In safety and in bliss,
May all creatures be of blissful heart..
Whatever breathing beings there may be
Frail or firm…long or big…short or small
Seen or unseen, dwelling far or near
Existing or yet seeking to exist
May all creatures be of a blissful heart..Sutta
Wouldn’t it be lovely if we all lived in “safety and in bliss”…what an extraordinary world it would be and how delicate and lovely is that expression…to allow our neighbours to live the way we want to live…be they “frail or firm, long or big, short or small” and for them in turn to let us be….
Is that so foreign an idea?…is it so hard?
As I walk around my small courtyard garden deciding what to prune and what to leave till spring, I notice that some tiny spiders have woven their intricate webs in the Euonymous hedge…it’s late in the year and they won’t be there for long, so I leave them in their "safety and bliss"
Ink and Gouache on Handmade Paper
Earth Songs" is a brand new series…it is an artist’s journal….each section will be a prayer for the earth, for land, for sea and air, for food…. as the pages turn, the images will reflect the seasons, the thoughts and musings of the diarist and will contain many different images, painted or drawn in a semi abstract way…it will be a celebration of the world that surrounds and sustains us, painted in a stream of consciousness manner in a handmade journal…
I think it is so important to relate what we do to something outside of us….there is a rhythm that underscores all our lives and as artists we are so lucky in that we are able to embrace that rhythm and reflect it in our work…to understand it and to communicate it as best we can…by doing a sort of stream of consciousness drawing or painting, I hope to be able to do that with this journal…. in a way it’s me, as a book…