I’m going back to the basics. Way back to the original motivation for my art practice.
I’m re-reading True Perception: The Path of Dharma Art by Chogyam Trungpa, founder of Naropa University and Shambhala. It has been in the back of my mind since I initially read it three years ago. I’m choosing now to make it a centerpiece of my thinking and state of mind for making art.
There was a point in my life when I decided that anger, fire, and passion were no longer useful. I chose to try to live a more peaceful, quiet life filled with ease and grace (well, as much as that is even possible!). I want my art to reflect that sense of quiet, and the shifting nature of planning and letting go. It is that sense of confidence, serendipity, playfulness that I’m after. Maybe even a little shrug of the shoulders. As my mom would say, “Oh well!” It is a weight lifted, a beam of light in a darkened space, oneness.
Trungpa says in his book, "Genuine art—dharma art—is simply the act of nonaggression."
This is my sutra.