I'm trying to teach myself how to paint so I've tasked myself with doing one small watercolor each evening. Often the painting leaves a lot of leftover room, even on the tiny (by watercolor standards) 8x11 paper I'm using. So I'll write something in the blank space. For some reason a picture of a rooster called for quotes from Dōgen's Genjōkōan, which I quite liked, so I decided to do more and share on facebook.
Watercolor is a wonderful medium for Buddhist inspired themes. There's a fragility and paradoxical impermanence to it, paradoxical because (unlike oil or acrylic) there is almost no room for correcting errors. When the paint goes on it just is, you can't scrape it off or mix in new paint or cover it over. Or rather you can do things like this, but you will almost certainly ruin the painting if you do. You also have to learn to use negative space. . .
Anyhow, here are some roosters. You can click on them to see them fuller sized, and I'll periodically add more under the fold until I'm all the way through the Genjōkōan. Also note that these are photographed on an out of date I phone in bad lighting conditions. Again, if you click on any of the pictures you'll get the same thing I uploaded to facebook, enough to read the writing at least.