by Susie Collis
Printed using archival quality ink and rag cotton paper.
More than just a card, they are a 'little piece of art' which could be used to write a message, send a greeting, pin, or frame.
Chan (Zen) painting is grounded in Buddhism and dates back to 12th century China. The paintings are traditionally done in Chinese ink on rice paper (or silk) and depict nature, often with a trace of humour. The method is sometimes referred to as 'one-storke' or 'one-breath', each brush stroke, once made, cannot be reworked.
Although it is a style based on strict principles, spontineity is a feature. The finished piece should express the combined effect of artist, paper, ink, and brush. Chan art is merely suggestive rather than literally representational. the artist must work without the intrusion of conscious thought or ego (Zen mind) so as to capture the real 'essence' of a subject.