Saturday, September 28, 2013


transformation, september journal page
Transformation, journal page, september 2013

The days have gotten shorter and cooler and the rains keep all quiet until the winds kick up. Autumn is my favorite season and I am trying to get out during the drier days and go for a run in the woods. Beyond that I've been busy working on some new linocuts. I finished my crow linocut but have yet to make a series of prints and hope to get that series done this coming week.

In the meantime, I did a test print in my September journal page. A year in the life of a journal gave us the prompt: Emotions: What are you feeling, right now, at this moment in your life?

I started working on the journal page a couple of weeks ago. One afternoon I came across a youtube video by Hirokazu Kosaka, a Japanese Calligraphy artist, explaining the kanji that he first learned to paint and what they meant. The evolution of the kanji for flower really hit me that day, and I knew in that moment, I had found what I was trying to relate in my journal page.

The lower kanji consist of a human standing and a human lying down. One represents a living being while the other represents death. Above that is the one for grass. Altogether they form the kanji for flower. A flower blooms and dies. It's seeds are then fostered by the soil and next Spring, it will bloom again; and for this reason it symbolizies transformation. So that is where I am right now.

And now for some news! 

On October 13th I will be participating in 30 Artists, 30 days hosted by Seth Apter to celebrate the release of his latest book collaboration with 44 artists titled, The Mixed Media Artist. The "look inside" feature is available, and you may be able to get a glimpse of my contribution to this book.

I'll write more on October 13th about my participation, so be sure to come back then.

View more art inspiration at artsyville and Sunday Sketches.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

enso and the moment

enso II aug2013
Enso II, -Aug 2013, 9cm x 9cm

Last month I spent a couple of hours cleaning and rearranging my art room. I had everything in the middle of the room as I tried to fit each section into a new location of the room. In the end, everything was in the same place but just a few inches to the right. And those few inches made all the difference. Both my art tables, one for sitting and the other for standing, now have a good view out my windows that face the woods. Sometimes the simplest changes have the biggest effects.

enso I aug2013
Enso I, -Aug 2013, 9cm x 9cm

I seem to be working in spurts lately. Last couple of weeks I spent long hours working at my standing table on some new collage works and painting with sumi ink.

Sumi ink is unforgiving, so there are many failures that precede each successful painting. What keeps me going is knowing that I am further in my journey than before the failed attempt.
To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.
Joseph Chilton Pearce

enso III aug2013
Enso III, -Aug 2013, 9cm x 9cm

I enjoy painting the Enso circles as they are simple yet difficult to do. Painting Enso for me means living in the moment, keeping my thoughts fluid and my movement free. It's letting go of the fear that this painting will not work out. It's letting go of expectations, both positive and negative. It's the breathing in and the breathing out.

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