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Keiko Tanabe Fine Art · 2W ago

Jurying an Art Show

(Photo courtesy of the Northwest Watercolor Society, in their 77th International Open Exhibition that I recently had the honor of judging)   "We don't meet people by accident.  They are mean...
Keiko Tanabe Fine Art · 1M ago

San Diego + Plein Air Painting = A Perfect Match for Me

Knowing I'm an avid plein-air painter who travels around the world often, many people ask me where my favorite place to paint is.  I could name spots in the Mediterranean region, Japan, Cali...
Keiko Tanabe Fine Art · 1M ago

Plein Air or Studio3F

"Everything that is painted directly and on the spot has always a strength, a power, a vivacity of touch which one cannot recover in the studio... three strokes of a brush in front of nature...
Keiko Tanabe Fine Art · 3M ago

Play to Fuel Creativity

"Serious play is not an oxymoron; it is the essence of innovation." - Michael Schrage   My cell phone gets recharged every day but me?  I have been neglecting myself a little too long, so wh...
Keiko Tanabe Fine Art · 4M ago

Too Sensitive? Yes, That's A Good Thing21

Dear artists, have you ever been told that you are too sensitive?  How about "Lighten up," "Don't take it too seriously," or "Oh, you're overreacting"?  When this happens in a daily conversa...
Keiko Tanabe Fine Art · 4M ago

Listen to Your Muse

Happy New Year! When the champagne glasses were empty and the confetti settled, I wanted whatever I'd do right after the year-end countdown to be representative of what I determine to work o...
Keiko Tanabe Fine Art · 5M ago

Life is Short. There is No Time to Leave Important Words Unsaid.

"Life is short.  There is no time to leave important words unsaid." - Paulo Coelho, Brazilian novelist   As we get older, we come to understand certain things more and more.  One of these th...
Keiko Tanabe Fine Art · 9M ago

Grazie Mille, Associazione Romana Acquerellisti21

I must have left my heart in Rome because I can't stop thinking about it.  From a daily walk to a neighborhood bar for my morning (strong Italian) coffee, to hauling all the plein-air painti...
Keiko Tanabe Fine Art · 10M ago

Stop and Think Why

Of all the choices we could make in our lives, we painters choose to spend a lot of time painting.  There's got to be a very strong reason why we make that choice if time is indeed money.  O...
Keiko Tanabe Fine Art · 11M ago

Dive into the Unknown

I have been a traveler most of my life, much longer than I have been a painter.   A recent talk with a friend got me wonder how travel has been impacting my creativity now that I can call bo...