So this is the essence of summer to me. Long hours in the garden and long walks, just filling up with the quiet and the sights. Currently, I'm reading The Hidden Life of Trees which has me questioning ever definition of sentient life I have ever heard. Coupled with my class in Buddhism, I find myself pondering quite a bit lately and feeling that perhaps, I've been sleep walking through life thus far. Along with this I've been wandering through the Blue Cliff record.
So what have I been making? Well, my focus, when I'm not working on my bonsai project, has been on honing my skills in Japanese printmaking through an excellent online course in Mokuhanga by Terry McKenna at the Karuizawa School in Nagano, Japan. I know I've mentioned before in my blog how much I love online learning, but, I really do. What a treat to learn and travel the world without having to leave my beloved home, a home bodies' dream! I've been continuing sketching, refining and carving my series of blocks of images inspired by the Blue Cliff Record.
Today however, I am starting something new. I'm designing a hand printed book that will feature blue birds or rather birds that are blue. This was inspired from checking my email and learning that the Book Workers Guild is planning an exhibit of books that have a "blue" theme. Nothing like a deadline to get you moving! Stay tuned for sketches and bonsai updates!