Saturday, June 13, 2015

The Zen of Seeing

I think that's why artists make art - it is difficult to put into words unless you are a poet. What it takes is being open to the flow of universal creativity. The Zen artists knew this.
-Alex Grey

My brain is truly a monkey brain. It chatters, pokes into new things, and jumps around like a drop of water on hot cast iron. As part of my self designed artist retreat this summer, I take it out to my small potager garden.  There I am resuming my practice of meditation. And I am seeing the world with still eyes.  An extension of that seeing is to attempt to photograph that which is my immediate environment. It was an exercise done and prescribed by my favorite female photographer, the late great Ruth Bernhard. There are wonderful results emerging from it. In the stillness of these quiet moments, the world reveals itself in new ways, suggests directions for art and becomes a stairway to the heaven of Zen seeing.

Heart, 'Stairway to Heaven (Live at Kennedy Center Honors)':

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