Category Archive: autumn

light as a gourd

just one possession, my world light as a gourd もの一つ / 我が世はかろき / 瓢かな I had a leftover gourd painting from autumn, 2015, and found this haiku by Basho to finish it off. This… Continue reading

be still

“Be still, and know that I am god.” Psalm 46:10 Etegami of a late-autumn sunflower, bowing down under the weight of the flower, from a photo I took in my neighborhood, at the… Continue reading

it’s decorative gourd season…

Etegami usually (um, never?) features curse words. But, I couldn’t resist, after reading this 2009 essay from McSweeney’s, “It’s decorative gourd season, motherfuckers,” by Colin Nissan. I especially love the part about Diff’rent… Continue reading

every leaf a flower

  a couple of samples from a recent bout of etegami painting. I’m terribly behind on a number of things:  etegami correspondence; prep for an etegami class I’m teaching next week (!); holiday… Continue reading

Gingko leaves

Gingko leaves, subtly yellowing in the fall I finally got around to painting some gingko leaves, after being inspired by a card I received from Shungo. The first etegami is on high-bleed washi… Continue reading

My Inbox: Gingko leaf from Shungo

I received this etegami of a gingko leaf from Shungo, in Yokohama, over a month ago. Again, things have really gotten away from me the past couple of months! I hope to be… Continue reading

There’s a bit of magic in everything

  I finally have gotten back to etegami these past couple of weeks. The trees have been obliging with lots of inspiring foliage, and I’ve been able to get out to do some… Continue reading