My Autobiographical Pattern – Surprisingly, the least Wabi-Sabi component…

I wanted to put a Wabi-Sabi component into the pattern. Wabi-Sabi only exists predicated on beautiful mistakes, unplanned outcomes, imperfections, and organic chaos. The only part (as I currently understand Wabi-Sabi) I got right was associating bamboo as a symbol for the organic aspect of this aesthetic concept. Bamboo grows into plants as diverse each … Continue reading My Autobiographical Pattern – Surprisingly, the least Wabi-Sabi component…

My Autobiographical Pattern – A Little Side Exploration… Into A Vulnerable Truth

... To distract me from answering the real question: "What will this piece say about me?" Before I dive into how this question makes me feel, I need to let off a little steam... "🤨😖😩🤬🤬🤯🥶😱" (Mini-Rant: The emojis are lame and just don't release the feeling the expletives I want to scream out! Since I've … Continue reading My Autobiographical Pattern – A Little Side Exploration… Into A Vulnerable Truth

Portrait Project Three – In Awe of Imperfection

I didn't intentionally start with this pallet, but the first colour down was black, then a rich raw-sienna. It felt like the rest should stay in the earthy tones. Everything from that point forward was umber-like. I added a little teal to one cheek to give a little tension and it ended up all over … Continue reading Portrait Project Three – In Awe of Imperfection

Revisiting Some Unpublished Photos of 2020 – Pushing Boundaries of Differentiation

Yes, I know...yet another photo of my beloved Japanese maple! What can I say? I really love it and get so much joy from the inspiration it delivers. This shot is all about textures for me. I zoomed in as close as I cool and then played with resolutions to get the distortions from the … Continue reading Revisiting Some Unpublished Photos of 2020 – Pushing Boundaries of Differentiation

The Essense of Wabi-Sabi

My dwarf Japanese Maple never fails to inspire me. It could be that this tiny tree always looks ancient. Maybe it's just that it is packed with texture and character. I just love it. All the reds I get in the leaves blow my mind. They change day to day, from bright to dark reds, … Continue reading The Essense of Wabi-Sabi

Sake Sippers & The Three Wisdoms of Tao

Start with the Wikipedia page and then dig as deep as you want into the significance of the The Pure Ones of Taoism. I know I'm mixing cultural references by calling these Sake cups, but they just didn't feel like they fit into my tea bowl work. There is something far purer about these. It … Continue reading Sake Sippers & The Three Wisdoms of Tao