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“Three Chinese Gongshi”

In the room where I paint there are three Chinese gongshi, scholars’ rocks, as a tribute and a remembrance to my Chinese painting guides, members of the literati, the scholar-painters. It is as if I am triangulated by the Energy emanating from the rocks, from them as the rocks.

When I was in Japan, I searched for the equivalent of a Japanese scholar’s rock and found in a junkstore in Kyoto a cut-off section of an old tree root. I do not know if it is from a sakura, the cherry blossom tree – but to me it is.

As I contemplate it, I wonder what it is thinking as it contemplates me painting here in New York. So far from its home and fulfilling now a different purpose.