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Chikara – Strength

Chikara (pronounced Chee-kah-rah) is the Japanese word for strength or power.

It is amazing what can happen with a little bit of courage and a lot of determination.  Years of training in martial arts may at times be challenging and tedious, but those years are worth it.  Determination helps develop physical and character strength.

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Chikara     

Charcoal 16 x 12

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Beginnings

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 17 x 12 Soft Pastel and Charcoal

Obtaining a Black Belt is often seen as the end of a journey, but really it is only the beginning.

“What we call the beginning is often the end.  And to make an end is to make a beginning.  The end is where we start from.”  T.S. Eliot

 

Aren’t beginnings great? This past year has been full of many beginnings for me.  It isn’t always easy to start something new.   Maybe it is because we get comfortable with the routine of our life, or we don’t think we can do it.  Pushing forward into something new, venturing out into a new job, or moving is never easy; but it is often filled with great rewards, sometimes more than we could ever imagine.  Personally, I am glad there are beginnings.

 

 

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Adding Perspective

I wasn’t completely satisfied with the Gankaku sketch when I posted it a couple of weeks ago.  I wanted the figure to standout a little more.  Adding more contrast and  atmospheric perspective to the background I think the focus moves to the figure.  Have a look, and see what you think.

Gankuku

Karate Series - 10 x 8 Graphite and Charcoal
Karate Series – 10 x 8 Graphite and Charcoal

Now, on to a new karate sketch.  I can’t wait!  🙂