Saturday, November 1, 2008


I recently ordered a booklet printed by the Nature Printing Society -- they show techniques for taking things like leaves, insects, shells, and fish, inking them up and printing them.
The trick is in the paper - having it be thin and wet.
It makes for wonderful ephemeral kind of images.
I am going to try the fish idea, in Japanese it is a highly regarded art form called Gyotaku. (You can google that and find out all about it.)
As an artist, I have made it my life work to look for the wonder and beauty in things, including in myself.
This world with all its troubles is not my concern -- I am glad others are around to help (and by the way, Tuesday I will do my part to try to get someone elected to be president who thinks more like I do than this last guy.) I am not advocating ignorance, but I am advocating focusing on the part YOU can do to improve things - in your own house, in your family, in your neighborhood, in your village, in your small corner of the world.
Today I move my studio to a new larger space, and I am going to be away most of the week following, so I won't be here for a bit, but when I get back, I will have a new slew of journal pages to share with you, and hopefully some new refreshing insight. . . . I am going to the beach for a few days, and I hope to try some Gyotaku there. In the meantime - here are some pages I was inspired to do when I learned about this:

"Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories." --Ray Bradbury


"Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it." -–Rumi


  1. Beautiful work! And I'm with you 100% on your philosophy of life. Stay focused on beauty and wonder, be the best you you can be, and love and accept yourself. If we could all just stay in that space, the world would change in an instant!

  2. Gyotaku printing appears lovely from what you showed on your journal pages. Glad your moving in a bigger studio. Have a wonderful time away.

  3. OOOH! How exciting this time is for you...Keep the beauty coming...we are all thirsty for it! :)

    Love the Bradbury quote...WOW!