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, April 19, 2009
Here's a shadow shot. Actually it was taken last Saturday but well, you know how it goes, it's only getting posted today. There is a lovely little shop on one of the shopping streets here in town and the young woman who owns it pays great attention to detail. She was arranging this flower in the window when we walked by. I love the whole aesthetic of the shop which is very spare and simple, just a couple of racks, her cash desk and the window display. There is a lovely Zen elegance to it all and it was even sporting a shadow just waiting to be shot! Check out the other shadow shots at 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.