Friday, March 28, 2014

Thank you Slava.

Slava, whose full moniker (moniker, Australian slang for name) is Svyatoslav, a splendidly Slavic name and he hails from Belarus which is a relatively new nation since 1990 having been put together over the years out of various Principalities, Duchies and latterly Soviet rule. In this politically charged part of the world it is nice to see that he coming of Spring is a simple constant that people can look forward to.
Thank you Slava.
P.S. Please notice my change of address on the Facebook page!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

That's no bull!

Three wonderful etegami from Tohru san, the first, one of his drawings of a bull, inspired by prehistoric cave paintings but made totally his own . His shorthand like style captures the essence of the beast, I had been hoping for one of these for a long time and It finally came along with some delightful skeletal fishes and two grumpy looking Daruma (s).
Thank you Tohru san!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

One cool cat clanging cymbals.

Thank you Masami for the two etegami, the first celebrating Girl's Day (Hinamatsuri) which fell on March 3 this year. Charming little altars are  set up in the homes where there are girls and the dolls representing the Emperor and Empress take pride of place over the other figures around them.
This card is so colourful and done in a true etegami style.
The second card is very cute, a cat playing in a band. Masami is famous for his cat band cards, at one time he called for submissions for the band from fellow etegamists. It was fun to contribute.
This fellow looks so determined that you can almost feel yourself bracing for the clash!

Dostoyevski and more.

Thank you Alison, she who is waiting impatiently for spring after a long cold winter in the USA!
 I am sure she can identify with the author of these words who must surely have seen his fill of long cold winters!