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In the Pause

“Glance at the sun. See the moon and the stars. Gaze at the beauty of the Earth’s greenings. Now, think.” – Hildegard of Bingen

“Rather than going for the high moment of drama, the high moment of the erotic, the high moment of the extraordinary, poetry will choose the small moment of pause just to look at what’s really happening, to look at a few layers deep and to let that small pause, that ordinary moment, open up with all the fullness of its being to us.” – Pádraig Ó Tuama

A pause
A glance
A moment
Embrace
Be held
Poetry in the ordinary

Uninhibited

“The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.” – Walt Whitman

“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” – Vincent Van Gogh

A paper plate, some paint and fingers meet and dance, art blooms.
Uninhibited and with delight, a child reminds us to return to this place again and again.
No boundaries, no rules, no judgment.
Colors, shapes, beauty.
New day, fresh palette.
Paint.

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” – Pablo Picasso

The Song of Spring

“The lilac branches are bowed under the weight of the flowers. Blooming is hard, and the most important thing is to bloom.” – Yevgeny Zamyatin

“Poetry is often the art of overhearing yourself say things you didn’t know you knew. It is a learned skill to force yourself to articulate your life, your present world or your possibilities for the future.” – David Whyte

Fragrant lilacs.
Blue skies.
Sun lingering.
The song of spring ushering summer in.
Light. Joy. Hope.
In the song.
Nature sparking the poetry of life.

“And stay, my dear, stay forever as my quiet song, in my lilac dawn.” – Sanober Khan

Scatter Flowers

“Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.” – Vincent Van Gogh

“Love proves itself by deeds, so how am I to show my love? Great deeds are forbidden me. The only way I can prove my love is by scattering flowers, and these flowers are every little sacrifice, every glance and word, and the doing of the least actions for love.” – St Therese of Lisieux

May you scatter flowers today of attention, generosity, kindness, grace and love.
May they fall upon you as well.
In doing small deeds, the gift of joy resides.
Be present in today’s blessings.

“If I did not simply live from one moment to another, it would be impossible for me to be patient; but I only look at the present, I forget the past, and I take good care not to forestall the future.” – St Therese of Lisieux

Soul Washing

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” said Picasso

The Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit is art, music and technology merging into one experience. Sitting surrounded and washed in color. Dust off and soul wash daily to immerse into the breadth, depth and expanse. Beauty and color abound.

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” – Vincent Van Gogh

“For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.” – Vincent Van Gogh

“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?” – Vincent Van Gogh

“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” – Vincent Van Gogh

 

 

 

 

 

Fresh Canvas

“Imagination is the highest kite one can fly.” – Lauren Bacall

“This world is but a canvas to our imagination.” – Henry David Thoreau

A fresh coat of snow to carve and draw on.
A blank canvas to fill with color and movement.
A new start with the sun rising and light glistening off the snow.
Reawaken or perhaps awaken for the first time to the beauty abound and around.
The possibilities in this very day and what we choose to notice.
Nothing before.
Nothing after.
Now alone.
Now enough.
Trigger your curiosity.
Jumpstart your imagination.
Entertain joy.
Dance with laughter.
The pen, the brush of your thoughts anew.
Fill your canvas today with inquiry, exploration and awe.
A masterpiece in the making.

“An empty canvas is full.” – Robert Rauschenberg

Indigo, Red, Green, Azure

“Life is a painting, and you are the artist. You have on your palette all the colors in the spectrum - the same ones available to Michaelangelo and DaVinci.” – Paul J. Meyer

“Life is a painting, and you are the artist. You have on your palette all the colors in the spectrum – the same ones available to Michaelangelo and DaVinci.” – Paul J. Meyer

Blessings of color, light, joy, peace and awe to you.
Your home and fortress.
A resting place and oasis.
Blank canvas.
Use all of the colors unsparingly.
Indigo, red, green, azure, yellow, purple and all the hues between.
Brilliant, bold, beautiful.
Blessings abound.

Beannacht / Blessing by John O’Donohue

“On the day when
the weight deadens
on your shoulders
and you stumble,
may the clay dance
to balance you.

And when your eyes
freeze behind
the grey window
and the ghost of loss
gets into you,
may a flock of colours,
indigo, red, green
and azure blue,
come to awaken in you
a meadow of delight.

When the canvas frays
in the currach of thought
and a stain of ocean
blackens beneath you,
may there come across the waters
a path of yellow moonlight
to bring you safely home.

May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
may the clarity of light be yours,
may the fluency of the ocean be yours,
may the protection of the ancestors be yours.

And so may a slow
wind work these words
of love around you,
an invisible cloak
to mind your life.”

Focal Point

“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.” – Jonathan Swift

“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.” – Jonathan Swift

“Art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos.” – Stephen Sondheim

As each moment appears and unravels, may peace be the ground you walk on.
Carrying what is necessary for the journey, laying the rest down to travel lightly in grace and ease.
Same place, fresh eyes, new place appearing as if for the first time.
Invisible revealed.
Order from chaos.
Keeping the beauty, releasing the rest.
Clarity and discernment.
Surprise and awe.
Witness and engage.
Focal point, art unfolds.

“The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.” – William James

Brushstrokes

“Imagination allows you to bend the rules of the temporal world.” – Amy Sheral

“Imagination allows you to bend the rules of the temporal world.” – Amy Sheral

“A line is a dot that went for a walk.” – Paul Klee

On the canvas of today, what colors, shapes, strokes will you brush on the white space?
How will you see the same differently, be changed, moved, uprooted, furled into awe?
Where will you reside and where will you venture to?

You are the artist, the writer, the creator of today.
Do not let the past, circumstances, others take that responsibility and power from you.
Own what is yours and create something beautiful that only you can create.
Be generous, invite whimsy, take the voyage, shine your light.
Blank canvas, create a masterpiece, unfolding a brushstroke at a time.

“Every painting is a voyage into a sacred harbour.” – Giotto di Bondone

Into the Wild

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein

The Peace of Wild Things
by Wendell Berry

“When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.”

Open and receive the grace woven in stillness, quiet and rest.
Without effort or forethought of grief.
A holy sacred place, inviting all in.
Enter the peace of the wild things to awaken to the breath, depth and presence of life.

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