indelible presence: the way of the brush
Indelible Presence is the name for a set of primary exercises I have developed using brush, ink and paper –the three sacred elements of Asian calligraphy. These exquisite time-honored tools provide a flawless lens through which we can explore the possibilities of a seamless presence moving through our lives. I teach the Indelible Presence work within two meditation retreats held every May at Shambhala Mountain Center. The strength of working silently in communal retreat, stems from collective group intention –an informed field of awareness. This provides a foundation in which we can further develop mind-body synchronization -an alert intelligence within the creative process. I use elements of formality, natural beauty, coded meaning, wilderness and ceremony to ensure an environment that inspires and stimulates, directly calling forth the muse in us all. The images shown here illustrate three processes in the Indelible Presence work: selections from my art journals with preparatory notes & sketches, environments arranged prior to the brush exercises, and resulting brush performance artworks.