Under fresh leaves, the heron waiting for the water to clear.

Gray heron near Greifensee, Switzerland, 2022
Irises at Belvoirpark, 2022
Iris at Belvoirpark, 2022
Pond at Belvoirpark, 2022
Gray heron under fresh leaves, ink and color on paper, 2022

After five years and 200 posts of #zenmondays it is time to go on a refreshing hiatus. We finish this series with one of my favorite summer scenes – a gray heron by the water in the iris and fresh leaves season. A scene that has been painted many times over in Japanese ink paintings, from Kano school artists to Hiroshige. This year my sketchbook page was painted on site at the Belvoirpark in Zurich, in keeping with the “plein air” summer spirit.

I had to wait a few more days for my camera to capture this elegant bird in another leaf-framed shot, but it was well worth the wait.

I am not quite sure how #zenmondays will return after the summer break just yet, but I feel it is time for a change in format, and not quite sure the direction it will take yet. What do you think? What would you like to see or read more of in this ink painting corner we share?

Wishing you a great summer ahead!

Thank you for reading another zen Monday. Every Monday is zen Monday. (So far) always a weekly dose of Japanese ink painting coupled with one photograph from my archives.

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