Ukiyo-e Blockmaking and Printing

 

Jump to 27:40 in the kuchi-e video to see a simply stunning piece of carving!

Posted because… well just because!

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Transcendent Art – Hokusai

I re-watched a BBC documentary about Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai last night, via the iPlayer app, and was struck by the power that his art (particularly the painting) possesses to send me into something of a transcendental state. I gasped aloud when this particular painting appeared:

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Painting of ducks by Katsushika Hokusai copyright the British Museum.

Despite my love of visual art, particularly painting, illustration and Japanese woodcut printing, it has always been music and narrative that has ‘moved’ me to tears or joy. I’m not going to try to fathom out why I feel the way I do when I see these works as, for me, this would spoil the experience but, by cracky (as the late, great John Noakes would have said) there is something here that addresses what it is to be human and to experience existence in this world.

Doesn’t Hokusai capture the very essence of duck in the main figure? It is almost alive.

Iray Reality

I’ve given the Nvidia Iray renderer in Daz studio a good couple of months now and even bought an Nvidia graphics card on the strength of what the render engine offered. However, I have to confess that I love Reality and Luxrender more. Both give great results but i love the latest Reality interface and functionality. As it turns out, the upgraded graphics card has also been a bonus for Reality / LuxRender rendering.

On the music and art front. I’ve been able to get lots done whilst also painting the external woodwork, some family trips out and even some schoolwork! I’ve returned to my old Sony Acid Pro software (with which almost all of the original Earth Balm tracks were created) for sketching out musical ideas. I still have Cubase and Native instruments for actual sequencing.