Happy New Year! Working on Empty Boat and emptying my boat. Many people have used my empty boat paintings on their blogs along with different versions of Chaung Tzu's parable. Here is Thomas Merton's interpretation..
“The Empty Boat
He who rules men lives in confusion; He who is ruled by men lives in sorrow. Yao therefore desired Neither to influence others Nor to be influenced by them. The way to get clear of confusion And free of sorrow Is to live with Tao In the land of the great Void.
If a man is crossing a river And an empty boat collides with his own skiff, Even though he be a bad-tempered man He will not become very angry. But if he sees a man in the boat, He will shout at him to steer clear. If the shout is not heard, he will shout again, And yet again, and begin cursing. And all because there is somebody in the boat. Yet if the boat were empty. He would not be shouting, and not angry.
If you can empty your own boat Crossing the river of the world, No one will oppose you, No one will seek to harm you.
The straight tree is the first to be cut down, The spring of clear water is the first to be drained dry. If you wish to improve your wisdom And shame the ignorant, To cultivate your character And outshine others; A light will shine around you As if you had swallowed the sun and the moon: You will not avoid calamity.
A wise man has said: "He who is content with himself Has done a worthless work. Achievement is the beginning of failure. Fame is beginning of disgrace."
Who can free himself from achievement And from fame, descend and be lost Amid the masses of men? He will flow like Tao, unseen, He will go about like Life itself With no name and no home. Simple is he, without distinction. To all appearances he is a fool. His steps leave no trace. He has no power. He achieves nothing, has no reputation. Since he judges no one No one judges him. Such is the perfect man: His boat is empty.”
Late afternoon light on Gulfport palms. I used a warm sand colored LaCarte paper for this piece as I like the softness of LaCarte for movement. And speaking of warmth, I'm grateful for our little home in Gulfport, Florida that allows me to get out and pastel at this time of the year!
Still brushing off old pieces and reusing my old Wallis paper. This was a plein air piece that was very dark and dreary (a storm was blowing in while I was in the dunes). So, scrubbed it off with an old toothbrush, flipped it over and started again.
Now that it's September, I plan on making a little art everyday. Time to get back into it!
I'm out of Wallis paper! I had quite the stash but sadly now it is gone. So I'm going through my portfolio of old studies and either reworking them or brushing them off to reuse the paper. Some I have to hold on to as reminders of some extraordinary days out in the Provincelands.
This one from October 2007 with the tide in at Hatches was an unusually warm late afternoon with no wind. My walk took me through areas of yellow seaside goldenrod covered with migrating Monarchs.
My supply of Wallis paper is running out. So, I am brushing off some of my old studies using a toothbrush and working with the ghost image that remains to create an imagined scene. Trying to use a limited palette and keeping the image soft.
Nice to have dusty fingers again after a bit of a dry spell and the experimenting is good.
I went back and revisited this spoonbill pastel. I sold the first one but thought that they would make a nice pair so here it is again but slightly different, of course. Thanks to Harold Wagle and NWRA for the use of the photo. I am no longer using Paypal on Daily Painters to sell my art. Please email me for purchase inquiries. lennan02657 (at) yahoo.com
I've been told that I should write a bit more about myself on this blog so I'll give it a go.
The day began with a sunrise kayak on Boca Ciega bay. I was joined by 3 dophins. One came right up to the kayak to check it out. That was followed by yoga on Gulfport beach and a swim at Fort De Soto beach. And to top if off a message from the Julie Heller gallery that one of my truck pastels had sold. Not a bad beginning to the new year!
Wish you all much joy, love and peace in this new year!
Gulfport, FL is our new winter home. A small sleepy village with old Florida style the brick streets lead to colorful, little cottages that should provide plenty of inspiration for a new series of work this season. Though with the Boca Ciega bay just a block away I'm sure that there will still be some seascapes in my future here.
Quite the long, wet camping trip down the coast through rain, floods, hurricane threats, wind, etc. But... as you can see we did finally make it to sunny Florida! This little study will be available tomorrow, 10/21/2015 on Daily Painters.