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 8, 2009
Shadow of the Buddha
Here's my Sunday Shadow Shot, taken on Saturday. Yesterday was a day of protest here in Victoria, and I assume around the world to bring increased recognition to the situation in Tibet. So the little shot here is Buddha on a table with the shadow of some Tibetan prayer flags waving in the background. The prayer flags are a shadow but reflected in the French Doors on the other side of the bedroom, if that makes any sense. Check out all the 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.