African Journal and Constellation series

May 2020 Lions in the Sky, mulberry paperwork with phosphorescent pigment, indigo & ultramarine, 32 x 42″ Spring is here, and the greens are bursting out, as we “shelter in place.” I hope you are safe and well during this challenging time. How wonderful it is to have art lovers and friends like you in my life. Thank you! I am finding this intense time to be an opportunity in the studio to search deeper. Inspired by a trip we took to Namibia and South Africa in February, I invite you to view new works from the journey. Namibia is particularly spacious and the landscape stunning. The quality of light and color, animals in their natural habitat, starry nights, and ancient rock art were highlights of our experience. It was a chance to view nature on a grand scale and witness the natural balance of life and death in the animal kingdom. African Journal is a series of small original works (6 x 8″ ea) on washi. A selection from 20 works in the series, is below. 皆様いかがお過ごしでしょうか?コロナウイルスの感染拡大が進む直前の2月に、私と誠人はナミビアと南アフリカを訪れていました。この旅から刺激を受けて作った新しい作品を皆様にぜひご紹介したいです。ナミビアは広々とした景色がすばらしい場所でした。光や色の質、自然の中にいる動物達、星が輝く夜、そして岩に描かれた古代の彫刻が、この旅のハイライトでした。この旅は、私にとって自然を大きな視点で見る絶好の機会となりました。私は、野生動物の世界での生と死の自然なバランスをすぐそばで目撃することができました。 これらの経験をもとに作ったのが、「African Journal アフリカの旅」という、和紙を使った小さな作品シリーズです。 Constellation series Prehistoric rock engravings at Twyfefontein Namibia inspired the animal drawings which combine with constellation symbols in the new […]

Meditation Through Art: May 16-June 6 online course

  Japan: Sat May 16, 23, 30 & June 6, 10-11:30am (US/Canada Fri May 15, 22, 29, & June 5 6-7:30pm PST/ 7-8:30pm MST/9-10:30pm EST) Greetings! Please join me in an exploration of meditation using art as the medium.  The course starts with the Mandala, a symbol of both expansion and containment, and continues with exercises that explore life forms, bridges, and more complex mandalas. The text for the course will be “Unfolding Through Art” written by Namgyal Rinpoche, with whom I studied in Japan in 1998 and 2003. The visual exercises in this profound and amazing book will be presented as a meditative path towards gaining greater awareness. From the text: “The purpose of this exploration is not to produce a work of art but to “be” a work of art. Everything you do must be conducive to awakening, to unfolding. This should be the main idea behind your work here. Everything is unfolding you, but it’s good to be consciously involved in the unfoldment that is already taking place.” The course is open to all, regardless of experience with meditation or art.   You will need some simple materials for the class Materials, Zoom, and a Workspace -Colors: […]