Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Wise for IF

Once Zhuangzi dreamt he was a butterfly, a butterfly flitting and fluttering around, happy with himself and doing as he pleased. He didn’t know he was Zhuangzi. Suddenly he woke up and there he was, solid and unmistakable Zhuangzi. But he didn’t know if he was Zhuangzi who had dreamt he was a butterfly, or a butterfly dreaming he was Zhuangzi. Between Zhuangzi and a butterfly there must be some distinction! This is called the Transformation of Things. (2, tr. Burton Watson 1968:49)

17 comments:

Michael O'Connell said...

great quality to this… well done…

Michael said...

Thanks for visiting!

Fantastic piece. I like the washes you produced...

Dot said...

that's lovely! such a nice style for this one...

thanks for stopping by my blog, too!

Vhrsti said...

Brilliant! Admirable! There's nothing more to say...

ArtSparker said...

Lyrical in feel and execution

Christine said...

Thanks for coming by my page.

Beautifully rendered lines and color.

Flying Colors said...

This is all very cool :) :) :)
Great rendered lines and the wonderful touch with in color. So fluid...
Have a great week!!!

Bobo said...

Beautiful interpretion of Zhunagzi, the great Chinese thinker and philosopher! Lovely chinese painting style!

Heather T. said...

Oh, gorgeous! The linework is so nice, and the washes so evocative...

theartofpuro said...

beautiful concept and colours

kathy hare said...

beautiful..

rachelhoward said...

That's a really beautiful drawing -it's so delicate and I love how you've used the wash!

Brigitte said...

I love this style! Beautiful colour and the way it's washed..

Bee said...

Ohh! I read this a long time ago, how wonderful to read it again, Your illustration is beautiful and compliments it so well :)

Bella Sinclair said...

How beautiful! This is perfect -- not too simple, not too detailed, just right. Sleeping Zhuangzi looks a bit like a chrysalis, doesn't he? :)

Mie Illustrates! said...

Nice water colour and ink (I'm guessing)! It really gives it a half dreamy feel

artistmikemiller said...

this lovly picture makes me want to get out my brush pens immediately. artist Mike