Meditation Through Art: half day Zoom seminar Sept 26 morning (Japan time)

  Bridges and Dreams: connecting the dots Japan: Sat Sept 26th, morning 9 am-12 pm (3 hrs) US/Canada: Fri Sept 25th evening time zones:   17:00-20:00pm PST                         18:00-21:00pm MST                         20:00-23:00pm EST   Greetings! Please join me in an exploration of meditation using art as the medium. This half-day course will be a continuation of the May-July seminars, Meditation Through Art. Guided art meditations will be offered as a meditative path towards gaining greater awareness. The art meditations are based on the text  “Unfolding Through Art” written by Namgyal Rinpoche, with whom I studied in 1998 and 2003. The theme of the webinar will Bridges and Dreams, connecting the dots… During the seminar we will: -first, prepare a meditative art space. -create Mandala paintings that explore Bridges as a subject. -continue with Dreams: images that connect to tell a story. This will include making a triptych (3 connected images) -introduce the 7 factors of Awakening, and how this relates to our study -Review the meditative process, and share our art and insights. -questions can be posed during the class […]

New Midnight Moon edition

In the Studio July 2020 Midnight Moon, a new edition is finally complete! Midnight Moon editioning began in March, while it was still cold in the studio. Here it is July, and the prints are now complete. The project starts with handmade mulberry paper (kozo) that has gaps between the fibers.  When the washi is made the fibers swirl in suspension. When the washi is dried and colored, it looks like a deep night sky filled with stars. Each print in the edition of 32 is hand-painted using indigo & ultramarine blue pigments. When painting, my studio floor becomes a huge palette. I love the variations in the blues. Each piece is unique due to the handmade process. After the printing and gluing each print, they are backed with another handmade paper to strengthen the work and add a contrasting color to the blues. I make all the crescent moons and its penumbra by hand. The final step is to assemble all the parts, and dry the prints. When I spread out the completed prints on my floor, I look for any finishing touches before signing each print. A sea of prints covers the studio floor. Phosphorescent pigments add a […]

Meditation Through Art : half day Zoom Webinar July 25 morning (Japan time)

Japan: Sat July 25th, morning 9am-12pm (3 hrs) US/Canada: Fri July 24th evening time zones:   17:00-20:00pm PST                         18:00-21:00pm MST                         20:00-23:00pm EST Greetings! Please join me in an exploration of meditation using art as the medium. This half-day webinar will be a continuation of my course offered in May, Meditation Through Art. Guided art meditations will be offered based on the text  “Unfolding Through Art” written by Namgyal Rinpoche, with whom I studied in 1998 and 2003. The visual mediations in this profound and amazing book will be presented as a meditative path towards gaining greater awareness. The theme of the webinar will be Exploring the Senses, a path towards true stability -During the seminar, we will create Mandala paintings that explore objects through the 5 senses. We will also create a Mandala of the 4 (Jungian) functions: emotion, sensing, thinking, and intuitive functions. -first we will create a meditative art space; – we will create art Mandalas during the webinar time; -Review the meditative process; and share our art and insights. The course is open to all, […]

African Journal and Constellation series

May-August 2020 Lions in the Sky, mulberry paperwork with phosphorescent pigment, indigo & ultramarine, 32 x 42″ The greens are bursting out, as we “shelter in place.” I hope you are safe and well during this challenging time. How wonderful it is to have art lovers and friends like you in my life! I am finding this intense time to be an opportunity in the studio to search deeper. Inspired by a trip we took to Namibia and South Africa in February, I invite you to view new works from the journey. Namibia is particularly spacious and the landscape stunning. The quality of light and color, animals in their natural habitat, starry nights, and ancient rock art were highlights of our experience. It was a chance to view nature on a grand scale and witness the natural balance of life and death in the animal kingdom. African Journal is a series of small original works (6 x 8″ ea) on washi. A selection from 20 works in the series, is below. 皆様いかがお過ごしでしょうか?コロナウイルスの感染拡大が進む直前の2月に、私と誠人はナミビアと南アフリカを訪れていました。この旅から刺激を受けて作った新しい作品を皆様にぜひご紹介したいです。ナミビアは広々とした景色がすばらしい場所でした。光や色の質、自然の中にいる動物達、星が輝く夜、そして岩に描かれた古代の彫刻が、この旅のハイライトでした。この旅は、私にとって自然を大きな視点で見る絶好の機会となりました。私は、野生動物の世界での生と死の自然なバランスをすぐそばで目撃することができました。 これらの経験をもとに作ったのが、「African Journal アフリカの旅」という、和紙を使った小さな作品シリーズです。 Constellation series Prehistoric rock engravings at Twyfefontein Namibia inspired the animal drawings which combine with constellation symbols in the new Constellation series below. I make the […]

Meditation Through Art: May 16-June 6 online course

  Japan: Sat May 16, 23, 30 & June 6, 10-11:30am (US/Canada Fri May 15, 22, 29, & June 5 6-7:30pm PST/ 7-8:30pm MST/9-10:30pm EST) Greetings! Please join me in an exploration of meditation using art as the medium.  The course starts with the Mandala, a symbol of both expansion and containment, and continues with exercises that explore life forms, bridges, and more complex mandalas. The text for the course will be “Unfolding Through Art” written by Namgyal Rinpoche, with whom I studied in Japan in 1998 and 2003. The visual exercises in this profound and amazing book will be presented as a meditative path towards gaining greater awareness. From the text: “The purpose of this exploration is not to produce a work of art but to “be” a work of art. Everything you do must be conducive to awakening, to unfolding. This should be the main idea behind your work here. Everything is unfolding you, but it’s good to be consciously involved in the unfoldment that is already taking place.” The course is open to all, regardless of experience with meditation or art.   You will need some simple materials for the class Materials, Zoom, and a Workspace -Colors: […]