How strange, these lines from the Kokinshu keep appearing randomly in places that I've happened by. It makes it feels like a lucid/lucent dream!
Macke and I went to the Met yesterday and beelined for the Japanese Art exhibitions. We wanted to see the old works and some new to inspire us for our upcoming trip in March. After viewing the ink drawings and kimono embroidery, we ended up in Astor Court, a beautiful skylit atrium built in the Chinese exhibition area.
It was a good way to feel inspired. After seeing Tosa Mitsuyoshi's pictorial representation of the famous Tale of Genji, I now want to just paint trees. Trees that mainly look like they grow sideways and drip petals.
I am always amazed at how Eastern Art is often coasted over in American art and history studies. The extensive study of Chinese or Japanese art isn't offered in general public education. It might only last a few classes before the focus returns to Western art. Growing up I often wondered why this was. Asian art is so beautiful and intricate and influenced so much of the Western world's cultural artifacts. Once, in college, one of my art professors blatantly told the class how "all of this stuff (referring to Eastern Asian art) looks the same". And we only spent 2 days on it. Can you believe it! I was quietly offended. My classmates didn't seem to mind, but perhaps that is because the standardized education system doesn't equalize the representation. I feel like I now want to incorporate more of these styles into my own future art.
We shall see!
Dave asked if I could resize a postcard I'd designed earlier this month for a new and larger size. I extended the train and created more "sky" space to accommodate a larger body of text. I also added a backside.
Click each to enlarge.
2 more days to sign up for LittleJoy's Winter Blooms Workshop & Luncheon, then we'll see you on Saturday for our workshop and brunch!
Looking back on how this all started -- WOW. When Katy approached Melina and I last year to create this collective of the three of us--pool our talents and offer classes (and a women's retreat!)--I was juggling wedding planning and my day job and moving back to Brooklyn...there was so much going on! But I love what we are doing. We're opening up our space and our hearts to folks,providing creative nourishment just by way of the medium, and showing them how to enjoy the little things. Melina does an amazing job teaching her floral class, going in depth and providing true encouragement. Katy is so smart with her research on food and the ethics and flavor behind it all.
We want to make flowers and understanding them accessible to people. Sourcing them in NYC, the seasonal varieties...we noticed that taking a floral class from any of the big names costs so much! (We're talking between $500-$1000). What ?!?!? And you don't even get the kind of amazing menu we're designing. I am excited to share with everyone that we want to do it differently -- put back the heart in it and truly create an experience for folks to pluck themselves out of the daily grind, have a "littlejoy" and then take it with them to flourish elsewhere.
Here is a retrospect on Autumn 2016's LittleJoy gathering up the Hudson:
I got new gouache paints and brushes for them. I started illustrating new images for work, but during my lunch I took a break to practice a study in expressions. I call these "boys of today".