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Announcing a new Drawing Challenge: Shinrin Yoku

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Hi everybody,

Here is the theme for next weekend’s drawing challenge: Shinrin Yoku

Inspired by Chloe’s imminent adventure in Japan, Shinrin Yoku, translated as Forest Bathing, is something she expects to be doing a lot of. How about we look into it ourselves.

Let’s start with the art and just keep going all year.

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Art: some fern stamps I cut the other day, “inked” with watercolour to make a shadowy print, and ink drawn ferns, coloured in with watercolours so that they shade and mix where they overlap, on a page in my small poetry journal. Found poem reads:

There are the dense pine jungles, protected by the spikes of dead branches, with never a bit of green to relieve the grey – the favourite haunt of spiders, who stretch out their webs and sit there, waiting for foolish flies.

Foliage growing darker and darker and more silent as the moss grew thicker and vines slung themselves more luxuriantly from tree to tree.

The most beautiful.

Comments: 10

  • January 26, 2016
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    I love Japanese aesthetic and spiritual concepts, including the concept of “forest bathing.”

  • Jo

    January 26, 2016
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    I love learning about all the techniques you try. This one is beautiful – sort of a haunting forest floor – thank you for sharing.

  • January 26, 2016
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    sounds fantastic, both the challenge and the actual forest bathing. i will love to participate. n

  • January 26, 2016
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    I’ll join in too. Thanks, Veronica. xo

  • January 27, 2016
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    I am going into the wood right now. So I am in, I think.
    Thank you . Lucia

  • January 27, 2016
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    i am love your ease in making these ‘stamps’ .. i remember well the fun i had working with that medium/the tools back in high school .. and as always i admire your ability to spot the words that form the poems you use with your art (tho personally i think that is an art too)

  • January 28, 2016
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    Hi Veronica. I have to admit that i must to look in Google what Shinrin Yoku is. And i liked!!! then please count with me, put me in the list. please.

  • January 28, 2016
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    What a wonderful theme for the DC! I’m in!

  • January 29, 2016
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    ‘Waldbaden’ (forest bathing) ist eine ganz tolle Idee. Farne eignen sich ganz besonders gut dafür. Es sieht einfach zauberhaft aus. Bei mir wachsen Farne auch im Garten. Ich liebe ‘Gartenbaden’ (garden bathing). Liebe Grüße. All the best for you, have a good weekend! Edith from Germany

  • January 29, 2016
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    a wonderful theme
    I have enjoyed considering it as i walk our woods

    your ferns are so very lovely

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