Aug 31, 2014

D.C. Japan


our wonder-full
offered us the Drawing Challenge: Japan

I was all over the place with thoughts

first the carving above
wanting to create my own style of woodblock; not a woodblock but a rubber stamp 

Then i hit the road for a four day wander about in Monana's Glacier National Park
one of the gorgeous places on earth that is full of the wild

I found a wee creek still abundant with flowers
in these late summer days



I was completely delighted
as though i entered a magical realm
and it reminded me of a Japanese garden
pristine and alive



i found rock walls
with geometrical holes in them

and

tiny caves

created through time and by critters



this reminded me of wabi-sabi, which there is many meanings for.

in the simple beauty of these rocks i will share this one:


Wabi now connotes rustic simplicity, freshness or quietness, and can be applied to both natural and human-made objects, or understated elegance. It can also refer to quirks and anomalies arising from the process of construction, which add uniqueness and elegance to the object. Sabi is beauty or serenity that comes with age, when the life of the object and its impermanence are evidenced in its patina and wear, or in any visible repairs.
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Thank you for being our host Nadine!
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40 comments:

  1. Your little carving makes me smile, it is so nicely proportioned.

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  2. nice piece of artwork~! also the photo's with it makes it all together very nice
    Susanna

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  3. Oh that is a beautiful park to go to for a four day wander! I have never been there but your treasured finds make me want to have a closer look.

    Love your handmade stamp and how you interpreted the theme.

    wishing you a good week!

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    1. It is a beautiful park, i will share more photos, but mostly on my other blog: http://miztlee.blogspot.com/
      I focus on photography there. Lovely week to you too.

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  4. Must have been a wonderful wander. I like your rubber "woodblock"as well. It looks like a plaster relief. - eric -

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    1. It was a wonderful wander, a great variety of weather, hiking, reading, drawing, wildlife, photography, great time out!
      Rubber woodcut: perfect way of saying it.

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  5. Beautiful miniature in the technique of print!

    Amazing stones!

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  6. Dear Tammie - Your “rubber woodcut” print is a fantasy! I wish I could send telepathy via moon to the person two who is looking at and admiring the moon at the same time.

    The rocks are so beautiful. They are the gift of time. I think your log cabin or you’re your way of seeing things shows that you’re wabi-sabi minded person. . This is my wabi-sabi post, if you feel inclined to, please have a visit. http://stardustenglishwriting.blogspot.jp/2010/09/thoughts-on-wabi-sabi.html

    Yoko

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    1. fun to consider your telepathy thoughts stardust, thank you for that. I will stop by your wabi sabi post.

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  7. Beautiful way to find Japan`s ideas of wabi-sabi and simplicity in natural forms in the natural beauty where you live, and to create new forms from that!

    Thank you for stopping by! Happy creative days!

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    1. nature is perfect for that, eh!

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  8. Wow, Your rubber stamp is so pretty, of course so is your painting The sun and the tree, what are they whispering in the breeze? I like to thing you can use your rubber stamp in different colors again.

    Let's have a good new week,Tammie!

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    1. hello Tomoko, yes, i will use that stamp over and over... i love considering what they are whispering, thank you.

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  9. i really like your carving
    and your art piece
    those soft colors

    and that walk, hmmm

    thanks for sharing
    and a fine week to you!

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    1. thank you Patrice
      yes, that walk ;-)

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  10. Love your wood stamp, a very fine image, simple and beauty!
    Great collection, very inspiring!
    Thank you for commenting on my blog
    x Stefanie

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  11. Great tree-stamp you carved! And the pictures are amazing. So weird, the rocks with the geometrical holes.... Nature sure is beautiful over there ....

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    1. yes, those holes were tiny and so perfect, quite interesting
      looks like critters live in them from time to time

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  12. Well done Tammie! I've just spent some needed time catching up with your blog :) Summer has a way of carrying us off to parts unknown- I love the photos of your own wanderings and wabi-sabi- yes I had forgotten about that - your stamp came out really nice- very much akin to a tree in a Japanese garden :)

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    1. yes Kristen, summer has it's ways with us ;-) thank you for taking a stroll.

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  13. Hi Tammie, both your print and photos are charming and beautiful, thank you! Leena

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  14. Hi Tammie! I am delighted with your rubber stamp. I made ​​a few and always stamped on white paper, but it never occurred to me on paper previously painted !!! I think will copy your idea!! :)
    I also loved the pictures. i wonder: How could be naturally these geometric holes in the rocks?

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  15. how fun that you will try painting and then stamping

    i wonder too how the geometric holes came to be
    but i can tell you that i felt delighted by them

    sweet week to you

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  16. Hi Tammie, what a wonderful peaceful and japanese garden like place your showed us here - it is absolutely stunning!
    barbara bee

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  17. I loved your words about wabi sabi, and the way you found your way around the Japan theme this week.
    Everything seemed to fit into place so beautifully.
    And now I am intrigued about those geometric shapes in the rock!!

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  18. A great job!
    I love your drawing, carving technique.
    A kiss Tammie.

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  19. Wow I love your carving! It makes a fantastic stamp. :) The photo of the creek with the water is so beautiful, what an inspiring place to be. :)
    Jess x

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  20. perfect, tammie! thank you for taking us on your terrific ramble, which had a goal though. finding the equation! you did good on that stamp too! great project. thxs for playing, t.! n♥

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  21. I love your rubber stamp, it adds a uniqueness to your art. I also love the fact that you can just ''wander'' through these beautiful landscapes....sigh.

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  22. Your stamp is amazing, Tammie! Such a sweet tree, looks like a bonsai to me ;) (btw, it fits to my Challenge at Mix It Monthly this month) Thank you for sharing your lovely journey, to let us see the beauty through your eyes ♥ Conny

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  23. Ha Tammie, this is something different, special tree if ..... stamp and drawing ...... nice .....
    beautiful nature photo, s with the last summer flowers ...
    and the rock walls are very special ....
    And greet you Christiene ........

    Ha Tammie,dit is weer eens iets anders, bijzondere boom als..... stempel en tekening......mooi.....
    mooie natuur foto,s met de laatste zomer bloemen...
    en de rots wanden zijn zeer apart....
    En groetje Christiene........

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  24. What a wonderful combination of stamp and painting! Beautiful! And then I scrolled down and stood right in front of this lovely piece of nature! Which is, after learning the meaning, truely wabi-sabi! Thank you so much for letting me know. You did it, in your very personal way again! :-)

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  25. Love your stamp, and the wabi sabi landscape you created with it!

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  26. Hi kindred..love your beautiful carving..gorgeous work..very special to create your own! Love your art..and the pictures are fantastical...brilliant!
    Wishing you a magical September!

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  27. I love your blockprinting, very beautiful! <3 Niina

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  28. Wow! I'm so impressed with your stamp! It is so beautiful as is your piece and photographs...

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