Here is another karasuuri painting I painted in late 2012 and somehow I didn’t upload. I have bought another orange oilcolor recently and I loved the bright and joyful color. Will use this orange again and again.

Woman in white blouse

portrait of a woman in white blouse

portrait of a woman in white blouse

Today is the last day of my long holiday which started on December 27 last year. I knew if I didn’t finish this portrait during my holiday I would have to wait again until next holiday, because this painting is rather oversized for me and my patience was almost running out.

My favorite size is about 9 inches square or less. This woman I painted is about 21″ x 32″. I don’t think I want to paint on this size for a while,,, but I already have next thing I want to paint, in around this size already. I will save this idea for at least half a year though.

Red Poppy

Sometimes I can’t start painting right after I see something attractive.

For example right at this moment I have quite a few subjects I am wanting to paint, some of them I had chances to sketch or to practice one or more times, but many of them I haven’t even touched(started anything). I feel it is somehow sacred to find beautiful things my heart get moved, I’m sometimes a bit too afraid to ruin that crispness of image & imagination by just go ahead and start painting it – like nothing.

I compare this attitude to my appetite. Let’s say, I have got some really good cheese or ham or something, I know it must taste too good I want to keep them in my refrigerater as long as possible. (Well… now it doesn’t sound pretty, does it.  hahaha)

Like that, if I keep my image in my head too long, those fresh & georgeous images lose their freshness in time, that way when I come back to take a look at the image once again, it isn’t as good as it used to be. It it spoiled and I want to eat something else.

So, I have to decide when to eat them BEFORE it gets rotten.

Which means,

I have to get myself going and paint while images are good and my appetite is still there.

I had a feeling that when I first met them(the red poppies) at the sideway of rice field a couple years ago, I was touched and felt love but I couldn’t paint right away.

Oil on PDF

This year they are back in full bloom and despite of my fear losing my affection toward them, they were as beautiful as they were when I first met them. Even more beautiful and passionate, and bit familiar now.

It was great.

Volcano, or depicted a nuclear plant image

I don’t unually paint imaginery theme. There are some reasons for that;

1) One of my art teachers told me to forget to “paint for self expressions”, during the class. I kinda agreed with that idea back then. It still make sense to me.

2) It doesn’t sell. I think my imaginery paintings get too depressive.

3) I try not to risk making other people sick. We shouldn’t underestimate the influence we get from other people’s creations such as art, music and writings. Sometimes it is obviously wicked and I get sick immediately.

I named this “VOLCANO”. (If it is viewd from a distance, it lookes kinda landscape…or something.)

Oil on MDF

It is no serious message painting, but after I finished, I could kind of connect this image to the stupid nuclear plants re-run ideas in Japan.

By posting this, I happened to break my own hidden rule. But after all I will be painting enjoyable outside things mostly.

Life is hard so I want to paint something happy.

Ranunculus cheers me up

Finally I am posting another painting.

I liked painting ranunculus last year, back then I just couldn’t help but saying inside me, being surprised at one of the finished paintings wondering “this is better than my painting”….. I think some of you understand what I’m talking about. 😀 I kept that one but sold other.

This year I found one adorable ranunculus again. They are ALL cheerful and cute and pretty, but what I look for is the shape of petals which can be expressed by the wide brush strokes. This orangy-red folower was it.