Yūgen 幽玄

Yūgen is a Japanese aesthetic quality that describes profound grace and subtlety. Perhaps this poem best conveys a feeling of yūgen... "To watch the sun sink behind a flower clad hill. To wander on in a huge forest without thought of return. To stand upon the shore and gaze after a boat that disappears behind distant islands. To contemplate the flight of wild geese seen and lost among the clouds. And, subtle shadows of bamboo on bamboo." -Zeami Motokiyo I was inspired for this painting during a recent trip to Okinawa. In my free time I would explore the island's tropical coastline in search of reefs to free dive and igneous cliff lines to paint. Time and time again I would confront fisherman

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The old pond- a frog jumps in, sound of water - Basho