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Creative Process for Budding Quince

Years ago when I first encountered a quince blossom, I was blown away at how beautiful it was. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing! I’m still intrigued at the bright orangy-pink petals and vivid green leaves surrounding the flower. Usually spring tree blossoms are pastel, muted. Pinks and whites. The quince is just so […]

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Tsukubai Painting: Creating Solace

I’ve had such a fascination with the tsukubai lately. That is the beautiful Japanese water urn, usually with a ladle, found in gardens and temples and is meant for purifying the hands and mouth before entering the temple or before a tea ceremony. I’d already painted one before and was really pleased with the results: […]

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Learning as I Paint

The theme I’m currently working on and obsessed with is Japanese gardens. Zen Gardens. There is something so grounding, so peaceful about the scenery that I want to paint it and share it with you, so you might feel some of that magic, too. What I did not expect is all the learning I’m experiencing. […]

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My Painting Methods in 2014

During the first year I decided I would be a professional artist, I had to do a lot of exploring. Deciding on my painting style, what about a painting would make it uniquely my own – how would I stand out, in other words. It is during that year of discovery that I have come […]

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Dewlike  World - Japanese Style Painting by Amy Tanathorn 24x30 acrylic on gallery canvas amytanathorn.com

Creative Process for A Dewlike World

Shortly after finishing A Windbell, I knew I wanted to continue with another haiku Japanese style painting. I had just the haiku in mind, because I had an image of the calligraphy, and the translation was quite beautiful. The haiku reads: This dewlike world, Indeed fleeting like dew; Yet, yet.. I just needed an idea […]

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