Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Tanabe Landscape

Tanabe River for Steve
acrylic on wood disc

This is my third painting on the wood discs. This is the river from a bridge just beside the overpass before you get to Konan. I take this route to go to two of my schools. This is where I usually see many koi and turtles swimming.

In honor of my friend Steve, a great mentor and teacher.

New Stamps on Wood Discs Series

Sokrates' Friend, the Pig for Sokrates the Pig

This stamp was inspired by Maren's pig on the alm. She has two of them. I have not seen the second one, and I am not sure the other one's name, so I made this stamp of him.

Pencil and Paper for Marjorie Hendrix

New Stamps on Postcards

Black Dog Talking with Brown Dog and Ellie

Ellie Thinking about Brown Dog Talking

Crow Talking with Five Monkeys

Crow Thinking About Pig, Brown Dog and Black Dog Friends

Panda Thinking About Panda Friends

New Stamps on Wood Discs Series

Many Friends I

Green Ball of Yarn

Brown Dog Red Collar

Densha (Black Dog)

Frog Crow Rabbit Octopus

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Animal Drawings

Maren's Sweet Friend
With love for Maren
pencil on strathmore
9 1/2" x 10"

One of the most amazing people I know is Maren Krings. She is working on the alm this summer in Austria. Her facebook profile picture is of her beautiful face smiling and holding this sweet pig who is also grinning. I knew I had to try and capture the pig's sweet spirit. It just happens that the pig is also befitting since it is part of the Chinese zodiac and thus part of that series of drawings as well.

Oxen for Zach
pencil on strathmore
6" x 5"

Zach is one of the kindest persons I know. His genuine good spirit resonates. This drawing is for his birthday. It is a contemplative sign of the Chinese zodiac, thus the gaze.

Sunflower Study for Yuki

Sunflower Study
colored pencil on colored paper
8 1/4" x 5 1/4"

I drew this while taking a break from studying. The other morning, my friend, Yuki gave me a sunflower at work. This is my attempt to replicate the golden glow of the petals.

Tanabe Landscapes

Tanabe Landscape I
acrylic on wood
2" x 2" x 1/4"(approximate)

This one was originally in watercolor. It is along the same river as Tanabe Landscape II. Maryji Mom mentioned liking it and it is posted on the blog. So thinking I would mail it to her, I sealed it with an acrylic medium. Unfortunately, this was not appropriate since it was watercolor. So, I tried to replicate the landscape in acrylic. It has a different mood but similar colors.

Tanabe Landscape II
acrylic on wood
2" x 2" x 1/4"(approximate)

This study is done on the same wood discs as the stamped animals in previous posts. I have made several studies in pencil and watercolors of the river by the Shimin Sogo Center. I often ride my bike along the dike road to get to several of my schools. Many koi, turtles, heron, crows and kormorans call it home.