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Recipes from the Kitchen of Georgia O'Keeffe”
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Meladramas
 
Friday, December 09, 2016  





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“ Old Man Winter ”

Black Ink, Watercolor

Washi Postcard








Today was my last Etegami session, of 2016…
I chose a wooden knick-knack that Hamada-sensei
bought during her travels in Germany, as my subject…

I liked the polished wood-grain, and the “old-world” quality about it…








The Original









“Manteca”
Cal Tjader Quintet

Cal Tjader- Vibraphone, Percussion
Al Zulaica- Electric Piano
John Heard- Bass
Michael Smithe- Congas
Dick Berk- Drums

From the LP

Live At The Funky Quarters






Till Next Time...




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3:51 PM

Friday, November 11, 2016  





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“ YUZU ”

Black Ink, Watercolor

Washi Postcard








Today was my monthly Etegami session…
I chose the yuzu as my subject…







My gig at SOMETIME, went well,
I’ll post pics from it, soon…







Now, I would like to offer my congratulations to





Donald J. Trump
45th President of the U.S.A.










“American Dreamer”
Jacob Seales






Till Next Time...




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3:26 PM

Sunday, October 16, 2016  





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“ Pam & Mary, Old Friends… ”



Lots and lots of laughs
and the freedom to just be;
old friends, together…

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This past Summer I had a chance to visit with
my old friends, Mary & Tom…

As with my family, I had not seen them in so many years,
it was so good to reconnect, once again.

Mary took me for a drive around Pine Bush,
the town I went to school,
and we grew up in…

Some has changed, and some has stayed the same.

The light, and the way it falls on things there, forever stays in my memory,
it was so nice to see it, again…

I went back to my childhood home,
and collected leaves from the Japanese Maple,
on the front yard…

I took some photos, but mostly I just wanted to experience it,
with my old friend…




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“ Cornfield ”




I brought my paints with me, and I decided to show Mary and her grandson Valentino
how to paint “Etegami” style…




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“ Valentino, Mary, & me… ”





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“ August 14th ”



Black Ink, Watercolor, Oil Pastels
on
Watercolor Paper

9" X 14"
22.8 X 35.5 cm




This is Mary’s painting.
She asked me to paint the kanji character for “courage” on it.
My son Michio helped me via SKYPE with the kanji:




by Mary A.
All rights reserved



“ Courage ”



Black Ink, Watercolor, Oil Pastels
on
Watercolor Paper

9" X 14"
22.8 X 35.5 cm




Tom makes beautiful stained glass art.

He gave me a new piece, to compliment the one from before :




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Glass art : by Tom A.



“ Hummingbird, 2000… ”




And this time,




© 2016 Pamela MacCarthy
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Glass art : by Tom A.



“ Butterfly, 2016… ”




We had a lot of fun this Summer, hanging out
in Mary’s extensive gardens-
Her many flowers and vegetables were good subject matter, for my painting!

I enjoyed the meals we had together,
and also seeing their daughters, Maria, (Valentino’s mom) Tina, and Kelly,
and their husbands and significant others…

My sister Bonnie observed this about Mary & me; ”You guys don’t see each other for years,
and you just pick up, where you left off”…


Yep. That’s pretty much it.

On my last visit with Tom and Mary, before returning back to Tokyo,
I made chicken curry for us all.

We sat outside sipping brews, while listening to WPDH 101.5, Classic-Rock
After dinner we took a drive out to a nearby ice-cream stand, for ice cream cones.

This is as American as it gets, on a hot Summer night,
and it felt good to experience it, again!




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“ Pam, Tom, & Mary, Summer 2016… ”




It was a great, great visit,
that will carry me, ‘till next time.



I went further upstate, to see my sister Wendy.

That will be my next story…





Till Next Time...




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11:23 AM

Friday, October 07, 2016  





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“ Juicy ”
(Mizu Mizunashi)



Black Ink, Watercolor

on

Washi Paper

14” X 13”

(35.5 X 33 cm)




Today was my first Etegami session,
since the Summer break…

It was nice to see everyone once again.
Hamada-sensei assisted me with today’s Kanji/calligraphy,
for juicy;
“mizu-mizunashi”…











“Twelve Moons; (Part one: Winter-Summer, Part two: Summer-Winter)”

Jan Garbarek Group

From The CD

Twelve Moons






Till Next Time...




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2:19 PM

Friday, July 08, 2016  





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“ The Farmer’s Flowers ”

Black Ink, Watercolor

On Washi Postcard




My monthly Etegami session, was today, the last one before Summer break.

I chose a bright bunch of wild flowers I found in an overgrown field in my neighborhood…

Usually this field was the first of the season to be flooded and planted with rice seedlings,
and growing thick, by now…

The elderly farmer that always planted there, was always quick with a big smile, a wave,
and a passing "Genki?!" to me, as I rode by on my bicycle...

This year, his field is overrun by weeds, and a small bunch of wild flowers…

This bright and cheerful flower, reminds me of him…





Till Next Time...




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3:15 PM

Friday, June 03, 2016  





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“ Buds ”

Black Ink, Watercolor

On Washi Postcard




My monthly Etegami session, was today.













6 - 2016 iPod playlist:

Gaze - Robin Guthrie & Harold Budd
Sarabi - Incesaz & Dilek Türkan
When I See You - Chris Botti
I Got You (At the End of the Century) - Wilco
Dull Tool - Fiona Apple
Orbital - Technologique Park
The Watersong - The Scumfrog
Live and Die - The Avett Brothers
Fragment Two - Harold Budd
The Ghosts of Beverly Drive - Death Cab for Cutie
Reggae Got Soul - Toots and the Maytals
Canadian Sunset - Gene Ammons






Till Next Time...




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3:40 PM

Friday, May 13, 2016  





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“ Delicious ”

Oishii

Black Ink, Watercolor
on
Washi Paper

15 X 10 inches
( 38 cm X 25.4 cm )




Today was my monthly Etegami/ Calligraphy session.

Bing cherries are now in season in Japan,
here they are called “American Cherry”...

I've been eating these almost everyday, and decided they would make a great subject, for today’s painting.

Hamada-sensei helped me with today's calligraphy/kanji for “Oishii” (delicious)
“ 美味しい, ” meaning “Beautiful Taste”.

It was a good session, today...

My show at SOMETIME, is one week away...





Till Next Time...




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3:15 PM

Friday, April 15, 2016  





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“ Gratitude… ”
(Kansha)

Black Ink, Watercolor
on
Washi Paper

11 X 9.5 inches
( 28 cm X 24 cm )




Today was my monthly Etegami/ Calligraphy session, with my group.

I chose a clump of wild violets, with leaves, as my subject…

Hamada-sensei helped me with my calligraphy/kanji ; “ 感謝 ” (Kansha),
meaning “With Appreciation”.

Also, one of our members had 2 special guests join our group for today;
her elderly parents, visiting from Shanghai, China!

It was a good session...



Sending my best wishes for the people of Kumamoto Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan,
after a 6.4 earthquake, last night…



The leaves are out, Winter is officially done!





Till Next Time...




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3:47 PM

Monday, March 21, 2016  





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“ 30 ”



Black Ink, Watercolor

On Washi Postcard




Today is my son Michio’s 30th birthday…

It’s also the first day of Spring, a holiday, in Japan.









”Young At Heart”

Frank Sinatra






Till Next Time...




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10:06 AM

Friday, March 18, 2016  





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“ Kaori ”



Black Ink, Watercolor

On Washi Postcard




Today was my monthly Etegami session.

I chose the sweet-smelling Jinchoge,
(in English, the “Sweet Daphne”,) as my subject…

Hamada-sensei helped me with the beautiful calligraphy for the kanji “Kaori” ( perfume, scent…)

I took 3 small branches home, to put in a vase, on my desk,
the scent is intoxicating…





Till Next Time...




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3:59 PM

Sunday, February 28, 2016  





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“ Scent of Ume ”

Black Ink, Watercolor
On Washi Postcard



Plum blossoms are what
make February hopeful…
Spring won’t be long now…

© 2016 Pamela MacCarthy






Till Next Time...




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1:59 PM

Friday, February 05, 2016  





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“ Red, Awaken… ”

Black Ink, Watercolor
on
Washi Paper

13.5 X 12.5 inches
( 34.7 cm X 31.7 cm )




Today was my Etegami/ Calligraphy session with the group.

I chose the Gloriosa (Fire Lily) as my subject…

I haven’t attended since last December,
it was a productive session…

Hamada-sensei helped me with the calligraphy/kanji (“Aka”), meaning “Red”.

It was a warm day today, after an early morning jolt;
an earthquake in the form of a strong jolt, then gone...

I'm hoping that'll be it, for awhile...

it feels like Spring is not far!





Till Next Time...




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4:08 PM

Monday, February 01, 2016  





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“ February Pansy ”

Black Ink, Watercolor

On Washi Postcard



This year’s a leap year…
29 days to this month
of February…

© 2016 Pamela MacCarthy






"Wide Open"

The Chemical Brothers, feat. Beck

From The CD

Born In The Echoes (Deluxe Edition)





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2 - 2016 iPod playlist:

Valentine’s Day - David Bowie
Good Times - Chic
Changing Horses In The Middle Of A Stream - Dan Fogelberg
Everybody’s Fool - Evanescence
L'Ultima Diligenza di Red Rock #2 - Ennio Morricone
Neve #2 - Ennio Morricone
Girl Loves Me - David Bowie
Wide Open - The Chemical Brothers, feat. Beck
Circle - Miles Davis
Killing Hawk - Ryuichi Sakamoto
Rosemary’s Baby (Main Theme) - Krzysztof Komeda
Maggot Brain - Funkadelics
Fools Fall In Love - Jennifer Holliday
Hymn For The Weekend - Coldplay, feat. Beyonce
Deborah’s Theme - Ennio Morricone






Till Next Time...




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3:51 PM

Wednesday, January 27, 2016  





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“ 2 Mikans ”

Black Ink, Watercolor
on
Washi Paper
9.5 X 10.5 inches
( 24 cm X 26.6 cm )



Winter, and mikans…
Loaded with vitamin C,
and they taste so good…

© 2016 Pamela MacCarthy




I painted this today of 2 gorgeous tangerines, called mikan,
here in Japan…









“Girl Loves Me”

David Bowie

From The CD

Blackstar






Till Next Time...




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6:28 PM

Thursday, January 21, 2016  





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“ Spring, Soon… Hyacinth ”

Black Ink, Watercolor
on
Washi Paper
9.5 X 10.5 inches
( 24 cm X 26.6 cm )




Yesterday I worked on Etegami-styled watercolor painting.

I chose a Hyacinth plant as my subject.

I set up studio with iPod speakers,
music is my muse...

I finished 5 works; this piece, and 4 postcards.

2 of the 4 postcards :




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“ Spring Hyacinth 1”

Black Ink, Watercolor

On Washi Postcard





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“ Spring Hyacinth 3”

Black Ink, Watercolor

On Washi Postcard










“Circle”
(Miles Davis)

Herbie Hancock - piano
Miles Davis - trumpet
Wayne Shorter - tenor sax
Ron Carter - bass
Tony Williams - drums

From The CD

Miles Smiles






Till Next Time...




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3:00 PM

Wednesday, January 13, 2016  





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“ Deep Red Pansy ”

Black Ink, Watercolor

On Washi Postcard





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“ Purple and Gold”

Black Ink, Watercolor

On Washi Postcard




I painted these at home, today.



Like the rest of the world,
I was shocked, saddened and heartbroken at the news of David Bowie’s passing…

His genius moved me from the start, from Hunky Dory to Blackstar...

When I recorded my first CD, with The Akio Ueda Jazz Quintet in 1998,
I did “Wild Is The Wind” in respect to his version, I was so inspired by it…

The man had style, right to the end…









“Wild Is The Wind”
(Dimitri Tiomkin / Ned Washington)

David Bowie

Roy Bittan - keyboards
Carlos Alomar - rhythm guitar
Earl Slick - lead guitar
George Murray - bass
Dennis Davis - drums












1 - 2016 iPod playlist:

Myself When I’m Real - Charles Mingus
What Can I Do For You? - LaBelle Feat. Patti LaBelle, Sara Dash, Nona Hendryx
Ghosts (Aaron Static & Fort Road Remix) - Thomas Newman
I Can Fly - Lana Del Rey
Footprints - Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter
The Shire (LOTR) - Howard Shore
Flaming Red Hair (LOTR) - Howard Shore
A Conspiracy Unmasked (LOTR) - Howard Shore
Rivendale (LOTR) - Howard Shore
The Road Goes Ever On… Pt 1 (LOTR) - Howard Shore
Hold Me - Fleetwood Mac
Lazarus - David Bowie










David Bowie
January 8th, 1947 ~ January 10th, 2016













Till Next Time...




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