A Little Watercolorist ~four seasons~, Children's book by Sumiyo Toribe

A Little Watercolorist ~four seasons~, Children's book by Sumiyo Toribe



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  • Handmade
  • Materials: hardcover, book

  • Height: 11.5 inches
  • Width: 9 inches

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The New England seasonal landscape inspires my watercolor. A Little Watercolorist incorporates my painting and thoughts, which are expressed through illustration. The little girl appreciates people, animals, nature and her surroundings. She expresses love, caring and support through her daily life.

Design elements of color, value, texture, shape and line contrast within painted and illustrated areas to attract the viewers attention, allowing for an imaginative connection between the sections.

In the painting, full color harmony and value changes are used to create space and atmosphere. Shapes are not defined by lines, but by the brush marks that create natural textures. In contrast, the illustrations are constructed with simple line and shape without the use of color, value and texture.

The proportion and interrelationship of the painting and illustration gradually shifts to create excitement and movement within each story. A lively storytelling style has been adapted to be simple and rhythmic. I’ve added Japanese to share this work with people from my own country of Japan.


Hardcover 9 x 11.5 inches.

Signed by Sumiyo Toribe
four seasons postcards are a gift for you!!

The books are shipped in a stiff envelope with extra reinforcement inside to keep them safe from bending.

copyright © 2020 by Sumiyo Toribe
All rights reserved. No part of this book may be used or reproduced by any means, graphic,
electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or taping, or by any information storage retrieval systems without the express written permission of the author.

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This water color was pretty and caught my eye as I was scrolling through Etsy. But it was much prettier in person!! I have several places as to where to hang it in my home. The water color arrived very well packaged. I was concerned because the envelope was pretty banged up when it arrived. But it was well protected between a foam board and a strong piece of cardboard. The seller sent it right away. I plan to look at her other water colors and see if there are others that catch my eye. Unfortunately it took 16 days to arrive as it got caught in the USPS debacle. Thankfully Etsy had a tracker on it and I could follow it through the mail system. Everything within the seller's control was terrific!

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Absolutely gorgeous. This is my second piece by Sumiyo that I am proudly hanging in my house. I can't wait to see her back at Paradise City!

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This was my third purchase from Sumiyo, and I know it won't be my last! Love the different themes and the emotions these watercolors create. I really appreciate that this one was already mounted - it makes framing so much easier.

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Cynthia Feb 25, 2021

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The piece was packaged extremely well and is even more gorgeous in person! And the postcards are a beautiful bonus, thank you! Sumiyo is absolutely so kind and talented and one of my favorite artists. Her cherry blossom/Mt.Fuji works are my favorites and I can’t wait to add to my collection in the future :) Something about the blue and pink together is very uplifting and soothing.

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