What a slow process coloured pencil work is. One gets into a zen-like trance when working away repeating stroke after stroke after stroke. As I am miles away from completing “Private Thoughts”, my current drawing, I have decided to show where it is at today.
It is a drawing of restraint and subtlety. The kimono Makiko wears is very quiet, as is her surrounding of wood and stone. I am entranced by the verticals of the wooden slats ‘talking’ to the vertical stripes of Makiko’s kimono.
I am fascinated by repeating patterns. My last two drawings also lull me into the peace of repetitive shapes – especially in the street paving – I refer to “Diamonds” and “Step by Step”
True, to work on paving stones and wooden slats is monotonous but there is something to be gained – a kind of inner tranquility. Perhaps a Japanese aesthetic is seeping into my bones. I hope so.
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