Sensei’s Award

According to Wikipedia, the word Aikido is formed from three kanji: ai, which means joining or combining; ki, which is spirit or energy; and do, which is way, or path. So Aikido is the Japanese “way of combining forces,” or “the martial arts principle of blending with an attackers movement for the purpose of controlling […]

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Rain Rain

Last night in the city it rained and a cold rain it was. Some places even had snowflakes in their midst. Winter is here. There was something quite serene though when I stopped  to listen.  Above is a drawing I did in the Japanese pavilion at Epcot during a warm summer rain. Warm or cold, I’ll take it any […]

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Ichiro

I spent Thursday at Yankee Stadium sitting close to, and drawing, outfielder Ichiro Suzuki. For those of you that don’t know, “Ichiro” is perhaps the greatest player ever to play both in Japan and the Major Leagues. And I just read yesterday that the Yankees have placed him on waivers (he is available for trade), […]

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Japanese Garden

This painting did not make it into our new book, but it is one of my favorite watercolors. I was able to explore a new color palette here and that is always exciting for me. Have a great Saturday! Greg Betza ©2013   FREE BOOK GIVEAWAY! In our new Facebook group, One Watercolor A Day, […]

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Inspirational Experiment

This is a series of watercolor and gold pen pattern designs that I created. I had been looking at a lot of Japanese fabrics and prints and they inspired me to paint, draw and design these “patterns of nature.” They were just an inspirational experiment in abstraction, pattern and design and I ended up really […]

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Let us pray

In Japanese symbolism the koi represents perserverance in adversity and strength of purpose. With another storm approaching this afternoon in New York and it’s surrounding states let us pray that this storm causes no harm to anyone and gets moved, weakened or buffered in some way and we continue to persevere through the hardships. – […]

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