Etegami (sort of) Two

I made a few postcards in April, 2022, inspired by a class I was taking at the time that compared Eastern and Western art. I was thinking of the scrolls I had seen in class that contained poetry and artwork.

I drew on the tradition of etegami to guide me, doing a loose interpretation by illustrating a haiku (written by me) rather than including a simple phrase, but I stuck with the idea of mail art, spontaneous art work, and something pleasant that a person would like to receive in the mail.

This is the second postcard I made.

I used India ink and a bamboo brush, and I painted the colors with gouache. It’s done on a watercolor paper postcard.

12 thoughts on “Etegami (sort of) Two

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Yes, I think we both look to the moon and feel we are seeing a friend. I know since I was little that if I could see the moon shining in my window at night, I felt safer in the dark and easier to go to sleep.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I did not know this painting so I looked it up. I wish I could see it in person. All my life I have felt there is no more secure or safe feeling than seeing a lighted window and knowing that someone is there, carrying out some activity, there is such a sense of continuity of life no matter what the situation may be.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. Thank you. I made the moon as negative space with India Ink and then went over the black with a white marker. I was really happy with the sky, too, I wanted it to feel enveloping and friendly, not dark and scary.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Wow, what a nice thing to say. Thank you. I like making these little images and using the haiku as inspiration. To me there is something magic about translating words to images like this. And of course, I love using India ink! Just the way the brush and ink work together is fulfilling.

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