Wednesday, June 27, 2012

'Don't Know Mind' Paintings


Beth Redmond Walsh

'Don't Know Mind'  The mind before thinking…

Developed by examining zen calligraphy and selecting a variety of Chinese calligraphy characters to work with, I learned that it is the push and pull of the marks and the shapes created by various types of brushes, the materials these brushes can be made of, and the ordered system of mark making that is used for drawing them that are the most instructive for me in this process.
Through this investigation I am am inspired to invent shapes and marks of my own. Selecting a few of them to work with to better understand how they function in designs, I tried several brushes, color palettes and types of materials on which to draw to discover how these designs evoke a response in the viewer. 
The titles of these pieces are derived from many of the basic Buddhist teachings and from my own personal experiences of zen practice. 




"Try try try...." by Beth Redmond Walsh 


Oil on Canvas  18" x 24" 
             

"Everything Is Fine As It Is"  by Beth Redmond Walsh             Oil on Canvas  18" x 24"

"Ten Precepts"  by Beth Redmond Walsh  
Oil on Canvas  10" x 10" approx.

"Right Livelihood"  by Beth Redmond Walsh  
Oil and Wax on Canvas  9" x 12"  approx.

"Right Speech"  by Beth Redmond Walsh 
Oil and Wax on Canvas  10" x 10"  approx. 



"Primary Point"   by Beth Redmond Walsh 
Oil on Canvas  10" x 10"  approx. 

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"What Am I?" by Beth Redmond Walsh 
Oil on Canvas  12" x 12" approx. 


"Original Nature" by Beth Redmond Walsh 
Oil on Canvas  12" x 12" approx. 

"Nothing Special" by Beth Redmond Walsh 
Oil on Canvas  12" x 12" approx. 

"Kong-An Interview" by Beth Redmond Walsh 
Oil on Canvas 10" x 10" approx.

"Great Question" by Beth Redmond Walsh 
Oil and Wax on Canvas  36" x 42" approx.

"Noisy Silenceby Beth Redmond Walsh  
Oil on Canvas  36" x 42" approx. 

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