Category Archives: Zen Art

Welcome

Let us open our leaves like a flower, and be passive and receptive.

John Keats

Welcome
Welcome

The acrylic on wood drawing / painting above titled “Welcome” hangs in the entrance to the Art and Zen Sanctuary, to greet all who enter. The overall creation area is 29” x 50” which includes the hand-crafted 3-D frame that Frank built to emulate an Asian character symbolizing an open receptiveness.

Hummingbird Alert

Hummingbird Alert:

If the temperature outside is freezing the liquid inside your hummingbird feeder, please buy a second feeder. Have it inside ready to change out with the frozen one in the morning.

These amazing little creatures are becoming used to your supplying them with what they need. So, don’t let their tongues contact an ice-cube inside their feeders. Thank you very much for caring for all living beings.

Below is a (1:23) video of a hummingbird in the Art and Zen Sanctuary…enjoy!

Thank you for stopping by the Sanctuary.

Be Inspired to Live Your Dreams, Along the Right Path

We all have the chance to live our dreams. It means making a lot of right decisions, focused on the right path of attainable goals.

One of Frank’s patrons returned from a South Pacific sailing vacation and commissioned Frank to paint a new work. She wanted a composite scene from her memorable time with a friend. Frank painted the “Dream” below in acrylic on a 30” x 15” stretched canvas.

Dream - Vacation Peace
Dream

Live your dream. Be inspired by it.

Just make sure it is realistic, and down the right path…and you know what is right.

 

 

 

Real Art and Zen Dragon Special Holiday Gift

The picture below is of a real dragon that visited the Art and Zen Sanctuary.

This dragon posed so nicely for a photo, we think it would make a special desktop picture for our visitor’s computers. Put some free color in your Black Friday!

Dragon Fly Desktop Gift from Frank Kliewer - Art and Zen
Dragon Fly Desktop Gift from Frank Kliewer – ArtAndZen.com

So, left click for a larger version, and then right-click to copy and then save this gift for your use. We’ve formatted it with green bands on the sides to place folders and documents off the main picture area for a more organized and uncluttered (Zen) desktop approach.

As with the Fire Dragon lurking around here at this site and in the Art and Zen Sanctuary, not a pixel has been disturbed…this is a true image.

Enjoy, while we play in the Sanctuary for a few days!

Tranquil Zen Fire at the Kubota Garden

While Zen is often equated with tranquility, the fire of hard work is at the core of an effective practice. There is no better example of practicing Art and Zen in landscaping than the monumental accomplishment of Fujitaro Kubota and his sons Tak and Tom.

In 1927, Fujitaro purchased 5 acres of logged-off swamp land and began exercising his passion for gardening. Over the years, the garden grew into 20 acres of the most scenic landscaping imaginable. The Kubota family brought in huge boulders (over 400 tons of stone), creating water courses while planting the most magnificent plants and trees. In the middle of fulfilling his dream, Fujitaro and his family were forced into internment at Camp Minidoka in Idaho during World War II. Most men would have been discouraged by such treatment, but not the Kubota men. Fujitaro was driven by a passion to have his garden one day open to the public to improve American understanding of Japanese culture and worked until his death in 1973 at the age of 94 to fulfill his dream.

Now designated a historic landmark by the City of Seattle, it remains a hidden treasure, with few visitors, which helps support the tranquil atmosphere. The Kubota Garden is located very close to the Zen Monastery Frank supervised in construction. It was at the Kubota Garden that Frank inquired about finding a Zen landscape artist and was quickly referred to Terry Welch. And though it took nearly a year to make the connection, Terry taught Frank concepts in stone placement learned from masters in Japan. They artistically performed together in putting the finishing touches on the Zen Monastery construction, in sync with the first abbot Master Jian Hu.

Kubota Garden
Kubota Garden

If you ever find yourself in the Seattle area, this hidden treasure is worth the discovery. You will have a chance to peacefully connect more closely to life on this planet.

Here is a link to the Kubota Garden website for more history and location: http://www.kubotagarden.org/about-us/history/

Monkey Mind Wall Mural

Monkey Mind

In 2003, Frank was commissioned to paint a wall mural of a popular Zen scroll painting done by Hakuin Ekaku (1685 – 1768). This art illustrates the story “Catching the Reflection of the Moon.”

Frank’s wall mural re-creation stands about 6 feet high and painted in acrylic.

Monkey and Moon
Monkey and Moon

As the story goes, a monkey (Gibbon) sees a reflection of the moon in a deep water well and climbs out on a branch to catch it…the branch breaks. The monkey falls into the well and drowns.

This is a cautionary tale about how unrealistic ambition can lead to suffering and even fatal consequences.

Understanding the “Monkey Mind” is important to a successful Zen practice. Our monkey mind is emotion driven. Zen practice unleashes your “Big Mind” to begin to see what is,  more clearly.