Friday, January 15, 2010
Break of Day
Break of Day
Watercolor on Indian Village, 5"x 7"
matted and backed to 8"x 10"
Zen is doing one thing at a time. I've recently discovered that this applies not only to actions moment by moment but also to the overall arc of activities — at least in my own personal here and now.
If I am going to do something well, I really must concentrate on that one something. I have not been concentrating on this painting series for quite some time but, as I am very fond of making these paintings and of staying in touch with all of you, I have been avoiding letting this project go.
This avoidance has set up a daily conflict for me. I feel the tug to make the paintings which take hours. And, as we all know, there are only so many hours in the day. I have felt the need to quit the responsibility of posting to Landscape into Art to free my conceptual theme. I may continue to make spiritual landscapes for the rest of my life but, without the confines of this particular context, my watercolor work may evolve into something else.
Anyway, I need to concentrate on things other than making paintings for this blog. I've made more than enough to constitute at least a dozen or more small series within the larger concept. And so, I am bringing these postings to an end.
I've been rising before dawn and watching daybreak through my meditation. Each dawn is a new beginning. Every ending is a new beginning, too.
It's hard to say goodbye to people, places and things we love but, as Marcus Aurelius once said, "Loss is nothing else but change, and change is Nature's delight." He also said something to the effect that it is better to leave things before things leave us, but I can't find that particular quote.
This does not mean that I am quitting painting for god's sake! Those of you who are aware of my various activities can appreciate that I concentrate intently on one form of expression then give it a rest to explore another. While I require consistent creative expression, I am not (or no longer) attached to a particular form. I find that mysterious growth occurs when I put a particular practice aside for a while.
It is a great relief to be writing this now because I know that by formally letting this go, I'll achieve better clarity for my present responsibilities. And I'll start to live without the nagging feeling of an incomplete project needing attention. I am not one to leave things unfinished. I like the feeling of completeness that comes with endings.
I love each and every one of you who have supported me in this project by purchasing paintings and through your very kind comments. The paintings are still for sale! Please feel free to select a souvenir from this series. There are various ways to browse and prices and links are in the upper right corner.
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Don't go away! I am redesigning my main website which will include a new blog with a place for new paintings, photos, drawings and whatnot. Maybe new music, who knows? The new site and blog will be integrated and all inclusive. When my new website is up and running, I'll make an announcement here and visit you at your sites to say so. So please hang out in my email, RSS and followers section. Join my mailing list in the upper right corner to receive occasional news.
In the meanwhile, my daily drawing practice continues to unfold at Studies and Sketches. It's just for fun and discipline but I am posting something every day. Although I have also closed shop there today, visit My Great Day where there's a wealth of good stuff to look at, read and listen to.
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This is just a transition phase while my presentation is under construction!
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