Another painting on Canson Canvas paper. This is an invented landscape, which slowly turned into a moonscape.
I have never painted the moonlight without constantly revisiting this beautiful prose poem in my mind; It was written so many centuries ago by Zen Master Hongzhi:
The practice of true reality is simply to sit serenely in silent introspection. When you have fathomed this you cannot be turned around by external causes and conditions. This empty, wide open mind is subtly and correctly illuminating. Spacious and content, without confusion from inner thoughts of grasping, effectively overcome habitual behavior and realize the self that is not possessed by emotions. You must be broad-minded, whole without relying on others. Such upright independent spirit can begin not to pursue degrading situations. Here you can rest and become clean, pure, and lucid. Bright and penetrating, you can immediately return, accord, and respond to deal with events. Everything is unhindered, clouds gracefully floating up to the peaks, the moonlight glitteringly flowing down mountain streams. Leighton, Taigen Dan; Wu, Yi. Cultivating the Empty Field: The Silent Illumination of Zen Master Hongzhi Tuttle Publishing. Kindle Edition.
Honzhi continues in a classical, hauntingly beautiful description of the simplicity of mindfulness – the simple practice of gently focusing on what is in front of you right now, not getting lost in the stories created by conditioned thought all the time:
Right in here the central pivot turns, the gateway opens. You accord and respond without laboring and accomplish without hindrance. Everywhere turn around freely, not following conditions, not falling into classifications. Facing everything, let go and attain stability. Stay with that just as that. Stay with this just as this.
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