My newest foray into uncharted territory is Sumi painting. I have been working on Zen Calligraphy for a while (although, as with all art; it will take a lifetime to master the technique.), which utilizes a method wherein the artist becomes a tool of the energy which flows through him. The Japanese Zen masters who developed the style use Kanji, but like Kanji itself, the technique really started in China with Taoist Masters who used the same idea to communicate through painting known as Sumi. Both schools use Sumi brushes and ink. In my calligraphy, I apply the technique to Sanskrit, and now I have been trying my hand at Sumi painting too. I’m trying various media and papers. Traditionally ink is used and so I am using that, however; the technique is a mindset, and is not bound to certain materials except through tradition.
I recently had an experience that made me realize that I need to rededicate my life to what I’m passionate about. I have been concentrating on writing and illustrating children’s books, which is one of my life’s deepest passions. However, this is a long, arduous process, even when I’m self publishing and eliminating the middleman […]
I am a scatterbrain. Maybe I have a condition: ADD or ADHD. I don’t know. I flit from subject to subject. Lately I have been concentrating on Faeries. I am in the process of writing and illustrating a children’s book about faeries. It will be written in part if not wholly in some form of […]
The stones of the castle wall had been searingly cold for months. Since October really. September if you thought about it. The fireplace threw off some heat to the room. The braziers helped. The kitchen was warm sometimes. The torches and the candles did little to keep the gloom at bay and nothing in the […]
I’ve been working on a new series of faerie sketches for a children’s book. Some are more finished than others. Most of them are in a little 5×7 sketchbook that my wife gave me as a gift, so the sketches are kind of small. These newer ones are being done with water soluble graphite, watercolor […]
In the beginning was the word and the word was OM. Chanting OM is like a tuning fork for your soul. The ancient sacred sound permeates the Cosmos; creating it and sustaining it. In the 1950s Bell industries aka the phone company was experiencing static on their lines. They assigned 2 physicists to find the […]