I’ve combined a lovely saying on happiness with one of my colorful abstract art pieces. Enjoy!
The Urban Dictionary describes zen as a total state of focus that incorporates a total togetherness of body and mind. Zen is a way of being. It also is a state of mind. Zen involves dropping illusion and seeing things without distortion created by your own thoughts.
I have been finding myself more and more in a zen like state lately. The air is salty and the water is cool. My hands search for the past through shells and rocks dredged from the earth beneath the sea. As fossils emerge, work fades to the background. Pain and sorrow recedes with each wave. Joy replaces all emptiness and I become one with all there is. The path is becoming more clear…
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“Green Buddha” is one my best selling pieces in my popular Stone Rock’d Art series. These are so much fun for me to create. A nice change from the wet messy paint slinging. For many years now I have created and sold a series called “Labor Of Love”. They are hand painted and meticulously detailed in a fine paint pen. They take many hours and days to complete. I love “recycling” my work and coming up with new ideas to continue the spirit of my art. Stone Rock’d art is just that a reincarnation of my Labor of Love patterns onto digital paintings. Enjoy!
I consider myself a spiritual person who takes positive tenants from all religions. I believe we truly are all ONE.
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I fall into the soft blue
Light into air
Air into Light
Circle on white
A simple hue
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For as long as I can remember, I have been drawn to creating circles. When I was very young I would also count them. I no longer do that, but I still paint, draw and create spirals and circles daily. I have always felt that it cleared my mind. Recently, someone exposed me to the concept of “enso” making.
Drawing ensō is a disciplined practice of Japanese ink painting—sumi-e(墨絵 “ink painting”?). The tools and mechanics of drawing the ensō are the same as those used in traditional Japanese calligraphy: One uses a brush (筆 fudé?) to apply ink to washi (a thin Japanese paper).
Usually a person draws the ensō in one fluid, expressive stroke. When drawn according to the sōsho (草書?) style of Japanese calligraphy, the brushstroke is especially swift. Once the ensō is drawn, one does not change it. It evidences the character of its creator and the context of its creation in a brief, contiguous period of time. Drawing ensō is a spiritual practice that one might perform as often as once per day. (from Wikipedia)
I find it interesting that I have been practicing this creative meditation for nearly my entire life naturally. And now I create them using a new medium (my computer).
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The word Namaste is an ancient Sanskrit greeting meaning, “The Spirit within me salutes the Spirit in you” – a knowing that we are all made from the same One Divine Consciousness. For me it means “Letting Go”. Recently I have been struggling with the betrayal of a friend. Years of trust were lost when they allowed their jealousy and inner bitterness to dominate their thinking. I have had to overcome a lot of suffering in my lifetime from sexual abuse to the suicide of a parent, so I am no stranger to forgiveness and letting go. But for some reason this one person and the actions they chose really got to me. In the scheme of things he and our falling out are seemingly insignificant. But in this morning’s meditation, I have discovered the importance of this life event. I have been having negative feelings toward him which is not my usual state. I have wanted him to fail. I have wanted him to be ashamed of his actions. These thoughts and feelings do not serve me. So today I have decided that I will start practicing Namaste. I know this person looks at my blog daily and from now on when I see they have I will be sending them a blessing. A blessing for happiness, health and success in their art career. I will visualize them doing well and having a beautiful life. I will affirm that every painting they create will sell and sell well. I will affirm that they will find within themselves what I have found already. I will love them in spirit. Namaste “Craig”…..Namaste……
One of today’s new pieces titled “Namaste” can be found here:
Also NEW today is “The Great Spirit”….
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I first got interested in Yoga about 15 years ago when I was suffering from vertigo as a result of postpartum thyroiditis. It was pretty bad and the medical community had nothing to offer me other than physical therapy to recover my balance. Rather than spend an hour a week in a clinical setting, I chose yoga. It was very challenging at first because I fell a lot, but a wonderful teacher at The Treehouse Yogo Studio was patient and kind. She helped me reposition myself when I faltered. After awhile, I got much better at it. Then it became second nature as the moves flowed fluidly through my body. The vertigo no longer had control. I still practice some of the postures I learned every day. It is better than any medicine.
In this piece titled “Om – Red Meditation” I see a beautiful princess in the most basic yoga meditation pose. I also see angels and guardians and a bit of Buddha. I hope you enjoy her too:
Also today as part of my Looking Glass Series, I offer you “Soul Symphony” which is a piece to revive the senses and make you “feel” the vibration of the Universe. Enjoy!