After I painted this rasha demon, finding the right words for it was quite a challenge. What I ultimately found was perfect "Turn your demons into art"
This one is just for fun :)
This is one of my mother's kokeshi (wooden) dolls.
I used a sharpened chopstick to draw the eyes and ended up
with a big blob on her eyebrows.
But there are no mistakes so I imagine this just gives her character!!
I actually painted this for my first babysitter who babysat me in 1957 in Phoenix, AZ.
She was a Japanese war bride and a member of my parent's congregation.
We recently visited her in Phoenix and she gave us a most beautiful fabric sculptured doll for "our future grandchild" . If and when.
I did an etegami of the girl thinking how I was a little girl when she babysat me
and still feel like a little girl when I am with my aging babysitter!
This red-headed kabuki actor was painted for my red-headed childhood friend.
She loved it!
I have a friend who struggles with the idea of prayer. Who do we pray to? Does it make a difference? I struggle, too. So, now that he is facing cancer yet again, I thought I could send him all forms of healing using the Japanese good luck talisman, the Maneki Neko.
This painting has all kinds of "mistakes" on it, but in the true spirit of etegami, it lives on.
Another one of my mother's kokeshi. I will be giving a lot of these away some day (My house is already filled to the brim with Japanese things) so painting these will allow me to keep them and give them away.
This kokeshi doll has a very plain face, plain haircut, but is beautiful.
I absolutely loved Eleanor Roosevelt's word to go with it!
Thought I'd better paint a bowl of ramen for a Ramen restaurant.
Used the sharpened chopstick technique which is why you see blobs here an there.
The ink is not controlled but that adds the character