Today wasn't so much about making art so much as learning how to make Japanese arts. At the moment I'm usually pounding out art pieces for my show at Hastings College in October. But today I had two classes scheduled and both of them are art related!
My first class was Ikebana. We worked with really different materials today. Some of my plants were a little damaged from bugs so they were difficult to deal with. Apparently, in the fall it's important to show the places where the bugs have eaten the leaves but in the summer it's not necessary. There was a lot of pruning of my leaves. I learned how to bend willows and found out that branches need to be cut at an angle and flowers need to be cut straight across. I also learned that you should dip the leaves in the water so you can use the sheen to find the best angle and also that the leaves should be pointing but because that's how plants grow in nature. I'm still not very good at arranging though. I think I did better last time. In the photo album There are four photos of my arrangement. The first and third photos are my arrangements and the second and fourth are my teachers. I have a long way to go. Her arrangements just look so natural, dynamic, and alive. I'm not sure why mine keep looking so static. I managed to get into the class next month thank goodness, so I have one more month to try and learn some more. I think I should try and check out some books. Now that I have my own frog and vase I wonder if I can just clip plants that I see every day and try and arrange them on my own. I guess I could always try.
Here's the web album with the rest of the picture...Ikebana and Sakiori.
It's been a fun day so far. The weather's chilly and it's the second day of rain in a row. I'm pretty soaked from all my walking around between classes. I'm going to make a cup of tea and get back to art making. Ian has been working 12 hour days for the exercise. So if you get a chance email him some encouragement. He's wet and cranky when he comes home.