Traditional Japanese calligraphy,
called shodo, is typically written in
black ink (sumi) which is made from
grinding compressed blocks of
charcoal with water.
The gray and brown areas in this work
are an example of this. The kanji
(Chinese characters) on the off-white
washi (Japanese paper) are written in
blue ink, which is rare, and appears to
be written in pen, not a brush as is
What is written and how it was written
is of no concern for me, however.
I love the primary-tertiary color
relationship (blue to brown) and the
fragility of the paper which creates
tension and how the diagonal serves
to activate it.
20.5 x 17cm