AboriginaL ART

WHEN MY SON MICHAEL WAS A STUDENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF AUSTRALIA, IN SYDNEY, I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT HIM  - I LOVED THE ART OF THE ABORIGINALS AND FIND THEM MOST CREATIVE.

 

WHEN I REALLY WANT TO RELAX I JUST TAKE OUT MY MAGIC MARKERS AND  A PIECE OF PAPER, FIND MYSELF A SOLITARY SPOT AND JUST CREATE.  I LOVE DOING THIS AS THERE ARE ABSOLUTELY NO RULES.

 

AS A SYMBOLOGIST I LOVE TO USE MEANINGFUL SYMBOLS IN MY ARTWORK - ESPECIALLY THE SERPENT, WHICH OF COURSE STANDS FOR THE WISDOM OF WOMEN

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Actually, emptiness of mind is not even a state of mind, but the original essence of mind which Buddha and the Sixth Patriarch experienced. "Essence of mind," "original mind," "original face," "Buddha nature," "emptiness"--all these words mean the absolute calmness of our mind.

 

-Shunryu Suzuki, "Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind"

Calmness comes to me when I paint - especially in abstract symbols.

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