One of the seven Shinto lucky Gods. Rub his belly for good luck.
I identify with Hotei we both have big bellies and he is the god of restaurants and bartenders both of which I like a lot.
This statue sits on the back porch amid small pots of parsley, rosemary, flowers and rocks. The weather is getting warmer here in Zama, Japan. Feels good.
I used my shado brush and ink over a watercolor wash. A new combination. The zengo (zen statement) inspiration was Shiru Ki Sore Kami (Ki O Shiru Wa Kami) “Know Timing Is God” Japanese. We are a part of and are influenced by everything around us in our daily life. This is what I am endeavoring to do, draw, paint, express in words a new environment embracing the tools and ideas around me.
Todays Myku (a haiku of my mind)
Smiling Buddha among rocks
Happy in the sun Myku 74
Great Path no Gate
On the verge of rain,
I can see no gate ahead,
The path is slippery Myku 71
A zengo is a one line statement from Zen philosophy.
Shodo is the Japanese art of calligraphy.
Haiku is poetry based on three lines of 5-7-5 syllables
Being a visual artist living in Japan I am exploring these three Japanese elements and my painting. My morning routine is to read a zengo, paint, practice shodo of the zengo and compose what I call a ” Myku ” from thoughts that drift into my head and reaction to the elements about me. I am not striving to be classical but to experience these things leaving a manifestation of the process.
The zengo I am currently using come from “Shodo, the quiet art of Japanese Zen Calligraphy” by Shozo Sato.
Gei Do Kore Butsu Do, “The way of Art Is the Way of the Buddha”
Clouds crawl over Truth, I Art therefore I am Me, Sitting in the sunshine Myku 64