I never painted before and I wanted to give it a shot, so we went to Michaels today and picked up some paints! I redrew my previous Ronin Yoshino pendant in pencil, hand painted all the details, glazed and put it on a copper bail. The most difficult and time consuming part was doing the black outline... I didn't know how to do it, so I drew it "quill pen style" (lots & lots of dipping >_<) while trying to keep my cat from spilling the paints. It was a challenge but I enjoyed painting this!
I made by hand this Ronin Yoshino Kokeshi chess game using polymer clay! This took about a week to complete (I also made a box for the pieces). It was a fun challenge!
I drew Ronin Yoshino line art and turned into a brass pendant! I used a Sharpie as a resist, mom dipped it into an acid solution for about an hour, then cleaned it up with a steel wool to give it a shine. This gives me a crazy idea, imagine doing this but a brass Ronin Yoshino manga book page...
I'll be exhibiting and selling my Ronin Yoshino manga books, art prints, trading cards, Ronin Yoshino chibi charms, kokeshi, taiko drum and cherry blossom pendants! If you can come, stop by my manga table and say hi? I'll be "cosplaying" as my character, Yoshino! Feel free to check out the event at my Facebook page.
The festival has performances of traditional Japanese music and dance to modern with various indoor events, kimono, games and other Japanese arts & crafts.
Event is Saturday, May 4th 2013 starting at 12:00pm-5:00pm held at the Charles B. Wang Asian American Center in Stony Brook University, Long Island NY.
For more information please visit: http://matsuri.ryushukan.com
Yesterday we were hit by a nor'easter and the news says Suffolk County (in Long Island) got hit the worst. It was pouring rain that turned into hail, snowflake clusters the size of my fist, cold, windy, thunder and lightning!
After the shoveling was done, I got my camera and took Yuki for a walk to see how the neighborhood looked...
The dogs had a great time! Our rough collie Yuki was running amok and wrestling with our malamute Balto!
Even though snow can be a pain in the butt, it's a beautiful pain in the butt! I know some people hate it, but I see the nice side of a blizzard. It blankets the noisy world into a quilt of silence with only birds fluttering about. Nature's frozen beauty makes the artificial man-made realm into a work of art.
I'm glad that I managed to accomplish 3/5 of last years goals! For 2013, I planning on achieving the two I didn't last year, which was was to learn horseback riding and participate in a Yu-Gi-Oh! and MTG duel. My new goals for 2013 are: practice sculpting, draw more pet art and work on writing/drawing more manga comics!
I'm going to be posting Weekly Wednesday preview pages of Ronin Yoshino on my Facebook page and blog, http://shinrinart.wordpress.com/ - Read how the rebellious female samurai Yoshino's adventure began!
Finally got the internet back! Hurricane Sandy did a lot of damage around here in Long Island NY… Tree’s fell all over the place, power lines down, many have no electricity, mile long lines to the few gas stations that are open, people with red gas cans waiting on line, traffic lights out in some areas, damage to buildings… Lowe’s hardware store had a huge line of people with cars lined up buying generators like candy.
Thankfully the area where we live is in a no-flood zone. Areas by the bay got totally flooded and had mandatory evacuation. Several huge branches of our Weeping Willow Tree tore off, some of the fences came down and we had blackouts. The wind was so incredibly powerful – as strong as pines are, even they were swaying. Dirt, branches and leaves flying, wind was roaring but it didn’t rain much here and the birds were still partying by my bird feeders. Thankfully our 60ft pitch pine withstood the storm!