2019年4月17日

Exhibition Announcement!

展示会のお知らせです!

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I am excited to announce that I was invited to be a part of AAA Gallery’s group show ‘Analog x Digital!’ The show will be held from May 11th-May 24th. I will be displaying seven new paintings for this show.

5/11(土)~5/24 (金)横浜AAA Galleryで行われる「アナデジ展」に参加させていただきます。新作品を展示します。

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I will post photos of the pieces at a later date.

Please stop by AAA Gallery in Yokohama to take a look if you live in the Tokyo/Yokohama area!

展示する絵は来月にブログで発表しようと思います。

とても素敵なグループ展になりますのでぜひ来てください。よろしくお願いします!

AAA Gallery

〒231-0023  神奈川県横浜市中区山下町82  徳永ビル206 /
みなとみらい線 / 元町中華街駅3番口徒歩1分     開廊時間:火〜日曜日 13:00~19:00 / 土曜日 : 15:00~20:00 / 月曜日休廊

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2019年3月27日

Hello everyone!

こんにちはみなさん!

I have been a little quiet recently on social media in regards to my art. This is because I am currently working on a series of paintings for an exhibition that I would like to introduce later on! So this will be a quick post despite all the work I have been doing.

最近、私はあまりツイッターやインスタなどに作品の写真を載せていない。だって次の展示会のため、いろんな水彩絵を描いていて全部が描き終わったら発表するんだ!そして今日ざっとブログを更新するよ!

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I spent some time at the end of February sketching some succulent studies (I may have also extended my succulent family at home). I’m grateful that I have lovely friends who send me pictures of their plant babies for drawing reference!

多肉植物の習作。スケッチのため、友達が多肉植物の写真を送ってくれた!優しいなあ!あと、植物を買うのやめられないなw

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My cousin and her husband spent some time in Japan with me recently. We went to Kamakura for a day and visited all the usual Kamakura sightseeing spots, including this guy.

2月にいとこといとこの旦那さんは初めて来日した!鎌倉へ行ったり観光したりした。

We also stopped by the bamboo forest in Kamakura! Despite being the end of February, the weather was so nice this day.

報国寺にて。まだ冬にも関わらず、かなり暖かったな。

My luna moth painting was at an exhibition in Massachusetts last weekend! My painting was a part of the Attleboro Arts Museum’s ‘Flower Show.’ Even though I couldn’t attend the show, it seemed so beautiful from the pictures!

先週末に自分の絵は展示された!展示会はアメリカのマサチューセッツ州にある美術館で行われた。現在私は日本にいるから展示会へ行けなかったけどとても素晴らしそうだったね!

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I was told that many people attended and it was a great exhibition! There were sculputures and flower installations at the show as well.

I will continue to work hard for my next exhibition!! Thank you for reading! Check my twitter and instagram (both @ kumoriluna) for more updates soon regarding my next show (it will be in Japan!).

素敵なイベントって聞いた!彫刻アートも展示された。

次の展示会のために頑張ってるわ!!!展示会の発表は近日発表する予定だよ。ツイッターとインスタで発表するのでフォローしてね!垢は→@ kumorilunaだよ!

いつも読んでくれてありがとうございます!!

2019年2月5日

Hello everyone. I hope everyone has had a good start to 2019 so far. I’ve been up to a few things that I want to write about!

みんな、こんにちは!どうしてるかな?

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I will be painting a lot over the next few months so unfortunately I don’t think I will have much time to draw in my sketchbook. I actually completed this piece before 2019 started but I didn’t find a good place to photograph it until more recently!

今年、たくさんの水彩絵を描かなきゃいけなくてスケッチブックに描く時間はあまりないの!上のスケッチは12月に描き終わったよ。

I think this year I want to start carrying my DSLR around with me more, and I’ve been enjoying dabbling in photography again lately! I love to go to Shinjuku Imperial Garden to look at the roses but it’s not the season for them anymore, so I didn’t get too many good photos. But luckily, there are always flowers blooming in the greenhouse and I had a lot of fun photographing them! Here are two of my favorite photos from that day’s shoot.

今年の目標を1つ:写真いっぱい撮りたい!新宿御苑の温室へ行ったことある??新宿御苑の花はもう枯れてしまったけど、温室の中にまだ綺麗な花たくさんあるよ!一時間ぐらい温室の中で写真を撮ってた。暑かったな。笑

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I finished a painting in the month of January! The painting is of this Luna Moth. I was really lucky to have the actual Luna Moth to draw from as reference.

先月、蛾の絵を描き終わった!オオミズアオという蛾だよ!日本でオオミズアオを見たことある?本物の蛾を持ってるからデッサン描きやすかった。

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I did some color studies before starting the painting. The colors I ended up using were a little different what I usually paint with.

水彩絵の具で絵を描く前に色のサンプルを作ってみた。使ったことない水彩絵の具を初めて使ったので蛾の色はうまく載せられるようにちゃんと色のサンプルを作ってから描くことにした。

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I like how the final painting turned out! Got a matboard cut as well as a nice frame and she is currently en route to the United States! This piece will be a part of the 2019 ‘Flower Show’ in Attleboro, Massachusetts from March 21st to 24th! I will not be attending the exhibition since I am currently in Tokyo, but if anyone reading this is in Massachusetts, please stop by and take a look!

完成!マットを切ってもらって無事に額縁に入った!そして、この絵は今アメリカに向かってるの!!私はアメリカのマサチューセッツにあるギャラリーのイベントに参加するよ!!この絵は3月21日から24日までAttleboro Art Museumっていうギャラリーで展示される!私は展示へ行けないけどきっと素敵なイベントになるよ!

I love food. If anyone is in the Ueno area and wants a good, healthy meal, Guruatsu is a great restaurant! It’s a little out of the way but it’s very worth it. They are also a vegan bakery serving a wide selection of muffins, scones, and cookies! I’m not in Ueno often but I would like to visit here again!

食べ物大好きw もし美味しくてヘルシーな食べ物を食べたかったら、上野にある「ぐるあつ」という店へ行ってみてね!ヴィーガン向けだしさまざまなスコーンやクッキーなどが販売されてる!普段あまり上野に行かないけどいつかもう一度行ってみたいな!

Expect some butterfly art in the future… once I finish all the other work I need to get done… hahaha.

いつか… 将来… 蝶の絵を描くつもりだよ…。国立科学博物館で蝶の写真いっぱい撮ってきたよ…。w

And lastly, over the weekend a good friend and I celebrated Imbolc by visiting a peony garden. Imbolc marks the halfway point between winter and spring. I took many photo references for a new project at the garden!

最後に、インボルクっていう祭り知ってる?冬至と春分の間にある祭りなんだ。春の訪れを祝う日!ということはそろそろ春が来るよね!インボルクはぼたん苑で過ごしてた。牡丹にインスピレーションを受けて新しい作品を作ってるので楽しみにしてね!次回発表するよ!蛾の絵を完成させたから次のプロジェクトによく集中できるようになった!

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That’s all for now! See you next time! Thank you for reading.

いつも読んでくれてありがとう!

2019年1月1日

Happy New Year!! I hope everyone had a happy holidays and a happy new year!

明けましておめでとうございます!良いお年をお迎えください。お正月はどう過ごしてるかな?

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I want to start the new year by making a post about a gallery event that I was a part of in December. The event was held at Design Festa Gallery in Harajuku, Tokyo. Above is what our flier looked like, as well as a short description of the event.

12月に参加したイベントについて更新します!イベントは原宿にあるデザインフェスタギャリーで行われた!上はイベントのフライヤーだ。

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We arrived at the gallery early for set up!

おはようデザインフェスタ!当日の朝、準備のために早くギャラリーに着いた!

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At the event, I sold a selection of my work: large prints, a wide variety of postcard sized prints including both my sketchbook and watercolor work, postcards, my zine, and original pencil drawings.

イベントには私のいろいろな水彩や鉛筆画の作品の他、2017年に描いたスケッチのコレクションも出展した。

I had a lot of fun! So many people came to the event and it was quite crowded! I did an event similar to this in 2016 before I moved to Japan, and it was nice to be able to sell my work in person again.

とても素敵なイベントになったね!たくさんの人がイベントに来て賑やかだった!楽しかったな!

After cleanup, me and some other artists from the event went to get okonomiyaki, a type of savory Japanese pancake (we cooked them ourselves! the ingredients are in that bowl), and celebrate our success! I would love to do an event like this in the future.

いつかまたこんなにイベントに参加したいね。片付けたら、他のアーティストとお好み焼きを食べに行った。

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In other news, my website is now fully up to date with all the work i completed in 2018! the homepage will lead you to my illustrations…

ところで、2018年に描いた絵は自分のウェブサイトに載せた!水彩絵と…

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…and my sketchbook tab is also completely updated as well! What do you think? Please let me know if you take a look!☺

…全部の鉛筆絵も載せた!是非見てくださいね!↓

http://www.juliaelizabethstasio.com ♡

In 2018, I started the year off by releasing a zine of my sketchbook work from 2017. I have completed a lot of new work, enabling me to redo part of my professional portfolio, as well as create a lot of pencil drawings.  I was also able to have my first successful art show in Tokyo. I already have a few exciting things planned for 2019!

2018年に、スケッチのコレクションを作って、いろいろなイラストを描けた。それに東京のギャラリーで初めて自分の作品を出展した。今年も予定があって、楽しみにしてる!頑張るわ!

Thank you for all the support in 2018 ♡

2018年ありがとうございました♡

2018年12月5日

It’s somehow already December… This year has gone by fast. Even though it’s fall, there were still roses blooming at Shinjuku Gyoen. They looked so beautiful~ I want to try and go somewhere else closeby Tokyo this month to see flowers again. If anyone has any suggestions let me know!

もう12月だね… 秋が来たかと思ったらもうすぐ冬になっちゃうね。寒くなってる割にまだ新宿御苑でバラが咲いてるらしい。バラは一年を通じて咲いてる花かな?まだ咲いてるうちに見に行ってよかった。

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I’ve been playing around with the concept on the left page for a while now, and one day I want to paint it really big! The flowers were a perfect background for this sketch.

左のページのコンセプトがいつも私の頭に浮かんでる。いつか大きして描きたいなあ。

At the end of November, I went to Taiwan! I had been wanting to travel somewhere outside of Japan before this year ended. It was kind of a last minute trip but it was exciting to see somewhere else in Asia since I’ve only seen Japan. I went with a friend for a three night, four day journey. We stayed at a hotel in Taipei. On the second day we went to a place called Shifen, which is in the above two photos! It’s a place that is famous for having many different kinds of small shops and food stands, as well as a train that runs very close to all the shops.

11月に台湾へ行ってきた!初めてだった!3泊4日旅行だった。台北にあるホテルに泊まった。いっぱい台湾茶を飲んだりいろんな観光地へ行ったりした。上の写真は十分っていう場所で撮った。十分は台北から電車で一時間半くらいかかった。

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Something else that Shifen is famous for is lanterns! We wrote wishes on lanterns and sent them off into the sky. It is said that this will make the wishes come true.

願い事をランタンに書いて飛ばした!ランタンに4つの願いを書いた。飛ばすと願いが叶うと言われてる。私の願いを叶いますように!!!

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Closeby to where all the shops are, there is this beautiful waterfall known as the Shifen Waterfall. It is said to be one of the most beautiful sites in Taiwan. The water was a really pretty blue-green, and listening to the sounds of the water was really relaxing.

十分老街を散歩した後、タクシーに乗って十分瀑布っていう滝に向かってた!!滝へ行くために大きな橋を渡った。橋がすごく揺れてて怖かった!!でも勇気をもって無事に滝のところに到着した 笑。

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I like the colors of this little picture.

この写真の色が好き。

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After Shifen, we took a taxi to Jiufen. The teahouse in this photo is said to be the model for the bath house of Spirited Away! It was really pretty in person. This whole area is built on a hill (mountain? haha) and is full of different places to stop for tea. We went to a teahouse for some delicious oolong and oolong flavored cakes and cookies. Taiwanese oolong is one of my favorite teas. When I used to work in a teashop in America, one of our Taiwanese oolongs was the most expensive tea in the store!
九份も行ってみた。「千と千尋」のモデル街!すごく人気な観光地だね。行ったとき、雨が降り始めたし人が多かったけど楽しかった。九份茶坊っていう喫茶店でゆっくり台湾茶を飲んでスィーツを食べた。台湾のウーロン茶は世界で一番おいしいと思うね。日本のと全然違う味だよ!アメリカのお茶の店で働いていたとき、台湾のウーロン茶は一番高かった!笑

There were so many stairs and it had started raining when we went so it was actually a little scary walking up and down the slippery stairs with umbrellas everywhere! But in the end I am glad that we went! The lit up lanterns were really pretty at night.

階段が多い上り下りするの大変だった!でもここのランタンの姿はきれいだったな。

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On our third day, we went to Kaohsiung! It was around two hours from Taipei by high speed rail. It was south of where we were in Taipei and the temperature difference was crazy! It was so hot there! We went to a place called lotus pond, which is a large pond dotted with different sight seeing locations, such as the dragon and tiger pagodas in the above photo! It is said that if you walk in the mouth of the dragon and out the mouth of the tiger, bad luck will be turned into good luck! But this week I’ve had some bad luck already so I’m not sure if it worked!! Haha. The view from the top of the pagodas was also really beautiful.

3日目、高雄市へ行った!台北からハイスピードレールで約2時間ぐらいかかった!台湾のハイスピードレールは日本の新幹線にそっくりなのにめっちゃ安い!!例えば日本の新幹線で東京から名古屋駅までは1万円ぐらいでしょ?台湾のHSRで5千円しか支払わなかったよ!新幹線は高すぎる!!!笑 台北から高雄市まで、約353KMだ。そして東京駅から名古屋駅まで、351KMなのに1万円ぐらい支払わなきゃいけない!!なんでだろう!!!

I love the look of the lotus leaves around the dragon and tiger statues!

ほらほらードラゴン&タイガータワー。ドラゴンの口に入って虎の口を出たら凶を運に変えられると言われている。でも実は今週悪運ばっかりだからそれは嘘だと思ってる!!!!

For some reason this was really difficult to photograph! But we stopped by this place called the Spring and Autum Pavilion. There were a lot of turtles around here! And the pavilions were really beautifully detailed.

これって日本語でなんていうだろう。調べたがまだわからないのw

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I drew this little flower based off of a photo I took in Shinjuku Gyoen!

新宿御苑にある花をきっかけに上のスケッチを描いた。

Here are some photos of the other various things around the pond! I don’t know if you can see any in any of these photos, but the lotus flowers were so beautiful to see in person. There weren’t a ton of flowers in bloom when I went, but the ones that were in bloom were so beautiful and big! At one point we saw a bird eating one though and I felt a little bad for the flower :,(

池の周りのいろいろ~ 池にあるロータスは美しかった。思ったよりロータスの花はでかい!残念ながらロータスの花は少なかったが見つけたのはきれいだった!

Ahh after we got back from Kaohsiung, we went to this fantastic vegetarian restaurant called Yang Shin in Taipei. Online, I had read that without a reservation, it’s hard to get a seat so I was worried (their internet reservation page wasn’t working!) but luckily we got a seat! I ordered ham buns with fake ham and these beautifully wrapped spinach dumpling (what do I call these? haha) things that were amazing! We had black dragon pearl tea with dinner that was perfectly steeped. I hadn’t tried Taiwanese black tea until this evening so I was really happy that they had it in the shop! There really weren’t a lot of vegetarian options at all of the sightseeing locations we had gone to, but luckily it wasn’t too difficult in Taipei for me to find things to eat. But this restaurant was definitely the best. I will say though, going to Taipei made me grateful that Tokyo has so many amazing vegetarian restaurants! That was a lot of food talk, but I love food!!

台北に帰ったらやっと養心茶楼というベジタリアンの店へ行った!!!予約をせずに行ったからちょっとレストランに入れるか入らないか不安だったが席が空いてよかった!!わたしも台湾でおいしい点心を食べられてみてうれしい!やっぱり台湾の観光地でベジタリアン向けの食べ物は少なかったね。東京でベジタリアンの店は多いことに感謝してきた。w

That’s all for today’s post! This post was mostly about travel rather than art, but I have some fun art things to post about soon! Stay tuned and thank you again for reading!

今日も読んでくれてありがとうございます!また読みに来てね!

2018年10月31日

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It’s October 31! Happy Halloween and Blessed Samhain!

10月31日だ!ハッピーハロウェン!

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I’ve had a very busy two months since the last time I was able to post! Within the last two months, I went to Sendai, Osaka, Niigata, Nagoya, Saitama, Chiba and Nagano! Yes, I know I am a little crazy but to be honest I love Japan and I love traveling so I don’t regret any of it! The above photo was taken at Zuihoden in Sendai. During most of September, it was still quite warm and even now there’s still a lot of green leaves on the trees around Tokyo.

前回の更新以来いろんなところへ行ったの!仙台、大阪、新潟、名古屋、埼玉、千葉、長野へ行ったよ!相変らず自分の生活は忙しいよね!笑 この写真は、瑞鳳殿で撮った。日本では、9月でも暑いので木の葉はまだ緑だった。

I usually love to draw a lot of pumpkins around this time of the year, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to draw as many as I would have liked to!! Next year I would like to paint/draw pictures of pumpkins more during fall.

残念ながら今月あまりパンプキンの絵を描かなかったの!描くのは楽しいのでたくさん描きたかったのになぁ。来年こそ!

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I was able to see the spider lillies in Saitama this fall!! Saitama is famous for spider lillies. I went with a friend right as they seemed like they would wither. Luckily we were able to see them when they were still quite beautiful.

今年初めて埼玉に彼岸花を見に行った!行った頃、もうすぐ彼岸花が枯れそうに見えたけど綺麗なうちに見えられてよかった。

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Probably from now until spring we won’t be seeing many flowers… I am patiently waiting for cherry blossom season! Although fall is my favorite season, Tokyo isn’t the best place to be during fall because there’s barely a ‘fall’ here.

多分これから春まで花はあまり見えないね!秋なもんだから!桜の季節を待ってるよ!一番好きな季節は秋だ。それでも、東京の秋はあまり綺麗じゃないと思うね。紅葉なかなか見えないし…!

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Sometime during this month (I already forgot when…) I went on an overnight two day trip to Chiba with some friends. It was fun! But very cold by the ocean!

海!すごく寒かったが千葉へ行ってきた笑 楽しい一泊2日の旅行だった。

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It was very relaxing to be able to draw by the beach.

海岸で絵を描くと気が楽だね~

I found a lot of nice shells on the beach! Aren’t the colors beautiful?

すてきな貝殻を見つけた!拾った貝殻の色はきれいでしょ?

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On the second day of the trip, we went to an island called Niemonjima. We had a barbeque there, and the weather was actually quite warm!

2日目、仁右衛門島っていう島へ行った。BBQをやった!この日は晴天だったよ!

Lastly I want to talk about my trip to Nagano! I went there last weekend. I loved it there more than I imagined I would. I was so happy to see that the leaves were changing colors! These photos were taken at a temple called Zenko-ji.

週末に長野へ行ってきた!長野旅行は本当に楽しかった!行ってよかった!やっと紅葉が見えた~上の写真は善光寺で撮った!

I pulled an omikuji, or fortune, for the first time in a while at Zenko-ji.

久々におみくじを引いたの。

I had a lot of fun trying foods that were famous in Nagano! My favorite were these buns called oyaki. They’re traditionally filled with all different kinds of vegetables and every kind that I tried was so delicious! This one had mushrooms in it!

初めておやきを食べた!すごくおいしかったな!!!このおやきはしめじ野菜だった!

I thought these were pretty so I took photos of them too and wanted to post them here~

これもきれいだと思った~

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I finished this sketch the day before I went to Nagano and found a little garden outside Nagano station to take this photo in front of.

長野駅の前に綺麗な花を見つけてこの写真を撮った。長野へ行った前にこのスケッチを描き終わった。

On the second day, I went to Matsumoto! I saw more beautiful fall colors and walked around a lot.

2日目、松本へ行ってきた!そこも紅葉はきれいだったな!いい雰囲気の町だね。

There were also a lot of frogs everywhere!!

たくさんのかえるを見た!笑

I had a delicious vegan lunch at a place called Healthy Penguin Cafe before heading to Matsumoto Castle. This burrito bowl was so good!

散歩の最中にこのカフェへ行った。burrito bowlは美味しい上に見た目に美しい!w

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Matsumoto Castle!

松本城!

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Somehow, someway, I was able to come back from Nagano and finish this painting just in time to post for Halloween. Yay!

東京に戻って次の日にこの絵を描き上がった!いぇーい!

And I would like to end this post with some cute little pumpkin cupcakes I got last night. I am going to miss seeing all of the cute Halloween sweets!!

I think that is all I have to update for now! Thank you for reading!

昨日友達と東京駅の店にかわいいカップケーキを食べに行ってきた!全部のハロウェンスイーツ食べたいな!!わー… ハロウェン大好き!

今日も読んでくれてありがとうございます!是非また読みに来てね!

2018年8月31日

august08Hello blog! It’s been a long month! I’m not going to type too much but I have some things I would like to post!

ハロー!みなは元気かな~?

august01I did this skull study before flying off to America for two weeks.

まず、2週間でアメリカに帰った!帰省した前にこの頭骨の絵を描きあがった。

My parents got a puppy recently and I finally got to meet her, so here she is making a guest appearance haha. We went to Maine for a few days right when I got back, but unfortunately I got a bad cold and fell asleep a lot due to bad jetlag.

両親は子犬を飼うことができた!!家族と子犬と一緒にメイン州へ行った。ホテルからの眺めはきれいだった。残念ながら風邪を引いて時差ぼけに苦しんでたぁ~。

august okRight around when I arrived in Maine, Lughnasadh passed by. I didn’t do much to celebrate though, but I did complete this sketch!

メイン州にいるとき、Lughnasadhっていう日が経った。Lughnasadhとは、昔の収穫祭だった。あまり祝えなかったけど上のスケッチを描いた。

After Maine, we headed back home to Massachusetts. I had a lot of fun seeing my friends again! I haven’t been back for 8 months but time really does fly and January doesn’t even feel that long ago. I visited a beautiful town on the water called Rockport, where I used to sell some of my art! There are so many small shops in this area and if you’re from Massachusetts, please go take a look and support them! I would love to sell my work at stores there again someday. The weather was so perfect at home; in Japan it’s still very very hot and humid.

久々にアメリカの友達に会えてうれしかった!前回のアメリカに行ったのは1月だった。。。8か月前だけど、時間をたつのは早いね。友達とロックポートっていう町に行った。この町は海の隣だ!海を見ると航海したくなるの!笑2年前にロックポートにある店で自分のアートを売ったものだ。いい雰囲気のある店いっぱいし、機会があればロックポートへ行ってみてね!!

マサチューセッツは涼しくてよかったな。日本はまだ蒸し暑すぎ!!

This was taken at a store called ‘Floting Lotus’ that sells yoga clothes, silver, singing bowls, and these really cool handmade cushions!

フローティングロータスっていう店でこの写真を撮った。あの店でヨガウェアや素敵なシルバーアクセサリーなど買える!

august11Right when I got back to Tokyo, I started thinking of ideas for a new project. I have a lot of traveling coming up in September and I am hoping I will have enough time to plot and plan and hopefully start something new in October!! But I’m always sketching down thoughts and ideas in between~

東京に戻ったあと、アートについて新鮮なアイディアとかを考えはじめた。9月に遠征の予定いっぱいあるので10月からたくさんの絵を描きたいなあ!!

忙しいわりに、いつもスケッチを描いてるの!

august12Here’s a photo of me in a yukata from this weekend. I was so excited to wear this before the summer ended! I have one already but I wanted something new, and all I had my mind set on was one with giant peony print. To my surprise, the first store I went into had this beautiful yukata and I was so happy! I wanted to end this post with this photo as a memory of a good day.

週末に人生で2回目浴衣を着た!いい思い出だからここに写真を載せまーす*^^*

Thank you for reading!! Please stop by and visit again!

いつも読んでくれてありがとうございます!また読みに来てね!

2018年7月12日

Hello blog! It’s officially summertime in Japan and I have some things I would like to post about!

ハローブログ!久しぶり!

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To start, here’s a piece that I painted based off of a sketch I did before I came to Japan two years ago. It has an important meaning to me, and completing the painting actually took me quite some time because I felt so strange bringing these emotions to life again in this piece. I think this is one of my favorite pieces I have completed so far this year.

まず、この絵!日本に来た前の発想だった。意味は深いから絵を描き上がるまですごく時間かかった。今年に描き上がった絵の中では、これが一番好きかな。

Next, I want to talk a little about my trip to Okinawa! I went on a long weekend trip with a friend for the first time in the middle of May (sorry I haven’t sat down to make an update sooner! I have been very busy!). On the plane to Okinawa, I was able to see a great view of Mount Fuji! Also, look how cute our plane was, there was a little heart on the wing!

やっと待ちに待った日が来たわ!5月に友達と初めて沖縄へ行った!飛行機からの眺めは美しかった!富士山が見えた!あと、飛行機は可愛かったねハートはついてたw

When we got off the plane we rushed to the famous Churaumi Aquarium. I don’t want to post too many photos from there, but I really love the colors in these two photos and wanted to include them here.

飛行機を降りたあと、すぐバスに乗って美ら海水族館に向かった!上の2枚の写真に写ってる色が好きだね。

Being vegetarian in Japan can be difficult at times, but I had no trouble finding good vegetarian options in Okinawa! On the left is a dish called tofu chanpuru (I’m honestly not sure if thats the correct translation haha) and on the right is umi budou, which directly translates to sea grapes! The tofu dish had beansprouts and scallions and a yummy sauce. The portion was so large I felt like I was in America again haha. Umi budou are a type of seaweed! Both were very delicious Okinawan dishes!

日本でベジタリアンの生活はちょっと大変だけど、沖縄で簡単に食べられる料理を見つけた!これは、豆腐シャンプルーと海ぶどう!豆腐シャンプルーの量は多すぎて食べ切れなかった…。アメリカン料理の量と同じくらいの多さだと思った笑。全部は美味しかった!

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The ocean in Okinawa was so beautiful! I have never seen water so blue and clear. I wish we could have stayed at the beach all day, I had such a nice time.

沖縄の海は一番きれいだと思う!水が澄んでいて砂がはっきり見えた。一日中海水浴をしたらいいなぁw

We swam for a while before having lunch by the beach.

のんびりした。楽しかった!

For lunch this day, I had Okinawan soba topped with ginger and scallions (those white things are some sort of fish cake that I gave to my friend) and on the side I had a delicious agemochi, or fried mochi! We also enjoyed shaved ice. I got mango flavor!

ひるごは~ん!海を見ながら昼ご飯を食べた。昼ご飯は沖縄そばと揚げもちだった!揚げもちはうまくて毎日食べたいなぁw かき氷も食べた!味はマンゴーだった!沖縄の写真を見ると気が楽になる。

If you know me well you know I love plants.  Soon after I got back from Okinawa, it was my birthday! I had a great time celebrating with so many friends and I got a few new plant babies from them! Here are some (soon to be) strawberry, lavender, and (soon to be) basil plants! I get a lot of inspiration for my art through nature so I love to have a lot of plants always in my room.

時間が経ってそろそろ誕生日だった!友達から植物をもらった!植物に触発されるから感謝してる!植物と友達に囲まれている生活はいい生活だと思う。

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After all the Okinawa and birthday fun was over, I finally had more time to sit and draw. The sketch on the left is an idea I’ve played around with before; I haven’t perfected the thought yet but sometimes I just need to keep trying and trying before I feel like I can really get it right. For anyone who maybe has been following me and my art for a bit, you probably have noticed a theme of the moon being somewhere in most of my sketches.  This is actually a way for me to mark time. When I was a senior in college, my thesis was about lunar astrology and how the moon phases affect us and our lives. When I am working on a sketch, I usually include the moon as a way to mark what phase it was in as I was creating the piece. I don’t always do this, but most of the time, thats why it’s there!

沖縄と誕生日は楽しかったけどあまり絵を描く時間はなかったね。左のスケッチは何年前の発想だったかな。。。何回もそのようなスケッチを描いたことある。これは完璧だな!って思えるまで頑張る!わたしの作品に、月のテーマがある。よく、描くときの現在の月相を描いてる。時間が計るためにそれをしてるよ。大学生の時、月の占星術について勉強したものだ。卒業作品のテーマだったから。

やっぱり作品について日本語で伝えたいことあまり伝えないね。英語でも書くの大変だし。がんばる、がんばる、がんばる!

 

I would like to share some photos from when I celebrated Litha, or the summer solstice, with a close friend. We had a picnic in a spacious imperial garden in Tokyo. We made sun water and flower crowns. The weather was perfect, not too hot and no rain.

次、夏至の写真!仲良しの友達と新宿御苑で祝った。新宿御苑は広くて快適だな。雨が降る気がしたけど雨が降らなくてよかった!一緒にsun waterとフラワークラウンを作った!

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This was my first time making a flower crown, and it was much more difficult than my wreath I had made for the first day of spring!

はじめてフラワークラウンを作った。ちょっと難しかったね!

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I love spending these kinds of days with people who are close to me, and I had such a nice day. This is my friend Nolita and you can find her on instagram at @confettibastard!

友達と~!

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Photo by: Nolita ( http://confettibastard.joes.cloud )

 

 

Nolita was working on a photography assignment for class and this is one of my favorite shots that she took.

ノリ―タが撮った写真でーす!授業のためノリ―タはいろいろな写真を撮った!

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The hydrangeas by now have mostly all wilted, but in mid/late June they were beautiful. I wanted to take so many pictures with them in it! And for the sketch… I have a fascination with the shape of ginkgo leaves. I think theyre so charming.

残念ながらアジサイが枯れてしまった。綺麗だったからいつもアジサイの写真を撮りたい!

イチョウの形が好きだから上の絵を描いた。

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This weekend was tanabata in Japan so I went to a tanabata festival in Shitamachi! If you’ve never heard of tanabata, please look up the history! I walked down this street and there were so many colors, food vendors, and trees where you could hang your own wish (you write it on a piece of paper and hang it from the tree!).  I walked around for a while and enjoyed my time.

下町の七夕祭りへ行ってみた!星に何かを願った☆

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I like doing these small sketches because I feel like its a great way to get out some ideas in a time efficient but still polished manner. It’s been on and off rainy here in Japan.

梅雨が終わったかな?

On July 9th I went to Asakusa for a Chinese lantern plant festival! The windchimes made such beautiful sounds!

浅草のほおずき市へ行った!七夕祭りのとき、chinese lantern plant festivalのポスターを見て行ってみようと思った!

The plants were very beautiful and so unique! They sold them like this, as pictured above, and even by the single bulb (is bulb the right word…?)

綺麗だったね。

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Completely unrelated dahlia (and tooth, haha). Also related to flowers, as I browse through flower shops I have been finding so many beautifully colored dahlias lately.

最近、花屋にたくさんの美しいダリアあるよ~ほおずきの前にこの写真を撮った!

The festival was right next to Sensoji-temple. Nearby the many many stalls of these plants, there were also many food stands! You could buy so many kinds of foods such as yakisoba, fried meats, candied apples, chocolate bananas, shaved ice, baked potatos, etc.! But I chose to buy one of these little buns with pickled greens in it, and it was amazing!

祭りは浅草寺の隣だった。いろんな屋台あった!夏だと感じてきた。

So I believe that is all I have to update about! I have been quite busy lately so I haven’t had as much time to be as productive as I would normally like to be. I also had a few friends visit from overseas over the last few months and I will actually be returning back to America for a few weeks soon! I will probably update again either right before my trip or right when I come back. Thank you so much for reading this blog entry, check back again sometime! Have a great morning/day/night!

最近はとても忙しいので空き時間はあまりないね。。。先月海外の友達が来日したし…。ところで、今月の終わり私はしばらくアメリカへ帰るの!帰る前にブログを更新するかどうかまだわからないけど次の更新を楽しみにしてください!読んでくれてありがとうございます!また見にきてください!

以上です!

2018年5月17日

It’s already May and I can’t believe it. In Japan it’s getting quite warm and it already feels like summer. I’m a little late with making a post this month because I have been quite busy!

もう5月だよね?今日の天気は暑くてもう夏らしい!みなは元気かな?今月の更新は少し遅いね。思ったより5月は忙しいんだ。

A little while ago now I painted this jackalope based off of a photo I took of a tree in a forest many years ago. The sketch for it was also completed a while ago, but I never sat down and actually got the chance to paint it! The full image can be seen on my website at http://www.juliaelizabethstasio.com

最初、この絵!森にいるジャッカロープだ。ジャッカロープっていう動物知っているの?存在は未確認だ!可愛いでしょ?この絵は数年前に撮った写真からアイディアを得て描いた森だ。この絵は自分のウェブサイトで見えるよ → http://www.juliaelizabethstasio.com

I went to Fukuoka last month for the first time in three years! One of the first places I went to was Ohori koen, a nice open park with this cute little pagoda (?) in the center. You can see all kinds of animals here! Turtles and koi fish and ducks and…. many pigeons.

来月、3年ぶりに大好きな福岡へ行ってきた!これは大濠公園で撮った写真。この公園で動物いっぱい見えるよ笑 鯉とか、カメとか。。。アヒルも可愛かった。

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While I was walking along the path by the park, I took this photo! Lately I really enjoy painting (and buying…) succulents! I find the repetitive patterns relaxing to draw.

散歩している最中にこの写真を撮った!最近多肉植物を描くのは楽しいと思う~ 描くとリラックスできる。あと多肉植物を買うのをやめられないのw

Next is this guy!! This is the buddha at Nanzoin. It’s not too far from Hakata in Fukuoka. The train ride is a nice relaxing journey through a very rural part of the city.

南蔵院へ行ってきた!博多から電車であまり遠くない。電車の中から福岡の田舎が見えた!

I always find things when I’m traveling that I wish I could read and comprehend. Learning a language really is a lifelong journey and the more I learn, the more I realize I don’t know. I’ll keep working hard so I can understand the things I want to read (like these signs that I thought were interesting)!

この看板(?)気になるけど書いてある言葉わからない!観光しているとき、よく読めない漢字とかわからない言葉は多いのでいつか読めるようになりたい!私の日本語は全然完璧じゃないね、頑張らなきゃ!

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Whenever I think of spring in Japan, I think of lots and lots of flowers! This photo was taken in front of some tulips in a park in Tokyo. They were close to withering but most of them still looked nice. Here’s a poppy and a bat skull!

日本の春といえば花をイメージするの。4月下旬によく花を見つめに行った。スケッチの花はポピーけどチューリップの前にこの写真を撮った。そのとき、もうすぐチューリップが枯れそうだった。頭骨は蝙蝠の!

Recently was a series of holidays in Japan called Golden Week. Many people travel during this time and lots of places become busy, but me and a friend were able to make it to this beautiful park in Ibaraki! It’s a bit of a hike from Tokyo, and our commute was rough so it took us a bit longer than expected. But it was worth it to see this beautiful view! The flowers are called nemophila; they were in my painting that I posted last month! They’re quite small flowers, but I find something about them to be very charming.

みなのGWはどうだった?私は初めてひたち海浜公園へ行った!実はひたちへ行くのはめんどくさかったよね。バスも遅れてたし時間も少なかったけど行く価値のある公園だ!ネモフィラは美しくて海のように見えた。

 

Me, a dark priness in my flower kingdom, and a closeup of the flowers and a little red friend ♡

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I drew this for the full moon, with a little nemophila at the bottom!

4月の満月を考えてこれを描いた。小さなネモフィラも描いた!

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May 1st was Beltane, and I drew this little sketch for it. Beltane is traditionally a fire festival, and a day to honor the sun. It is also a day to represent the peak of spring and also the coming of summer. Here I took inspiration from all the flowers blooming in Japan and I drew this sketch. I was busy this day and didn’t have much time to celebrate unfortunately.

5月1日はbeltaneっていう祝日だった。時間はなかったのであまり祝わなかったけど。

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My final journey I took during golden week was to the Ushiku Daibutsu in Ibaraki. For how close it is to Tokyo, I’m a little surprised that most people don’t even know it exists. This is the largest Buddha statue in Japan standing at 120 meters tall. It was a little intimidating to see in real life. I’m so happy I got the chance to come here, I have been wanting to visit this place for years!

待ちに待った日だった!牛久大仏やっと見に行った!

Spring was a great time to visit because there were so many flowers all around the buddha. I imagine it must be beautiful to see in the winter after it snows as well!

大仏の近くにたくさんの花が咲いていてうれしかった!冬にもう一回行ってみたい。もし雪が降ったらその眺めも美しいと思う。

I think I will end the post here! Thank you for reading! Please check back here again!

これで終わろうと思っている!読んでくれたらありがとうございます!またブログをチェックして来てね!

2018年4月4日

Hello! I’ve been up to a lot lately so I figured now is a good time for a new post. March has been very busy for me. I had a few friends come to Tokyo and I’ve been doing a bit of traveling. I will be posting art photos along with travel ones in this post!

久しぶり!今日は久々にブログを更新するね!3月はかなり忙しかったから今までブログで書く時間が全然なかった。3月に友達が日本へ来て旅行したり観光したりしたからその写真と、アートと旅行の写真も載せるね。

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I want to start by posting this photo that I actually completed sometime in February. It is a painting based off of a sketch I completed over a year ago. I had plans to actually complete this painting back in the fall of last year, but I couldn’t get my color palettes exactly how I wanted them to be. But I am happy I waited and thought it over because I love the way this came out!

最初に、この絵!2月に描きあげたこの絵。本当は去年の秋に水彩で描きたかったけど思い描いた色がなかなか作れなかった。それでしばらく待って頭の中の考えた色を完璧に作った!やった☆

Here’s a closeup photo, plus the original sketch and color studies.

こっちは絵のアップと色の練習!

I’ve had a lot of downtime at work recently because March is graduation month for Japanese schools. Watching my students graduate was such a bittersweet moment for me. I’ve grown close to a lot of the graduating students and I will miss them so much. But it’s been an amazing experience to be a part of their lives, even if only for a short period of time. During my downtime at work, when I’m not preparing lessons, I will often do small sketches (like the ones above). Here is a study I did of lavender and chamomile.

日本の卒業シーズンは3月だ。私も、働いてる学校の卒業式に出席した。ほんとうに感動的な経験だった。その時に、この2つの絵を描いた。左がラベンダーで右のはカモミールだ。

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March marked the beginning of spring! But unfortunately for Japan, the first day of spring involved a lot of rain and even snow. For the spring equinox, also known as Ostara, I had plans to gather with a group of friends and have a picnic in a park while doing spring crafts. Since it was raining/snowing/doing some sort of wintery mix outside, the plans had to be changed and we were all a little disappointed. So, we sat inside a cafe for five and a half hours chatting and doing our crafts as planned; thankfully they didn’t kick us out of the cafe!

3月は春のはじまりだった!外で友達と時間を過ごそうと思ったが。。。残念なことに、雪が降ってきて予定を変えるよりほかなかった。せっかく楽しみにしてたのにカフェの中で時間を過ごさざるを得なかった。

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Here is the result of my craft time during Ostara! We each made our own spring wreaths. This was super enjoyable and very relaxing to do and I’m so glad we all got to make them together. I looked at a few pictures of wreaths for inspiration since I had never made one before, and something about the asymmetric look really stuck with me. For the summer solstice we are planning on doing a similar activity, and hopefully we can be outside!

そのカフェでこのリースを作った!初めてにしてはよくできたと思う!いい感じにアシンメトリーになったかな?またやってみたい!夏の始まりには、外で時間を過ごせることを期待してる!

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Eventually, it really began to feel more like spring in Tokyo and these flowers, called ume, began to bloom! Since high school, I have always loved to take my camera around and photograph flowers, so this was very fun for me.

そろそろ春を感じてきた。梅が咲いた!高校生の頃以来、花の写真を撮るのが趣味なの。

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Although they are beautiful, the ume don’t last very long. But soon after they begin to wither away, the sakura begin to bloom! I got very lucky during the time of the sakura blooming because one of my best friends from home came to Japan and we got to enjoy traveling and looking at the sakura together!

綺麗なのに、咲いたかと思ったらすぐに散ってしまった。でもそのときには桜が咲き始めた!それとアメリカの友達が来日した!丁度いいタイミングだったね。

The two places we traveled to were Kamakura and Kyoto. I have been to both these places before (Kyoto maybe five times by now?) but revisiting places you love is always fun! I want to post a few travel photos because I really enjoyed a lot of what I did this month and I want to share! In Kamakura, before visiting the Daibutsu (big buddha!) We went to this adorable cafe called Kannon Coffee which was not only one of the cutest cafes I’ve been to in Japan, it was also so so so delicious. We got buddha crepes (mine was red bean and strawberry flavor!) and these super refreshing lavender mint citrus drinks. If you ever make your way to Kamakura please visit this cute cafe!

東京以外には、鎌倉と京都を訪れた。両方とも行ったことあるけどいいところだから何回行っても楽しい時間を過ごせた。鎌倉の大仏へ行く前、素敵なカフェでクレープと美味しい飲み物を買った!クレープの上に大仏みたいなクッキーが乗ってた。可愛くて食べたくなかった!味はいちごと小豆だった。おいしかったなぁ。飲み物の中にラベンダーとオレンジとミントが入っていた。鎌倉はかなり暖かかったのでその飲み物を飲むとすっきりした!鎌倉へ行ったらぜひKANNON COFFEE Kamakuraへ行ってみって!

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And here’s the Daibutsu himself. He is the second tallest bronze Buddha statue in Japan at a height of 11.4 meters.

大仏でーす。この大仏は日本で2番目に高い銅像だ。

One more food post before moving on to some art… In Kamakura we also visited this cafe called Cafe Kaeru. ‘Kaeru’ means frog in Japanese so there were tons of little frog statues scattered around everywhere! This cafe was truly in the middle of nowhere, located inside a cute garden. Our food was delicious. I got a bowl of rice with grilled seasonal vegetables and a miso soup. This is the perfect place to go if you love being surrounded by nature. So peaceful, and a great break from tourist madness.

このカフェも素敵だった!カフェkaeruというカフェだ。庭の中にできた。美味しい季節野菜のどんぶりを注文した。平和な空気が流れていた。好きだったからここに載せらずにはいられなかった!

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After some more Tokyo fun, we were off to Kyoto! The sakura were so beautiful here. Before we went to Kyoto, I was working on a few little succulent drawings. This one here is actually based off of a very old painting that I never finished with the same composition… I think I had started it in college and I thought of it recently which brought me to completing this little sketch!

東京でもう少し遊んだあと京都へ行った!桜が非常にきれいだった。京都へ行く前に多肉植物の絵を2つを描いた。これは過去の未完の作品から発想を得て描いた絵だ。

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During our first day in Kyoto we went to Fushimi Inari, which is one of my favorite places in Japan. I came here first back in 2012 when studying abroad for two weeks on a trip with the pottery department of my college, and I always am reminded of that trip whenever I come back here.

京都の1日目だ~ 伏見稲荷大社へ行った!大好きなところだ。2012年の大学の旅行で、初めてそこへ行った。並んだすごい数の鳥居を見るとその旅行を思い出す。

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During our second day in Kyoto we came to Ryozen Kannon. Upon arriving, we each received an incense stick to place in front of the statue inside an incense burner. This is done for respect for ancestors as well as for purification.

京都の2日目!霊山観音を訪れた。お寺の境内に入ると線香をもらった。

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Ryozen Kannon Temple is a war memorial, built in 1955 to honor soldiers who fought in World War II.

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We spent a lot of our time in Kyoto in Maruyama Park, which is famous for its sakura! Here is a photo of another succulent sketch I completed. This one is of a succulent that I purchased recently and keep by my windowsill.

3月に買った多肉植物からアイディアを得て描いたのがこの絵。

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The sakura at Maruyama park really were beautiful! We sat under the trees while drinking iced matcha. Matcha is famous in Kyoto and whenever I go I make sure to drink it as much as possible!

円山公園の桜は美しかったわ。抹茶を飲みながら桜を愛でた。京都の抹茶は美味しいなあ!

We ended our adventures together in a park called Inokashira Koen in Tokyo. I rode on a swan boat for the first time! It was so fun and the sakura petals falling into the water were so beautiful.

Since it’s the beginning of the month I’m going to take some time this week to think about what I want to accomplish artistically for the rest of the month, and as I’m sitting here typing  I realize I have yet another painting I have completed and neglected to photograph… But I think after that I will be all caught up with work I’ve completed so far this year! Thank you so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed the travel photos along with the art.

井の頭公園へ行った!はじめてスワンボートに乗った!散っていた花びらはきれいで夢みたいだった。

4月の始まりなので今月何をやろうかなーってずっと考えてる。これからも頑張りたい!読んでくれてありがとうございます!