“Hymnus Ad Patrem Sinensis”
Zenshin Phillip Whalen
I praise those ancient Chinamen
Who left me a few words,
Usually a pointless joke or a silly question
A line of poetry drunkenly scrawled on the margin of a quick
splashed picture — bug, leaf,
caricature of Teacher
on paper held together now by little more than ink
& their own strength brushed momentarily over it.
Their world & several others since
Gone to hell in a handbasket, they knew it --
Cheered as it whizzed by --
& conked out among the busted spring rain cherryblossom winejars
Happy to have saved us all.
My art runs the gamut from primitive cave paintings to the post-modern, influenced by traditional Asian brushwork, modern painters and New Yorker cartoons, doodles to bizarro. My subject matter is meditation, sports, politics, social conventions, puns, fashion -- in short everything that crosses my brush/mind. My Inklings ... creations brought to life by ink, paper, brush and thin air. The secret of the work is in each stoke of the brush. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase a paint.
Bodhidharma for Great Vow Monastery in Oregon.
To view a catalog of over 900 of my brushwork paintings, visit my blog INKLINGS