Sunday, February 14, 2021

A Second Wind


Athletes and even my yoga instructor talk about getting “a second wind.” It’s the point when they hit a wall in energy and think they can’t go on – and then suddenly endorphins or something kick in, and they do.

 I admit that I picked up a brush pen again this week because it’s fast, and I was getting so tired of this series that I just wanted to get it over with quickly each day. But a few days in, I started becoming interested in seeing how much of a hand I could convey while drawing as little as possible. I even dropped the white highlights to keep the marks even more sparse.

Although I practiced sumi-e formally only briefly decades ago, my mom was a sumi painter for many years. Watching her paint taught me the philosophy of sumi-e: Instead of replicating the appearance of something, try to capture its essence or spirit with minimal, spontaneous marks.

As I write this, it strikes me that sumi-e is the direct opposite of the drawings of trees that I have been doing lately in class, which are labor-intensive and based on sticking fairly closely to a photo image. The objective is not necessarily to replicate precisely, but there’s nothing minimal or spontaneous about the practice. That labor-intensive approach appeals to me too, and yet maybe these sumi-e-like hand sketches are the counter-pose (yes, another yoga principle; you can see how I have been spending my pandemic time).

In any case, I am grateful for the second wind.

Happy Valentine's Day from Weather Bunny!


  1. Happy Valentine's Day! It is good to be able to see blogs again. Being without a real computer was not easy. I know when I traveled in the past I was able to post from the iPad, but it seems the with the changes on blogger that didn't work any more. Glad to see your hands again.


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