I did this all in one night, sorry if it is weird or incorrect style. I am kinda rushed for time since it's due in 3 hours. xnx
After doing my research paper on Buddhist landscapes, I found that the use of simplicity and zen in landscapes was something I still was curious about. I didn’t quite understand how a landscape could be more “zen” than anything else. I wasn’t sure how to make it that way. In our classes, typically those who add in much detail and pain-staking care are the works that are rewarded and loved the most. In zen art, things can be thoughtfully and quickly done at the perfect moment, or drawn out in a long meditative process.
My goal was to understand, and so I chose a medium sized artwork. I wanted to understand the thought behind a Buddhist work, so I wanted to add a thought at the top. Nothing really that impacting, but it, to me reflects something personal. In my horrible Japanese skills (unsure if I translated it correctly since my grammar is still shaky), I tried to write:
Old pine sees the start of a new journey. He wishes that they have endurance.
I’m not a poet by any means. However, being a senior this year, I’ve had to come to terms with starting a new journey myself in a few weeks. Graduation is coming up in May and I’ve been quiet nervous about it. I recall Pine being one of the three friends of winter in Chinese art, and I’m sure that has transferred over to Japanese symbolism. Pine is of endurance and strength, something I will be needing in the next few months.
As far as the outcome, the biggest regret I have is that I signed it. I remembered only after going over my essay that signing zen art is not really typical and is seen as egotisical in a way. It’s keeping the identity of self and Zen teaches against that. Other than that, I had a lot of fun working on this and while I was working, I did feel relaxed and could fine time to let my mind just stop running a million miles per hour and rest. Enjoy the moment of painting and the things around me in in the scene. I used ink and a brush. If I could do it again, I would use a smaller brush for the calligraphy, and not sign it. I also placed it in a book to make a long term project. The beginning line on the first page says (or should say):
The river humbles me.
The idea behind this is that the book will be my own journey as I finish it over time. I plan to sell it in the future... hopefully somebody will want it. XD
The way you drew the tree is just... remarkable!