August 9, 2018

Our Okinawa trip

Hello! I took July off to spend some time with my family back in Tokyo, Japan.

This trip was a bit special as we decided to go to Okinawa, a group of small islands located in the very south end of Japan, close to Taiwan. (Usually I stay around Tokyo area.)

Okinawa used to be its own kingdom and has a very unique culture and language, nothing like the rest of Japan. We enjoyed swimming in the clear waters, the local food (Sohki soba—Okinawan noodle soup, sort of a cross between ramen and udon—is so delicious!), visited Shuri Castle, and my Mom and I challenged snorkeling for the first time and fed the tropical fish!

Here's some pictures from our trip. Hope you enjoy them.

Flying over Yoron Island, one of the islands of Okinawa.

Fu-champuru and Soki soba, local food.
At Kuko Shokudo at Naha Airport.

The best travel buddy: my sister.
She is so good at finding great local restayrants.

Tofu Champuru.

Kohreh Gusu: an Okinawan condiment.
REALLY spicy!!
Shuri Castle.
Sooo hot!

Warm and blue water.

Waiting for the noodles with people I love.

With my daughter under Banyan trees.

Took an workshop and made a Shisa (guardian lion) ornament.

Got my teacher's approval!



Sandanka: an Okinawan flower.

To the Blue Cave, here we come!

So blue and much deeper than I thought!

Inside the cave with Mom.

Getting the hang of it.

Feeding the fish!



June 27, 2018

My drawings from MET visits

This month, I've been going to the MET every week to polish up my observational drawing skills. I like drawing people thus drawing from statues is a great practice. The MET has a vast collection from all over the world and is a perfect place to do that.

Posting some of the drawings here:

Mourning Virgin from a Crucifixion Group; 1450-75; France

The Buddha
Statue from South India, ca. 3rd century

Bather
Marble sculpture by Jean-Antoine Houdon, 1782


I am excited that Sam, my good friend and one of the most talented & skilled artists I know, will be joining me to draw next time! We went to the MET yesterday to see the Heavenly Bodies exhibit together and it was so much fun. I love Sam's attention to details and her passion to study the craftsmanship. And I can never get enough of her charming British accent and her unique sense of humor! You can see Sam's amazing portfolio here.












Sam & me at the Central Park after a long walk in the museum.

May 23, 2018

Commission | Family Portrait for Anniversary

This was a commission I turned in last month. The client wanted a family portrait to gift to his brother on his anniversary. So lucky to have this opportunity to paint this lovely family!

I had a limited number of reference photos as it was supposed to be a surprise (my client couldn't ask for too many of them without them feeling suspicious) so that was challenging. I made different sketches and decided to make it simple with just some pop of colors.

The client's brother posted a comment on Instagram(at the bottom of this post) how they loved this surprise. Always so fullfilling when you make your client happy :)

Work info
Size: about 40cm x 40 cm
Medium: colored pencils, gouache, gansai(Japanese watercolor in pans), walnut ink on paper.




Detail #1


Detail #2

Detail #3

Detail #4


Love the metallic frame Kyota chose!!

May 10, 2018

Watercolor for Sale @ DaVinci Artist Supply

A small watercolor of mine "The Bunny and the Sun" will be on view at my go-to art supply shop DaVinci Artist Supply in its Chelsea location, starting today through May 31st. They are featuring some new works by local artist under the theme "May Flowers". 

Please stop by and take a look at my work if you are in the neighborhood :)
It's also a great little shop for all your artistic needs; the people are kind &  helpful if you have questions!

May 9 - May 31
DaVinci Artist Supply
132 West 21st St (btw 6th & 7th Ave)
New York, NY 10011
tel: 212-871-0220

hours: 
Mon-Fri  8:45am-7pm
Sat-Sun  11am-6pm






April 19, 2018

Another Birthday

Today was my birthday.
When I got up in the morning, Kiliko reached out her slender hand from her bed and told me "happy birthday" in Japanese. She then joined Randy and me and they sang a birthday song for me.

Back in March, someone I knew from my childhood in Tokyo has passed away. She was an older sister of one of my closest friends and she was only forty six. Because of the way it had happened, it has been an extremely difficult death for my friend—and for me and everyone who knew her—to accept and I cannot help but think what life is all about; if, all of a sudden, one's life can be taken so easily.

Maybe because of it, I am especially grateful I was able to greet another birthday this year, with my family and friends well. I am grateful to everyone in my life who enriches my everyday; each of you like a piece of a beautiful mosaic and it is not complete without you. Thank you.


Kili took this picture of me
and Sleepy the Fox on my birthday.

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