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?

lily of the valley

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

luna sketch

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。

luna color studies

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。

luna

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!

boten en

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!

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