Author Archives: mariko jesse

the French Laundry

We finally managed to visit the French Laundry recently, in Napa, and I enjoyed every single bite.I did a little sketch of each course and item as it was served…The food was beautiful, as well as delicious, and it was … Continue reading

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Labour Day sale

Here in the US it’s labo(u)r day on monday, so I’ve put all my prints on sale for 4 days, from today. Hurrah! Please visit my shop here to take a look…

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solar eclipse

I watched the solar eclipse on monday, using eclipse glasses, and painted the various stages as the moon’s shadow moved across the sun.From northern California we only got about a 70-80% eclipse I think, but it was still a wonderful … Continue reading

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mokuhanga prints in my shop

I’ve just put some of my new mokuhanga prints in my online shop. I printed these while I was in Japan and have just completed signing and preparing them. There are two versions of this little imaginary trumpet flower, one … Continue reading

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Lassen National Park

This weekend I visited Lassen Volcanic National Park in Northern California. It had forests, volcanic rocks, and beautiful lush meadows with wildflowers… There were tiny streams and creeks of clear icy water…and incredible mountain-top lakes, surrounded by snow.We watched the … Continue reading

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Vermont map

I recently illustrated a small map of Vermont for Middlebury Magazine. It’s a lovely little article about the author’s annual journey to Bread Loaf. I think it’s always interesting to see how an illustration starts, so these are the initial … Continue reading

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birthday

As usual, I like to make my birthday last longer than a day, so I had three! On my actual birthday I went out for dinner to the Cliff House in San Francisco, and enjoyed a relaxed dinner with sunset … Continue reading

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mokuhanga print

I completed one large-ish print while I was on the mokuhanga residency in Japan: one that features plants in a garden. I was inspired by the abundant greenery all around the house, and in the surrounding gardens.I did some initial … Continue reading

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tokyo

This week I spent a few days in Tokyo, visiting friends, art stores and exhibitions. First stop the Ota Museum in Harajuku, to a ukiyoe exhibition of Edo from the water, and then the Nezu Museum, to a ceramics one. … Continue reading

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mokuhanga peony

This week I’ve been busy carving and printing, and trying out all sorts of new things. Here’s a picture of my little peony print with some experimental paper cutting…

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