"Thanking the Ripe Melon" Abstract Zen Sumi e Original Painting by Marilyn Wells
Abstract sumi e Zen painting Original, with ink wash, wet and dry brushstrokes by Marilyn Wells was inspired by Mary Oliver's poem
“When we cut the ripe melon.
Should we not give it thanks?
And should we not thank the knife also?”
-M.O. “At the River Clarion” 1917S
There is so much in Mary Oliver that resonates with Zen practice. Being in the moment; paying attention to just what is right at hand, and living out of Faith, right then, right there, from moment to moment, instead of our from our heads, our linear way of thinking, dwelling in the imagined past or future. Thanks also to my mentor who sends me Kusen or Zen teachings, @zen_art_time, Paul Quintero on Instagram.
These paintings are each unique art works. Imperfections are to be expected and are the hallmark of original art and the artist's hand, true wabi sabi. Sizes of original mulberry paper painting may vary, each approximately 14” x 18” - mat size is 18” x 22”. Each comes with its own Certificate of Authentication, packaged in a clear sleeve.
If you select the Framed Option, the frame is a clean, modern, charcoal black finish, my personal choice, with a UV acrylic protective cover.
I’m happy to send more photos and details upon request.
Prints also available.
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