Naoko Miura – Realize my painting style

Calendar Art

Naoko Miura

Here is the interview with Naoko Miura, talking about her style.

Calendar Art

Naoko Miura

Here is the interview with Naoko Miura, talking about her style.

The fusion of different things

— You are not drawing traditional Angels and Buddhist images, but something healing energy is coming from your paintings.
How about your concerns for your painting?

Naoko:
I’m trying to create a contemporary version of religious paintings.
I’m interested in a fusion of different things.
For example, I’m trying to use many kind of painting tools all together.

— I’d like to hear more details about that.

Naoko:
OK.
These calender art works are painted with a watercolor, acrylic color, colored pencils, coleored pens, and collage expression together.
Usually, it is not used many kind of peinting tools together at the same piece. An oil painting is made from oil painting tools, and a watercolor painting is made from watercolor painting tools.
But I’m picking up the tool from many kind of painting tools on a case-by-case basis.

The fusion of different things

— You are not drawing traditional Angels and Buddhist images, but something healing energy is coming from your paintings.
How about your concerns for your painting?

Naoko:
I’m trying to create a contemporary version of religious paintings.
I’m interested in a fusion of different things.
For example, I’m trying to use many kind of painting tools all together.

— I’d like to hear more details about that.

Naoko:
OK.
These calender art works are painted with a watercolor, acrylic color, colored pencils, coleored pens, and collage expression together.
Usually, it is not used many kind of peinting tools together at the same piece. An oil painting is made from oil painting tools, and a watercolor painting is made from watercolor painting tools.
But I’m picking up the tool from many kind of painting tools on a case-by-case basis.

— Wow great!
That’s interesting !

Naoko:
Actually, I have never learned how to paint with a watercolor in a school.
So I was trying to figure out the good way to paint by my own exertions.
Sampling from the different ways.

— You don’t have had a professional education?

Naoko:
No. It was a self-education.
This is my way of doing it.
Do you know a “soaking and stretching”?
It’s a very basic technique to keep the paper flat for a watercolor painting, but I did’t know that until recently.
I did’t need to know that technique.
Because I usually use a small paper, and my paintings have a large blank space.
So I was not so concerned about keep the paper flat.

— When I’m looking at your paintings of the past 20 years, I’m impressed your painting style have not changed for 20 years!

Naoko:
That’s it.
I myself was surprised.

Realize my painting style

— Actually I told my friend about you.
He is a painter, 30’s.
I told him that I met a painter who already have a well-defined painting style from 20’s.
He was surprised and envied.
“I can not find my own painting style out.” he said.
He seems to be struggling to find his own style.

Naoko:
In fact, I was struggling it same way as him.
I thought I have no individuality until just recently.
I’ve been obsessing for so long.

— Really!??
Although your style is very clear for me, but you have been having a unclear feelings, right?
That’s interesting.

Naoko:
So I guess your friend already have his own color objectively.
I guess only time will tell him the truth, like connect-the-dots.
He will realize when someone looks him objectively and tell him the facts, I think.
I wondered about my mode of expression is not be defined for long time, but I realized an amazing thing, “I already have individuality whatever I do”.
It’s only recently.

Realize my painting style

— Actually I told my friend about you.
He is a painter, 30’s.
I told him that I met a painter who already have a well-defined painting style from 20’s.
He was surprised and envied.
“I can not find my own painting style out.” he said.
He seems to be struggling to find his own style.

Naoko:
In fact, I was struggling it same way as him.
I thought I have no individuality until just recently.
I’ve been obsessing for so long.

— Really!??
Although your style is very clear for me, but you have been having a unclear feelings, right?
That’s interesting.

Naoko:
So I guess your friend already have his own color objectively.
I guess only time will tell him the truth, like connect-the-dots.
He will realize when someone looks him objectively and tell him the facts, I think.
I wondered about my mode of expression is not be defined for long time, but I realized an amazing thing, “I already have individuality whatever I do”.
It’s only recently.

— What made you find it?

Naoko:
I realized when I was taking a look back on a lot of my old paintings at once.
And everyone around me said, “It’s just like you, I like your style”, so I paused to realize.

— Perhaps because you have continued to create paintings from your heart every time, so you could find it, right?

Naoko: Yes.
It’s so hard to realize from the only one picture.
Trying to make a lot of paintings, showing your paintings around you, and listening around the voices.
And then, you can get it finally, it seems like looking in a mirror.
It will be starting to see something if you continue to create.

— Thank you.

Profile

Illustrator Naoko Miura
Born in Ibaraki, Japan.And she currently resides in Tokyo. Studying illustration in New York in 1984 – 1985. Her design is simple, warm and intimate with “healing power” as she gains popularity especially among female audience. Her works have been seen through the numerous books, magazines or companies in medical, nursing, child care, and educational industries. The whole wall of obstetrics and gynecology floor at Anjyo Kosei hospital in Aichi Prefecture is now painted with her illustration, which provide a healing spot for mothers and their babies. A mother, who look at the illustration of sun from nursing room, says “ I was so unstable when my child was being treated at ICU but looking at the Naoko’s illustration, I could come to my senses.” Her strong messages through illustrations are as follow : “ I would like to illustrate invisible into visible which has important meaning in it, and directly serve for everyone’s heart and mind with my paintings.”; “ I wish everyone liberate oneself by looking at my works.”; “ I love to make illustrations so that everyone can say ‘ I love myself ! positively” ; “I would like to communicate with people around the world through my illustration which is the world language.”

Official Website (Japanese)

Profile

Illustrator Naoko Miura
Born in Ibaraki, Japan.And she currently resides in Tokyo. Studying illustration in New York in 1984 – 1985. Her design is simple, warm and intimate with “healing power” as she gains popularity especially among female audience. Her works have been seen through the numerous books, magazines or companies in medical, nursing, child care, and educational industries. The whole wall of obstetrics and gynecology floor at Anjyo Kosei hospital in Aichi Prefecture is now painted with her illustration, which provide a healing spot for mothers and their babies. A mother, who look at the illustration of sun from nursing room, says “ I was so unstable when my child was being treated at ICU but looking at the Naoko’s illustration, I could come to my senses.” Her strong messages through illustrations are as follow : “ I would like to illustrate invisible into visible which has important meaning in it, and directly serve for everyone’s heart and mind with my paintings.”; “ I wish everyone liberate oneself by looking at my works.”; “ I love to make illustrations so that everyone can say ‘ I love myself ! positively” ; “I would like to communicate with people around the world through my illustration which is the world language.”

Official Website (Japanese)

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