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2019: Blank Pages Ahead.

Dear Visitor, Happy New Year!!

A Creative Journal, with Lily Petals and the Ocean.
A Creative Journal, with Lily Petals and the Ocean.
A Creative Journal, with Lily Petals and the Ocean.

May your pages be filled with what makes your heart swing.

A Creative Journal, with Lily Petals and the Ocean.
A Creative Journal, with Lily Petals and the Ocean.

This year, for the first time I bound my daily planner, crafted it in just the way I wanted.
With uneven edges and unfinished stitches, even let the stamped numbers dance, too!
All for the purpose of gifting myself daily, with a reminder that in Creativity there is, inherent, inviolable freedom.

The journal is photographed with dried spider lily blossoms from 2 autumns ago, with overlaid images of the ocean photographed during the first few days of this year.

Creative Process, September 2018.


Creative Process, September 2018 - Work in Progress.
Creative Process, September 2018 - Lily Geometry.

Creative Process, September 2018 - Pencil Drawing.
Creative Process, September 2018 - Pattern Tracing.

Creative Process, September 2018 - Lily Jizou.
Creative Process, September 2018 - Butterfly Lilies.

The project: Spider Lily Red.
In progress is the second of the two piece series called “Flare”.
Images are from this past September, captured moments during the precious three weeks I get to spend every autumn with my favorite lilies, my muse, taking in as much, their familier red to last me for a year.
The photos are in sleepy smoky monochrome, because I am saving up the stored red so as to pour it all into the second piece I will be painting in the coming months.

Thank you for your visit, and Happy Holidays!!

Red to believe.


Japanese Cormorant, a portrait.

Spider lily red. Not of the castle, nor of the village.

力を振りかざすのでもなく、それにひれ伏すのでもない赤。おかえりなさい。

A Swallowtail - a butterfly on a spider lily blossom.

Welcoming back the muse for my current project “Spider Lily Red”. Update on that next.

FAQ: What took you so long?

The year in review.

Creative Inspirations 2017 - parked water front, spring.
Creative Inspirations 2017 - Hydrangea in rain, early summer.
Creative Inspirations 2017 - evening by the sea with my wishes.
Creative Inspirations 2017 - forest drive, late summer.

August 10, 2017. A day before Mountains Day, a national holiday only a few years old, I hopped on my little scarred Honda and headed out roughly towards west. Compelled by the briefness of summer, I wanted to absorb the scorching of the season as much as humanly possible.

Creative Inspirations 2017 - spider lily, the first blossom.
Creative Inspirations 2017 - spider lily, a petal in macro.

Soon after somehow I took the turn I did not plan. General direction is right I said, my motto for a game I call “intentionally getting lost”. Just so long as I won’t miss out on the precious August sun for too long.
Well the path rode into the forest and quickly narrowed, to a single lane just wide enough for my compact. Winding as a large serpent would, on and on through the thick of woods that blocked even the brightest of the light. “Always a screw up, destined to miss.” An inner dialogue took the passenger’s seat like an inseparable old friend and worse yet at each hairpin, I grew deeper in agreement with her.

Creative Inspirations 2017 - spider lily, the last bouquet.
Creative Inspirations 2017 - cafe waves, mid fall.

Then quite suddenly the serpent spat me out, into the bursting of the summer where I found a community probably the smallest I’ve ever seen. Tacked away in a valley between mountains are just a handful of housing structures, only some inhabited, lives held together with artful display of faded woods and rusted tins. Face to face with the unfolding quiet gem, with midday asphalt beneath my feet, I found myself alone in a place where leaves can be heard, streams carry life, the sun warms your shoulders and butterflies are free.

Creative Inspirations 2017 - stitches, pins, autumn lights.
Creative Inspirations 2017 - cafe clear water, early winter.

Creative Process, November 01, 2017.


A Spider Lily petal, macro, a portrait.

My kind of prayers.

Decorative hand stitches, a close view.

The piece in progress: Spider Lily Red. A petal of the said lily (top), the muse, certainly posing like one, from late September this year, and my interpretation of it painted on silk, the reverse side of a dress in formation, pictured on the last day of October.
Stitches are done by hand, my homage to the God of Creativity whose benevolence and artistry I could never outdo.