Tuesday, December 31, 2019

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SBWS 2019 Annual Juried Show
July 11 - September 14
(Closed August 15-18th)
at National Watercolor Society Gallery
915 South Pacific Avenue, San Pedro
Art walk reception : Thursday August 1st, 6-9pm
Gallery Hours:
Thursdays & Fridays 10am - 2pm 
Saturdays & Sundays Noon - 4pm

Saturday, August 17, 2019












Daytime getting shorter and shorter every day. It means my morning walk schedule changes a little by little.

Friday, August 9, 2019


















The watercolor class is getting busy. Hard to handle it by myself. I have to figure out a good way to take care of the class.

Friday, August 2, 2019


















I visited my old friend in Desert Hot springs. He moved there from San Fransisco four months ago. I met him first time at the party in San Diego 25 years ago. He is a Japanese man from Kanazawa. I spent about three hours talking to him and I came back home. It was so hot I could not live there in summertime.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019



















Hello, Today is the last day of the month. And I was busy for working on the things I do end of the month, such as writing newsletters and send them out.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

















The watercolor demonstration of the last week class was a landscape with a river. I showed how to paint the running water. And I will do the same subject this week, but this time how to paint a background scene.

Friday, July 19, 2019
















The SBWS watercolor exhibition started. An image above is a study of my paintings.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

















This is the demonstration piece I did in my class. I did this within 15 minutes but it came out one of my favorites.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Today is the day






I took my three paintings to SBWS watercolor exhibition gallery yesterday. It was the day of take in the art works to the show.

Friday, June 28, 2019























My two Japanese friends and I got together in a Japanese restaurant in Long Beach. We have been doing this two to three times a year. It was a senior luncheon meeting.    I believe that our last meeting was four  months ago. So, we had a lot of things to talk about. That’s why We stayed there almost three hours, We left the restaurant 2pm. We had a nice time talk about a senior life.
















The watercolor class last Wednesday was a busy and lively three hours. I did a watercolor demonstration. It was the landscape which I painted using only an ultramarine blue paint. This way students can see the contrast of light and dark easily.

Some people came to see our class. Lately we have people like them visit the class often. It’s very encouraging.

Friday, June 14, 2019


















The last week watercolor class was another lively one. We have a lot of new students in the class and senior watercolor instructor was having a hard time remember the names of the students.
 

Other than that, The everything is under control.

Thursday, June 6, 2019


















6/5/2019 It was the first watercolor class of the month. We had seven students in the class. Surprisingly, more than half of them were newcomers. Just for the safe side, the instructor starts using name sign in front of the each student.

I did a demonstration of watercolor. This time, it was  “White Lily”.

Monday, June 3, 2019

The first step.



This is the first step of my new watercolor painting.
And I add more works and destroy it. LOL.

Saturday, May 25, 2019
















A good number of students showed up at the class. So, we had a very lively classroom.  Also, we had a visitor in the class. Hopefully, the person will come back to study the watercolor with us.

My watercolor demonstration of this week was the continuation of the subject of the last week. And, this time, My demonstration concentrated more of the bird than background.

Monday, May 20, 2019

















This is a demonstration piece I did last watercolor class. I planned to do more work for this painting but it looks good as it is. I am thinking that I should do more work or not. That's the question.

Thursday, May 2, 2019


















We had a very good class last Wednesday (5/1/2019). 
There were 10 students in the class and three students out of ten were new comers. Isn't that great or what. I was so busy and running around the classroom. Also, I was a happy senior watercolor instructor that day.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019
















A busy day today. I am going to teach watercolor class this afternoon.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

A Watercolor Class


















April 10th Wednesday's watercolor class was going nicely. We had four students came to the class and I did a watercolor demonstration. A subject was "The first snow of the season".

Sunday, April 7, 2019

My friend

















My artist friend Mrs.S came to visit my house with her husband on last Saturday. They are planning to go back to Japan in the near future. Now, she tries to get rid of all the books she accumulated for all these years. And she asked me if I want the books. So, I end up with a lot of books, and that's what I am happy about it. Because, I needed a lot of reading material for my reading exercise. 

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

OOP


















I had an important appointment this morning, and I forgot about it completely. I found out that this afternoon, and It was too late. I have to  reschedule an appointment.

Thursday, March 28, 2019
















   A little good news, We had a surprise visitor to our class.  It was Mr. K. He use to be our class member  more than a year ago. Even though, he had been absent the class for more than year, he was painting at home. I was happy to hear that. It's very important that keep painting to improve your skill.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

A morning walk before sunrise
















This is already the end of March, but it's still cold in the morning. I go out for the morning walk before the sunrise. I think that the time of lowest temperature in a day.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

A shopping day


















I have been staying home and painting for four days. So, I decided to go out do a shopping today. I bought meat and fish at an American market, but I have to go to Japanese market to by traditional Japanese food such as natto, konnyaku, tofu etc.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Yosemite Watercolor Class

 

I taught Yosemite national park art center watercolor class for thirteen years. But it ended September 2017. This is the photo of a first class in Yosemite. This photo brings me a lot of good memories.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Renewal time
















I received a drivers license renewal notice from the DMV. I have been studying test questions for a while so, I don't worry about it.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

A rice cooker























My precious rice cooker died on me. So, I believed, because I set a timer for the lunch time but it wasn't ready when I checked the rice cooker. Then I remembered that I forgot to change the clock of the cooker to an hour ahead for the summer time.

A good buy




















I saw the advertisement of curry mix special sale at the Japanese food market. I love curry. So, I rushed to the market and I got 4 packages of curry mix this morning.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

A Luncheon Meeting























     Our watercolor class had a luncheon meeting before the class. One of a longtime student in our watercolor class will go back to Japan for good. So, it was the party for her. It held an Asian buffet near our watercolor class. I haven't been the buffet style restaurant for a long time. It was a nice luncheon meeting. I enjoyed it very much.

Friday, March 8, 2019
















The first class in March was a rainy day. Even though, under such a bad weather, A lot of students showed up. The instructor was overjoyed by this happening.

A one of the our class students Y.M-san took a driver’s  license renewal test and she passed it with a just one try.Good job,Y.M-san. I myself expecting the same test this year. I am studying the driver’s test questions in the net.I hope I get pass with the first try.

One more good news. We have a new student in the class. H.M-san, She works as a translator. The watercolor classroom will be more vibrant.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Wrong Delivery



















When I took out my trash bag at night, I saw a little delivery package which looks like a medicine. I took it back in the house and opened it. I saw medicine inside, but it was not the medicine I ordered. I checked the name on the bag, and it was not my name but my back house neighbor. I ordered my medicine three days ago, I was sure it was mine but I was wrong.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Colonoscopy

















I went to a market and I got a couple of an items for tomorrow. I will take a colonoscopy test this coming Tuesday and Monday is the day I can only eat or drink light colored liquid and food. I don't know if I can survive with this ordeal or not.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Snow Scene
















The Subject of watercolor demonstration
at the today's class was "Snow scene".
We were enjoying to paint and same time
we enjoyed conversation with the other students.

Sunday, February 17, 2019























I went to a tax return office in Little Tokyo. This is the first time I do a tax return with this person. I heard this is the nonprofit organization and they do the work for a very reasonable fee for low income persons like myself.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

















It was cold and rainy day. I had a watercolor class. There were three students. I can handle more than three, where is everybody? I guess they don't go outside the day like today. I don't come to the class myself. Oops, I shouldn't say that I am an instructor of the class.

Monday, February 11, 2019

About Sunday























We three seniors got together at the cafe in J-town and enjoyed a breakfast on last Sunday.  After that I visited another friend who lives in Hollywood. 

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The Visitors

















In a heavy rain, two men came to my house. One is a producer and another one is a production designer. They came to pick up props for the movie. My paintings will be in the movie.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Lunch with my friend.

















Between the rains my friend and I went to a shopping and a lunch. We got the hot meal from food counter and ate them in the eating area of the market It was big meal. Big eough to cover lunch and supper. 

Rain,rain,rain.














It's rain again. We are expecting this weather untill this coming Tuesday.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Dinner,,,?


















My dinner for the last night was hotdog. I didn't feel like to cook anything. I was tired, I don't know why, I guess I was just lazy.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Watercolor Class

















It was watercolor class day this afternoon. Five students showed up. I usually do watercolor demonstration at the beginning of the class. But I changed it, I let student start painting before the demonstration because I realized that student start copying my demonstration piece. I like to see their works first to understand personality of each student.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

My painting
















The eight watercolor paintings I have finished for the last couple of months. I took a photo of them and Save images on my Mac.

Colonoscopy























My doctor encouraged me to do a colonoscopy test. But I didn't feel like doing it. So, I just let it go. When I talked about it some of my friends, they all said that I should do it.
Finally, I made up my mind and called the hospital, I made an appointment for a colonoscopy. I asked one of my friends to drive to the hospital and take me home. OK, I'm ready.

Breakfast Sunday


















I had a breakfast at the restaurant in J-town. Three of us get to gather every Sunday morning for breakfast.
It was beautiful morning but air was cold.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

The last day


















Yesterday was the last day of rainy weather. We had the five straight days of rain.  We had a beautiful sunshine this morning. I took my usual morning walk. It was a nice and pleasant walk.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Watercolor painting class
















I had the watercolor class in the afternoon. It was rainy day and cold. I worried that not many students will come because of the weather.  But it turned out to be a good class.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Rain, rain, rain.

















It was dark and cold weather today. Yesterday was the same weather like a today, but It's wasn't bothering me that much anymore.
It seems that my body got used to this weather. So, I spent all day doing small things actively.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Rain and Visitor





















The visitor in the rain. A young man came to my house. He wanted to see my artworks, but not finished pieces but rough sketches and study pieces. That's an interesting request. What is that for?

Thursday, January 10, 2019

The first watercolor class of 2019


















It was the first watercolor class this year. We painted the subject which one of the students requested. It was landscape of Japan.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

A Lunch with my friend























I had a lunch with my friend N. I haven't seen him for a while because He has been under the weather. He had a cold. It took a long time to recover. Now he is feeling better and he wants to go out for a lunch. We went to Denny's because he had a gift certificate for this restaurant. We enjoyed a nice lunch.