While this is somewhat out of character, I felt that it was safe to go ahead and post this... a recent, small gift to a friend. Personal pieces like this are usually kept somewhat private, but I like this one too much to keep completely under wraps. And so, with the hope that the recipient won't mind, here's a little self portrait focusing on reflection and positive thought.
A brief moment, eyes closed, the talismanic bracelets I always wear, and flora to represent health, happiness and good fortune...
... and, for what it's worth, clean lines that radiate from a central point - small rays of conscience and concentration.
Granted, I'm not the praying type, at least not in the traditional sense of the word. But I do find a certain spirituality in putting my nibs to the inkwell, and then to paper, breathing as I work, configuring lines and curves into a single, thoughtful image. I do hope this one brings happiness and health.