shot in detail. Beginning to obfuscate the figure with cutaway shapes; I really liked how I had painted the hair on this guy but wound up having to let it go in service of the bigger picture. All part of the practice.
“Hanami” 🌸 A centuries-old practice of cherry blossom appreciation. The Sakura bloom and usually fall within a week, and as such have come to represent the ephemeral nature of life, embodied in the concept of ‘mono no aware’ (物の哀れ) - literally, the “pathos of things”. The Sakura symbolize an awareness of impermanence, a transient gentle sadness about this reality of life. The Japanese public track the ‘Sakura Zensen’ (cherry blossom front) each year as it moves northward up the archipelago, turning out in droves to hold festivals and flower-viewing parties. The Sakura arrived in Tokyo early this year - in perfect tandem with my visit. What a cool experience.
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Here’s an in-progress partial of this painting I’m working on, so you can see the effects of some of the distortion I added. It changed the way how some of the shapes read, so a little bit more finagling to boost some of the depth, and this one will be ready.
These value studies in pencil are piling up! Many of these will become fully-realized paintings; others will be relegated to the pile of discarded ideas. In any case I’m thinking of making all of them available at my upcoming show @abvgallery . Is that something you’d like to see?
Over the next few months I’ll be producing work for a solo exhibition at @abvgallery which opens May 19. Here’s a detail shot of one of the pieces I’m working on. This show is going to be a real turning point and I’m so excited to exhibit this new work! Keep a lookout for more news in the coming weeks.