Sunday, May 24, 2009

A Golden Time

Original Watercolor
Title: Golden Time
Image size: 11”x 15" With mat : 16”x 20”
Price: $500.00+Shipping Fee.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Stairs toward the Light

(Original Watercolor
Image size: 11”x 15" With mat : 16”x 20”
Price: $400.00+Shipping Fee.

Finally, I finished portraits which were commissioned. I painted four portraits. They are small and simple, but I don't like to paint portrait because somehow I feel a little pressure. Even though, I got this job two months ago I didn't touch them until now. But I couldn't wait any longer, it was almost deadline. You know what, once I started them, they were easy. I don't know why I didn't finish them earlier. I always try to fix this bad habit but I couldn't. I guess I am too old to change my habit. As they say "Old dog can't learn a new trick" something like that.

Hide and seek

Original Watercolor
Image size: 11"x 15"
With mat : 16" x 20"
Price: $300.00+Shipping Fee.

A friend of mine came visit me in the morning. His name is Jay.
He comes to my house almost every Saturday morning and we chat for an hour.
It became almost a Saturday morning ritual.

After Jay left, I had a telephone call from the other friend Noel.
He invited me to a reception of some historical exhibition at the LACMA.
I am not crazy about historical anything but I like an idea going out.
Because, I spend too much time at home alone.
I enjoy being alone but it's not good for me.

I arrived his house by seven in the evening.
His two friendly dogs meet me at the door first and Noel.
I read a exhibition catalog while he is changing clothe.
The title of the exhibition is "Pompeii and the Roman Villa. "
Even though I am not interested in the show,
this is a reception and it means they have free drinks and snacks.

When we arrived at the LACMA, it is getting dark already
and long waiting line front of an entrance.
Finally we get in the reception. We enjoyed nice coffee and cookies.
They had wine, too. But I didn't have it. I have to drive.
Fact is wain is not free.

Surprisingly, we have to wait in other line to get in the exhibition.
Because, there are so many people.
The exhibition hall can take only certain number of people at each time.
If you wanted to be a cultured person you should have a patience.

I enjoyed the exhibition more than I expected.
Especially, I was impressed by some paintings.
We left LACMA a little before eleven and we had midnight snack
at the coffee shop.
I didn't have a night out for long time,
so it was refreshing experience and I had nice time.

Yosemite National Park

In the early morning, my friend and I had English reading exercise at his house. We have been doing this exercise whenever we both have time.

After that, I went to shopping at the Ralph's market. I had only a couple of things I needed there. Those were an oatmeal and some sweets for my tea time. I finished it quick and rush to a cashier. Then I found that they have only one cashier was opening. A big man with a feather duster in his back pocket announced that they have a computer problem. So, there was a long waiting line at the only opened cashier. However, minute later the same man said "Now computer is working again, gentle man come over this way." He took me to an other cashier. I thought I am lucky. There was only a old man front of me.

A girl in the cashier put all the item through a computer and pushed button and said "It's not working." Oh, no, not again. I couldn't help it but just laughing. The big man appeared again and played on the keyboard for few seconds and it started working again. Even though, I spent more time than I expected at the market I felt good. Because weather is wonderful and most of all I got an interesting story to write about in my journal and it is my homework, too.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Mount Shari

My friend in Hokkaido sent me a photograph of snow mountain.
He and I are writing journal on web and we are corresponding from time to time.
Even though, I never met him I consider he is my friend.
I have many friends like him in web world.
Some of those friends I don’t even know what they look like.
I should say this is a new world. The twenty first century internet world.

The photograph he sent me was beautiful.
I wanted paint watercolor from the photograph the moment I saw it.
I asked him a permission to do so and he said yes.
I did not only paint but I did demonstration of watercolor painting front of my students.
The watercolor class that day was big success.
My students loved it.

The picture you can see above is the painting I did at the class.