Tuesday, August 29, 2006

teapot no. 87

Night-blooming cereus

What the moon, the sunshine, a little rain, desert air, and insects brought this morning.

Monday, August 28, 2006

teapot no. 86

A teapot full of Fruchte Tee (fruit tea).

Thursday, August 24, 2006

teapot no. 85

I made teapot 85 out of small rectangle cut outs (approximately 1/4 inch by 1/2 inch) from watercolor sample pages in Daniel Smith's Artist Supply Catalogue. Next, I arranged the rectangles in color categories for use as my palette, and glued them to Strathmore 100 lb. Bristol board.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Mosquito Haiku

Lately, I've become really good at catching mosquitos in my house with one swoop of my hand. A couple of days ago, I caught a particularly tenacious one right in front of this poster of the Dalai Lama which hangs above my kitchen sink. As I happily killed that mosquito, I looked up to see His Holiness looking down on me....

And that prompted this haiku.

* * * * * * *
Watch it, mosquito--
I'm closing in on you now
Oh--Your Holiness!

* * * * * * *

The view of interdependence makes for a great openness of mind. In general, instead of realizing that what we experience arises from a complicated network of causes, we tend to attribute happiness or sadness, for example, to single, individual sources. But if this were so, as soon as we came into contact with what we consider to be good, we would be automatically happy, and conversely, in the case of bad things, invariably sad. The causes of joy and sorrow would be easy to identify and target. It would all be very simple, and there would be good reason for our anger and attachment. When, on the other hand, we consider that everything we experience results from a complex interplay of causes and conditions, we find that there is no single thing to desire or resent, and it is more difficult for the afflictions of attachments or anger to arise. In this way, the view of interdependence makes our minds more relaxed and open.
~ His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

teapots 79-82

Teapot no. 82

Teapot no. 81

Teapot no. 80
Drawn with my right foot.

Teapot no. 79