When we went to San Diego in the last June, we visited Japanese Friendship Garden at Balboa Park.
I visited the Japanese garden the last time was 5 years ago.
The garden looks much mature looking. The Japanese Friendship Gardener, who had worked the Japanese emperor’s garden in Japan. The Japanese garden takes long time to form. I heard a Japanese gardener images for 10 years ahead, and then plant.
They expanded Japanese Friendship Garden much bigger into the canyon.
They made creek and waterfall and Japanese buildings and planted many trees including cherry trees and willow trees.
Another 5 years after, these trees and bush will glow, it will be nice view.
They have a couple of Koi pond.
And near Art museums in Balboa Park, there is a water lily pond. You may find Koi and turtles as well.
“848. Koi (Carps)” Watercolor painting by Mariko Irie
This painting “848. Koi” is created from these nice memories.
“853. Bird in Spring” Oil painting by Mariko Irie
This is Uguisu, which is Japanese Bush warbler.
They start sing when Plum flowers start bloom.
After cold and gloomy winter, their singings indicate “Spring is here. Cheers!”
If you like to listen their singings:
“852. Bird Waiting for Spring” oil painting by Mariko Irie
This Bird is Mejiro, which is a Japanese White-eye.
I have thought this bird is Uguisu, which is Japanese Bush Warbler till check with Wikipedia.
Many of Japanese confused Mejiro and Uguisu.
Because Japanese called Uguisu-Iro, which is the name of color, is same as Mejiro feather color.
The Japanese White-eye starts singing from early spring on or by the plum trees.
My show at the Northcoast Artists Gallery in Fort Bragg will be round the corner.
After my show reception at the Highlight Gallery in June, we went to San Diego to have a family gathering. We had a great time together for one week.
Then I started painting for the show “Mariko Irie 2016”.
I had ideas for this show in January in this year.
Now I finished main paintings.
I love to show you one of them “847. Plum Trees”.
“847. Plum Trees” Watercolor painting by Mariko Irie
This is Mariko Irie Japonnica.
Plum blossoms indicate harbinger of spring after cold winter.
How do you like my new direction?
And these are close-ups of the painting “847. Plum Trees”
“847-1. Plum Trees Part 1” Watercolor Painting by Mariko Irie
“847-2. Plum Trees Part 2” Watercolor Painting by Mariko Irie
“847-3. Plum Trees Part 3” Watercolor Painting by Mariko Irie
“847-4 Plum Trees Part 4” Watercolor Painting by Mariko Irie
“846. Quiet Moment at Jug Handle Beach” Watercolor painting by Mariko Irie
This location is Jug Handle State Park, which is one of my favor beaches.
Some how, when I’m there, it relaxes and soothes me.
The atmosphere holds me nicely and softly.
What a wonderful place, don’t you feel?