Tag Archives: zen

April 18, 2011 – June 1, 2011

1 Jun

Title:  Postage Stamp Series 3

Medium:  Paint (Windows 7 Application)

Guess what?  I graduated!  Here is what may be the last postage stamp collage, at least for awhile.  Now that my schedule is much more open, I am hoping to do more daily crafts with actual stuff (paper, dirt, my hands, etc.) as a break from all of the digital art that got me through the semester.  Happy day, all!  🙂






Happy heart, and stuff.

16 Jan

Title:  Heart

Medium:  Paint (Windows 7 Application)

I really like using the “crayon” tool in the Windows 7 Paint application.  Since I regularly use real crayons, I suppose this is no surprise.  🙂  I wanted to do something bright, colorful, and with a sort of airy freshness.  It’s a bright, sunny day, and even though there’s snow on the ground I’m thinking of bright green growing things.

Mouse and Tiger

15 Jan

Title:  Mouse and Tiger

Medium:  Oil pastel and pencil on plain sketch paper

I have been reading “Not Always So” by Shunryu Suzuki, and came across the line that you can see written in small print around the mouse’s tail.  “A tiger catches a mouse with his whole strength.”  In other words, the tiger makes no judgment about how much of himself to employ in the catching of the mouse.  He is a tiger, wholly and completely, and catches the tiny mouse with the same tigerness with which he catches a water buffalo.  Shunryu Suzuki’s message is the significance of being wholly oneself, without making judgments and measuring how much of one’s self to give.