Calgary, AB, Canada
In Japan, Gemini, Dragon
painting, drawing, photograph, movie, reading, travel
Visit Monologue Art Biography
I am a geomatics / software engineer and always struggling to find a time for the artworks between my busy schedules. The art is my lifetime hobby and dream, but had not been quite persistent. In 2005, I had a near-death experience, but I somehow had pulled out of it. The incident could be fortunate, in a way, as my whole perspective toward life has somehow changed. I cannot stop feeling that I am still here for some reason, and it is my destiny to find it. As I am sure, at least, the art has been my passion throughout my life, I came to conclusion that I am left here to pursue my own creation, and doing so actively and diligently since.
I am an extremely solitude person. I have believed that I try to communicate my opinion and emotion with the others though my artworks, but recently, I have noticed that it may not be a case. I do my artworks mainly to meet myself, and the art becomes more and more essential part of me.
I cannot tell what style my artworks belong to, but one thing for sure; it is a presentation of my inner voice, and this is a reason why I call it 'Monolugue Art'.
I am currently a resident of Alberta, Canada, but my heart never has left her home country, Japan. The nostalgia is sometime very overwhelming. I am still solidly made up by the culture and philosophy of Japan, and it is quite surprising to find how little I had adapted with western society even after so many years. Japanese cultural influence on my artworks is obvious whatever I do. Visit Monologue Art
There has to be something there of your own. You have to struggle to find your own way to give it expression. If it's a fresh thought then it's likely the form will be fresh too. It all comes down to what the artist has to say. It's no good spending your
I am thinking about purchasing a plotter. It is a type specialized for artworks, and I am especially interested in canvas painting. At first, I took a look a few used models which are about 7- 10 years old. it comes with 6 colors and costs around $3000. I had tested on one of my digital painting, but I can see the quality is not quite satisfactory. Today, I went to see another model which is a brand new and it comes with 12 colors and the price is $6000. The print testing is very good.
It is going to be very expensive shopping, especially I do not know how exactly I benefit from it. I always wanted a plotter and the idea of buying one came to me quite suddenly. I seem to lack luxury items around me; I am not a really a fashion minded person and not interested wearing beautiful outfits or makeups. My world is very much colourless; only colors I know is my painting. LOL.... I work very hard and I thought I should treat myself once a while.
I know, realistically, industrial scaled machine such as this becomes too burden for personal Use only. I have this vague idea if I can market canvas printing of my digital artworks locally, but I am a terrible business person and I do not have a confident in it, so I am still debating what I should do (purchase?).
May 17 at 2:09AM
RavnAdairDesigns : Yasue, I don't know what size of community you're from, but from your occupation I'd guess it was a larger community. Do you have galleries or universities in town that you go to and say you're interested in someone to handle a business, promotional aspect of your art vocation for you. We artists so often don't have the aptitude for the very 'brash' and foreign work of self-promotion. I think most artists need business managers to really 'succeed'. I think you need to find yourself a business manager and spend your money there, perhaps?
May 17 at 6:02AM
RavnAdairDesigns : Maybe just somebody to promote your work regionally, with conviction. Hire somebody else to that awful promotional end, lol, so long as you have some bucks to throw around - see what happens.
May 17 at 12:30PM
MinoYasue : Well, i don't have a money to through away. I still have to budget it. We are planning about kitchen / bathroom renovation, so let see if I can come out some budget. some like to have 3D TV, but my case is to like to have plotter instead.
May 21 at 1:07PM
I feel like nothing works well recently. I must be in painter's block. I have built artist community in my facebook. Their artworks are incredibly creative with high level of technical skills and make me feel my art works belong to kinder garden. I know Art is not competition, so I should not compare my works to the others, but I cannot help it. I may be too inpatient. I may just need to have to work harder. My day job becomes quite busy and hard to find the time for painting regularly. Very tired~
April 30 at 4:03AM
RavnAdairDesigns : What's the name of your FB community? Yasue - your work is Great :)
April 30 at 4:43AM
donkeyoatey : Everyone feels this way at times, it is natural! Your work is wonderful, and I know the cycle will turn your way again. Sometimes, people just need some time off to recharge!
April 30 at 8:09AM
Flight_of_Raven : I'm always following great photographers and every day I get more and more disgusted with my work. And then I go out on a photo shoot and come back with pictures that don't look like theirs and I get more discouraged and I think I'm losing taste for photography... :(
April 30 at 10:00AM
MinoYasue : I am created artist community in my FB by adding artists (if I admire greatly; i am quite choosy for this ) as a frined.
I am sharing some of the artworks in my FB site. If you are interested, please drop in.
April 30 at 1:31PM
RavnAdairDesigns : Wow, Yasue, you're showing some really exceptional painters on your site - but you aren't showing the pieces they have stored away in layers leaning against the wall that don't quite work or are really pretty tame, lol. Your work is just as exceptional and striking and affecting and thrilling as what you are showing of other artist's fine work. I am being honest. I don't think I'm biased because I know you from the site. Your style is just as fascinating as anyone's I saw, and I really Loved a lot of those artist's styles. You can pit your best against their best any day. Not just bucking you up here, Yasue. Being serious and critical.
April 30 at 5:36PM
Skyangel02 : Don't be ridiculous. Your work is of a high standard and deserves to be in the top ten on this site. Traditional work like mine is kinder garden work. That's why I haven't bothered posting any of it this year. I have a long way to go before mine is anywhere near the standard of yours or other great traditional artists on this site.
April 30 at 6:42PM
MinoYasue : I never have confidence enough whatever I do. So my lack of confidence may make me feel inferior. Thank you all for an encouragement. Regardless, I think the artists I am seeing through FB is on top-notch. I am very selective for that. I do not mean to offend any artists in FAR, but I think we are talking about totally different standard between two. I think it comes from difference between professionals and hobbies. They make living out of solely painting and in order to enable that, their art must be excelled. I want to excel, but I need the day job to support my comfortable little life, and as I do not have a confidence or courage enough to venture for a professional artist, I never able to go beyond a hobby artist. I probably don't know what I want.
May 1 at 3:25PM
ksymozilla : I get artists block too.
What helps me sometimes is to watch cartoons.
May 4 at 5:55PM
ozzyart : I understand, I have awful lack of self confidence problems, partly because I'm not a "successful" artist. Being "talented" has nothing to do with marketing or selling or being in touch with the right people who would help you. I mostly just paint for me now, given up trying to sell them, that part is too difficult, especially in Western Australia, where most professional galleries have closed their doors. Your art is brilliant Mino, best not to compare yourself to others, instead just be true to yourself and keep working at it. I'm sure doors will open for you, meanwhile let art flow deep into your soul, the rest will follow. :)
May 7 at 7:53PM
Samantha Grey : I have total artist blocks too . Sometimes my blocks are so bad I just sit for hours contemplating of everything as the the hands of time motion onward in a mocking motion . To help my self avoid such frustrations and consequences I simply draw or listen to EVP or read books . . . It all depends on behalf of what you like to do . In the life we live today we are in control of it ;)
May 11 at 7:00PM
lgnedilsky : We all get artist blocks depending on what is going on in our lives, or our heads. If you are tired .. your mind cannot think clearly and you cannot be creative. Take time from your work and meditate or rest, it will come back.. but don't let your break be too long. Art is like playing music.. if you stop too long, you lose confidence in yourself. Keep believing in yourself.. you are unique and special.
May 13 at 11:22PM
I had a local show yesterday (April 20, 2013) and I did well. I had total sale of of 4 paintings and five shell paintings. This is very rare in a small local art show. Even though I paint NOT for a purpose of selling, this is still great encouragement; my style may start to being accepted in the community.
April 21 at 2:15PM
Skyangel02 : Congratulations on your success Mino.
April 21 at 7:08PM
RavnAdairDesigns : Wonderful, Yasue! I'm so glad people around you love your powerful, beautiful works :)
April 21 at 7:19PM
Keri Harrish : Good for you, very exciting!
April 22 at 1:05AM
Bertodi : congratulations-- I have to tell you... my friend local Artist TIM ROSE was advising me on going ahead with an exhibition this summer, but most of my works have been stolen- over 200 life drawings, which is my prime works and my very best water colours. I give up. They took years and years to draw and to get together and I am now nearly 70-- I just give up.
April 29 at 4:28AM
MinoYasue : Bertodi:
I think you should go for it. Can you display the artworks you are posting here? I think those are very unique and original and do well.
May 1 at 4:36AM
FanArtReview wrote to MinoYasue :
Once upon a time is the new Traditional Artwork of the Month!
April 9 at 12:10AM
david F : oh congratulations on your worthy win , an amazing piece , as was the number of votes you recieved , david
April 9 at 3:20AM
Skyangel02 : Beautiful work. Congratulations
April 9 at 6:56AM
donkeyoatey : congratulations, well done!
April 9 at 8:48AM
yourbren : Congratulations Mino! Your detailed portrait was extraordinary conveying not just the person but a culture and way of life that offered much to be admired. Bren
April 9 at 2:22PM
Tellust : Many congrats on your win
April 9 at 2:41PM
MinoYasue : Thank you all! Yasue.
April 9 at 4:40PM
Jorge Gaete : Congratulations well deserved, powerful piece.
April 9 at 5:07PM
chickadee : Stunning piece Mino, a well deserved win. Keep up the amazing work!
April 9 at 8:06PM
Sange : Superbulous M. Yasue! Well done girl!
April 9 at 11:13PM
helvi2 : Beautiful piece, Congratulations!
April 10 at 2:00AM
FLYBOBROV : CONGRATS ON YOUR ART OF THE MONTH WINNING, YOU DESERVED IT!!
April 10 at 3:38AM
Snopaw : Congratulation Yasue, another wonderful piece of art :)
April 10 at 2:21PM
Life is but a dream. : Great work, well deserved, congratulations! Your work is a joy to view.
April 11 at 3:26AM
dshedra : Congratulations on your win for your wonderful photo. Very well deserved and very well received!
April 20 at 10:39AM
MinoYasue : Thank you all for an encouragement!!!!!
April 21 at 2:16PM
I have submitted the entries to a small local gallery a while ago - first delivered digital images then after actual artworks, and today I have finally received the result. What they are saying is that: the gallery is mostly for the 'landscape' so my people (portrait?) paintings are not really suited with their style, but the they really like my landscape, so if I limit my works to landscape for their gallary, they are more than happy to take my paintings in. I am not quite sure yet how I am going take this... I like to paint whatever I feel strong for and I do not feel right if I have limit my painting because of this. On the other hand, I always like to study landscape, and currently, I am still in experiment process for landscape paintings, so this could be not bad thing after all. I am quite puzzled what I should do...
March 5 at 2:40AM
bushimages : if your doing both now, keep doing that but only give them the landscapes and look for somewhere else for your digital work ?
March 5 at 6:24AM
MinoYasue : No, not digital work; Traditional portrait... I am a beginner in landscape, but I am interested in learing landscape. Yes, I think I can try... nothing to lose. If I feel it does not work, I can quite anytime. Thank you for your advice.
March 6 at 12:54AM
PipesLine : The answer to your concern of being "quite pizzled" might be in your bio. Staying true to oneself takes courage.
March 6 at 9:43AM
walter l. jones : Your gift is beyond being held in a closet, share the land scape and keep pushing brush where it chooses to go. I can not thank you enough for the inspiration you have given me to write.. Walt
March 7 at 10:09PM
MinoYasue : My best works are still in the people and I enjoy doing it, so I donā??t think it is fair for me to prohibit those from the public showing, but I have decided to go for it, anyway, who knows what is coming out of it. Thank you, Walter, for your encouragement.
March 11 at 4:58AM
TwistedZepher : I know what you mean by this. I compiled a portfolio to take to college. And whilst the advisor liked all my art work, she was afraid that my people drawings and animal drawings were copied. I said nothing of it of course, but it does at times hurt when someone thinks that you have plagiarized when something that you have created has sincerely come from your mind and soul. Hang in there though!! Try to look at the positives rather than the negatives of the situation and you will do great <3 I honestly wish that I could pursue in landscapes as well. Sadly the school that I will be going to, when it comes to digital art work, only focuses on graphics... at times I do wish that I lived near Brigham Young University haha. Good luck my friend!
March 11 at 9:40PM
MinoYasue : I envy you, my friend. I always wanted to go to Art School, but ends up to be something totally different. My biggest dream is go to art school after retirement, even though it does not happen right now. I am not quite sure if I have energy then. The part of my work is a graphic developer, and I like to go for graphics art then. As I mentioned to you once, I am grown up with 'Manga', and it is a part of my culture. The animation sounds very fun. I know you do well. You have a great talent. I am waiting once day to your name pops up with million seller movies.
March 12 at 4:32AM
Anna4054 : Follow your heart! Your work is beautiful and your landscapes are really good but I think a gallery that dictates what you should paint does not appreciate or understand the inner spirit and unique feelings and emotions that makes art possible.
March 25 at 11:05PM
ozzyart : Galleries are only interested in selliing, and each gallery has it's own set of clients or regular collectors. I have never let galleries "pigeon hole" me or dictate what I do and I'm interested in doing most subjects, as you would see in my portfolio. I suggest you follow your heart and paint for yourself first and then find a gallery who is receptive and appreciates what you do and who has an interested customer base. Perhaps you might join an art group or art society that has already gained recognition and respect in the art world and participate in their exhibitions throughout the year. Most artists I know also enter art awards and competitions, as that is a way of selling your work, winning prize money and gaining recognition. All ths can be included on and assst in building up you CV, which can then assist to impress galleries and open their doors to you as one of their stable of artists. Whatever you do, I wish you all the best, your artwork is amazing! Cheers, Irene
April 1 at 8:58AM
kimartist : Go with your heart and the opportunities will follow ;)
April 4 at 4:40AM
yourbren : View landscapes with the same perceptive yet interpretive eye with which you paint portraits and get known. Those who buy and love your landscapes will grow to be interested in your portraits. Gallery showings are essential to your growth as an artist as well as allowing your artistic worth to become known. Bren
April 9 at 2:34PM
MinoYasue : Thank you all for the sound advices. After long consideration (really!) I have decided not to go. I do love what I do, and I do not want to anyway to give a pressure to what I paint. I really like to expand my area to landscape, but at this stage, I am not quite sure if I can put my heart into it (as much as I do people now). I simply like to paint what I feel like and do not want to put constraint to it. Thank you all again!
April 27 at 2:36AM