Just finished my latest painting. This one is for my eastern philosophy class “Competing Images of the Sage” and I titled it “Lao Tsu at the Holi Festival”. As you can see, the top image is the unfinished outline while the bottom is Lao after he was assaulted with paint. Though it sounds super pretentious this is a metaphor for the expansion and consumption of Taoism by the growing Buddhism within ancient China. For that reason I decided to stick to a more ancient Chinese “outline-like” painting style for Lao while masking it and covering it with the vibrant colors of India’s Holi festival. For years these two religions have influenced and combated each other for stake within the east. I was inspired by this spiritual battle over physical domain and I will likely continue with this theme in the future. Hope you enjoy!

I may or may not be selling this piece depending on price negotiation.

Please credit! Made with acrylics on canvas

Empty yourself of everything. Let the mind become still. The ten thousand things rise and fall while the Self watches their return. They grow and flourish and then return to the source.
Returning to the source is stillness, which is the way of nature.
—  Lao Tsu

New Year’s resolution: “Let go of fixed plans and concepts,
and the world will govern itself.”

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In thinking, keep to the simple.
In conflict, be fair and generous.
In governing, don’t try to control.
In work, do what you enjoy.
In family life, be completely present.
—  Lao Tsu