I have lots of work to do. And I have two friends who are suffering enormously with health issues. These two situations do not work really well for me, I have trouble sometimes moving through grief and creating beauty at the same time. As an artist, this is my job, to feel, interpret, explore, illustrate, experience and sometimes, deliver the goods wrapped up and ready.
This time it is harder to do that for me, because my talented and beautiful friend is dying. She is a calligrapher and an activist, a real thinker and hoper and believer. In thinking about her I found a book I painted years ago that applies, both because the words are by Wendell Berry who is also an activist (and a farmer, and a poet), and because it was a calligraphic work of mine and she would like it.
Here are the spreads of this small book.
The book was done with sumi ink, acrylics inks on Arches Text wove. The calligraphy was done with gouache.
Searching for beauty, anywhere, is what I need to be doing right now. I am so, so grateful to have this creative outlet.