Bev Byrnes, 2019, mixed media on panel
All will come again into its strength:
the fields undivided, the waters undammed,
the trees towering and the walls built low.
And in the valleys, people as strong
and varied as the land.
And no churches where God
is imprisoned and lamented
like a trapped and wounded animal.
The houses welcoming all who knock
and a sense of boundless offering
in all relations, and in you and me.
No yearning for an afterlife, no looking beyond,
no belittling of death,
but only longing for what belongs to us
and serving earth, lest we remain unused.
~ Rainer Maria Rilke
from: ‘The Book of Hours’
Bev Byrnes — Detail of nihonga painting — lapis lazuli pigment on kumohadamashi paper
“Everything is gestation and then bringing forth. To let each impression and each germ of a feeling come to completion wholly in itself, in the dark, in the inexpressible, the unconscious, beyond the reach of one’s own intelligence, and await with deep humility and patience the birth-hour of a new clarity: that alone is living the artist’s life: in understanding as in creating.
There is here no measuring with time, no year matters, and ten years are nothing. Being an artist means, not reckoning and counting, but ripening like the tree which does not force its sap and stands confident in the storms of spring without the fear that after them may come no summer. It does come. But it comes only to the patient, who are there as though eternity lay before them, so unconcernedly still and wide. I learn it daily, learn it with pain to which I am grateful: patience is everything.”
~ Rainer Maria Rilke
“The secret of beginning a life of deep awareness and sensitivity lies in our willingness to pay attention….
Our growth as conscious, awake human beings is marked not so much by grand gestures and visible renunciations as by extending loving attention to the minutest particulars of our lives…
Every relationship, every thought, every gesture is blessed with meaning through the wholehearted attention we bring to it.
…without attention we live only on the surface of existence.
It is just simple attention that allows us truly to listen to the song of a bird, to see deeply the glory of an autumn leaf, to touch the heart of another and be touched.
We need to be fully present in order to love a single thing wholeheartedly. We need to be fully awake in this moment if we are to receive and respond to the learning inherent in it.”
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Quote by Christina Feldman and Jack Kornfield, from “Stories of the Spirit, Stories of the Heart.”
Drawing by Fiona Robinson, charcoal and graphite on paper
This is fascinating. A website that lets you zoom in on the finest detail of Van Eyck’s Ghent Altarpiece. A treat for the eyes. — Closer to Van Eyck