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.


  1. Oh, Man! The colors in this just really pull me in!

  2. Love the depth of the layers on this piece. And thank you for spreading the 30/30 word!

  3. Rachel, Thank you for the prompt and visit!
    Seth, Looking forward to the blog hop!

  4. Beautiful drawing and layers! Love your work! <3

  5. Oh how beautiful and cheerful the colors are! This picture makes me feel happy immediately!

  6. This is so magical and beautifully spiritual..yes very your work!
    Yay..congrats..sounds awesome!

  7. such wonderful layers and design
    your bird is fabulous

    congratulations on being in Seth's book!!

  8. Very intriguing work! What you said about kanji is quite fascinating. Congrats on being part of a book!

  9. I have just had the most wonderful time looking at your website. Your work is so beautiful and peaceful. I will be back often. Thank you for sharing so much of yourself and your talent.

  10. This is a really cool composition. Blessings!

  11. This is a wonderful piece. I LOVE the bird alot. Good luck with the 30 Artists, 30 days! I look forward to seeing your progress. :)

  12. here from GIT. This is a really beautiful composition and I love the meaning behind it!

  13. I was here from Glue it Tuesday, soaking up Transformation's colors and lines and layers when I got the notification that you'd commented on *my* blog from Glue it Tuesday. It's my favorite thing about GiT, feeling connected! Thank you for your comment, I really appreciate you taking the time, and congratulations to you on your contribution to a book! That's so neat!

  14. congrats for your contribution in a published book. How nice. Great layering. And I like your date stamp! {:-Deb

  15. oh wow, this is truly beautiful. Thanks for sharing and the explanation of the kanji!!!
    will be back to see your linocuts :)

    Jana (...found you on GIT)

  16. This is really beautiful. You really captured this idea of transformation with simplicity. New to your site - looking forward to seeing more of your work.


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