Archive for January, 2011

today’s doodle…

Posted in computer art with tags , , , , on 2011/01/27 by greenteadoodles

orange shirt boy...

Just a random doodle today! This has turned out to be a busy kind of week so you’ll have to fill in your own back-story for this guy…

image (cc) 2011 Hilary Farmer

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Confucius!

Posted in Chinese culture, computer art with tags , , , , , on 2011/01/19 by greenteadoodles

completing the trio of great Chinese thinkers...

Confucianism may not be my favourite of the three main streams of Chinese philosophy – too rigid and hierarchical – but for centuries his thoughts and maxims have influenced and directed Chinese life. It was only during the last few decades that his ideas were banished in China – but apparently no longer! There is a new statue of the sage in Tiananmen Square! I am not sure that either Mao or Confucius would really be happy about their new proximity…

image (cc) Hilary Farmer

Laozi…

Posted in Chinese culture, computer art with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 2011/01/11 by greenteadoodles

more thinking

Laozi as a youngish man – usually he is portrayed as very old…

Here is a short chapter (44) from the Taoteching as translated by Red Pine. (I really enjoy his version which includes historical commentaries alongside the text.)

Which is more vital
fame or health
which is more precious
health or riches
which is more harmful
loss or gain
the deeper the love
the higher the cost
the bigger the treasure
the greater the loss
who knows contentment
suffers no shame
who knows restraint
encounters no trouble
and thus lives long

名 與 身 孰 親 。
身 與 貨 孰 多 。
得 與 亡 孰 病 。
甚 愛 必 大 費 ﹔
多 藏 必 厚 亡 。
故 知 足 不 辱 ,
知 止 不 殆 ,
可 以 長 久 。

image (cc) 2011 Hilary Farmer

meditative doodle…

Posted in Chinese culture, computer art, poetry with tags , , , , , , , , , on 2011/01/04 by greenteadoodles

Thinking about things...

Time to post something new for the new year!

The start of a new year seems like the right time think about things – looking backward to look forward or something like that. I am happy that this blog has given me a forum to experiment and show my work and I definitely plan to continue over the coming year. I have a number of other creative projects underway and in the works (maybe too many!) Perhaps if there’s one thing to focus on this year, it’s having a better balance between all aspects of life – most of us could use some of that – I know I could!

Here’s a short poem about poetry – in particular, the poetry of a certain Tang Dynasty Chinese monk named Han Shan – as interpreted by the American poet, Peter Stambler… It seems about right for a cold winter day…enjoy!

The Uses of Poetry

To join happy men, collect Han Shan’s poems,
More sonorous, more savory than a morning’s sutras.

With bamboo shoots, pin them to your cracked walls.
Read them over in the evenings, keeping out the cold.

image (cc) 2011 Hilary Farmer