Monday, August 31, 2009

Busy with painting again

The exhibition is over and I want to thank everybody again for their help, support and feedback. I'm still overwhelmed by all what happened.
Here are the photos of the science-cafe event.
Since yesterday I'm back painting and I have lots of ideas now (old and new), which I want to paint in the following weeks.
Autmn is coming and I can't wait to see the beautiful Momiji over here

. I just finished another painting of Bamboo.
I had this in my mind since my travel to Nagoya, Ise and Kyoto and now I finally had the time to finish it. Done with Acrylics and Airbrush on paper... Format is A3, original available...

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

I did it

Yesterday (japanese time) was my speech at the science-cafe in Hakodate. I was very nervous, because I never held a "lecture" infront of people, but it all went well and the guests, who came to hear it were great and encouraging. It was fun and I enjoyed it very much !!!
Also my husband did such a wonderful job, translating everything so perfectly into Japanese. I would have been lost without him.

Satomi-san and all of the staff backed me up so wonderfully. Thank you !!!

Thank you, everybody, who came to see me at the cafe!!!

Today I will just enjoy a calm day... do my housework, laundry, cleaning, cooking and catching up with writing letters and painting.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Speaking at the cafe scientifique

Today I'm very busy preparing my appearance at the cafe scientifique at the Machizukuri-center in Hakodate on Tuesday (6-7p.m). I have never held such a "lecture" before, so I'm a little bit nervous, but also excited. My fantastic husband will help me and translate all I want to tell the people. My Japanese is still not so good, especially when it comes to such special subjects.

As I go through all the different topics I want to talk about, I realize how much I can tell there and I will also bring some books and other things to show the people a little bit about mushroom-lore, enviourment and differences in Japanese/European eating-culture.

I also visited the exhibition again yesterday and I was overwhelmed and how many people came and signed my guest-book. Thank you all sooooo much for your support and feedback !!! And the Brochure which was at my table there is wonderful !!! Whoever designed it, thank you soooo much !!! It was such a lovely surprise and I can't wait to show my Dad the exhibition, when he arrives on Friday.

Did not have much time to paint in the last days, but I want to share a photo, I took last week at Yokotsudake... the gentian ist out there now, too and we had a beautiful hike up there.

Hope to see you all at the cafe-scientifique on Tuesday 25.Aug :)

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Fotos from the exhibition and the opening-party

Here are the photos from my exhibition and the opening party of the science-festival. It was such a wonderful event and thank you, everybody for all your kind help, support and feedback. I painted those paintings for 5 months and now it is a wonderful feeling that the day of the exhibition finally came.

I would like to thank Noyuri Mima-sensei, who made this possible for me and wanted me to paint all those mushrooms.
She held a wonderful speech for the opening and I wish her and all the wonderful people, who organize and participate in this fantastic festival all the best !!!

I also want to thank my beloved husband, Tsuyoshi, for all his help, support and encouragement !!! Satomi-san for preparing everything at the site and my kids for their patience with me, while I painted those pics ^^

Friday, August 21, 2009

What a great day !!!

What an exciting day !!!
Today I had the opening of my exhibition, which is part of the science-festival in Hakodate and it was absolutelly fantastic !!!
I'm still overwhelmed by all the support, feedback and great atmosphere there and I'm looking forward to the following days of the festival. I'll upload some pictures and all the news in the next days.
The other great thing which happened was that my painting, which is currently at the exhibition in the USA in LaGrange, Georgia got featured in the newspaper there !!! This is a big honor for me, because 19 other artists are taking part and they are also very, very good.
Don't know if I can sleep tonight. All this news is so fantastic and I want to thank everybody for their help, support and encouragement !!!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Exhibition in Hakodate

Today the kids started school again and I will make the final preparations for the exhibition at the Machizukuri-center in Hakodate. The exhibition will be from 22nd til 28th of August.
I will exhibit 15 paintings of mushrooms of Hokkaido there.
I'm already very excited about it.
Painting all those mushrooms was a big challenge for me, because I did not only have to paint the
mushrooms themselves, but also the correct surrounding and right season for each species.

For further information please check this page (Japanese only):

Saturday, August 15, 2009


After Asahidake we went to Obihiro and had our very favorite Pizza and beer at "Tokachi Beer".

Obihiro is a great place for delicious food like all kinds of meat and fresh vegetables. We also went to a retro-Izakaya there and had fantastic grilled and fried food.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Beautiful mountains...

During the last 2 days we went to Asahikawa and Asahidake and enjoyed the beautiful nature there. I just upload a few photos to give you an impression about the beautiful scenery there:
This is Hagoromonotaki, one of the most beuatiful waterfalls, I have ever seen:

And this is Asahidake, which is a still active volcano.
The sight is overwhelming and there are sooo many flowers in bloom up there.
As you can see. There is Japanese Gentian (gentiana japonica) there. Some of the meadows looked like if they were covered with little blue stars.

Now we will stay 2 days in Obihiro and then go to Taisetsusan.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Tokachi, here we come...

Today we will go to vacation for one week. I'm so excited !!!

As always we will drive to Tokachi, Obihiro and Taisetsu-san. I love that area of Hokkaido. So much nature, little farms, moutains and DELICIOUS food... cheese, saussages and beef. "Tokachi Beer" has the most wonderful Pizza (Pizza carne) and also the beer there is delicious. And I can't wait to hike in the mountians !!! I will also take my sketchpad along :)

Here is a painting of Taisetsu-san, I did last year. Done with acrylics, watercolor and airbrush on paper... format B4, original available.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

X-mas Fantasy

I know, right now it's not the right time to be in a X-mas mood, but after I painted the church, I was thrilled if I could do a painting of Hakodate X-mas Fantasy as well. Here is the result.

Done with acrylics, watercolor and airbrush on paper. Format is B4, original available...

Tuesday, August 4, 2009


The last days I was very restless and I felt I would like to "challenge" myself artistically more. There is one thing I was always afraid of: Painting buildings ^^"
So I tried to go straight at it and painted one of the churches of Hakodate.
Done with acrylics, watercolor and airbrush on paper.

Size is B4...

Original available

Saturday, August 1, 2009

gourmet weekend

on weekends I mostly not paint, because we are fishing or mushroom-picking, so my creativity is cooking something with what we find or fish ;-)
Yesterday we went to our favorite italian/french restaurant "Brasserie Carillon" and somehow I had the idea, if I cook king-crab (Tarabagani) pasta, it would fit with Tamagotake (amanita caesarea) best.
So we went to the forest and yes, there really were some Tamagotake left... YATTA !!!!!
We took them, bought Kani and I cooked VERY delicious pasta :-p
I also found out, that raw Tamagotake can be made like Carpaccio...
It was so much fun and we all ate too much, but we will try to pick some more tomorrow again.