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Write Around PAM: Yoshida Chizuko

As summer days start their slow slide into fall, we’re lingering here in the light and shadows of Yoshida Chizuko’s En no chōtachi (Garden of Butterflies), noticing the intricate beauty in small things, and feeling and appreciating the abundance of nature.

In both our art and writing, we can enter into the natural world more deeply and notice life and details we might otherwise overlook. This week, we invite you to write, keeping in mind this invitation to notice—from the widest open sky to the smallest butterfly. Before or after you write, take some time to learn more about Yoshida Chizuko’s life and art.⠀

We have some prompts to help you get started. You can choose one, both, or follow your own adventure. Set a timer for 10 minutes and just keep the pen moving.

Lessons from the butterflies… / In my world…

Writing in community is powerful. We are grateful to our longtime partner Write Around Portland for the writing prompts and inspiration. You can revisit past posts from Sundays in the summer and look for continuing weekly posts this fall. Please share your work with us! @writearoundpdx @portlandartmuseum #RespectWritingCommunity #WriteAroundPAM  

Yoshida Chizuko, En no chōtachi (Garden of Butterflies), ca. 1980, color woodblock print with metallic pigment on paper, Museum Purchase: Funds provided by Asian Art Auction Proceeds, © Chizuko Yoshida, 2016.130.1