Sunday, March 25, 2012
illustration friday (swamp)
It feels like a long time since I've painted flowers. The ones depicted above are actually not flowers, but rather a wetland plant called Lysichiton camtschatcensis (Asian Skunk Cabbage). I try to paint them every spring, and they often feature in my Easter etegami. These beautiful swamp plants bring gladness to my heart because they are one of the first to come up through the snow towards the end of northern Japan's long, long winters. The words are a quote from the American writer/philosopher Henry David Thoreau, a great lover of swamps.
The second etegami was inspired by a photograph taken by my friend Gerry. The words are my own (and were probably influenced by a half-hearted attempt to lose weight). The magnolia blossom design is now available as an Etegami T-shirt on my Zazzle shop.