Category Archives: Creating a Painting

Persimmons, i

I love the color of persimmons – bright orange fruits silhouetted against the sharp blue of the autumn sky.  These are the hachiya variety, and when you buy them in the store, they are hard.  As they ripen, they become … Continue reading

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Sumi-e / Ink Painting Books, ii

Motoi Oi, i Today, I am going to begin a brief series on a rather lovely set of books, published by Motoi Oi (1910-2004) shortly after his arrival in the U.S.  Initially paperback books, self-published and handbound by his wife … Continue reading

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Iris, iv

Irises – in Color – in Ink The iris – the butterfly flower – is just too much fun to paint!  And quite a challenge as well.  The videos make it look easy, but I assure you, it is not! … Continue reading

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Iris, iii

I keep thinking about my cochineal dyeing – I still need to write up the rest of it, and post some pictures. Maybe tomorrow when I have more time. Tonight, though, is painting night. Not a lot of time for … Continue reading

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Iris, ii

I did my visual research.  I downloaded almost 100 different iris pictures, for color, shape, structure, position.  Too many to post here!  Also copies of famous prints and paintings – Japanese screens, Van Gogh’s fields.  Besides flowers, I also looked … Continue reading

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Pine Tree, ii

old pine– my own life’s autumn is like that –Issa

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Sumi-e Palm Trees, ii

I had hoped to create a video over this past weekend about painting a palm tree, as requested a couple of weeks ago.  Unfortunately, the flu and other life circumstance (like work!) have gotten in the way.  Just recently I … Continue reading

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