Spiritual Paintings

Art blog by painter and beekeeper Jan Karpíšek about buddhism, zazen, painting, permaculture gardening etc.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

How to help Japan?

Artists may take action to support Japan in a new charity auction project Art Drive Japan. Thanks to Allan Yuuki Leal.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Kanagawa Biennial World Children's Art Exhibition in Japan

I'm stunned by beautiful children paintings while browsing through winning entries of Kanagawa Biennial World Children's Art Exhibition in Japan. By the way winner of the latest year (16th Exhibition) is a 6-years old Czech boy Oldřich Poul from Nový Jičín. Congratulations! :-)

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Monday, April 11, 2011

Could gorillas practice zazen?

Jan Karpíšek: The Apricot, watercolor on paper, 50x50 cm, 2011, private collection, Czech Republic

While beeing practicing 'just sitting' I'm becoming a bit more down-to-earth. Sick of a lot of my idealised paintings of spiritual concepts I wanted to make a next painting more realistic. Inspired by the inital scene of Baraka movie where monkey enjoys natural hot springs I pictured couple of resting apes. Well, the result is actually not entirely realistic. However. The male of semi-gorilla eating an apricot is just eating an apricot. Note a dead bird and annoying flies.

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Seven heads

Jan Karpíšek: Seven heads, oil on canvas, 45x65 cm, 2010

Once I've experienced directly existence of my feet. And then I experienced directly that also other parts of my body do exist without dependence on thinking. This painting was done after a drawing expressing in an artistic way that direct experience of independence. By the way I did not paint seven heads as stated in title which are placed in man's body on the original drawing (symbol of own thinking). Why is the final picture so sweet and full of "spiritual" stuff like blooms levitating in space? Don't ask me, it's just a sweet painting. :-)

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