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Keiko Tanabe Fine Art · 6d ago

Travel Down Under

My first trip to Oz (Australia) last month was heaps of fun and an awesome learning opportunity with a few doses of culture shock.  I started my adventure in Sydney, met up with my artist fr...
Keiko Tanabe Fine Art · 1W ago

An Open Letter to JoAnn

Dear JoAnn,   Thank you for taking the time to email me again.  I said "again" although I never received anything from you before but something tells me that you wrote me a year ago as Mr. M...
Keiko Tanabe Fine Art · 4M 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 · 5M 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 · 5M 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 · 6M 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 · 7M 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 · 8M 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 · 8M 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 · 1Y 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 wa...