Art · landscape · painting · plein air

Garden of the cabin in Monroe

Early this year, my husband and I and our dog had a short trip to Monroe, Washington, for our anniversary. We rented a lovely cabin with a good-sized garden. Early morning the next day, I went out to the porch with some hot coffee. The rain was drizzling. The cold, wet morning made my coffee tastier. I sat at a table watching my dog exploring the new place and certainly had an urge to paint. I set my small painting kit up and painted the center of the garden. While I was painting, my dog kept asking me to throw his ball for him. I always have a hard time ignoring my dog’s play invite; it’s my weak spot. Thankfully he moved on to sniffing, and I could manage to finish the painting. Painting outside is pretty new to me. It quickly became my must-do thing when I go on vacation, especially if I stay at a quiet place like this. (Even though there was a helicopter hovering forever somewhere near us.) My husband joined me at the end of the painting process. Watching him playing with our dog put a smile on my face. Small memories like this will give me the strength to live day by day a bit happier. What memories do you have that help you to push through your life? I hope everyone can feel today as the day that will make the next day happier.

10 year · Art · painting

Project: 10 Year #28+1


Project: 10 Year



This was what I got for my husband on Christmas in 2009. At that time, I was learning how to weld in my sculpting class. I like physically challenging work so welding was very fun to me.

After I got the date to visit him and knew I will be there for Christmas too, I was thinking about the gift for him. Since I was a poor student, I couldn’t buy nice things for him. Having a talent for making things is very useful for this kind of situation.

I decided to make a big key with his name on it. I was not very good with detailed welding work yet, I could not make his name very sharp. But I made it’s tip extra sharp so it had a somewhat dangerous look to it.

He loved this key. He also amazed that I could weld. I promised to him that I will weld some small spots he wanted to fix on his old car when we go back to the U.S. Well, we have to see how that will turn out though.

10 year · Art · painting

Project: 10 Year #15+1


Project: 10 Year



I’ve never had a Rubik’s cube and never played before.  I saw one at his place and started playing with it.  I didn’t know there was a mechanism you can use to solve the puzzle.  He taught me and I was obsessed with it for a while.  It’s been a while since I played.  His Rubik’s cube’s colors were faded a little bit.  I forgot the method too.  I should pick it up again.

Art · Daily drawing · drawing · painting

Drawing 07/03/2015 ~ 07/09/2015


07/03/2015 ~ 07/09/2015

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Art · Daily drawing · drawing · painting

DRAWING 06/26/2015 ~ 07/02/2015


06/26/2015 ~ 07/02/2015

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Art · Daily drawing · drawing · Japan · landscape · night · painting · Pencil · watercolor

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A tree with two shadows in Japan.


Art · Daily drawing · drawing · Japan · night · painting · watercolor

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Late night street in Japan.


Art · Daily drawing · drawing · illustration · painting · Pencil · watercolor

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The perfect combination of #bread and melted cheese.


Art · Daily drawing · drawing · illustration · painting · Pencil · selfportrait

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Me eating some salad.


Art · Daily drawing · drawing · Japan · painting · Pencil

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Napping on a rainy day.


Art · Daily drawing · drawing · Japan · painting · watercolor

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Getting dark in Japan.


Art · Daily drawing · drawing · painting · watercolor

Drawing 10/28/2014