Bits of zen flotsam & jetsam from the daily practice of a zen fool with shards of modern Buddhist art from my studio. Sometimes cranky, sometimes inspiring, mostly entertaining.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Hey Harriet's Shadow Shot
Okay I better come clean here. I didn't actually take this shadow shot. Credit goes to my partner who actually has the patience to take the photos of all my art. I found this picture in the downloads along with art pictures and thought it was so sweet I had to post it. This is Bunny the cat sleeping under an umbrella of an orchid. And not only is the picture not mine, egads the cat is not mine either! Bunny is a borrowed cat (ie., she is a long term visitor in our house while her owner is on an extended meditation retreat at a Buddhist monastery. Bunny does look quite at home here don't you think, although perhaps a bit pensive. See other great shots by linking through to Hey Harriet's Blog
Buddhism & Art...if I had to pick two words that give an overview of what I get up to in this world those would be my choices. Buddhism is the ground upon which I rest all else. I like to think it brings me some sanity. It helps me think in some logical way about what I am doing and look at it as deeply as possible. What did I just do? Why ? What's that all about? ...To try and look at my life without sliding over things or fooling myself...To be present for life, not rejecting or preferring one experience over another. Buddhist practice makes my life full and rich, sometimes filled with joy and sometimes with a deep experience of the suffering present in this world.
After all those words does it seem odd to say that it is the simplicity of Zen that appeals to me? This inclination to simplicity pulls me to try and integrate my practice and work, to paint Buddhas, to observe my process as I work.
I am drawn to mixed media, integrating script and words with images and colour.