The former Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall was ground zero when the A-bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945 and is now the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, a UNESCO World Heritage Site also known as the A-Bomb Dome. On August 9th a second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. As we commemorate this 75th Anniversary and the horrific loss of civilian life and suffering that ensued our thoughts and condolences are also with all those suffering loss and devastation in Beirut today, where a modern-day ground zero has resulted in images so reminiscent of those seen in Hiroshima seventy five years ago.
Kitsilano in the snow #2Inspired by a magical morning on Kitsilano Beach after the snowfall before Xmas, which I posted about in backdrop to a life: part 2 and which was also the inspiration for the first of the year. The Gift of the Four Treasures has once again weaved its magic spell with the superpower that resides in its brushes and ink.
Looks like the beginning of a new series for a new year.
The First Treasure
Back in September you will remember my pleasure at receiving The Gift of the Four Treasures from a special friend. My first ink painting using the gift I titled The First Treasure and today it was time to mat and frame it ready to give it to her as the gift that was promised.
Wearing an old pair of black leather gloves to protect my hands as I cleaned the glass together with the anticipation of seeing the framed image hanging on the studio wall are part of a familiar and welcome ritual that I always look forward to.
With thirty new pristine mats ready to go, lots more framing to come.P.S. For this week’s Discover Challenge: One, Two, Three, the challenge from Krista to photographers and artists is to create in sets of three, working in triptychs to capture a subject in evolution. I hope this triptych of the three photographs matting, framing, and hanging The First Treasure captures the spirit of the Krista’s challenge.