Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Wave

Here is a painting I finally finished. It is probably 3 feet by 4 feet, and heavily textured. In person the thick paint leaps out of the canvas. Photography often cannot paintings well. I choose the wave, because I have always enjoyed Harakusai's painting. Waves are a pure expression of energy and motion. In fact my dojo symbol, the swirling spiral, is conceived after the wave. Of course there is a painful side to this too, now with the recent history of tragedy in Japan. All in all, the wave is an mandala for any student of aiki to lose themselves in.


  1. Cool! Surely the photograph can't do it proper justice as you said due to the texture. It reminds me a lot of these really cool paintings of waves done by a particular surfer in San Francisco. I would go to this surf shop just to check up on the paintings every once in a while. I don't know if you surf, but surely there's a connection between mutual feelings and understandings of waves between surfers and martial artists ... which is different than just looking at a photograph of a wave for a flash second.

  2. Aikido has often been described as surfing energy