Friday, July 25, 2008

Artist's Proof


Latest print does not have a rabbit in it, here it is anyway; 5 by 7 inches, two colors and black. It's anatomny breaks down as follows. Based on my own humble calligraphy, the larger black characters mean health and healing, they are always used together.

The red block is based on a page from a rather curious woodblock accordion book of Taoist origin dating from the Ming Dynasty, approximately 1444. The book, a reprint of a lost 12th century work, is titled Talismans and Diagrams of the Wondrous Scripture of Supreme Rank on the Infinite Salvation of Numinous Treasure this page is a talisman for summoning the nine transformations of great obscurity. Probably a very handy thing to know.

 
The green block is columns of characters relating to important concepts in Chinese Medicine. From the top these are Yin, Yang, Heaven Human, Earth, Qi, Blood, Shen (spirit), and Jing (essence). 


OK, here are some rabbits. I had some more printing tries at my first design. I am getting better at the solid background, but I see I need to do a little fiddling with the second block to get it just right.


14 comments:

Crafty Green Poet said...

I love that design and its fascinating to see all the different elements separately.... The bunnies are adorable of course...

Crafty Green Poet said...

I love that design and its fascinating to see all the different elements separately.... The bunnies are adorable of course...

Sue said...

The different layers and colours work very well with each other. I like it! The bunnies are brill too! ;-)

PJ said...

Your work is lovely.
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Elizabeth said...

Love your calligraphy prints - there is something especially wonderful about the pink one.
When we were in Morocco I collected some little dishes with Arabic script on.The other day some one gave a birthday present wrapped calligraphy tissue.
Where would we be without your rabbits?

mum of critters said...

i love it and thanks for breaking it out - it really is quite lovely

and the buns of course are adorable, very nicely done

ahhh... talent!

FrecklesandDeb said...

It was lovely when I saw it all together -- but it means so much more when you break it down for us! Just beautiful!

Carlton Jamal said...

My hommin says your work is very good, she thinks the bunnies are especially super! of course she would!!

I'm not sure what Bobbin and Roo are but english spot sure sounds right! They have a blog all of their very own (see in my links), I might pop and ask them right now!

Sophia said...

Oh I just love all the pieces. Thanks for sharing.

Casey and Crysti said...

Very nice! I really like the bunny piece!

Rabbits' Guy said...

The nine transformations of great obscurity is just what has been missing in my life .. I KNEW it! Thanks!

Those designs and bunns are just the best. Kind of makes a digital camera unessential!

Karen Jo said...

I really like your calligraphy design. It was really good of you to show us all the separate elements and explain them, too. Of course, I love the buns, too.

Rima said...

Wow, some lovely prints Diana! :)
Beautiful calligraphy ...

Annie B said...

Wow, I love this latest print. And the background on your rabbit print looks great -- so smooth.