When I started this blog I never imagined that I would ever write so many posts. It all started out as a challenge to myself to see if I could post a picture a day– I couldn’t– back in 2011. It slowly morphed into something of a journal before becoming what it is now. Where it will go from here, nobody knows, but it’s been fun and I hope to continue for years to come. Thanks for sticking with.
The State of Emergency was lifted about a week ago. Stores and such are still on modified hours, but things are starting to very slowly return to normal.
A while back I wrote about an art challenge that I issued to myself when Aichi first put the state of emergency into effect. That challenge was to produce one piece of art for every day I was home under the SoE. However, in that time I only completed five pieces before turning my attention elsewhere. I poted the first three in am earlier post and now am posting the final two.
Lately, I’ve been spending a lot of time at home due to the State of Emergency across Japan. We are highly encouraged to stay home unless necessary, as is 90% of the world. Because of such, I have been finding myself with a lot more time on my hands, which has caused me to get creative in how to spend it. In addition to art, I’ve been working in my garden, cooking a lot, messaging friends and family, and surprisingly watching Netflix.
Normally I am not so big on TV or movies. I might see only one or two movies a year. I often don’t even keep my TV plugged in to be honest, but I need some way to generate some sound, besides the rain.
It’s been raining since Friday, though today we had sun-showers in the afternoon. And although it has been a tad wet, I’ve been keeping the window open to listen. The sound of rain has always been relaxing for me and I love the sound of a good downpour in particular.
Recently, Aichi Prefecture declared a state of emergency, which caused a closure of many businesses. Because of this, I have had more time to work on personal endeavors at home. So, I challenged myself to produce a piece of art each day.
As a theme, I decided on flowers. For medium, I pulled out a square Muji craft paper notebook, and oil markers. The paper holds the ink well and doesn’t bleed through.
On the way home Friday night, I passed these artificial flowers at my office. I thought that they were rather pretty, even late at night.
Practically no one was out and about when I was getting lunch this afternoon.