How a 200-year-old artwork inspired me to create the Kanagawa Wave painting.
Through my love and study of eighteenth century Spencerian penmanship it has led me to Shodo Japanese writing. The love of a line and its movement through thick and thin markings make it very enjoyable creating artworks. The original great wave was a woodblock print created by Katsushika Hokusai in about 1829. It captured a tsunami as it washed over a Japanese village. In thinking about a rendition of this artwork, I wanted the line work to sing with energy and give the markings weight, immediacy and strength.
Water is a moving entity, and a tsunami is the ultimate display of nature’s force. As I worked on this painting, I felt not only did it need powerful spontaneous movements in the markings but a textual feel on the surface as well.
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