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These thirteen pieces developed from Mountain Cloud and will hopefully recirculate energy back into it; half of any sales will be donated to support ongoing mindfulness and meditation programs and retreats. This online preview (please click on the thumbnails below) is available all this week to get to know the paintings being offered.Saturday 7/4 9am (MST) through Sunday 7/5 9pm (MST), the paintings will be available for sale.
The paintings will be available on a first come first served basis, and the purchase can be made through paypal or with any major credit card; shipping is separate and will need to be calculated depending on location. Each painting is signed on the back and ready for hanging. Shipping and handling (and tax if you live in New Mexico) is additional; we can get a quote once we have your address.
"Encounter and Orientation"is an exploration of the experience of Place at Mountain Cloud Zen Center in Santa Fe, NM. "Place" includes the specific history of the built environment, the land that it sits on, and the resonance of the activity of meditation for which this place was made.
Field research includes hiking the land with sketchbook and pencil, making drawings, taking notes and creating maps, all of which eventually make their way into the larger paintings. The process of orientation is essentially relationship-building with a place.
When I noticed a free-box of zen books left at Mountain Cloud, I brought them to the studio and began using their pages in my paintings. Soon I was scouring used book stores for the books that I find to be most meaningful. Even though the carefully chosen selections of text on the subject of meditation often become obscured by drawing and painting, I see them as an important layer in the build-up of the character of these pieces.
Meditation is a way to know myself and my relationship to the world in an essential way. This series of paintings marries the exploration of meditation with the process of creativity.