Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Japanese Woodblocks In The Wild West

 December 21, 2021

    My son is in Japan teaching, so, of course, for my birthday yesterday, he sent me the heaviest present I can remember receiving (with the possible exception of a Bob Gilpin Kingman Auto Parts Honda 50 in 1962). Thomas Charles sent me a 16.5 pound book: Japanese Woodcut Masterpieces. And, Boy Howdy, that they are!

Japanese Woodblock Masterpieces Cover

   Of course, the Japanese were doing these massive gems back in the 1700s. A long, strong tradition. And, by the way, they inspired van Gogh and many of the Impressionists. So, it's a bit foreign, but all interesting to me.

  A certain puppy has taken to another pup staying at our house. They totally dig each other.

Weston and Uno

Then there's this:

What The Hell We're We Thinking?

"You're the one who said you wanted to see other people. Well, can you see'em from here?"

"Where no plan is laid, where the disposal of time is surrendered merely to the chance of incident, chaos will soon reign."

—Victor Hugo

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