size: 6.2 x 9 inches (approx.) / 158 × 227 mm
medium: cut and torn washi and chiyogami paper on wood panel
private collection / commission
Delicacy and power are not two words which are often associated with each other. The blossoms of the cherry tree [桜の木 / sakura no ki] for example, bring to mind fragility and impermanence. Dragons, on the other hand, are all fire and claws, shimmering scales rippling over sinewy muscle, terrible in their magnificence.
Still, there is a subtle and quiet power to the blossom which, having come untethered from its branch, glides slowly on the wind, inevitably and inexorably to the dirt below. It is nature’s gentlest way of showing us that all beauty must whither, all life must end, all things shall eventually fade.
The dragon’s roar may be muffled by the whisper of a blossom touching earth.
detail: teeth, scales, and hair
Sakura Blossom Season is the second of two commissions arising from last year’s Kickstarter Calendar campaign. It’s always a pleasure to work on commissions and to be prodded to go to places in one’s art which one might not travel to if left to one’s own devices. It’s a mind and world expanding experience, and it helps to keep the work fresh.
Below, you can see how awfully loose and incomprehensible my sketches can be.
I should take this chance to remind everyone that there are still calendars available, and since it’s June (and the ¥en has dropped nicely compared to the dollar, I’ve shaved a bit off of the price:
sketch: the shape of a dragon
sketch: a cherry tree