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For whom do all the flowers blossom in spring ? Zen Koan Calligraphy
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For whom do all the flowers blossom in spring ? Zen Koan Calligraphy Painting

Nadja Van Ghelue

Painting, Ink on Paper

Size: 18.5 W x 81.5 H x 0.1 D in

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This Zen koan calligraphy shows the Zen words ‘For whom do all the flowers blossom in spring?’, a verse taken from the fifth case of the Zen koan collection of the Blue Cliff Record. With these words ‘When spring arrives, for whom do the hundred flowers bloom?, the Chinese Zen master Hsueh Tou once more beats the Dharma drum, inviting one to look and See? Every year we witness this miracle again; hundreds of flowers bloom, thousands of colors brighten the earth, sweet fragrances permeate the air and a tapestry of unique beauty covers the world, for whom? Do you See? In one of his commentaries in his translation of the Diamond Sutra, Red Pine mentions that in this world the Buddha teaches through names whereas in other worlds the fragrance of flowers is used. Perhaps Buddha is teaching right now here with flowers? When I read this Koan Zen saying for the first time, I was very enthusiast and decided to brush this verse. I have deliberately chosen a very cursive style, as this style embodies dynamism more than other styles of Japanese calligraphy. I wanted to evoke this outburst of life, forms, colors and fragrances. The seven characters of this Zen koan calligraphy scroll are : 百 hundred 花 flower 春 spring 為 do 到 come 誰 who 開 bloom This Zen riddle calligraphy is mounted on a soft green silken hanging scroll with fine pattern. The hanging scroll has a natural wooden roller at the bottom and is ready to be hung on the wall. Size of the scroll in cm: 207 x 47 x 0,2 cm. The wooden scroll adds 4,5 or 1.8 inches on each side.

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Painting:Ink on Paper

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:18.5 W x 81.5 H x 0.1 D in

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My artwork comprises Zen calligraphy, watercolor and ink paintings, and abstract calligraphies. My mediums are ink, watercolors and natural pigments on rice paper, mainly Xuan paper. I wield the Chinese and Japanese brush, preferably the flexible sheep's hair brush. Many of my Zen calligraphies express the Emptiness teaching from the Heart Sutra, which has been the original inspiration for my Japanese calligraphy artwork. Other calligraphies focus on the teachings of the Diamond Sutra, Platform Sutra, or depict Zen koan, Zen poetry or single kanji. In my watercolors and ink paintings I strive for a pictorial synthesis of the subject, in the spirit of Japanese ink painting, using bold washes and vivid brush strokes.

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