I had my final study meeting yesterday at work. And I’m at the point where classes are almost a count down. Roughly 7 weeks are left. Some weeks fly by fast and other plod along so slowly it’s ridiculous. Today also marks 1 month of Hitomi and I being married. Wow!
I’m in the process of looking for a new job, and drafting out a plan for the next year or two that I can hopefully stick to as a self-made goal. I’m going to need some serious self control and discipline if I’m going to be able to get a productive amount of artwork done. It’s daunting I think, but not impossible.
May is an awesome month. The flowers here are so fragrant, and the temperature is perfect. It’s the kind of weather where you can be comfortable in any kind of clothes, you can leave your windows open, and you don’t have to use any heating or AC. The days are longer, the sun is warmer, and the wind is just cool enough, not cold. Very nice. It’s also now five years since I did my homestay in Kanazawa. So the smells of May in Hokuriku really take me back to that month. Of course, I probably wouldn’t be where I am today if I hadn’t had such a wonderful time on my homestay. Yay for May in Japan!
I mentioned how last month I was furiously working away on the wedding invitations. After making and sending them all I realized I didn’t make an extra for us to keep, or at least to scan… but I do have the digital files of the images. They look OK on the screen, I think, but they were really intended to be printed on Japanese paper, so the effect isn’t quite the same. On the rough, handmade paper with tons of little fibers and pigments in it, the pictures looked really nice, I think. But here it is anyway just to show:
The irises were printed in the corner of the envelope, which had a dyed gradient across it.
This was the main invitation. It’s very dark because it was printed to go underneath a piece of vellum-like washi which had the text and information on it; it was sort of a backdrop piece. Anyway, this is the big, ancient shrine in the mountains where we will be married.
It’s Pi-chan, of course! She was printed on the RSVP return postcards.
Anyway, these images don’t really do justice to the whole piece, which turned out to have a very cool handmade wedding feel to it. I’m really happy with how it turned out.
As much I hate to admit it, Golden Week is over. I’m really glad I didn’t get tonsillitis this year, so I could fully enjoy it finally. I rented about 20 DVD’s during the 100 yen DVD sale, and painted almost every day. I also found a new art store in Takefu right near my house (pity that I’m moving in a few months) and spent a lot of time with Hitomi’s (and now my, I guess) family, working on their farm/garden, and relaxing. I painted a lot of my Warhammer army too. All-in-all, it feels like a squeenzed an awesome month into an 8 day spread, so I’m really happy. Returning to work after such a vacation has been like returning to doom, but there’s only a few weeks left of it so I can push through. Anyway, here are my panting fiesta results:
Mt. Hino from Murasaki Shikibu Park
Mt. Hino from the Hino River
Mt. Hino from the Hino River (different style)
Spiderweb in Ajimano Gardens
The first 3 are oils and the final one is gouache and ink. I actually did 1 more piece of Hitomi in her kyuudo outfit riding a giraffe and firing arrows on a red, ringed planet in space… but it’s still wet so I couldn’t scan it. I’m really enjoying painting with gouache — the two pieces I’ve done on Japanese boards so far turned out nice for me. I think I’ll continue using it when I can.