Simple life

Sometimes I feel Zen spirit and like to throw away all my possessions. Just the minimum objects to keep me going. How wonderful and simple my life will be.

Acrylic on Watercolor Board  6″ x 6″

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Castle Guard

Found these two antique toy soldiers in a local antique shop. My husband talked me into buying them. I have to admit, they look great guarding my beautiful bottles. On Guard, guys!!!

Acrylic on Watercolor Board  6.5″ x 6.5″

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China Doll

My husband and I went to an antique store a few days ago. This pretty doll was standing at the corner of the dark shelf. I had to have her.

Acrylic on Watercolor board   7″ x 6.5″

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After Spoleto Festival

It was such a wonderful experience to participate in the Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibit in Charleston, South Carolina. Everybody was so kind and delightful. I had a great time meeting many people. Thank you very much everybody! Oh! I also received the 1st place for my painting. Unbelievable!!

After 17 days of Festival, I feel like a balloon which lost a lot of air. I know that I need to start working on a new painting because I developed many ideas. But somehow I am not doing anything yet. At least I finished the bottle painting which I started for the festival. It might be a bit too late, but I finished it! I feel very lazy.

Acrylic on Watercolor Board   6 1/2″ x 6 3/4″

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Hollyhock

When I was a little kid, my mother bought me a toy garden. It consisted of a lot of different plants, flowers, and all other garden necessities. It was quite delicate and detailed. The flower parts are separated from green stem parts. I could attach any flowers to any plants. I have not seen this beautiful and rather sophisticated toys in anywhere. As the matter of fact, as far as I know, I was the only child who had this toy in my neighborhood. I was kind of obsessed by this garden for a quite long time. By press the center of the flat plants with the needle type tool into the hole of the ground, it stand up and ready to accept the flower parts.  There were at least twenty different flowers and shrubs. The hollyhocks were my favorite tall flowers in my little garden. I always planted…placed the hollyhocks next to the fence and then somehow placed the tulips in front. Then place the rose bush. Of course one side is with yellow flowers and the other with pink. There were also small bricks which was probably a half of the finger nail size. They could be used to border the flower bed or walk way. It was such a beautiful garden I created. It is very strange to recall such a long time ago memory….much more than a half century ago.  The Hollyhock became a time machine and sent me back to be a seven years old kid again.

Acrylic on Watercolor Board   5″ x 6.25″

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Translucent

I am not quite sure what is the name of this plant. I thought that it might be “Nandina”. But “Nandina” is not translucent. Anyway, when I saw this plant I thought about the glass marbles I love to paint. But unlike the glass marbles when the light goes through these beautiful red berries, they glow and create unearthy colors. They are the Nature’s fancy jewel.

Acrylic on Watercolor Board  6″ x 6″

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Apple flowers

I started to paint landscape, but end up with apple flowers again. They are just beautiful. If you look at them very carefully, they have all kind of colors. Especially green, light violet, and pink are breath taking. They are the flowers of dream. I am waiting for Spring.

Acrylic on Illustration Board  8″ x 8″

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