Tuesday, August 25, 2009

two real-life Zen kung fu stories

FYI: Zen stories are short parables which capsure the essence of Zen philosophy. recently, i've found myself as a character in them...

1. One day, after an intensive training session, Young Mega and 4Higher were relaxing with a discourse on hard versus soft. For example, what technique would win out of Sanda versus Tai Chi Chu'an.

"soft always beats hard", said 4Higher, "when you use the opponents own strength against them".

"But what if someone is too strong for the person to yield, and they connect a blow? Soft loses", argued Young Mega.

"that is a question of technique", replied 4Higher. "Look, which is harder, water or rock? Rock, but water can break and shape rock, as you see in nature."

Young Mega smiled and replied, "I'm pretty sure it's paper that beats rock".

2. After an evening meal following a long sparring session, Young Mega was beratting his training partner with claims of how strong his Kung Fu had become.

4Higher calmly set down his tea, turned to Mega and said, "it is not the squawking of its voice nor the flapping of it's wings that makes the eagle deadly".

Mega laughed and said ,"na, but its funny as!"

Sunday, August 16, 2009

TMD in Hastings

what did u get up to this weekend? Went to hastings.
here are touristy photos to prove it

i think this iconic clock tower would be better if the sheep were real..
pleanty cool art deco architecture in the centre, lamposts even:

ha ha ha
but as per usual, we were there to paint big colourful words on walls.

looking good Gary!

not that great painting on unprimed wood, but i like the texture so left heaps of it exposed around my piece which is clearly influenced by traditional chinese art and cartoon dragons:
and then we did seconds...
this time i discovered a style of a lost civilisation!
don't worry Addy, i won't divulge the secrets of the hidden temple

Monday, August 10, 2009

Gee'd up

curved walls... ooosh yeah!!! this is in my friends studio, I painted last week

Friday, August 7, 2009

let em know

today was the last day of a workshop i've been tutoring... sun came out for us, i think springtime is hitting aucks!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

back in

we have been virtually paintless for the last couple months... til now

sorry about the poor resolution... still sussin out new camera