Calm                     ( 24″ x 30″ acrylic on canvas )


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

John Keats


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:

If the temperature outside is freezing the liquid inside your hummingbird feeder, as it is here at the Art and Zen Sanctuary, 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 ice inside their feeders. Thank you very much for caring for all living beings.

Frozen Hummingbird Feeder in the Art and Zen Sanctuary Video (2:15):

If video window does not display above, this is the YouTube link below: http://youtu.be/2_wCAj0tpV0
A Big “Thank You” to Jingle Punks for providing the music for this video!


Please remember to assist others when you get the chance…thank you.


Studio WIP (Work In Progress)

Studio WIP
Studio WIP  (2-20-14)

Thank you very much to all who support my art production in many ways over many years. As you can see, new works are on their way into the collection from my current painting work space. Of course, this wonderful studio competes with my far removed high- tech digital studio, 29 steps away. But, fortunately, they are very compatible, bringing new energy daily to each other.
I’m very blessed, and wish the same for you.


Your ordinary mind, that is the way.



Here at the Art And Zen Sanctuary, we probe Zen thinking with painting, photography, drawing, fantasy, surrealism, sci-fi, music, video, and more for a personal experience. Requests are gladly received.


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“To say yes you have to sweat and roll up your sleeves, and plunge both hands into life up to the elbows. It is easy to say no even if saying no means death.”

Jean Anouilh



Thomas Leighton Portrait of Frank Kliewer
Frank Kliewer by Thomas Leighton

This site presents the Art And Zen thinking of Frank Kliewer, like-minded people, and some… not always so like-minded.

Frank invites others to use this site to express their thinking about Art and Zen. The goal here is to help others reduce their suffering and enhance joy through peace and compassion.

Just leave a comment or send a contact email to begin a conversation.


Thank you very much for stopping by … Enjoy.


Enlightenment Frog

Many years ago, Shunryu Suzuki, in his book “not always so” introduced us to the idea of sitting like a frog. Shunryu said of frogs sitting, “I always admire their practice. They never get sleepy. Their eyes are always open, and they do things intuitively in an appropriate way. When something to eat comes by, they go like this: Gulp! They never miss anything, they are always calm and still. I wish I could be like a frog.”

In trying to get a better grip on this notion, Frank created the 24″ x 20″ acrylic on wood painting below, projecting enlightenment attained while sitting in a rather abstract setting. Now our frog has jumped to the composite painting at the top of the page.

Enlightenment Frog
Enlightenment attained while sitting

Since doing that painting, we’ve seen several frogs in a sitting position throughout the art world. In fact, one guards the front of our computer:


Ready for Winter
Ready for Winter



Spinning the Dharma Wheel (Triptych)

As a keynote to this site, here is “Spinning the Dharma Wheel.” This is in acrylic on three stretched canvas grounds creating a total size of 90″ x 40″ and painted by Frank in 2009 as the triptych shown above. The inspirations for this painting set were images from the Hubble Space Telescope. This version of the set was created for the first art show at a new Zen monastery in Seattle, built with the guidance of Frank as consultant. This set was in honor of the founding monks and their spirit, while honoring Guan Yin Bodhisattva.


We are busy as this bee in the Art and Zen Sanctuary. Thank you very much for stopping by.  Yum!


There is no death

Only change,

There is no death.

In an endless stream,

Flows our breath.

Frank Kliewer


As we mark the passage of “days and years”  we should reassess our measurement of “time” and how it impacts our lives:

“Try to imagine a life without timekeeping. You probably can’t. You know the month, the year, the day of the week. There is a clock on your wall or the dashboard of your car. You have a schedule, a calendar, a time for dinner or a movie. Yet all around you, timekeeping is ignored. Birds are not late. A dog does not check its watch. Deer do not fret over passing birthdays.

Man alone measures time.

Man alone chimes the hour.

And, because of this, man alone suffers a paralyzing fear that no other creature endures. A fear of time running out.”

― Mitch Albom, The Time Keeper


Being in the moment is the Zen solution.

Our vow for 2017:  Be where we are, require nothing…accept everything. 


Copyright for the work on this site: copyright restrictionsThe work by Frank Kliewer is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.
Based on a work at ArtAndZen.com

If you are going to copy it, copy it right!

Thank you very much.

4 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. A good Zen practice is a way to truth and joy. Art is a great way to communicate quickly… a thousand words. Thank you for your work.

  2. Being in the moment is so very rewarding. I have learned to “unplug” and just be with my loved ones in the moment and it brings me such JOY!!

    1. Unplug as much as you need, so you can really be with those around you. Joy is the end product we all seek, so, Good Work Gracy!

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