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Resonant: Having a lasting presence or effect; enduring. Strongly reminiscent; evocative.
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Some things you might find here: Paintings; drawings; abstract and representational; sketches; doodles; photos; thoughts on art and its processes, my influences; thoughts on meditation and so-called "spiritual" teachings, non duality, Taoism, Zen, etc., and teahers/sages like Chuang Tzu, Lao Tzu, Krishnamurti (both), Wei Wu Wei (Terence Gray), Galen Sharp, Steven Norquist, Eckhart Tolle, Ramana Maharshi, etc.... and doG knows what else, really...

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Rear views

The first one is the first "rear view" I ever did, and proves that boredom leads to creativity. Nothing else looked interesting, and then I happened to glance at the mirror. Suddenly the Home Depot was a motif.

I then began to make it a "thing" by continuing the 'rear view' approach at a Dallas area Starbucks.

And again at the White Rock Coffee Shop...

Then one day on lunch break at a place in Farmers Branch, this actually happened. Of course Bud The Crow did not stick around and pose for me, so the mirror and door frame are from life, but Bud had to be extrapolated from internet images. He(she? I can't tell) really did look that cool though.


Small sketches...

...from a recent outing. 3.5x5.0 sketchpad, ballpoint, all from the front seat of the van. One ok, one barely ok, and one unfinished. I had a rider during that last one, who finished her business inside before I did mine outside. My Mom. I didn't figure she wanted to sit there and wait while I doodled, and even if she did, she was blocking the view.

I prefer to go out sketching alone.
And without time constraints, if possible. That way you can lose yourself in it, really see what your looking at.
The first one was like that; nowhere to be and a fresh mocha in the cupholder. I lived a few minutes in that one.
Second one, the day was wearing on and I thought a little more about time. Just wanted to hurry and grab those clouds; didn't really sink in to it.
I guess I'm trying to find meditation in the act of sketching.


Monday, March 16, 2015

It cannot be fixed

It cannot be fixed as “it is thought” or “it is not thought” or good or bad, or thought as colour and shape. Nor can it be fixed as having limits or not having limits, as having size or not having size, as having a place or not having a place. Do not fixate on any of the characteristics of mental activity. If by doing this you do not rest upon thought, then that primordial non-abiding in the essence of thoughts’s sameness is reflexive awareness. .
Awareness means coming to rest in non-resting. For example, a bird flying through the open sky goes without resting. If it did rest in the open sky, it would fall. In the same way, it is not possible for there to be no awareness. Without awareness you would fall into the extreme of emptiness. Therefore non-resting is the primordially peaceful essence. Through the wisdom of the patriarchs you are able to be aware of the essence of this rare peace. If you apprehend this directly, there is no mental activity in that apprehension. If you see it directly, there is no mental activity in that seeing. This is the total perfect dharmakaya, equivalent to the dharmadhatu, the same as the sky. Since it is by nature non-abiding, its qualities are limitless and spontaneously perfected.” ~ Chan Book of Master Shinho (Shenhui)

Dharmakāya constitutes the unmanifested, “inconceivable”…true Self of the Buddha, present within all beings.
Dharmadhātu is the purified mind in its natural state, free of obscurations ~Wikipedia


Edit 9/21/2015:
Which reminds me - visa versa, actually - of my, so far, favorite passage from Wei Wu Wei's All Else Is Bondage:


The Masters' exhortations to abjure "thinking" do not imply the suppression of thought but reorientation, by articulation, of the impetus that results in dualistic thought into its im-mediate experience.
   Suppressed thought is the negative aspect of the dualism "thought-no-thought," another mode of thought itself and "one half of a pair," whereas what the Masters mean is wu nien, which is the absence of both counterparts, thought and no-thought,which is the presence of the suchness of thought, and that is expressed in spontaneous Action (pure action arising from Non-action: Wu wei).
   WU NIEN is the presence of the absence of no-thought."




[caption id="attachment_60" align="alignnone" width="774"]Business Cards are FREE Business Cards Are FREE[/caption] "The more horrible this world (as today, for instance), the more abstract our art, whereas a happy world brings forth an art of the here and now." -- Paul Klee


This one is my first foray into the territory of "whiskey painting." Yes, that is a 'thing.' There's an association, the Whiskey Painters of America, based in Ohio, I believe, with their own charter and rules and 150 members, and you only get in by being sponsored by a current member. Which I'm not, as yet (I think I got on the waiting list though), but it was such a wild idea I thought I'd give it a go anyway. The rules are like this: Max. size is 4x5", must be watercolor but with whiskey, or whatever spirit you prefer, instead of water. So since I'm not a member, it ain't bonafide, but it's still a whiskey painting. Following is documentation of my adventure and the results.

My beautiful picture The painter takes up his brush

Close-up of the work station Close-up of the work station

Genuine simulated field conditions
Genuine simulated field conditions                                                                                                       

Little House or Tree Trinket, whiskey/watercolor on 4x5" 140# Canson

 Little House or Tree Trinket, whiskey/watercolor on 4x5" 140# Canson


Toodles, me hearties.