I Ching Series Update

This series is inspired by the I Ching, the 2000-year-old Chinese divination system. The I Ching became part of the fabric of Chinese philosophy. Each hexagram consists of a combination of six yin (broken) or yang (solid) lines and each combination of has a particular meaning. I’ve layered these hexagrams with imagery that illustrate my understanding of these meanings.

I started this exploration in 2016 and created images for all 64 hexagrams in 2019 when I had a show at the Tortuga Gallery. I have continued my visual exploration of the 64 hexagrams and have been working on a book that will display the 64 hexagrams paired with haiku. As part of this effort, I have been recreating and improving many of the hexagrams. Many thanks to poet Scott Wiggerman for teaching me about english-language haiku while editing my poetry. My goal is to have the book published by the end of 2025. To view the entire series click HERE.

Below is the latest hexagram painting and info about three October shows featuring the I Ching series.

Hexagram 54: Marrying Maiden, Acrylic on cradled panel, 16x16x2 inches, © Denise Weaver Ross 2023

Hexagram 54: The Marrying Maiden

This hexagram indicates an unequal partnership, as when (in traditional Chinese culture) a young maiden enters a marriage as a second wife to an older but prosperous man. This imbalance in a relationship is emphasized in the painting by making the man a skeleton as the imbalance can be unhealthy for both parties. However if you find yourself in an unequal partnership (of any kind) you can make it better by being aware of the power dynamics and taking steps to mitigate them.

This painting is currently available at The Next Best Thing To Being There, 1315 Mountain Road, Albuquerque. The shop is open on Wednesday-Sunday from Noon to 4pm.

35th Annual Old Church Fine Arts Show

I’m honored to be included in this annual exhibit in Corrales, New Mexico. Below are the two pieces that will be exhibited as well as the invitation. Consider yourself invited! If possible, join me at the artist reception on October 6 from 5-7pm.

I will also be gallery sitting on October 14 from 10am to 1:30pm.

Hexagram 6: Creative Tension
Mixed media on cradled panel, 16x16x1.5 inches

Hexagram 8: Union
Mixed media on cradled panel, 16x16x1.5 inches

Hopes and Dreams at the Oasis Gallery

Art from the Society of Layerists in MultiMedia (SLMM)

Artist Reception, October 6, 2-3:30pm
October 6th through December 19

Located at the American Square Shopping Center, 3301 Menaul Blvd NE, Suite 18, Albuquerque.

Two of my more recent hexagram paintings will be exhibited.

Hexagram 43: Truth, Acrylic on Cradled Panel, 30x30x2 inches

Hexagram 46: Pushing Upwards, Acrylic on Cradled Panel, 30x30x2 inches,

Balloon Fiesta Art Market at the Gobble This Eatery in Old Town