Spring always brings about inspiration in my creative work and I am enjoying the exploration. I’m trying to avoid too much planning and thought because it always interrupts the natural flow so now I find myself revisiting some old techniques and styles that I was successful doing before. There’s a new depth to them and they appear to be more–at least to me–detailed than before. I still think that I need go larger so that I can attempt to replicate them in a larger scale, perhaps using different tools.
The work above was done using a calligraphy pen which I bought recently and the design is very similar to a piece I did in high school. I think that by revisiting them that I am in some small way reclaiming my past using my own take on the technique I was taught in school. I always found myself deviating from what the class was doing anyway because I saw no value in producing artistic work that was restricted to the teacher’s perspective of the world and known skills that others could do much, much better.
I see that having different points of view and frames of reference at historical styles are important and valid for personal growth. I also know that perfecting something that is done with your own two hands is really the goal.
The cosmic clock IS ticking, whether we care to admit it or not. The awareness of this inevitable fact is what motivates me still.
After all, tomorrow isn’t promised.