Today, a further exploration of passivity meeting activity. Partially inspired by Japanese Family Crests, which are monotone or black and white forms in circles, squares, or other shapes, this medallion is a study on the fluidity between action and non-action. The dynamic white part of the image resembles a wave, and the other part maybe a curled resting animal. I think I’ll develop this idea a little more, maybe make a Mikey-sleeping-with-his-head-upside-down medallion.
The thirty spokes unite in the one nave; but it is on the empty
space (for the axle), that the use of the wheel depends. Clay is
fashioned into vessels; but it is on their empty hollowness, that
their use depends. The door and windows are cut out (from the walls)
to form an apartment; but it is on the empty space (within), that its
use depends. Therefore, what has a (positive) existence serves for
profitable adaptation, and what has not that for (actual) usefulness.
There are days when it becomes obvious how much give and take one can manage. How much space one can allow for others before the self is subsumed. It is quite a lot. There is a lot to be done for others, but without the strength of the structural members around the windows, the walls collapse. Without the curves of the vase, it would need to be smaller.
Most of the time I wish that there was more that I could do for others, that there was more time in the day to give. This week, being a bit under the weather, has made me take more time to think and rest than I’ve taken in a long time. Enough time that it makes me realize that it took too much time, which in turn made me realize that I’ve been running on deficit for awhile.
That doesn’t mean that I want to share less, but it leaves me determined to mold the self-discipline in my life into stronger arches that may bridge the dynamic moments with moments of inner peace. I need to build more gracefully curved walls, or replace my wooden windowsills with steel. By giving more structure and discipline to my mind and schedule, I will empower myself.
This drawing is inspired by the Yin Yang, a symbol of balance between activity and passivity. In my experience, action and non-action are not as evenly distributed as in the Yin Yang. There are times when the Yin has not filled you with enough inner strength to weather storms, or when the Yang hasn’t enough energy to move you fast enough to the goal, and often you need a little of both. This drawing is a symbol of how my present situation feels. A little too dynamic and slowly replenishing the quietude.
A circuitous drawing today that began as an exercise in winding, but became more like a fingerprint.
I’ve often felt like it is an amazing phenomenon that we should have exactly the twists and curves on our fingers that we do. It gives me an almost mystical feeling that of all the ways chemistry could have resolved itself into my hand, that these particular swirls and whooshes should have been the ones that are my fingerprints.
Since my first Gracie narrative was so popular, I decided to do another one. Here’s our gender-identity confused cat, Gracie, asleep on my bed dreaming of his afternoon while I take a picture of him with the iPad and then set up an iterative one-liner.
In every cat’s dream, there is a cat dreaming, of a cat dreaming, of a cat dreaming…!