Because I keep this blog as a record for myself and as a model for maintaining the practice of artistic reflection for my students, I'll share my summer goals. But keep in mind, its the ellipsis time that will be first and foremost, for not only is that the time and space where my creative batteries recharge, but its the space where the happy accident, the place where what started as diversion becomes a new passion or old ones become more deeply ingrained.
This spring I stumbled on to the contemporary Japanese novel (based on a true encounter by the poet, Takashi Hiraide and his wife), The Guest Cat. I am pleasantly surprised to find that the Japanese seem to love cat stories at least as much as I do. So my evenings are spent reading:
The Cat Who Saved Books by Sôsuke Natsukawa
The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa
To feed my endless curiosity about the natural world:
A Natural History of Shells by Geerat J. Vermeij, which makes me wish I had been a better student of mathematics
The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben, I can't wait to dive into this one because the preface alone changed how a look and feel in the forest forever!
The Unknown Craftsman by Soetsu Yanagi. Recommended by my ceramics colleague, a delightfully accessible insight into Japanese aesthetics.
So what am I doing...besides reading and gardening and most importantly, trying to keep my practice of drawing and painting everyday:
1. Continue my on going bonsai project
2. Taking a Mokuhanga course from Japan online-super excited! My first formal instruction in this wonderful technique!
3. Exploring photo etching with a colleague.
4. A little bookbinding and printmaking
5. Possibly starting a new project: images inspired from the Zen Buddhist text "The Blue Cliff Record"
...stay tuned to see what actually happens I will be posting here and under my "Works in Progress" page...art will be made...just not sure if it will be as planned!