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Sunday, July 25, 2010

At the Monastery

Teaching Haiku/Brush/Sketch 
at Zen Mountain Monastery this past weekend,
I encourage my students to step through
the doubt and hesitation and get something
down in the sketchbook. 

At the end of the workshop
I walk up the wooded path to the cemetery
to visit my friend Richard Barsky.
It's been twelve years since he died. 

I stand in front of the vertical grave marker,
looking down at the capstone that covers his ashes.

I hear Richard's voice inside me, 
"Go ahead. Do it." 
I open my sketchbook - and get something down . . .

at the monastery


annpatty said...

and a heart in the leaf. LOVE!

Kerry said...

Dear Barbara,

I love your work, it always takes me to a deeper, quieter place. Do you use watercolor and a pen with ink to draw these? Tell me! What kind of pen?


Anonymous said...

My heart opens
Tears arise
Thank you

Barbara Bash said...

Thanks to all for these kind comments -

Kerry - I start drawing with pencil and then add watercolor
to the sketch - the writing is done with a Micron pen.