The Blue Box has survived the storm this past two days. I don't think we'll be getting in the back door anytime this week. There is about four feet high of drift and about ten feet long past that. There is no chance I'll be shoveling out. But I suppose I should delve into some of the new work.
This is from a set of our. Each one measures about three foot by four foot. As most often they are screenprinted on muslin. The source idea for this set is the town of Nara in Japan. It is not hard to find deer wandering around near the temples; particularly Todaji Temple. Yes, that is an actual deer I snapped off in Nara on my last trip. The impetus for this set is different from other sets I have been working on over the last year.
In the name of always moving forward in terms of how people think I do believe we have hit a stumbling block. I am interested in how the Buddhists picked up the Shinto practices and beliefs and how they moved forward. By letting one become another very interestings things happened in life and art and philosophy. This is where this set of prints is located. The merging of old ideas to bring forth new and innovative ones. The ability to accept them helped bring about a new term of life that prospered in arts and sciences. Yes I am sure it was rough and had many bumps in the road. These prints show the belief in people to move forward past our Cold War mentality at to think in terms of what happens next.
So this above pic is a woodblock I have been working on. It is in the first state. Many more to go before it is done. It is based on a Zen monk's writning. his name is Ryokn. He lived very simply for many years upon simplicity. the particular passage has to do with the complexity of big town life and that of simple country life. I have no answers as of yet but I will keep everyone posted.
Good night all.