Zen collage, 8"x8", by Donna Watson
Note: I will be teaching two 2-day workshops in Portland Oregon for Art and Soul. The first workshop on April 8-9 is Journal to Book: A Zen Approach. The second workshop on April 10-11 is
Boro/Wabi Sabi: The Spirit of Collage. For more information and to register for one or both go to
the Art and Soul website here.
"It may be that when we no longer know what to do,
we have come to our real work
and when we no longer know which way to go,
we have begun our real journey."
--- Wendell Berry
Zen Nature 2, 8"x8" collage by Donna Watson
I have been lost for awhile. I forgot that "art is a journey into the most unknown thing of all -
oneself" (Louis Kahan). It took me awhile to figure out I was lost. I thought I had just wandered off of the 'path' and I would easily get back on the right path. I finally realized that I had fallen so far off of the path that I had to begin a new journey. I found that reading books on Zen helped me begin to find my way again.
Zen 4, 8"x8" collage by Donna Watson
As you start to walk out on the way, the way appears. -- Rumi
Zen 3, 8"x8" collage by Donna Watson
The mind that is not baffled is not employed.
The impeded stream is the one that sings.
-- Wendell Berry
Zen 2, 12"x12" collage by Donna Watson
"The path isn't a straight line; it's a spiral. You continually come back to things you
thought you understood and see deeper truths."
Zen 1, 12"x12" collage by Donna Watson
Your pilgrimage brings you to and from your homes,
here and there, and always inside you ---
will you re-walk that path with the stone lanterns
over and over again in dreams?
and wake to walk
the path you've created in your own temple.
--- Nancy Neva Gagliano
Zen Nature 3, 6"x6" collage by Donna Watson
Note: Most of these collage are available for purchase at my Etsy account here.