Snowy Scenes by Kawase Hasui / woodblock prints with ink and color on paper

Snow at Heian Shrine, Kyoto

Snow at Heian Shrine, Kyoto

It’s nice to see these cool scenes in this hot muggy summer. They’re at the VMFA.

Kawase Hasui was Japanese. 1883 – 1957.

Snow at Benten Shrine, Shinobazu

Snow at Benten Shrine, Shinobazu

Snow at Godaido Temple, Matushima

Snow at Godaido Temple, Matushima

Clear Sky After Snow at Mt. Fuji, Tagonoura Beach

Clear Sky After Snow at Mt. Fuji, Tagonoura Beach

Snow at Kiyosumi Garden

Snow at Kiyosumi Garden

Ishinomaki in Snow

Ishinomaki in Snow

Sacred Bridge, Nikko

Sacred Bridge, Nikko

This one of the sacred Bridge is my favorite because you can see the wind is blowing the snow! Amazing!

Snow at Miyajima

Snow at Miyajima

Snow at Zojo Temple

Snow at Zojo Temple

Clear Sky After Snow, Asakusa Kannon Temple

Clear Sky After Snow, Asakusa Kannon Temple

Evening Snow, Edo River

Evening Snow, Edo River

Clear Sky After Snow, Yoshida

Clear Sky After Snow, Yoshida

I posted the whole show so you can pick your own favorites.

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Dream With Wild Abandon!

Expectations

Outgrow Your Shoes – Digital Collage

If you allowed yourself…just once…to dream with wild abandon…where would your dreams take you? Would you be on a wistful journey, meandering through experiences at your own cadence? Or would you rather give up all control and fly unrestrained towards a destination that only Fate can dictate?

The latest Lunagirl Moonbeam Design Team Challenge centered on “Shoes”.  The challenge is shared with Vicki Romaine’s challenge Blog, The Cheerful Stamp Pad.

Thinking about shoes brought me to one of my favourite sayings by Japanese writer and poet, Ryunosuke Satoro: Let Your Dreams Outgrow the Shoes of Your Expectations”. Lunagirl’s images are inspiring as always. I chose a shoe and began my work.

Travel is my sanctuary and the act of my putting on my shoes was always the prelude to a great adventure. I never knew what to expect, but I wandered, ever hopeful that I would experience something different and wonderful.

By allowing my dreams to outgrow my shoes my life, and art, grew in directions I never thought possible. I wouldn’t trade those experiences, the great and the not so wonderful, for anything!

So, fellow Artists and Dreamers…the call to outgrow your shoes is beckoning you. Will you take the dare?

Fine Winter’s Sky / woodcut by Kawase Hasui / Feb 1921

IMG_1363 This is a great exhibit at the VMFA. It’s so inspirational. The plaques say it’s ink and color woodcut prints on paper. I wonder if it’s watercolor because they have some watercolor paintings by the artist. The colors look transparent on the woodcuts too. A lot of depth is showing. One of the plaques says it’s not traditional Japanese landscape. They also have a lot of info on the process he used. It’s complicated. But good to see how much work went into them. You can see layers of colors. I tried to see through the layers. Kawase Hasui did watercolor studies and changed his composition and colors during the steps to the finished prints. He didn’t shy away from detail. The ones with snow have thousands of white dots for snow and the ones with rain have skinny gray lines to represent rain. I wonder if they did a separate wood plate for the snow and printed it on top or if they gouged out tiny dots on the wood block so the ink wouldn’t go in those places on every block. If you like looking at fine woodcuts you should see this exhibit.

Port of Ebisu / Dec. 1921

Port of Ebisu / woodcut print/ Dec. 1921