Painting Journals with Japanese colored papers.
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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Tiny Pieces 18 & 19

"Fresh Green"/ Miki Ohno 

"Orange and Pink"/ Miki Ohno

Torn Japanese colored paper and acrylic resin on a 2 inch square paper board.
More uplifting colors for spring time.



  1. wonderful vitality.

    are you intentionally
    thinking of natural

    obviously they are coming

  2. Thank you, Pete.
    Japanese are generally very sensitive to seasonal changes and we appreciate the blessings of nature. These pieces are like songs in praise of Spring. Vibrant colors also come out when I eager to feel them in cold seasons.

  3. I did not want to bring up,
    "wabi sabi", automatically,
    because I don't assume all
    Japanese understand or care
    about this aesthetic philosophy.

    Still...I thought you might
    have some connection to forces
    which color our experience.

  4. Pete, You are right about that "wabi sabi" is not understood by all Japanese. "wabi sabi" is basically aesthetic feeling of simplicity and modesty, but overabundance is also appreciated here. This directly‐opposed ideas is accepted as different styles of art in Japan from long time ago. On the other hand, caring a lot about seasonal beauty seems to have been common and stable feeling among many Japanese.  I might have been influenced by these people and culture constantly bring up the topic about seasonal beauty. 

  5. I think the Japanese culture is
    very tuned into nature, while we
    in America are focused on what is
    outside of us, and it is not natural
    but artificial in terms of ideology.

    We will learn someday what is essential
    for living as the Japanese seem to have


  6. i've enjoyed reading the comments almost as much as seeing the new artwork. you write so sensitively. i am a great admirer of the wabi-sabi concept, and i deeply appreciate seasonal changes. i enjoy when an artist calls attention to the forces of nature in such a lovely way.

  7. Pete,
    Thank you for your insight.
    I think Japanese are often absorptive and passive in both senses of good and bad, and such character may tune their culture easily into nature and its transition. They grieve over frequent earthquakes while never forget to appreciate cherry blossoms, as I see recently.

    Thank you for your kind comment. I respect people overseas having more interest in "wabi-sabi" concept rather than Japanese nowadays.
    Interestingly, Japonism includes "wabi-sabi" is rather an exotic term for Japanese. Japanese often reconfirm their characteristic culture by listening to reputation from overseas. Again, it shows Japanese easy absorption. They are willing to accept and admire culture or ideology which was recognized mainly by Westerners.

  8. Beautiful colors, and you are right, perfect for spring. I love the shine the resin must give them.

  9. Elizabeth, thank you very much.
    I've been visiting your blog to enjoy vibrant and somehow delicious looking colors and textures in your paintings.

  10. Here in Texas I am in the mood for spring also. The bluebonnets are in bloom and all is well with the world. I should paint something green.

  11. Thank you william,
    Wish I could drive along bluebonnet fields of which beautiful photos are uploaded to blogs also by Japanese people living over there.

  12. Very nice ... color composition is very nice ... :-)

  13. Thank you brbulka,
    Speaking of color, I like your B/W photo posted on May 3rd very much.