DIY: How to Make Watercolour Christmas Cards and Gift Tags 水彩のクリスマスギフトタッグやカード

Want to add a unique and artistic twist to your Christmas presents? Try this DIY to create your own painted Christmas cards or gift tags. Usually I buy sticker tags or cards to give with my Christmas presents, but this year I thought it would be nice to give something I made (instructions and photos... Continue Reading →


Europe Adventure: Walking Along the White Cliffs of Etretat

In the small seaside town of Yport, white limestone cliffs tower over the sea, stretching as far as the eye can see. In the afternoon sun they almost glow, a stark contrast to the sapphire blue of the water.  We stayed in this peaceful town through Couchsurfing and were able to hike across the top of... Continue Reading →

A New Adventure in Europe

I've slipped back in time. Cute stone houses right out of a fairytale line the street. This is like most small towns and villages outside the big cities and metropolitan areas in France. Wherever you go you can see the history. You drive past a field and there is a ruin of an old house... Continue Reading →

Memories of Home Among the Mountains

Shikoku is perhaps a lesser known destination for holidays but one of the best places to explore for those who enjoy the outdoors and hiking. Being a very mountainous place, towns are built on the sides of mountains and the flat space is occupied by rice fields. It is a place of bridges running across... Continue Reading →

Mt. Ishizuchi and the Photogenic Cat

Standing on the top of Mt. Kamegamori, the Shikoku mountains roll out from under your feet. The tallest mountain in Shikoku, Mt. Ishizuchi, juts out from among its neighbours, a defining figure in the distance. The view is breathtaking, like countless other hikes in Shikoku. Many other hikers enjoy the beautiful weather, stopping at the... Continue Reading →

The Sleepy Tanuki

Spring is here. Just two weeks ago the mountains were still bare and the air was crisp even when the sun appeared and the plum blossoms were out. The cherry blossoms have been out in full bloom, their pink and white flowers bright specks against the green of the deciduous cedar trees. Some of the trees had... Continue Reading →


ようこそ! Welcome to Ell's Art Site. I started this blog as a way to share my art and the stories behind them with others. I am a self-taught artist and I have been painting for several years. I have dabbled in oil painting, but I mainly focus on watercolour. I have studied Japanese and lived... Continue Reading →

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