Since I pay more attention to the topic of Zen and Daoism again lately, it is not surprising that this is also reflected in the paintings I am currently doing.
However, with my article series on these topics, new readers could get the impression I might intend to present myself as a Daoist or a Zen master. That would be senseless, inappropriate, and embarrassing. Some of my works are more like a playground to play with ideas from these spiritual worlds. Since you can’t express Zen in words anyway, I just play around with it with a brush and paint.
I could as well choose a completely different topic for my mind games, for example, love. But I don’t understand that either and it seems that Daoism is a lot easier to understand than girls. So I’ll stick to this topic for a while. And if you have been dealing with these topics for decades, one or the other thought just naturally becomes part of yourself.
Today I would like to present 3 newer works and will not write much about them. The first is a play on Zen thought. In the sense of what was said above, it remains without further explanations.
almost as if it were zen
the big nothing
Image 2 is another mental game with the term Nothing. When everything comes from Nothing, the Nothing has to be very crowded. Crowded until everything becomes unrecognizable and yet all is there.
In painting #3 we would be more likely to recognize ideas from Daoism – although there is not much to recognize – which in turn is anchored in the Dao: to appear to be something – and at the same time not to be it. There is so much to see, but if you look away and try to write down what you’ve seen, you’ll have trouble. But you could see it so clearly….
Tomorrow I will be a guest speaker at an hourly rate of $1800 (It’s been a long time since I’ve worked at that rate).
Small downside: As with all speakers, my speaking time is 5 minutes 😊 I can speak about the art and culture of the last 100 years.
Ok, funny, but not enough for an extra. I may therefore quote a sentence by van Gogh that I recently came across. I didn’t know this and it’s a very strong one:
“If you hear an inner voice saying, ‘You can’t paint,’ then by all means paint to silence that voice.“
– Vincent van Gogh