Hotei God of Abundance and Luck

TANYA-LAPTOP - PhotoScanHoteiOne 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)

Parsley, rosemary

Smiling Buddha among rocks

Happy in the sun                  Myku 74TANYA-LAPTOP - Hotei pen and ink



The way of Art is the way of the Buddha

TANYA-LAPTOP - Zengo gei do kore butsu doA 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.

TANYA-LAPTOP - PhotoScanshodo gei do kore butsu do

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