I have been reading up on Buddhism and the Four Noble Truths – The first noble truth is “Life is Suffering” the second one is one I am reading upon and studying upon tonight..The Second Noble Truth teaches that the cause of suffering is craving or thirst (tanha). We continually search for something outside ourselves to make us happy. But no matter how successful we are, we never remain satisfied. – I look upon what is going on around me in the world and this makes so much sense. Greed is so prevalent. – get as much as you can get and keep grabbing, keep building. Don’t worry about anyone else just keep grabbing wealth, cars, computers, etc and that thirst for more is never satisfied. – Then I look at myself (the self) Yeah I would like a home instead of an apartment , but I don’t NEED it. I would like a better computer (I only NEED it for my business and my art, so that I may take care of my family. It is not a craving that once I get that mega computer I am going to NEED a bigger and better one – on and on- not unless my computer crashes. I have even done barter jobs for computers). I would love to have enough money to pay our bills off and to not have to worry about who is calling us on the phone, or if we are going to have enough money to pay rent. This is so Kitra Garrett can rest some and not work so hard! Other then bills and food – money is not a NEED for me. I am not a big person to “WANT” this or “SPEND” on that. As stated yesterday on a status I tend to be a bit of a cheap penny pincher anyway. Would I like to be able to spend on OTHERS once in awhile and give to charities – sure! that would be great. But, I feel there are other ways to help out too. Give of your time, of your self. Yet, I don’t see people doing this anymore. Use to be people helped people even if they didn’t have “the time” or “the money” and anymore to many people are to focused on “themselves” and not on others, again leading to the thirst (tanha) and the suffering. This Second Noble Truth really has made a lot of sense to me!
Typically speaking when someone speaks of Buddhism in the United States, they are speaking of a cultural movement that has brought to this continent ancient Indian, East and Southeast Asian, and Tibetan spiritual teachings and practices. For the first time in history, these teachings have arrived in a land that is racially heterogeneous. This Spiritual practice is spreading its’ roots like a tree sitting on a concrete sidewalk, pushing down through that solid surface which is a society that was founded, by a white majority, on the unwholesome seeds of colonialism, genocide and slavery. In this meeting of the tree Buddhism and the concrete surface of resistance and fear, the values of community, interdependence, and collaboration come face-to-face with the values of the pursuit of individualism, self-interest and competition. Deep bow meets handshake.
Martin Luther King ran into much of the same struggles when he stood up and spoke of his speech about having a dream – August 28, 1963. It wasn’t just his speech was the deep bow which was meeting the handshake of white racially heterogeneous America, yet it wasn’t just his speech that had Dr. King cracking concrete sidewalks and pushing forward with new roots to break out and grab hold for future generations, yes he called for an end to racism in the United States, but it was also how he lived his life!
Dr. King has been associated with and compared to Moses, as well as, Joshua by Duke Ellington. Much like these two others that he has been associated with, Martin Luther King, Jr. never shied away from controversy. he faced controversy with strength and will power that some said came from above through him. Whether it was an issue of civil rights, poverty or the war in Vietnam, he had a vision of a world of peace and equality, and he was never afraid to talk about it.
To me Dr. Martin Luther King is the one of the few people who truly stands for Diversity and for US of A! He is the one (or one of many) who plowed the way for those of us who are welcoming the tree of spiritualism called Buddhism with soil welcoming for the new roots. He also opened the door for today’s Inauguration speech.
What if Mother Earth was alive?
What if she was watching us right now?
Would you feel bad for how you been living?
Would you feel guilty for anything you have done?
Would you change how you have been living?
In your mind’s eye, see your Creator in your version, the way you see Him or Her. See Him/Her sending you a beautiful White Light. See this White Light come down, surround, and protect you – as it connects you to Mother Earth and grounds you with a grounding chord, much like an umbilical cord securing yourself. As you become connected to The Earth so shall she be connected to you. You will know what She feels – You will know her pain – Her joy – Her love for us all.
Many people find clowns to be scary and a thing of nightmares. Yet they are used for a feature of entertainment in parades, carnivals and circuses. You can even hire one to entertain your kids at birthday parties.
The art of clowning has existed for thousands of years. A pygmy clown performed as a jester in the court of Pharaoh, during Egypt’s Fifth Dynasty about 2500 B.C. and Court jesters have performed in China since 1818 B.C. Throughout history most cultures have had clowns. As a matter of fact most Native American tribes had some type of clown character which played an important role in the social and religious life of the tribe, and in some cases were believed to be able to cure certain diseases.
Clowns have gone by many names around the world throughout history including: Auguste, Bobo (Spain c. 1500’s), buffoon, Contrary (Native America Plains Tribes), Fool, Gleeman (England, medieval), Hano (Native American), Harlequin (Commedia Del Arte “&” English Pantomime), Jester, Joey, Koyemsi (Native American Hope Tribe), Minstrel (Europe, medieval, “&” America, 1800’s “&” 1900’s), Newekwe (Native America Zuni Tribe), Tramp (America), Trickster (mythology of many cultures), Whiteface, and Zany (Italy). They have also had as many faces as they have had names, because many clowns have their own “faces”, their own make up and style.
If you find the clown to be more nightmarish then you are said to have coulrophobia.
Here is to the world of clowns – be they for entertainment or to chase off diseases and evil spirits or if they are like Uncle Sam and shot out political campaigns.
May your noses be red and shiny,
And your smile always bright.
May your cheeks be nice and rosy,
Your eyes sparkle in the light.
May your shoes be always too big,
Your costume be perma-pressed,
Your heart overflow with laughter,
Every time your clown is dressed.
May face paint be at the ready,
And your balloons be “easy-blow”.
May children run to greet you,
Wherever you may go.
When I ran across this photo I felt I had found another favorite artist.
Mario Sanchez Navado is a freelance Illustrator and Art Director. He also does photography at times and creates CD album covers/packaging.
As you can see from this piece of art work he works within the surreal and oniric world of art.
I love that in his about me page he describes his creating process much like mine, an emotional imaginary creation from the subconscious inner self.
His exact wording is; ” I create from the imaginary of the subconscious, the inner self and I look for the emotional impact in my images. I move myself in between the surreal, the dark and grotesque and the conceptual languages with a bit of irony inside.”
If your interested in seeing more of his work you may do so here:
I myself now have art that speaks to my soul to look at and enjoy while I strive to perfect my own abstract surreal style!
“LEARNING TO SEE” Workshop That I will be teaching here in Buffalo, NY so if you are here the 19th or the 26th place it on your Calendar and come HAVE FUN!!!
Vision is the ability to see what is invisible to others – Jonathan Swift
Two-Part Saturday Series with Resident Artist Trinton “TrinityHawk” Garrett Saturday 01/19, 01/26; 12-3PM, $20 each day
A workshop for all artists of all levels about learning to see in a totally new way!
You don’t have to be a professional artist to take part in this set of classes! Just have an imagination and be willing to free your mind and look at everyday objects differently!
This first class will be a part of a series of classes, which will be about preparing yourselves to opening your minds to seeing the world differently. When Georgia O’Keeffe painted, she didn’t paint the WHOLE flower she painted just a leaf, or just the center of the flower; she liked to focus on just a small part of whatever she was painting. She isn’t the only artist who sees/saw things in this way or in “a different manner”. Many cartoonist sees things in a “tongue and cheek” manner. Alfred Arreguin, an abstract artist saw the world in colors and shapes.
For the workshop, please bring paint, pencils, markers or whatever your choice of medium is, as well as, something to paint/draw on (small canvas, wood, paper, etc). A ruler, pencil, scissors, two paper clips, and light weight cardboard (6×6 square) will be provided.
If you have any questions, please contact Trinton at firstname.lastname@example.org
I did this Computer Abstract today also. I thought I post one more before bed. I use Virtual finger painting to create these paintings. A technique I created myself and is a subject/technique that is simple enough to do
Please, feel free to respond in kind, by word, or in your action.If your interested in this painting or any – I do except pay pal the email is email@example.com or contact me here on this blog or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Until then I will be surfing deeply , Creating from my spirit, and sending Many blessings!
Hello – This is just a quick post, to give you a notice as to why you are finding a “blank” page here.
I decided to split my blogs up – at this moment you are seeing a “blank” blog because this is a brand new fresh start to a blog. You can find all my old blogs and my SEO/Marketing – Go Green information at www.gogreenhawk.wordpress.com
I will be posting here about my art work and art work, techniques in the art world, events I am attending, leading, and that I find interesting.
Thanks for visiting and and below you will see the Computer Painting I promised you today. Safe Surfing, Healthy Marketing, and Many Blessings!