I forgot to post this baby, which I painted last month for Lilla Roger’s Bootcamp. I know meditation is great, but I don’t do it often enough. I should, because sometimes I am a nervous wreck.
I’m happy to announce that an illustration I did a while back was just published!
It is for a new magazine called Urban Nature, issued by Kyotogakuen University Kimizuka Laboratory, 2014. You can purchase the magazine here (Amazon Japan). The magazine is all in Japanese. It looks really interesting, with essays, photography pieces, a short story, and, my favorite, a history of Eminem. My illustration is for Pirates Canoe—ahem—my alter ego’s band.
All of yesterday I was in the recording studio, using a different type of creative muscle. (My alter ego Elizabeth Etta is in a band.)
I did make a couple sketches, however. Sketching from life is quite fun. I should do it more often.
This is my first attempt at a clip art set. Part of the Design Garden online course. (I guess I am addicted to online art courses…) I’m not sure if I will actually release it as clip art, but I did enjoy creating it, and I am learning a lot through the class. Perhaps I will turn it into a pattern someday.
I am not comfortable telling others about my inner turmoil, or my emotional conflicts, or my personal story. But I suppose I announce it in broad daylight in my artwork and on my daily doodles on my blog, and broadcast it to the world in my songs and performances. I wonder if those who see my work can see a little bit of “me” in them? I hope at least a little bit seeps out.
The other day I drew a quick sketch of the fantastic flat mandolin player Taro Inoue, and he liked it so much he made it his facebook profile pic. I’m quite flattered!
I’m usually not so good at portraits, but I think I nailed this one.
Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea
But sad mortality o’er-sways their power
How with this rage shall beauty hold a plea,
Whose action is no stronger than a flower?
O, how shall summer’s honey breath hold out
Against the wreckful siege of battering days,
When rocks impregnable are not so stout,
Nor gates of steel so strong but time decays?
O fearful meditation! where, alack
Shall Time’s best jewel of Time’s chest lie hid?
Or what strong hand can hold his swift foot back?
Or who his spoil of beauty can forbid?
O, none, unless this miracle have might,
That in black ink my love may still shine bright.
A Tour Along the Kamo River in Kyoto, Japan
1. Start the day with a visit to the Kamigamo or Shimogamo Shrine
2. Rent a bicycle and cruise southwards
3. Take a break at one of the benches (maybe read?)
4. Nice lunch in downtown Sanjo or Shijo
5. Enjoy the busker performances.
6. Join/Avoid the smooching couples