Since' the end of 2017, I had been involved with various activities and distracted. Also I'd come to get tired easily.  To improve this, I started to do some stretch or yoga before going to bed.  It seems to have worked.

A solo show is scheduled in the middle of this summer, so now is the time to concentrate more on painting.  The work below describes a little confusion of the  recent state of my mind.

Murky Moon, Acrylic and pastel on canvas, 13"x18", 2018,©Kikuko Sakota Art

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Sunny Day, Today

It is joyful to paint following my heart.  I apply paints wherever they seem to need.   I paint as if I could see what I cannot see physically or visually.

I am always peaceful whatever I paint regardless of what it looks.

Yet occasionally I am distracted; or my mind goes very far trying to reach out those who are suffering. I try to push away images of accidents, illness, conflicts,etc.  I try to justify myself to continue painting, saying to myself there is nothing I can do for them.  Because it's such a sunny day.

The painting below is titled Sunny Day, Today, Acrylic and pastel on canvas, 13"x18",2017

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Solo Show

My solo show was held at Art Imagine Gallery from June 22 to June 27.  Yoshida san thank you very much for direction.   Here are images of the show.  

Artist Talk

Like other 14 artists, I was provided the opportunity of artist talk in POU exhibition, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art in March 2017.

I created the time space with the theme of Jazz, of which rhythm, melody, and code varies are often improvised.  Its tunes are synchromized with our mandane sorrow, melancholy, joy, dullness,etc.  My attempt was to create sound of Jazz with use of magenta, dark blue, and green rather than primary colors and various brush strokes.

I wanted to re-create the time as if it were passing like landscape going backward, while one is sitting on the train and looking out of the window. While on the train it is the perosn who is moving to the destination, however, the landscape looks moving backword.  

While I am in the time space, time is passing with no exception.  And I often realize no same time will come back.  Nothing remains the same and everything is changing.

POU Exhibition

POU Exhibition was held at Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art from March 24 to 26.  Thank you for coming and viewing our work. 

Here is the photo of my booth.  My attempt was to create time space.

POU Exhibition at Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art

POU exhibition is to be held at Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art from March 24 to 26, where 15 artists show thier work in relatively huge spaces from 16' to 27' respectively.  I am going to show several work there.  The theme of mine this time is "Jazz".  Looking forward to meeting you there.

Art Wave Exhibition Vol.43, Recto Verso Gallery

Here is the photo of my work exhibited in Art Wave Exhibition Vol. 43, Recto Verso Gallery in Tokyo.   The gallery was designed as a white cube in 90 years old building.  The building was robustly designed and established after the big earthquake in Tokyo, so this building survived the war.

The white cube space remind us of an aseptic room where there are no germs, which make us feel away from day-to-day life.  Thank yo for your coming to the show.

Jazz-There is nothing wrong.

Recently while I am painting, I’m listening to Jazz such as Bill Evans, and Miles Davis. Although I am not familiar with Jazz terminology, I heard they could be categorized as Bebop, which is characterized by improvisation based on a combination of harmonic structure, and occasional references to the melody.


I also read an episode in today’s paper, where Miles Davis continued to play along with a pianist in the group who played in the wrong code. He might cover it up or even made a new tune.

The following painting is titled as “Jazz”, 24”x29”, Acrylic and pastel on canvas, 2016,© Kikuko Sakota Art


2016 is nearing an end.  All I can remember now is that I have kept busy, which means that things went successfully and smoothly by support of people around me.  Thanks is the word comes across in my mind and comes out of my mouth all the time.

The painting below is titled as Serenity, Acrylic and pastel on canvas, 18"x21", 2016

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Self Portrait

Over the last year I've been struggling with assignment of Academy of Art University.  I am still a clumsy handler of charcoal.  But I have come to develop sensitivity to look at values.  I really enjoy the world of blacks and whites.  

Here is my self portrait.  Naturally I may put some make-up on it to look nicer than I am.


I often take an aile seat because I am scared of watching outside the window.  But this time, there was nobody occupied in the window seat, so a cabin crew offered me that seat.  In the beginning, I have kept my eyes closed, but I forced myself to overcome the fear. 

I was overwhelmed by the clouds in my eyes, spreading all over endlessly.  I was just looking back at this trip to San Francisco:hectic but miracle-like 4 days.  Encounter with the gallery owner Candace, an artist Meagan, and it was so wonderful to see my former teacher Katina Huston.  They gave me a lot of insights to me.  Katina gave me a homework to do in two years:Make art by being myself, which may be most comfortable and toughest.

Personalized sketchbook

I am attending Master of Fine Art Program, and one of extra credit is to personalize a sketchbook.  The photo below is my personalized sketchbook with collage of painted paper, pastel, and acrylics.  It is fun to make one's own and use it.


I've attended a drawing class at AAU since June, while struggling to work out high volumes of assignments, I've come to realize drawing is a lot of fun.  In the beginning I thought drawing was the last thing I wanted to do, but while doing so,  I have also noticed there are lots of intriguing objects in my daily environment.  Or I should say, I have come to take an artistic view for my environment.  The following is my sketches.

POU Exhibition in New York 2016

POU is an artist group exhibition where I have joined.  POU is the part of the Japanese word, Jiyu-honpo, which means free-spirited.   It was named by Ms. Tochihara, our mentor and the founder of this group.  Its exhibition will be held in the Gallery Onewentyeight in N.Y. organized by Ms. Kanai, Juichigatsu Gallery(Tokyo),  from August 21 to September 11.    Please join us for enjoying spaces we create.

Images below are the brochure of the exhibiion, and one of my work, After The Rain, Acrylic and pastel on canvas, 12.7"x16.4", 2016  ©Kikuko Sakota Art


Mandala design was the last assignment of the color theory class.  While struggling with hues, saturation, and values, I have created patterns and designs. 

Recently I came across with some mandala coloring books, which seem to be poplular.  They say mandala coloring develop concentration and mental capacity.  I hope it works.

Enjoying holidays

I enjoyed a week holiday.  One day I went up to  Rokko Mountain, where I visited a herb garden.

One can have a wonderful view of Kobe city on the mountain, enjoy a wonderful air of the mountain, and nice aroma of herbs.  

I came across a very interesting herb, which has delicate hairs on its leaves.  Its name is Lamb's Ear.  

Also I enjoyed making a sachet, which has nice smelled herbs.  

Birthday Party

I joined the birthday party of my mentor, long-term friend, Ichay Ueda in Osaka Mariot Miyako Hotel.  There were many encounters of great persons, good friends in my life, all of which have broaden my mental horizon.  Ichay Ueda is no exception.

He gave me the opportunity to learn how to express myself especially verbally in English.  At that time I was a quiet girl staying at home reading novels and painting.

The photo below is Mr. Ueda,(leftmost), I, Emi,, whom I studied together, Harumi (wife of Ueda), Hiro, also a good study friend.

I recalled good old days and renew my resolutions to remember the very first day I start to learn, which idea can be applicable to various aspects and I believe it works: very first day I started to work, very first day I started to paint, very first day I had a show.....I should not take everything for granted.

Anyway I had a good day!! Thanks, Ichey, Emi, Harumi, and Hiro!!



I'm interested in tarot, because I believe it is not just fortune telling but reflects our subconscious mind.  If I pick cards, I tend to try until I get what I want as an answer.  So occasionally, I ask a tarot reader to look into my questions.

Maybe I'm stubborn; whatever I get from a reader, if it does not fit me right, I do not accept it.

In a sense, tarot reading or other fortune telling work for me.  No matter what reading I get,  it gives me insights at least for decision-making.

There must be a flow of life, and it is natural to take its course, but I think it is  my own will that sail my boat.

The painting below is titled, Willpower, acrylic and pastel on canvas, 18"x21", 2016, ©Kikuko Sakota Art

Color Theory

I've enrolled the color theory class at Academy Art University since this February.  To develop senses to values of colors, one of the process in the class is to create swatches.  To create just one color wheel, I have prepared plenty of swatches.  I still keep them so that I can use them for creating my art later on.