Paint + Collage + Word

acrylic and collage on w/c paper, 11 X 15″

Saturday I had a great group of students, many who came from out of the area and braved the rainy weather to spend their time combining painting techniques with collage and word and a healthy dose of painter’s intuition.

We started off the workshop on Saturday morning by picking a word and painting it onto the paper as “image” rather than “writing”.

My word was enso, Japanese for circle.  A symbol more than a character.  A symbol of the absolute, enlightenment, strength, elegance, the universe and the void.  A symbol of the expression of the moment.  In Zen enso symbolizes a moment when the mind is free to let the body/spirit create.  It’s the moment when the character of an artist is fully exposed. It’s a word that one could spend the rest of ones life contemplating, painting, writing about.  Certainly a whole weekend at least!

Last month I was interviewed on an internet radio show called The Gallery.  The interviewer, Dottie Moore, an artist who lives in South Carolina, asked me to talk about my art but also about meditation, learning to draw, and the creative process.  The interview is about 20 minutes long and can be downloaded here if you’d like to listen.

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