In this abstraction, I explore textures using toothpicks to represent the eyes and nose of the upside down face.
On a purple background, I am using short strokes of orange and gray payne, and in white I create the shape of the face.
This is a serendipity painting because I realized I have done an upside down face after I signed it. LOL
Title: Upside Down Face
Medium: Acrylic paint and toothpicks
Surface: Acid Free Paper
$300 - Free shipping in the USA
If you have been following these blog posts, then you know that I live as Zen Buddhist. I have also talked about how I like to paint dichotomies.
When I was thinking about the topic for the philosophy section of this post, I thought of the first chapter of the Dhammapada which is titled Dichotomies!
In the next 26 blogs, I will talk about a section of each chapter and how to bring that into our current lives.
The Dhammapada was first introduced to the non-Buddhist modern world during the second half of the XIX Century. After reading and living by the Dhammapada, one experiences self-reliance, self-mastery and liberation.
By understanding the Buddha teachings, one can understand the path of liberation he teaches to attain spiritual freedom, and to attain happiness and welfare in this life.
The first verse of Dichotomies goes:
"All experience is preceded by mind,
Led by mind,
Made by mind.
Speak or act with a corrupted mind,
And suffering follows
As the wagon wheel follows the hoof of the ox."
The last sentence clearly states the inevitability of influencing your world with your thoughts. You cannot have the ox pushing the wagon in the same way that you cannot expect to have a peaceful environment around you if you do not control your mind first.
This verse also refers to one of the eightfold path - Right Speech.
How you can practice right speech - For example, if someone you are talking to is not behaving properly, do not insult the person. You can say "your behavior, whether intentional or not, resembles the behavior of an asshole/moron/etc." Believe it or not, there is a big difference between calling a person a moron and saying that the behavior the person is adopting at that particular resembles the behavior of a moron.
Imagine a wall that you punch in anger, and then you patch it and paint it over. The truth is that the whole, even though now masked by the paint, will always be there. It is a permanent hole.
When you insult a person, the hurt in that person's soul will always be there even though if you apologize a million times.
Virtual Art Exhibition - Wednesday, June 30 2021 - 5 pm Pacific Time -
Free registration at https://www.ceciliaanastos.com/event-registration.html
This is an exhibition of contemporary abstract paintings by Cecilia Anastos. There will be an opportunity drawing of a painting.
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Little Italy - October 2-3, 2021
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