Etchings in the Sand…

Thoughts and Photos from the Desert…

Zen Art…


“A Chinese painter
was once commissioned to paint the Emperor’s favorite goat. The artist
asked for the goat, that he might study it. After two years, the
Emperor, growing impatient, asked for the return of the goat; the
artist obliged. Then the Emperor asked about the painting. The artist
confessed that he had not yet made one, and taking an ink brush he drew
eight nonchalant strokes, creating the most perfect goat in the annals
of Chinese painting.

The Zen artist tries to suggest by the
simplest possible means the inherent nature of the aesthetic object.
Anything may be painted, or expressed in poetry, and any sounds may
become music. The job of the artist is to suggest the essence, the
eternal qualities of the object, which is in itself a work of natural
art before the artist arrives on the scene. In order to achieve this,
the artist must fully understand the inner nature of the aesthetic
object, its Buddha nature. This is the hard part. Technique, though
important, is useless without it; and the actual execution of the art
work may be startlingly spontaneous, once the artist has comprehended
the essence of his subject.”
– Fredric Lieberman

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