“Accomplish the sign of truth, which is to be always without recollection. What does this mean? The nature of thought is primordially a non-resting essence. It is not to be obtained, nor can it be fixated by mental clarification or meditative absorption.

It cannot be fixed as “it is thought” or “it is not thought” or good or bad, or thought as colour and shape. Nor can it be fixed as having limits or not having limits, as having size or not having size, as having a place or not having a place. Do not fixate on any of the characteristics of mental activity. If by doing this you do not rest upon thought, then that primordial non-abiding in the
essence of thoughts’s sameness is reflexive awareness.
Awareness means coming to rest in non-resting. For example, a bird flying through the open sky goes without resting. If it did rest in the open sky, it would fall. In the same way, it is not possible for there to be no awareness. Without awareness you would fall into the extreme of emptiness.
Therefore non-resting is the primordially peaceful essence. Through the wisdom of the patriarchs you are able to be aware of the essence of this rare peace. If you apprehend this directly, there is no mental activity in that apprehension. If you see it directly, there is no mental activity in that seeing. This is the total perfect dharmakaya*, equivalent to the dharmadhatu**, the same as the sky. Since it is by nature non-abiding, its qualities are limitless and spontaneously perfected.”

~ Chan Book of Master Shinho

*Dharmakāya constitutes the unmanifested, “inconceivable”…true Self of the Buddha, present within all beings.

**Dharmadhātu is the purified mind in its natural state, free of obscurations ~Wikipedia




Betimes I must be careful…

--Albert Camus

–Albert Camus

“What I am stating is not valid and true even for me.” — U.G.Krishnamurti

Good Bob

Very nice tribute. Below the vid are a couple of pieces I did using Bob’s methods, back in the late 90s.


Stompin’ Grounds(Little Woods), 18″x24″ oil on canvas



Bob Ross on Mars, 20″x16″ oil on canvas


A day’s work

Business Cards are FREE

Business Cards Are FREE

“The more horrible this world (as today, for instance), the more abstract our art, whereas a happy world brings forth an art of the here and now.” — Paul Klee

near Paragould, 1986


Ballpoint in 8.5×11″ sketchbook, from a photo

One old, one new; I’m fine, how ‘r’ you?

I thought since I started out with the oldest painting on record, I’d follow it with the newest. Not fresh off the block, but my latest, ’bout three weeks ago. Some may have already seen it on the old blog or FB, but I deleted those so, starting over…
This one is my first foray into the territory of “whiskey painting.” Yes, that is a ‘thing.’ There’s an association, the Whiskey Painters of America, based in Ohio, I believe, with their own charter and rules and 150 members, and you only get in by being sponsored by a current member. Which I’m not, as yet (I think I got on the waiting list though), but it was such a wild idea I thought I’d give it a go anyway.
The rules are like this: Max. size is 4×5″, must be watercolor but with whiskey, or whatever spirit you prefer, instead of water. So since I’m not a member, it ain’t bonafide, but it’s still a whiskey painting.
Following is documentation of my adventure and the results.

My beautiful picture

The painter takes up his brush

Close-up of the work station

Close-up of the work station

Genuine simulated field conditions

Genuine simulated field conditions


Little House or Tree Trinket, whiskey/watercolor on 4x5" 140# Canson

Little House or Tree Trinket, whiskey/watercolor on 4×5″ 140# Canson

Toodles, me hearties.