Ginnie Cappaert's Blog

Saturday, December 8, 2018

"Oryoki" which roughly means, "that which contains just enough" from the book 'The Zen of Creativity' by John David Loori

I am settling into my winter studio routine and I'm feeling a sense of comfort, of familiarity and a pattern to my days.  My painting time needs a sense of calm and quiet, like the winter season brings.  Here in the north we already have a soft blanket of snow covering our landscape, and a sunny day here and there filtered with mostly grey skies.  All of these reflect light in different ways.  The shortened days make us turn inward to reading, writing and painting but 'oryoki' reminds us that contains just enough for us at this moment.
This winter I am trying to balance some challenging days in the studio with some 'outbursts' of wow happenings!  I have learned over the years that just being in the studio is what is important, the bad and the good all blend together eventually.
Enjoy these beautiful winter days and find balance in your moments!
Birch Installation was a 10 piece installation purchased by Aquity Insurance.
Oil/cold wax/dry pigments on wood panel.  2018

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