Sunday, November 22, 2009

"Ikebana in a Cup" --- Sold

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Ikebana is Japanese for "the Tao of flower arrangement". My wife Song is very good at it. Japanese culture emphasizes on the "Tao" of doing things. From drinking tea (chado) to sward fighting (kendo), almost everything has a "Do" of "Tao" to follow. "Tao" is usually translated as "the Way", but I prefer to translate it as "the Art". The state of art is the highest level of doing or performing.

8 comments:

ANDRE AND VANESSA STASHINSKI said...

This one is beautiful! ... and it feels a little bit sad. Why that?
Want to admire that you have AMAZING technique of oil. Just wooowww!
Regards,
Vanessa

Jo Castillo said...

Ah, so lovely. To me it is a bit wistful .. maybe the combination of the summery flower with the winter laurel/holly berries. Combining the seasons.

Delilah said...

I love the use of light and darks great work

Daniel Peci said...

nice one,,,"The Tao of painting" at work..:)

Sandeep Khedkar said...

Like this one plus the explanantion. Thanks.

Rob Hazzard said...

I enjoy how you translate the flowers, they're really shaped by the negative space, detailed while not fussy.

Connie Nobbe said...

I had an "aha" moment after reading what Rob said and then looking at the flowers in the painting. Very effective and beautifully simple. I really like this painting.

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