Tomorrow I’m headed to Brussels, one of my favorite international “Art Cities” to meet up with two other artist friends for some gallery hopping and a few days of wandering around on cobblestone streets.
In the meantime, I’m spending a few days in the studio drawing patterns, symbols, and a language of my own making, on a collection of fabric I’ve had hidden away for nearly 6 years.
At the moment my studio is filled with the glorious scent of Chung Hwa Sumi Ink. Although it’s generally used for Chinese painting and calligraphy, the color density and its short drying time make it perfect for drawing on fabric.
This tiny bottle was given to me as a gift by one of the international visiting artists during my stay at the Vermont Studio Center. Every time I would come to his studio for a visit, the scent would meet me at the front door of the building even before I’d made my way to his studio.
Given the scientific evidence that suggests our sense of smell has a powerful connection to emotion, concentration, and both the creation and re-call of memories, I can’t wait to discover the symbols, images, and words, my “magic ink” conjures from the depths of my feisty little creative subconscious.
Let beauty and truth be summoned.