It’s been an absolute age since I posted. Luckily, not because there’s nothing to post, but because I have been really very busy with commissioned work. Always good, I know, and I shouldn’t complain, but to be honest, I’m more than a little exhausted right now.
Anyhow, I was searching for something, and came across this art blog – the work of Deborah Davidson who works in a style called Etegami. As she describes it, e=”picture”; tegami=”letter/message”.
I admit, when I first saw the work I thought it was rather ‘basic’ but the more I scrolled and the deeper I went the simplicity of the strange, shaky lines grew on me and I haven’t been able to stop. I’m fairly certain, time permitting, I’m going to enter her ‘breakfast challenge‘. (Well, ya, my road to hell is paved with good intentions). Certainly, I want to try this technique myself, even if I don’t use the traditional tools and materials – japanese writing brushes, sumi ink, blocks of water-soluble, mineral-based pigments called gansai, and washi postcards with varying degrees of “bleed.” I also love some of the words incorporated into the paintings, and the stories she tells that lie behind them, as they relate to Japanese culture.
Her life also sounds very interesting. Do check out the blog.