|That's my red radicchio on the left. Pg. 4.|
|This is the cover of the May Etagami news magazine.|
I don't think it's due to the incredible beauty or calligraphy of my work, but instead due to the fact as this is the first Etagami exchange organized by that association outside of Japan, and this is Florence, it made interesting news for their readers. There was a multi-page article about Florence, and the exchange. I think there are about 30 Italians participating.
The etagami that I sent to Japan this month was taken from a recent photograph of a grape vine budding out. In the wine-making world, this represents the beginning of the growing cycle and the bud will soon be a long vine studded with grapes. The accompanying text reads, "Some calendars have different beginnings...".
|Some Calendars have different beginnings. 3"x5" sumi and watercolor on Japanese kozo paper.|
I also did another, this time in English; and sent it off as a postcard to a gardener and friend in Santa Cruz.
And today I stopped by the LAILAC Japanese cultural center to pick up my just-arrived card from from my etagami/penpal in Japan; It portrays what I think must be a blue clematis--called Tessen in Japanese.
"International Art Journals".......