go to the southern part of America. I sometimes can’t understand what people in south said. I asked my American friends who speak with a standard accent what they said. Although I couldn’t understand the accent, at the end of the school, I became used to it and started to understand it. I also enjoyed the southern foods. They are so good! People in south were so nice. I love the part of America! That’s because I am from the west of Japan. People in west, Japan are also very friendly and nice. I feel kind of the similar feeling from people in south in America.

My first class was a portrait. I painted it with Jane Marcks. She was an amazing teacher. I learned a lot from her! Since I love her painting techniques,style and herself(Oh, yes, she is so cute!), I signed up her private class in Texas. I’m looking forward to taking her private class! Since I bought her portraits colors, I’d love to practice portraits with her colors. I love painting portraits.

A Portrait, Design by Jane Marck

A Portrait, Designed by Jane Marcks

A Portrait, Design by Jane Marcks

A Portrait, Designed by Jane Marcks

A Portrait, Design by Jane Marcks

A Portrait, Designed by Jane Marcks

I became friends with Nancy, Lisa and Bonnie. I also became friends even with Jane Marcks. I really look forward to meeting them again next year at the school.

My second class was a Dresden style. I was so excited to take the Alfredo Tledano’s class because I’ve been learning Dresden style in Japan. I was very curious about his techniques, brushes, some oil and paints.

I took his class with my dear American friend, Dixie. She was sitting next to me, and we painted together. It was very fun!

A Dresden Plate, Designed by Alfredo Toledano

A Dresden Plate, Designed by Alfredo Toledano

A Dresden Plate, Designed by Alfredo Toledano

A Dresden Plate, Designed by Alfredo Toledano

I changed a little bit of my gold on my plate. This class was very unique. He paints two plates for each his students. His students exact copy his plate while looking at their plate that Alfredo painted. Since I wanted to paint with my style,  mine’s aren’t exact copy from him.  I painted my Dresden plates in my way. However, I painted them with his brushes, some oil, brushes and his techniques.

Alfredo's plate that he painted for me

Alfredo's plate that he painted for me

A Dresden Plate, Designed by Alfredo Toledano

A Dresden Plate, Designed by Alfredo Toledano

A  Dresden Plate, Designed by Alfredo Toledano

A Dresden Plate, Designed by Alfredo Toledano

Even thought I painted my plates with his brushes, his oil and his techniques, I used my Dresden colors. I bought some his colors, but I used my pink, pouple, yellow and orange. They are Japanese paints. I wanted to try to use my Japanese colors on his style. I’m happy it works very well!!

I have been painting Dresden with one fire. When I told it, he was very surprised. He said that it was very difficult. Yes, it is very difficult. I’ve learned the one fire techniques at my Japanese painting school. After I learned his techniques, I found that painting with Dresden with one fire techniques is so difficult. I realized that I’ve been painting Dresden in a very difficult way. I love my school’s way, but I also love his way. I’d love to create my way with mix of his way and my school way in Dresden.

Alfredo's plate that he painted for me

Alfredo's plate that he painted for me

I met Regina, Deroles, Lynette and Denise. We became good friends! I also look forward to meeting them again at the school!

My third class was with Filipe Pereia. I painted three animal portraits with him. The class was the hardest for me. I had to paint three animals on three tiles. I chose a baby monkey, a tiger and a baby seal. It was my first time to paint animal portraits. I was also excited. I love realistic paintings. I painted three of them from three calenders. The class was so much fun. I was the only one student who painted on tiles. All other students painted on a huge vase. I wanted to paint on it, but it was impossible for me to bring it to Japan. I don’t think even if I would bring it, it wouldn’t fit to my small Japanese house. So, I changed my painting materials. However, it was really good for me. I learned a lot form Filipe.

A Baby Monkey painted with Filipe

A Baby Monkey painted with Filipe

After I painted all the part of the monkey tile, he corrected the right side. I didn’t know how to paint the monkey’s mom’s hair. So, he corrected the part. He also corrected the baby’s body part a bit. This monkey portrait is my favorite! When I painted the monkey face, he said that I did a great job.

A Baby Monkey painted with Filipe

A Baby Monkey painted with Filipe

A Baby Seal painted with Filipe

A Baby Seal painted with Filipe

I also painted all of the baby seal  by myself first. He corrected the back ground, some brunches in front of the baby seal and the seal’s body part. I really enjoyed creating the seal’s fur. His brushes are extremely good for creating textures. They are amazing! It’s very easy for me to make different textures. I got a lot of hints from his brushes. I’m planning to paint a lot of objects with them! The brushes were very expensive, but I think I got treasures!

A Baby Seal painted with Filipe

A Baby Seal painted with Filipe

My last tile is a tiger. I couldn’t paint him by myself. He painted it most of the part because I didn’t have enough time to finish three tiles in four days.

A Tiger painted with Filipe

A Tiger painted with Filipe

A Tiger painted with Filipe

A Tiger painted with Filipe

While painting the tiger, I made a big mistake. Before blending the yellow and white on the tiger, I put all black color on my tiger. When I showed it to Filipe and asked about my next step, he said, “Oh No!!!!! Yumiko! (It’s my real name) Don’t put black before blending. Fix it up everything!” Since he didn’t teach me how to fix it, I removed all black from my tiger. It was a really good lesson for me. Even he painted most of the part, I still painted some part of my tiger. I painted nose part, the tiger’s head, a light side eye, ears and so on. I really wanted to paint him by myself and receive his correction. However, it was difficult in a four day seminar. He told me that I shouldn’t take his special class. I should take his normal class from now on. I should focus on painting one animal portrait in four days. I agree with him. He suggested to me that I should go to Portugal to study abroad at his painting studio. I started to think about it.  It must be fun!

I met Rikki, Pat, Libby, Paula and many classmates there. I painted my third session without Gay because she didn’t take a third session. Before the class started, I was so nervous. I wasn’t confident in doing good without Gay. However, Suzanne, Dell, Pat, Paula, Rikkie and many classmates helped me. I really appreciate them!

I stayed at the house with Dixie, her husband, Charles and Jane Marcks. We chatted a lot and had a great time at the house. Dixie and I became good friends. I really look forward to meeting her again!

      

When the school was off, Gay and I enjoyed shopping. We went to Savanna and went antiquing. We also met Gay’s cousin there. She visited Japan and knows a lot of Japanese words. I enjoyed talking to her. I bought some antiques there. I really love Savanna. There are so many antique shops!!!! There are so many Victorian houses!!!! Every time we passed through some Victorian houses, I cried to Gay “Look at the houses!!! Look at the shop!!!” It was very fun!

We ate a piece of cheese cake as our dinner. It was very tasty! I loved the cake! I ate a piece of banana cheese cake.

Gay ate a piece of strawberry short cake. Both of them were so good! I hope I will be able to come here again next   year!

            

After Gay returned to her home, I changed my house. I stayed at the house with Pat, her husband, Dag and Filipe’s assistant, Paula.

The third session was a small class.  I spent a great time with, my classmates, Pat, Rikki, Libbi and Suzanne and Dell.

All of them were wonderful people. I really thought it was good for me to take three classes. I already signed up next year. I’m really looking forward to meeting my friends again there. I also look forward to meeting new friends there!

I really appreciate my friends, Gay, Emilie, Akiko, Dixie and Charles first. I also appreciate Suzanne and Dell.

I also appreciate my painting teachers, Jane, Alfredo and Fillipe. Then I appreciate many my painting friends, Nancy, Lisa, Bonnie, Regina, Delores, Lynette, Denis, Pat, Rikki, Libbi, Paula and many many painters whom I met!   See you next year, girls!

-Yumi

My Daughter’s Favorite!

Posted in European Style, Portrait, Uncategorized with tags , , on November 16, 2011 by yumi

Hi, there! It’s been a while since I posted my last entry. It’s been raining almost every day in my area where I live right now. So, even if I really wanted to take some pictures of my work, I couldn’t do that. That’s why I couldn’t update my blog entry.

However, it was a perfect sunny day for taking some pictures today. I would like to show a matching cup and saucer set today. I painted a portrait on the set. I also designed the gold parts, and all gold works are by my hands.  I tried to create an antique cup and saucer set. I hope it seems to be an antique!!

Actually, the set is my daughter’s favorite. I also love it. I’m happy because the set seems to be very cute! Since I love the girl and the dog, I would like to paint them on the other object.

 

Portrait with a European style Painting, Front of View

Portrait with a European style Painting, Front of View