You wouldn't believe from the heat that is outside now, but Tuesday was actually a very rainy day. All-day-rain. Cats and dogs. Buckets. Full of rain. No chance of going outside. To pass the time Carolina and I played "sewing". Cutting fabric, carefully handling needles, organizing thread and even a bit of real sewing (from my side). My sewing machine saw its last activity in back in January (!), yeah, it's been half a year without sewing ...
No, I am not sad. Quite the opposite. I am actually very happy, because the blueberry self-picking season has started this week. We have discovered a blueberry farm last year and this year the blueberries have grown even bigger there (as have the girls).
Hello fresh blueberries galore, smoothies and muffins!
After experimenting with red and blue Japanese style, I needed a little pink again to bring myself into creative balance. I had bought a bamboo calligraphy pen a while ago at the art store and decided to play with it and some ink.
rather cliché, but good for getting a feel for the bamboo stick
Japanese Art is the latest lesson in A Year of Painting with Alena Hennessy. Looking at work of Japanese contemporary artists, being inspired by it and trying something new and maybe exotic while painting.
Fittingly there is this exhibition now at the Oldenburg Horst Janssen museum:
Over a hundred years ago artist Emil Orlik travelled to Japan to learn more about coloured Japanese woodcarving ...
... and was inspired.
Orlik also made a lot of drawings.
I used the work of Japanese artist Yoshiro Tachibana for my inspiration, who in return is very much influenced by modern European painters.