Tuesday, February 24, 2009


Size: 8 x 10 inches
Medium: Acrylic
Support: Ampersand Gessobord

This is Hana. She passed on in January 2009. About 8 years ago, she started to show up in our backyard and spent all day sleeping in one of my flower pots. Every time we brought food to her, she hissed and tried to bite. One day, we brought her indoor and she immediately turned into a very friendly cat. She had never hissed at us after that. We concluded that what Hana really wanted was a home. Although she never liked other cats much, she loved human contact. We don't know her age. Her vet thinks she was an old cat when she passed.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

The Wall

To answer Mona's suggestion, I took some pictures of our bedroom wall. These paintings used to be more spread out on three sides of the wall, but one night my husband decided to rearrange them. This is the result. It is not the most attractive arrangement, but we can now see them all while lying on the bed. It's nice to wake up every morning being greeted by our cats! :)

(The first picture looks warped because I had to connect two wide-angle pictures to show all pictures.)

(The bobcat and leopard are not ours. I wish they were though...)

Friday, February 20, 2009


Size: 8 x 10 inches
Medium: Acrylic
Support: Ampersand Gessobord

This is Shiro who passed on in July 2008. She was 17 years old. It took me a while to paint her for our wall, but I finally started on it this week. When she was just about 2 months old, we adopted her entire family, including her siblings, mother, and grandmother. They were such beautiful and wonderful companions. Now they have all passed away, but left so much lovely memories in our hearts.

I will be working on two more portraits of our cats that have passed away recently. I think I'm ready to paint them now.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009


I've been tagged by a wonderful artist Melody Lea Lamb. Her animal paintings are the cutest things. If you have not seen them, check out her blog.

The rules of the Blogger's Tag game are:
1. Put a link in your posting about the artist that tagged you.
2. Write 5 to 7 unusual things about yourself.
3. Tag 5 to 7 other bloggers and let them know.

Here are my 7 things:
1. I am my parents' youngest child. When I was born, I was not premature, but weighed only a little over 4 pounds.
2. When I was a kid, I used to take a bath with my pet frog. Needless to say, this practice was not very popular among my family members.
3. I read my favorite books over and over again, probably at least 6 times or until a new book by my favorite authors is published.
4. I go to the bathroom with my cat Hunter. Sometimes he asks me to go with him. :)
5. I lived in Provo, UT, for one year to work for a company to develop a computerized translation system. That was my only 9 to 5 job I have ever had and I hope to keep it that way.
6. I don't like driving, so my husband drives me everywhere, and I go everywhere he goes.
7. I always enjoyed traveling, but about 10 years ago, I developed a fear of flying. This was really bad because I was to visit my family in Japan once a year. I overcame my fear by forcing myself to take flights. So I understand and feel sorry for people who have a fear of flying.

I don't want to break the game rules, but decided to not tag anyone at this time. Instead, I recommend that you visit my blog followers who support me tremendously. Thank you!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Two New ACEOs

Title: Corgi Puppy
Size: 2.5 x 3.5 inches (ACEO)
Medium: Acrylic
Support: Multimedia Artboard

Title: Cali
Size: 2.5 x 3.5 inches (ACEO)
Medium: Acrylic
Support: Multimedia Artboard

Both of these paintings are currently on eBay. To view the listings, click the image.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Original ACEO Giveaway

Title: Leopard #8
Size: 2.5 x 3.5 inches
Medium: Acrylic
Support: Illustration Board

To celebrate my 6 months of blogging and to express my thanks to those who have supported me by visiting here and leaving comments, I am giving away this original leopard ACEO. The drawing will be held on March 1, 2009. Just send me a post card or note to the following address (don't forget to include your address so I can send you the painting if you are the winner):

Art By Akiko
P.O. Box. 1576
Pacifica, CA 94044

Thursday, February 5, 2009


Size: 2.5 x 3.5 inches
Medium: Oil
Support: Multimedia Artboard

This is our newest rescue kitty "Patch." He joined our family right before Christmas last year. He was such a scared cat, but now he can't wait for his daily grooming session. Very sweet cat!

This painting is in oil, not my usual choice of medium, but I enjoyed it for a change. It is on eBay now. To see, click here.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009


Thank you Linda (Briar Rose gate) and Gail (Art by Gail H. Ragsdale) for nominating me for the Lemonate Award for "Positive Attitude Blogs."
I am supposed to name up to 10 blogs that give me inspiration and to which this award is to be passed onto. After reading Deb's post, I also decided to give this award to everyone who visits my blog. Thank you for your support! Grab the award and pass it on!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

My Dear Rainbow

Title: My Dear Rainbow
Size: 2.5 x 3.5 inches (ACEO)
Medium: Acrylic
Support: Multimedia Artboard

This is my entry for Windows to the Words (WTTW) Art hosted by amazing artist James Parker. The challenge is to create an artwork that is inspired by the selected piece of writing. This Practice One is from a few lines from The Moody Blues song "Lovely to See You":

Lovely to see you again, my friend.
Walk along with me to the next bend
Tell us what you've seen, in faraway, forgotten lands,
Where empires have turned back to sand

Art Blog Award

I was given an Art Blog Award from three awesome artists Kathleen Coy, Gail Ragsdale, and Jane Augenstein. The recipient of this award is supposed to list 7 things that she/he loves. Here are my 7 things:

1. I love animals, all kinds.
2. I love bugs, all kinds, except roaches. :)
3. I love my family and friends, including people and pets.
4. I love music, different kinds (rock, pop, classical, jazz, ethnic, and new age).
5. I love gardening. Just wish I had a better back...
6. I love where I live and the view from our house (Pacific ocean).
7. I love good food, especially Japanese, Indian, and Italian.

Now I am giving an Art Blog Award to the following 7 people whose blogs I enjoy so much:

Art By Erika
From Forensic to Fine Art
Ingrid's Art
Adebanji Alade
James Parker
Mona Conner
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