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Etegami morning


Wednesday morning I practiced etegami. The subject of etegami is whatever you can have in front of you, so I gathered some vegetables and fruits from the kitchen: garlic, yam potatoes, oranges, onions.


Etegami was invented in 1960s by Kunio Koike a calligrapher from Japan.  He was frustrated that art was only made by professional artists, such as the art printed on New Year’s greetings postcards that were sold in Japan. He invented the principles of etegami so people can make and share their own art.


All you need for etegami is ink, watercolour, and rice paper. To make etegami, you hold the brush at the tip, with two or three fingers. You don’t have control of the brush so, as you move very slowly, the lines are squiggly, imperfect, and there are blotches, but it’s okay. In etegami, they say the lines are ‘alive’.


Once the artwork is done you have to add a short sentence, or greeting. I tried to be spontaneous.


I enjoyed adding watercolour. It added a new dimension to the artwork.


Today I used large sheets or rice paper to practice. Next time, I’ll use a small brush and postcards-size paper. etegami means imagee (e) and letter (tegami).  It’s not etegami until you mail it, so I’m hoping to send some for New Year’s.


I’m grateful to instructor Darlene Dihel, assisted by Dorothy Matthews and Melinda Brottem who gave a workshop  at Seabeck Haiku Getaway and introduced me to etegami.  It was a lot of fun, not having to stress about the quality of the final product, but to simply enjoy the process. This allowed me to make art again.


My favorite part of the process was just focusing on the line and the breath. To be present. In the moment.


In the next coming weeks, I’ll learn to make a seal out of an eraser so I can sign the artwork. This should be fun too.

The Clam Show


Razor clams are the buried treasures of Hood Canal.

During his talk at the Seabeck Haiku Getaway 2017, David Berger explained clam digging is a family activity.

At low tide, everybody goes on the beach to dig for clams with shovels and buckets.

If you see bubbles on the surface of the water, it means there’s a clam buried in the sand. This is  called…. the Clam Show.




Sharks in the lagoon



When I read this post on the Seabeck Haiku Getaway Facebook page dated February 3 2017, I thought it was a joke.


lagoon facebook

Sharks… in the lagoon?!

When I arrived at Seabeck Conference Centre, someone confirmed they were, indeed, mud sharks in the lagoon.

One morning, I headed for the lagoon. And guess what I saw….


A V shape… and a fin sticking out of the water!!!


I walked on the dock and the shark circled back because it was low tide and there was nowhere else to go.


Mud shark at Seabeck Conference Centre (photo: Jessica Tremblay)

Turns out there were two sharks, swimming side by side.


Mud shark at Seabeck Conference Centre (photo: Jessica Tremblay)

I took multiple photos (and a video) before they swam away.


Mud shark at Seabeck Conference Centre (photo: Jessica Tremblay)

The mud sharks are about 1 meter long, but they do look like real shark. It was very impressive.