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!

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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!

 

2018年3月2日

It has been a very long time since I actually sat down to blog. Probably close to a year or so now. I had an old blog account that for some reason I wasn’t able to login to anymore, but here we are with a new account starting fresh this year. Since it’s only the beginning of March, I figured I would recap on some of the things I’ve been working on since January.

1年ぶりにブログで書いた!実は元のブログログインできなくなり、新しいのを作ろうと思っていた。今年の始まりからいろんな写真を載せたい。

In 2017, I spent most of my time working in my sketchbook. I wanted to make a collection of the pieces I had done over the last year, so I spent many hours scanning, editing, and assembling a zine of the collection. It was tedious but receiving the zines in the mail and being able to hold them in my hands and also give them to others was a really rewarding feeling. My etsy can be found below and there are still copies left to purchase!

2017年の始まりから2017年の終わりにかけて、よくスケッチブックで描いた。再来月に描いたスケッチをスキャンしてzineっていう本を作った。このzineは自分の描いたスケッチのコレクションだ。作るのは大変だったが作ったかいがあった。etsyで購入できるよ!

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As usual, I have still been sketching a lot. I’m not sure if I will create another zine next year of my 2018 sketches, but we’ll see!

相変らずいつもスケッチブックで描いている。来年もzineを作るかどうかわからない。

In January, I traveled a little bit and did two day trips.  Even on a short trip, I still like to explore whenever I can.  One of the trips was to Niigata, where I visited Hakusan shrine.  It had snowed a lot around this time so it was quite difficult to get there on foot, but seeing the shrine covered in snow was really beautiful.  I also pulled an ‘omikuji’ which is a Japanese fortune, and I got little luck! I am still waiting for my luck though, hopefully it will come sometime this year.

1月に日帰り旅行に行ってきた。新潟はね。。。あまり何もないが白山神社を訪れた。その時には雪がいっぱい降って歩くのは大変だった!初詣だからおみくじを引いた!小吉だった。小吉まだ待っている。今年にラッキーなことが来ますように。

Right when I thought it was winter, I feel like suddenly it started to become spring.  We’ve had a few really nice days recently and over the last month or so.  I even walked to a small park and found a lot of little planted flowers! I can’t wait for the weather to get warmer but not too warm, Japan in the summer is a heat-wave nightmare.

冬が来たかと思ったら、天気が良くなって外で花を見つけた。そろそろ桜が咲く気がする!もし日本に行きたかったら春は一番いい季節だと思う。

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A fun fact: when I was younger Jupiter was my favorite planet because it started with the letter J and there weren’t a lot of things that I thought were cool that started with the letter J.

子供のころ一番好きな惑星は木星だった。

In February I made another short trip to Sendai. I have been to Sendai three times now but I had never actually gone sightseeing there, only around Miyagi Prefecture. But I wanted to visit this giant statue of Kannon so I wandered to see her. It’s hard to capture her height in these photos. I’m always amazed by statues of Kannon and Buddha etc. in Japan and I have more on my list to visit this year. February was a rough month but I am glad seeing her, and also painting a lot, came out of it.

2月に仙台へ行ってきた。仙台大漢音を見に行った。思ったよりその大漢音はでかーい!観光に行くとしたらいつも公園や大仏など見に行きたい。今年もっと予定を立ていていろんな大仏とかを愛でに行くつもりだ。実際に行ったらここで写真を載せる!2月にいろんな苦労があった。負けずに前向きな気持ちで今月を迎えたい。頑張る。

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I have been painting this year!! At the end of last year I got together with a good friend, made wassail, and talked about art and what we wanted to accomplish this year.  I not only just want to paint more but if possible I would like to redo almost my entire portfolio.  I’m actually holding back and posting work slowly because I’ve really been up to a lot… Aside from these two paintings I have already finished another full size portfolio piece and am about 70% done with another!

去年以来水彩で絵を描かない。やっとなんとなくモチベーションを見つけて絵画を3枚出来上がった!今年自分のポートフォリオに新たな作品を追加して古いのを削除したい。

I really love the way these two paintings came out. I am very happy with the colors.

これが好き。色もきれいだろうか?

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Detailed photo. I had a lot of fun painting the faces on both of them.

詳細。顔を描くのは楽しかった。

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I completed the sketches for these two faces so long ago, I forget what my original inspiration was.

コンセプトについて。。。スケッチは約1年半前に描き終わったのですっかり忘れた。

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And lastly, today is a full moon in Virgo!  The virgo full moon brings out the practical and rational thinking within all of us.  We become more dilligent and responsible. Today I will spend some time with friends and celebrate the moon.

今日は乙女座の満月だ!こんな時に皆は実用的になる。今夜友達と満月を祝いに行く予定だ。

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I think this is all I am going to write for now! Like I said before, I do have some more things in the works that I would like to post about but maybe I will wait a few weeks or so. Or not? I’m not sure how often I will post but I am aiming for at least 1 or 2 times a month. I feel like this post was long since I have been working hard over the past two months and this isn’t even all of it.  I think how much I post will depend on my own personal pace.  But if you’ve made it down to here thank you so much and I really appreciate you stopping by to take a look.  I really do appreciate any support from the bottom of my heart.

じゃあ、これでいいかな!うまくに通じようと張り切ったが外国語でブログで書くのは難しいものだ。間違えだらけだったら許して 笑 1ヶ月に1、2回ぐらいここで書く予定だ。また読みに来たら嬉しい!

Thank you so much for reading!

読んでくれた本当にありがとうございます!