Friday, November 30, 2007

ikebana lesson 11/30/2007, nageire

Basic fixture (cross bar)
angles of shin, soe, and hikae--these are elements make nageire difficult.
Only through practice, you can improve your technique, and feel confident arranging nageire.
(1) Mary, basic upright

(2) Donna C., basic upright

(3) Weiping, 3rd variation, slanting

(4) Donna S., 4th variation, upright

(5) Ping, free

Friday, November 23, 2007

Ikebana lessons 11/23/2007

Bird of Paradise
Free style arrangements
(1) Mary

(2) Weiping

(3) Donna

Friday, November 16, 2007

ikebana lesson 11/16/2007, free style

"Art isn't art unless there's some kind of risk in it." --Philip Langridge, tenor, Opera News, December 2007

ikebana lesson 11/16/2007, variations

(1) Donna, Variation #4, nageire, hanging style

(2) Frances, Variation #1, moribana, upright

(3) Mary, Variation #1, moribana, upright

(4) Keeyen, Variation #3, slanting, reverse

(5) Weiping, Variation #3, slanting, reverse

Friday, November 9, 2007

ikebana lesson 11/9/2007,basics

Basic slanting by Donna, Mary, and Frances.

ikebana lesson 11/9/2007, variation and free style 1

(1) Jingmei's basic upright moribana, reverse.

(2) Donna's 4th variation.

(3) Keeyen's 3rd variation.

(4) Weiping's 3rd variation.

(5) Eileen's free style.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Belluomini Gallery ikebana change

The maple leaves didn't last long. I have to change an arrangement so it looks fresh. Here are pictures.

The photos look differently with the overall tune. The gallery has spot lights. If the shutter speed is slower, it captures more warm hue. If faster, the tune turns cooler. (I use digital SLR, Nikon D50, with Nikkor lens, 28-80mm, 1:3.3-5.6.)

Friday, November 2, 2007

ikebana lesson 11/2/2007, variation and free style

(1), (2): No. 3 variation, nageire, by Keeyen and Weiping

(3): Free style, by Donna. In order to show the horizontal lines, you have to keep the vertical lines short.

(4): Free style, by Eileen. Show the vertical lines.

ikebana lesson 11/2/2007, Basics

Welcome Donna, Mary, Frances, David, and Keiko.
You all did a great job.
Keep learning and practicing Ikebana.
Ikebana is an art form.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Mudd Pies Ceramics and Belluomini Gallery Grand Opening

The Gallery's grand opening will be tomorrow, 11/2/2007, Friday.
I'm honored to be represented by the gallery, considering that I only started to do ceramics about 5 years ago, about same time I started ikebana study. Both, ikebana and ceramics, grow and mutually enrich each other. Please visit the gallery if you have time. There are other veteran ceramic artists' works exhibited.