Etegami (e= "picture"; tegami= "letter/message") are simple drawings accompanied by a few apt words. They are usually done on postcards so that they can be easily mailed off to one's friends. Though etegami has few hard-and-fast rules, traditional tools and materials include writing brushes, sumi ink, blocks of water-soluble, mineral-based pigments called gansai, and washi postcards that have varying degrees of "bleed." They often depict some ordinary item from everyday life, especially items that bring a particular season to mind.
Every post from you males me feel a little bit more hopeful for Japan.ReplyDelete
I love your work...such a beautiful bridge between a traditional art form and modern blogging!
Lovely colors and brushwork!ReplyDelete
It sounds inviting, great work and great blog!ReplyDelete
You always paint such gorgeous pieces. And you make it seem like its effortless (I'm sure it's not). Thanks Debbie, let's have a cuppa.ReplyDelete
Hi Debbie -- Just checking in on infrastructure at your house. Is mail reaching you? Also, I quoted you on a post-a-day project I'm part of, with a link to your blog. What you said about the elderly -- so elegant, so sad, so understandable. So sorry for all the losses Japan is sustaining. xoxx Mary JoReplyDelete
Love this! It hits my happy place :)ReplyDelete
Great one Deb! Beautiful!ReplyDelete
I just discovered your blog today and it has brought me great joy and reassurance - I was in Japan in 1998-99 and grew very close to the people of Towa-cho -I have not been able to contact any of them since the devastation. Your words and art remind me of the strength of spirit and the tenacity of character I grew to love and appreciate while living in Japan. Thank you for your work.ReplyDelete
What a lovely image...and sentiment. You have a wonderful way of sharing the culture of Japan. And Japan is certainly on the minds of most of the world...ReplyDelete