Here is a watercolour I started over the weekend and finished tonight:
This was a hard painting for me, and I struggled to get the crisp edges I wanted on certain details with this rather rough paper. I am also a bit out of practice with watercolour – I hope to do a few more soon and get my skill level up. I may try an oil version of this if I still like it in a few days.
I was thinking of a place where time stood still and objects stood still while the light and shadows change amidst objects of daily life. Just some shelf in some house some day. Perhaps the day when Wendell Berry wrote this beautiful poem:
To Know the Dark
To go in the dark with a light is to know the light.
To know the dark, go dark. Go without sight,
and find that the dark, too, blooms and sings,
and is travelled by dark feet and dark wings.
It is a time for me to dial back productivity and sense into deeper questions. Daily life keeps inviting us to go beyond our limitations.
True reality is encountered while staying in the midst of every day and returning ever more deeply into its depth and inner recesses. Even the great problem of life-and-death is clarified thereby…Daily life is the basic problem and the last key to all problems.
Keiji Nishitani, quoted in Zen Encounters with Loneliness by Terrance Keenan