April 28, 2015 § Leave a comment
Along the riverbank under the trees, I discover footprints!
Even under the fragrant grass I see his prints.
Deep in remote mountains they are found.
These traces no more can be hidden than one’s nose, looking heavenward.
second verse of “Bulls” by Chinese Master Kakuan, twelfth century
April 21, 2015 § Leave a comment
April 21, 2015 § 4 Comments
You ask me:
Why do I live
on this green mountain?
My heart serene
On flowing water
to that human world below.
April 14, 2015 § Leave a comment
Thought I’d share a digital painting done with Topaz, a program I’ve been experimenting with. They’ve recently added Topaz Impression to their collection which enables you to process a photograph as a painting. Of course, if you want to get the full effect you have to process the photo with Photoshop, adding texture layers, contrast, saturation, etc., before running it through Topaz.
In this digital painting I combined two rather nondescript photos of a pond and a tree, then ran it through Topaz Impression. I ran it through about five times using different painting effects, each time placing the result as a layer over the processed image in Photoshop. I set the blending mode for each layer to selectively bring out only parts of it before adding the next layer from Topaz. This way I could keep what I liked about each layer as I developed the image.
Not saying this is my best effort, but wanted to give you a look at what one can do with photos that would otherwise be discarded.
April 9, 2015 § Leave a comment
Interestingly, “The Book of Mu” cites the following as a waka poem written by an old Japanese Zen Master.
When your bow is broken and your arrows are exhausted,
Shoot with your whole being!
The Book of Mu P. 92
While an internet search has the following line written by Roger Zelazny, an American writer of fantasy and science fiction short stories and novels.
“When your bow is broken and your last arrow spent, then shoot, shoot with your whole heart.”
Roger Joseph Zelazny (May 13, 1937 – June 14, 1995)