Category Archives: Etegami Postcards

SUMI CAT PAINTING MADNESS!

Cat etegami postcard with stamp 11-2014 WATERMARKSUMI CAT – i have been feeding a black feral cat for 7 years now & his name is Sumi Cat because he has black fur, which is like the black Sumi ink I paint with.  I’ve been having fun painting Sumi cats lately.

Cat painting marathon 11-2014 WATERMARKPainting the Sumi cats is kind of addictive as each one is completely different!

I added 2 signature chops to each cat painting.  A small one of my Sensei name, Ryu-Nan, & a large Maneki Neko stamp that my friend, Harumi, sent me from Japan.  The Maneki Neko stamp is a 2″ high porcelain cat with the stamp on the bottom & is very cute.  I turned these Sumi cats into lucky cats on red paper.  I think they are lucky cards because I hope that anyone receiving one of these kitties would feel lucky!  I also think my feral cat, Sumi Cat, would be pleased to know he inspired these cards!

 

 

OCEAN THEME JAPANESE ETEGAMI POSTCARDS

JAPANESE ETEGAMI POSTCARDS – Japanese brush painting on rice paper postcards.  My favorite of this group is the postcard with the Sea Lion and Harbor Seal, but I also like the Sea Anemone “flowers”.  These are fun to paint & I can mail them to friends or use them in collage art.

ILLUSTRATED WATERCOLOR ART JOURNAL – MAY 2014 – A WEEK FILLED WITH ART, BLOOMING FLOWERS & SAN DIEGO FIRES

May 2014 Art Journal - Page 61 WATERMARK

 

MIDDLE OF MAY 2014 – 2014 ART JOURNAL OF AN ARTIST LIVING BY THE SEA –   This week was one filled with 8 San Diego Wild Fires & raging Santa Ana winds.  It was 96 degrees at the coast, which is unheard of & broke records back to the 1950s.  I put Chinese paper umbrellas over one of my shade plants to protect it from the blazing sun & drank iced peppermint tea to try to stay cool before the arrival of a portable air conditioner!  It was just too hot to spend time at the beach & I only drove by to visit quickly.  One afternoon was spent making greeting cards of a cute flower cart design.  Lots of reading due to the heat. One day I stopped and took photos of Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus) flowers, which are blooming everywhere now & a lovely yard with a white picket fence & cascading roses caught my camera lens, too.  This week I did paintings of cactus & desert wildflowers and one Goldfinch & Zinnia Japanese Etegami postcard.  

One of the great advantages of my illustrated 2014 Art Journal is to count my blessings and to focus on the moments of beauty in my life.  Art is a way to gratefulness for me.