Cranes - Longevity
Repetition, rhythm, emphasis, and texture. I started out with repetition and the other three elements fell into place. There are literally 1,000 origami cranes making up the background because I was reminded recently of a story.
According to Japanese tradition, anyone with the patience and commitment to fold 1,000 paper cranes will be granted their most desired wish, because they have exhibited the cranes’ loyalty and recreated their beauty (Asian Symbolism and the Crane). The story goes that Sadako Sasaki upon developing leukemia, began folding paper cranes in her hospital bed, praying for world peace. Sasaski died at 12 years old and her friends picked up the task of folding the cranes. She was buried with the full 1,000 as a tribute to her inspirational life.
Japanese people today still fold 1,000 cranes as a symbol of health, happiness, and peace. This makes me wonder about the things we can do with our time to bring inspiration to others. There’s another story about a woman who grew pansies and took them to shut-ins. She grew so many that pansy became part of her nickname. Maybe I’ll do pansies next.
Resource: http://asianlifestyledesign.com/2012/05/asian-symbolism-crane/


November 2017 Full Moon

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I enjoy building designs using layers with different opacities and color enhancements to create shading and highlights. The little beaver on the mountainside is simply in honor of the traditional name for the November full moon.
Algonquin tribes called it the Beaver Moon because this was the time to set the traps before the freeze, so they would have furs to make clothes for the cold winter. The November full Moon was also called the Full Frost Moon by other Native American tribes.” – Farmer’s Almanac
My view of the full moon was partially obscured by clouds tonight. It was lovely all the same. A full moon is one of my favorite things to see.