For several years, I’ve been experimenting with art and craft to find a means of expression. My goal was not to be good–my goal was to find something I could progress in by doing.
Poured paint didn’t work too well. Embroidery was enjoyable but stayed conventional. I started knitting, but it was more for my nerves than creativity. I did a few weird book arts projects. Not much was happening.
My daughter Isabel taught me suminagashi about eighteen months ago.At first, I couldn’t even really see the ink floating on the water, or understand it. Last summer I finally got something going–and then–breakthrough, I started working on my own. I’ve printed hundreds of sheets. I’m getting the knack.
Thanks to Isabel for making these look good, and publishing them on https://sumi-a-day.tumblr.com/
Getting the knack! You got it, Mir. Looking forward to hearing about your gallery opening!
One of these days!
I particularly like that not to be good–my goal was to find something I could progress in by doing.’ That is the honesty of the artist.
Here’s to the adventure!
I love that quote as well: “My goal was not to be good–my goal was to find something I could progress in by doing.” It is so important to cherish the doing….
Thank you! Currently experimenting with working outside where the wind does some of the work.