ALONE…CONTEMPLATING THE FIVE MOUNTAINS © chinese ink on paper, approximately 12 x 18 inches, 2014.
Continuing experiments with landscapes using the “dry-brush” technique. I don’t know but I’ve been drawing mountains, waterfalls and seas for almost two months now. Yup, these are indeed constants in Chinese-style painting. But probably they are archetypal representations of something deeper. Well, I have ideas which are too personal to share. I can say however, that these landscapes are indeed “self portraits”. The title of this particular piece reflects my desire to see the significance of these symbols in my own personal “inner journey”. Are the five mountains my archetypes? Is the sea my unconscious? Is the Buddhist monk a representation of my ego balancing between the two realms of psychic existence? - Jose Alain Austria.

ALONE…CONTEMPLATING THE FIVE MOUNTAINS © chinese ink on paper, approximately 12 x 18 inches, 2014.

Continuing experiments with landscapes using the “dry-brush” technique. I don’t know but I’ve been drawing mountains, waterfalls and seas for almost two months now. Yup, these are indeed constants in Chinese-style painting. But probably they are archetypal representations of something deeper. Well, I have ideas which are too personal to share. I can say however, that these landscapes are indeed “self portraits”. The title of this particular piece reflects my desire to see the significance of these symbols in my own personal “inner journey”. Are the five mountains my archetypes? Is the sea my unconscious? Is the Buddhist monk a representation of my ego balancing between the two realms of psychic existence? - Jose Alain Austria.


Variation of Shunso’s ‘THE NOH ACTOR” by Jose Alain Austria, chinese ink on paper, approx. 18 x 12 inches, 20 October 2014. According to one of the venerable founders of Japan’s “Noh” drama / theater, the actor “should always be at his best when the audience is at its worst.” When the audience is rowdy, bored or openly-hostile [not to mention there’s hardly anybody watching”, the actor gives his best as if its the performance of his life. Really makes sense when applied to other fields or life itself. Reminds me of one of the main points of the Bhagavad-Gita: to work for work’s sake and not for some external reward or prize.

Variation of Shunso’s ‘THE NOH ACTOR” by Jose Alain Austria, chinese ink on paper, approx. 18 x 12 inches, 20 October 2014. According to one of the venerable founders of Japan’s “Noh” drama / theater, the actor “should always be at his best when the audience is at its worst.” When the audience is rowdy, bored or openly-hostile [not to mention there’s hardly anybody watching”, the actor gives his best as if its the performance of his life. Really makes sense when applied to other fields or life itself. Reminds me of one of the main points of the Bhagavad-Gita: to work for work’s sake and not for some external reward or prize.

"IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD…AND THE WORD WAS GOD" © J.A. Austria, baybayin shodo, chinese ink on paper, 16 October 2014. Calligraphy scroll for Bro. Jonathan Ray Villacorta, SVD.

"IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD…AND THE WORD WAS GOD" © J.A. Austria, baybayin shodo, chinese ink on paper, 16 October 2014. Calligraphy scroll for Bro. Jonathan Ray Villacorta, SVD.

"SOUTHERN CHINESE MOUNTAIN VILLAGE" © J.A. Austria, chinese ink on paper, 16 October 2014.

"SOUTHERN CHINESE MOUNTAIN VILLAGE" © J.A. Austria, chinese ink on paper, 16 October 2014.

"MY RETREAT" © J.A. Austria, chinese ink on paper, 16 October 2014.

"MY RETREAT" © J.A. Austria, chinese ink on paper, 16 October 2014.

"ARJUNA’S VISION" © J.A. Austria, chinese ink on paper, 16 October 2014.

"ARJUNA’S VISION" © J.A. Austria, chinese ink on paper, 16 October 2014.

"KIAI" © J.A. Austria, baybayin shodo, chinese ink on paper, 16 October 2014.

"KIAI" © J.A. Austria, baybayin shodo, chinese ink on paper, 16 October 2014.

"HAPPY CHICKEN" © J.A. Austria, chinese ink on paper, 16 October 2014.

"HAPPY CHICKEN" © J.A. Austria, chinese ink on paper, 16 October 2014.

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"PICTOGRAM 2" © J.A. Austria, chinese ink on paper, 15 October 2014.

"PICTOGRAM 2" © J.A. Austria, chinese ink on paper, 15 October 2014.

"BHAGAVAD-GITA / THE SONG OF GOD" © J.A. Austria, baybayin shodo, chinese ink on paper, 15 October 2014.

"BHAGAVAD-GITA / THE SONG OF GOD" © J.A. Austria, baybayin shodo, chinese ink on paper, 15 October 2014.