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by Mari Hoshizaki

Description & Meaning
Artist's Bio

Description & Meaning

A bridge of light and liquid
Between my two jars
Of spirits and spring waters.
Balanced in the quiet
between cool and warm.

Temperance for me included having a balanced view and softened feelings. The prettiest balance to me in terms of design came from the Italian classical engravings from the Della Rocca and Di Gumppenberg art of the mid-1840s and 1880s (Lo Scarabeo). On a recent trip to the Carmel Mission in California and the Monterey Presidios, designed in the 1600s, I saw resemblance between the beautiful classical Italian engravings and art that decorated the Spanish missions and churches. After a few sketches and studies, I finally had working draft that pays homage to these influences--at least to my eyes. A beautiful feeling of being quieter, relaxed and in good spirits came to me as I finished the draft. I felt as if I drank good and deep drinks of fresh water with a twist of refreshing lime or lemon, just a spritz of cool spirits.

The softer feelings of quiet and balance came on a recent vacation when we visited the mission during a nice temperate day. We weren't rushing about to any tourist stop, just walking quietly in a few places that we picked to see. I painted the figure, hoping to remember the softer and kinder feelings and the balance of feeling very relaxed. I can do my art best in this type of mindset--but this is hard for me to achieve this even before or after my normal working day.

It is hard during a workweek and other times to remember the balanced view and softer feelings of a relaxed, more temperate time. And so I hope this design shows and inspires a feeling of restfulness, a good balance of light and liquid, and a spritz of refreshment on your own journeys.

Artist's Bio

Mari Hoshizaki is a student of Western Humanities and Studio Art in evening hours. She finds Western Tarot studies fascinating and is trying to combine her other studies with the tarot archetypes. Her preferred creative writing sources include poetry from Italian literature and translated Japanese language resources. Her preferred art uses watercolor and watercolor pen sketches from her original photographs, and collage scraps from art magazines. Her dream is to travel to the original sources of her studies in Western Europe in a time of peace and prosperity.

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