"When you hear with the eye, everything is clear and undisguised." Zen Master Dogen

Monday, April 30, 2007

The Drum - Daily Painting

The Drum
Originally uploaded by Seeking Tao.
Arcylic and Ink on photograph printed in archival ink on 8.5 x 11" sheet.

Comes double matted to fit 14 X 18" frame with mat opening 7.5" x 9.5"

$115 with free shipping.

This Celtic drum hangs on the wall above my Buddhist alter.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Crane Wife

Crane Wife
Originally uploaded by Seeking Tao.
Acrylic, ink on scanner image printed in archival inks on 8.5 x 11" sheet.

Comes double matted to fit 14 X 18" frame with mat opening 7.5" x 9.5"

$115 with free shipping

The Decemberists song "Crane Wife" was the inspiration for this painting. The crane is from a Korean coin I had in my cookie jar.
I wrote an blog entry using this as illustration. (Read that entry).
This painting is now SOLD.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Pine Needles on Tin Table

Pine Needles on Tin Table
Originally uploaded by Seeking Tao.
Ink on archival digital photograph. Matted opening 7.5" x 9.5 " on 8.5 x 11" sheet.

Comes doubled matted ready for 14 X 18 frame.
$115 with free shipping.

My paintings come matted because Emptiness is such an important aspect of Zen mind. By doing the matting myself I can present the visual subjects in a manner to accentuate the Silence I am trying to evoke.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Firewood 1 - My First Daily Painting!

Firewood 1
Originally uploaded by Seeking Tao.

Ink on archival digital photograph. Matted opening 7.5" X 9.5", sheet 8.5" X 11".

I may not make it everyday. But, I will do my best.
I plan to get sales set up on Etsy.
In the meantime, feel free to email me if you are interested or have questions.
... feels more like "a day at a time" right now. So many ideas so much to figure out Web-wise.

Oh well, all's well.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

I am Inspired - A Painting A Day

Sequenced 1
Originally uploaded by Seeking Tao.

I have become inspired by something (a movement?) called “A Painting a Day.”

The brain child of Duane Keiser, “A Painting a Day” is a group of independent artists who have made the commitment to paint one painting a day. They usually have a Blog, a website, and an online store where people can either bid on each days painting or buy it outright.

(Click here for a USA Today Article about Keiser.)

The paintings are small, usually postcard size, of excellent quality, and priced so just about anyone who wants to start collecting original art can do so. Keiser spends a few hours a day working on a painting. They paintings go on sale at $100 and can go much higher by the time bidding stops. Generally, the artists don’t get rich, but the sales can put a little cushion into life.

I am happy for the inspiration the whole project has awakened in me. Here’s a way I can do art and still keep the security of my day job.

The inspiration has yet another aspect which was articulated for me by a blogger, Chuck Tanowitz, at his sight, “Media Metamorphosis.” Chuck’s point is this:

I'm a public relations and marketing professional working on the edge of old and new media, watching them collide. Life is always more interesting at the junctions and that’s where we are today.

Everything we know about media is about to change: how we receive information, who produces it, how we pay for it, even when we get it. This revolution will be blogged, podcasted and communicated in ways we haven’t even thought about yet. …people sitting in their homes have the power to reach the world. In this new world it’s the stories that will win.

Yes, I like that sentiment, especially, "Life is always more interesting at the junctions..."

Or, to quote from the article on Keiser in USA Today, “This is a very exciting development…The entire method of [art] collecting has radically changed."

So, I am working towards this. Getting all the ducks lined up.
Duck, duck, GOOSE!

I’ll be going step, by step. First step being sharing a new painting I did last night after work. I call it “For Marcha” because I turned it into a print for a colleague here at work to whom I owe a debt of gratitude.

The background image is from an X-ray film created in an old DNA sequencing experiment. We have a whole box of such films that are just collecting dust. I went through a handful and selected some interesting patterns.

The idea for using DNA sequencing films came from a friend’s comment as she viewed my painting “Blocks 1” (Check it out at Flickr). Being a linguist she just stared and stared, arguing all the little blocks had to be encoding something, she called it a Rosetta Stone.

Well, that’s just what these DNA sequencing films actually do.

In the process of turning the X-ray film into a painting, I had the idea that I could offer prints - prints that were customized with a dedication as I signed them, if the purchaser wanted to gift them… prints that I can make right in my home studio from paintings that are too small to sell as originals.

In fact, I had lots of ideas from this one painting.
Bright ideas kept me lying awake in bed last night with new images and techniques to try, all floating in my head.

Ahh… Inspiration. It makes you really have to exhale!