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Meditative Art


Meditative art, for me, started with Zen art and continued with many possible branches, synergies and leaps. Before Zen art in 1958, after deciding that art is it, I was a student and a searcher. In the late 1950s, first came Zen as found in Suzuki and the SF Zen Center. That led to painting as described in literature and shown in publications such as Zen in the Art of Archery. That inspired doing copies of originals I liked. Which led to doing my own paintings as I explained in a talk. I rooted in ink painting as described in Section 2 of my MFA thesis and as expressed in the Minnesota ink paintings.

In 1961, working in stained glass was in many ways the opposite of Zen painting. A brittle dangerous expensive material vs simple cheap ink, brush, and paper. Brilliant color vs. black and white washes. Physical architectural installation vs. portable easily stored scrolls. Hard edges vs. soft. Lengthy indirect process vs. spontaneous flourish. West vs. east. I loved them both.

In NY (1962) ink paintings became personal journaling, facing social realities and losing detachment. Color crept in sketches for oil paintings. See moon vs. streetlight.

In SF (1966) threads gathered momentum for Wholeo dome, inspired by Stained Glass Lib. Ink painting continued.

In Staten Island (1968) see a scroll.

In Monte Rio (1972) see top of page.

In Silicon Valley (1983) ink painting transformed in Zen and the Art of Dividing by Zero in HyperCard, inspired by Mac Calligraphy. A pressure-sensitive pen on a digital tablet replaced ink, stone, and paper.

In Florida (2002) I continued web art and video such as Outer Solstice 2017.

Whereever the location or whatever style of expression, the basics remain, a simple way to output what is in, on, around, and beyond the mind.

About the history of this page

In 1998 I was going to use this as the intro and index page for the Art section, called Zen Art, starting as, "Zen and the art of Caroling includes..." Wrong! This page is about the Zen influence. Unitarian or pure Zen sees much of the Wholeo site as mind-flapping. (Tell the story of the two monks arguing about whether the flag or the wind is flapping and the master saying the mind is doing the flapping. Also link to Art Fiction.) The Turtle is a graphic example of how it started, the Cosmic Consciousness 36th Birthday Scroll is an example of how it emerged, and Noom is an example of how it evolves. {Back to top of page}

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