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Showing posts from January, 2015

my collections

sumi brushes When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence. ― Ansel Adams I've had my Sumi brushes for over 10 years. I bought some when living in Sendai and others when living in Sapporo. They've travelled with me from Japan to Mexico to The States several times. These are the only expensive brushes I have and the only brushes that I take care of habitually. On the other hand, my mixed media brushes are cheap, often abused and easily thrown away when damaged. I often return to my art table to find I've forgotten to wash off the glue or gesso. So why are my sumi brushes different? Possibly because they are expensive, I am more apt to take care of them. Still, there is a certain quietude that comes when I use my sumi brushes for painting with sumi ink. I am more present in the moment. And when I have finished painting, cleaning up is not a task but the ending to a rit

Nature's Gifts

I've talked about how I look out a large window when I am at my art table. I watch the birds , squirrels and rabbits visit below this window. And some days the deer come by. Every now and then a buck will visit. There are two bucks that come by. One is younger then the other. The younger one with short spikes is usually with a deer. Last December 2014, the older buck came by and stayed a good while just beyond my window. It had snowed a few days earlier. There is a small forest and brook just beyond my window. And I often see the deer traveling through there. So when they come out of it to graze, I stop, watch and appreciate the beauty of my world. joining 52 photos

fresh start

jan 2, 2015, good thoughts This new day is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on the yesterdays. ― Ralph Waldo Emerson, Collected Poems and Translations jan 1, 2015 bike ride, 26 miles so far, so good! view my art blog here .