Monday, February 25, 2008

Plum Blossom

It's hard to shift gears.  I finally came up with two additional digital
prints to add to my Winter series.  I'll post these soon.  In the meantime
I've switched gears a bit.  I've been viewing Laura's watercolors
lately and realized I've been neglecting sumi-e.  Time to get back
 in the saddle; but not so easy.  The ink drawings are coming
with great difficulty after so little practice over the last several weeks.
The subjects I wanted to work on just weren't coming and most
attempts ended in the trash.  In desperation I decided to return
to the 'Four Gentlemen'.  These are four traditional subjects that 
contain the brush loading and strokes that are fundamental to
more complex compositions.  The four gentlemen are plant forms.
Orchid, bamboo, chrysanthemum and plum blossom.  It is claimed that 
one can spend a lifetime on these forms.   The plants define the 
seasons. The orchid is spring, bamboo is summer, chrysanthemum
is fall, and plum blossom is winter.  I have finally fallen into working 
on plum blossoms.  First harbingers of spring.   
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