When I began this I Ching Meditations blog I wrote a Page about my art process and changes in creating the images over many years. I explained why I was re-working these illustrations that I had previously created for Hexagrams one through sixteen. I found that I had to re-create my images if I wanted to publish them on paper.
As I explained in this history of creating these images that as a lot of time had passed since my original posting on my web page and so the technology changed and now my medium and style is radically different. However, as I re-read what I had written for those older images, those original words still feel right to me so while the illustrations are new I have only made the most tiny of edits in the text from my original work.
I decided to Post here the original images for comparison should you be interested in that evolution. When I created this earlier version, as I meditated on what Hexagram Eleven meant to me, I relied primarily on the Wilhelm translation with a few others as adjuncts for help in the process.
To my knowledge Stephen Karcher’s work on the I Ching had not been published in the 1970’s or 1980’s. The image that came to my meditating imagination was that of the process of a flower developing, blooming and then falling apart.
As I began work on the images for the new digital edition posted here on this blog, I went back and checked what Karcher had to say about Hexagram Eleven to see if I needed to edit my text. After all these years I am open to a new perspective and find Karcher’s interpretation often quite different from Wilhelm’s but not different in general meaning. They complement each other, is how I experience reading the two in comparison.
In Karcher’s interpretation for Hexagram Eleven he doesn’t call it, “Peace,” but rather, “Pervading / Great Rituals.“
Because Hexagram Ten, speaks about “Treading upon the tail of the tiger” I used the image of a tiger though out the six lines. For Hexagram Eleven, Wilhelm says, “Heaven and earth are in contact and combine their influences, producing time of universal flowering and prosperity.” In these early black and white drawings for Hexagram Eleven I used the image of a lily in different stages of bloom. In my newer illustrations I include figures along with the images of nature and so in Hexagram Eleven I used the image of a tiger lily, orange with spots, carrying over the tiger theme.
You can see my new rendition of Hexagram 11, Peace posted as a Page HERE.
I would enjoy comments about the two sets.