We have a cherry tree blooming in the back yard. This is a painting of some of the blossoms. Two weeks ago, they were just little white flowers, but now they show a little bit of pink color in the middle.

When I read about the things happening in Japan these days and see the pictures, I have no words to express my sorrow. Other people are good with words, and can write poetry and such things. I can’t do that well, but I can paint, and I do have these good cherry blossoms as a subject, so I painted this to dedicate to the people of Japan. I hope that isn’t too presumptuous of me.

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I am a middle-aged artist and musician who was born and raised in the Southern United States. I have a Flickr page where some of my artwork can be seen : http://www.flickr.com/photos/bmccue/ I post various creative things on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/BMcCue7 And you can hear some of my modest musical compositions here: http://home.mindspring.com/~safeathome/artandmusicofbuddymccue/id8.html

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Khirad
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I’ll toast a Sapporo to that.

whatsthatsound
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Kampai, Khirad, and Buddy! If it’s Sapporo you’re drinking, it HAS to be “Ebisu” brand!

Great work as always, Buddy.

Khirad
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Yes, it is. Little did I know they had had a brewery in Sendai. It’s my small part to help the Japanese economy.

whatsthatsound
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Khirad,

Khirad
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@0:48 is as close to heaven as I can imagine.

whatsthatsound
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🙂

AdLib
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A beautiful work and a lovely tribute, Buddy!

Truth
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Thank you for the wonderful picture and for the sentiment in which you painted it, Buddy.

foodchain
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foodchain

Every time I see something from you I smile. That doesn’t happen easily or often. Thank you. But also, for the tribute to Japan. It’s lovely

escribacat
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Another beauty, Buddy.

Artist50
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Artist50

Buddy – Beautiful job with a lovely sentiment.

Chernynkaya
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Buddy–so lovely!!

kesmarn
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Absolutely beautiful, Buddy!

And though the words that accompany may be few, they’re perfect. They come from the heart of a true gentleman.

BigDogMom
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BigDogMom

The simple beauty of the cherry blossoms says it all, well done Buddy, well done…

(Your talent is amazing, you need to be seen by the world, you need to have a professional show of your work)

Haruko Haruhara
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I ♥ spring. Today I finally put up the birdfeeder on my new birdfeeder stand I got for Christmas.

Do your worst squirrels, I’m ready for you this year!

Sakura is also a Japanese TV character.

Abbyrose86
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Spring is a lovely season…if one actually does get spring. (sigh)

I woke up this morning to at least 6 inches of snow!

I’m so jealous!

Haruko Haruhara
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I put up my birdfeeder, and Pepe is having his first barbecue tonight … and climbed his first mountain of the year (though it was a little mountain, only 4,100 feet). He gets SO grouchy in the winter!

Caru
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The Naruto Sakura?

Cardcaptor Sakura was probably my favorite show as an older child.

*Edit.*

I love spring too. After Christmas the whole Winter thing just gets me down.

Haruko Haruhara
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Caru
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I! LOVE! IT!

Presumptuous? It’s bloody brilliant!

ADONAI
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Could not have done better than cherry blossoms Buddy. It’s one of the first things I think about when I think of Japan. Well done.

Kalima
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Truly beautiful Buddy, and really hit the spot here with. All official cherry blossom viewing events have been canceled over much of Japan, people are of course still afraid of what is in the air and water now.

Seeing your wonderful painting here, I won’t miss the cherry blossoms so much this year, so thank you for sharing this gift with us, it is more than enough to express your feelings.

Oops got to go, another aftershock.

EDIT.

For some reason I can’t give you any gold stars, I’ll be back later to try again.

Artist50
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Artist50

Kalima- I can’t imagine how frightening those aftershocks must be for you! It startled me just reading your post. I hope they will stop soon – they have to be such a terrifying reminder of the last couple of weeks. Continue hanging in there.

Kalima
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Thank you Artist50. You would think that over 600 since the 11th would prepare you for the next one, but you never know when they are coming. We are all ok, it must be even worse for the people in the shelters up north and they are having snow again.

To tell you the truth I’m more afraid of the earthquakes than all the international hype about the radiation fallout. We are hanging in there. Arigato!

AlphaBitch
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AlphaBitch

Dear Kalima: I hope you don’t mind. I took the liberty and starred him for you. I hope that 10 stars was what you wanted; if not, then I starred Buddy for myself. I find his paintings absolutely stunning, and his sentiment even more so. (a la Bandstand: “I liked the beat, and I could dance to it.”)

Here’s hoping things are quiet once more.

Caru
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Thumbs up.

Fixed.

Kalima
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Thanks a bunch Caru, I owe you one. 🙂

Kalima
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AB thank you, and just so you know, when I hit the reply button, the screen jumped, and I clicked on the darned “Thumbs Down” button instead. What is that all about???

We had 4 aftershocks yesterday, and 3 this morning. The first one work us up just after 5 this morning, this last one made me turn off our gas dryer and put a lock on the gas cooker. I’m ok, hubby phoned during the shaking.

Buddy’s photo is quite big and at the moment I can’t fix the size. Yes it was 10 stars, and thanks again. 🙂

2ndClassCitizenPundit
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Buddy, once again, excellent work.

There is something about blossoms in the spring that give us hope.