Category Archives: Etegami

ARTIST BY-THE-SEA III – Japanese brush painting & watercolor collage

Collage - Octopus 6-5-2014 WATERMARK


So this is one of my latest series of paintings.  A collage of mixed media – Japanese brush painting & watercolor painting combined.  This one includes Japanese Etegami postcards & an an art journal page.  The paint brushes, pens & pencils are watercolors.  I think this painting reflects my journey as an artist by-the-sea.


Charming cottage by-the-sea with an entry way of wisteria gives me an opportunity to stop & smell the flowers!

Wisteria Cottage Pathway 3-25-2013 WATERMARK

Wisteria Practice 5-18-2014 - 6 WATERMARK

Wisteria flower blossoms remind me of snap dragons or sweet peas, but grow in cascades like grapes on a vine.

Wisteria Bloom from Trellis 3-2013

Wisteria flower Japanese brush paintings on practice calligraphy paper.


Wisteria Etegame 5-2014 WATERMARK

Japanese brush painting – Etegami Postcard

The flowers bloom prior to the fern-like leaves coming in.   Look at tiny the leaves are!

Wisteria Vine with Brand New Leaves 3-2013 WATERMARK

Wisteria Practice 5-18-2014 - 4 WATERMARK

Tightly closed flower buds become individual flower buds.  When these amethyst beauties open, they become glorious flowers.

After wisteria flowers bloom, tiny seed pods appear.  The seed pods look like pea pods with a fuzzy white coating of “hair”.  One of the magical things is that these pods burst open at the end of summer.  During a hot, sunny day you can hear the pods “popping” open very loudly.  This popping of the seed pod throws the seeds with such a huge force that the pod actually corkscrews.  As the pod dries, it turns into a brown fuzzy corkscrew.  Nature is so fascinating!

Wisteria Practice 5-18-2014 - 1 WATERMARK


Wisteria Practice 5-18-2014 - 7 WATERMARK


Lovely wisteria flowers.  Lavender petals cascading down like the flowers on a geisha’s hair pin.

Bees, butterflies & birds all pay their respect & dance at the beauty of Wisteria flowers.  My brush dances when I paint wisteria flowers!

Wisteria & Swallow Chinese Practice Paper 5-2014 WATERMARK


Goldfinch Etegami 5-2014 WATERMARK

The Goldfinch is a bird painted frequently in my Japanese brush painting class.  I like these happy yellow birds with their little black “caps”.  I painted this Japanese Etegami postcard a month ago.

Recently I read The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, a novel for which she won the Pulitzer prize.  Ms. Tartt’s novel is written around a 350 year old Dutch painting of a Goldfinch tethered by a chain.  The theme of art being our salvation, our burden & our ruin runs through the main characters life. story.  One of the quotes in the book is:  “We have art in order not to die from the truth.”  – Nietzsche  This novel was well worth the time to read & now when I see or paint Goldfinch birds, this novel will come to mind.  It is a haunting novel.  A bit too much of the truth about life, but at the same time comforting to know the truth.  The bottom line for me is that without my art, I am nothing.