A bird flies past. Zen charcoal drawing


United Kingdom

Drawing
Size: 12 H x 9 W x 0.2 in

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Art Description

Drawing: Charcoal, pen and Conte on Paper.

Being aware and mindful of each moment, makes just a bird flying past become a significant event. Inspired by the zen tradition of mindfulness. While I drew, I was thinking about a quote from the Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh "There is no perceiver without the perceived. Object and Subject manifest together. I enjoy exploring metaphysical ideas and drawing is a medium that seems to talk back to me whilst I draw. The result is often a sketch or drawing that has been worked over and over again, with lots of rubbing out and changes of direction as my thoughts develop. The image has a special quality as a result of this style. There is little attention to composition or 'picture making', as the inspiration is purely to develop and explore my thoughts on the paper. The picture was drawn while visiting a remote Scottish island and looking for sea eagles. When I finally saw the bird, I started to think about how it existed in my head and thoughts. Its existance changes me and so we become connected for ever more. Everything becomes connected in this way.
Mike Heseltine UK Artist.

Keywords: Picasso, Buddhism, Matisse , Shiele, Beuys, Hockney, Rodin, Anthony Gormley, Kitaj, Mike Heseltine, Spiritual Art And Illustration, Spiritual Drawing And Painting

Subjects: Religious

Styles: Abstract, Figurative, Expressionism, Fine Art, Surrealism

Mediums: Charcoal, pen, Conte

Materials: Paper

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