Sunday, March 20, 2011

My Heart Goes out to Japan

Title: Jack
Size: 11" x 14"
Medium: Acrylic
Support: Stretched canvas

As you might all know, Japan was hit by a huge earthquake, followed by large Tsunami, resulting in a nuclear disaster. I have been following the news through live TV broadcasts from Japan and newspapers available through the Internet.

I am so fortunate that all my family is fine in Japan. One of my cousins live in Morioka, one of the areas hit hard by the earthquake and tsunami. According to him, he has not been able to contact 400 to 500 people who work with him. They are missing and most likely dead. My heart goes out to the people in Japan. I hope they will get through this as quickly as possible.

Since early February, I have been very busy with my work. No time to paint or even go out to take pictures. The above commission portrait of a sphynx cat was done right before I got busy. Hopefully, I will be able to go back to painting sometime in May.


Unknown said...

Sugoku subarashii! I'm so glad your family is fine. Still so much going on over there. I bet your customer is over the moon with this beautiful portrait!!! The eyes are amazing!

Mona Diane Conner said...

Akiko, it is such a difficult and overwhelming situation, and my heart goes out to Japan too. Saying prayers for your cousin and all who are in trouble over there.

Your latest commission is exquisite, and I hope the time will fly until May!

Gail H. Ragsdale said...

I'm so glad your family is fine. You and them have been in my thoughts. My heart cries for Japan and it's people.

Your portrait is gorgeous, incredible eyes!

Gwen Bell said...

Akiko, my heart goes out to you and your family and all of the people of Japan. The films on the evening news always brings me to tears and to put up more prayers that the devastation does not get worse.

Your beautiful cat portrait with those compassionate eyes is the perfect tribute to Japan. You always paint so much character into your work. Love that cool background too!

dominique eichi said...

I'm so glad your family is safe. Am praying for Japan and it's people.
This cat is superb !

Lokelani Forrest said...

Akiko...beautifully rendered cat.
So glad to hear that your family is safe; however, my heart weeps for all those injured, displaced and killed by those disasters. I pray God brings comfort to their hearts.

Unknown said...

As soon as the earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, I thought about you Akiko and hoped and prayed that all your loved ones would be fine. It is absolutely heartbreaking to watch!!! The Japanese are very stoic and brave under such difficult conditions. How I do love this gorgeous painting you have done as well. Perfect as always!!! :)

martinealison said...

Je suis heureuse pour vous et votre famille et tellement triste pour l'ensemble des japonnais... Mon coeur pleure pour le Japon.
Cette dernière oeuvre est vraiment sublime... C'est un très beau portrait.
gros bisous

Barbara A. Freeman said...

Akiko, my heart goes out to all the people in Japan. I thought of you when the news hit and hoped your loved ones were out of harms way. So tragic!

Your commission is beautiful! Hope you can get back to your painting soon!

Debra Keirce said...

What a beautiful painting Akiko!

So happy to hear your loved ones are all safe. My heart also goes out to all of those who have been devastated by this tragedy.

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