This is another painting based on a photo I took during our recent holiday at Whangamata – taken on the same stroll as the image used for my painting #O73 posted a few days ago. I am quite happy with this painting, and at some level it is an ever so small breakthrough for me.
The source photo is below. For me – the photo is quite a strong abstract image in itself. Painting this should be as easy as falling out of a tree – but somehow, it isn’t!
In the past week or two, I have settled for most days into a steady morning routine of getting out of bed earlier and doing a 45 minute meditation before I go for my walk and then start the work day. It has done wonders for my crazy mind.
The mind moves without end; yet slowly – through the act of sitting, staying still, relaxed yet dignified and strong – a distance grows between what is real and what is the non-stop romance/horror movie of the mind. Who knows how far that distance can stretch?
I wonder if this is what Frederico Garcia Lorca pointed to when he wrote:
There is a whole world of crushed rivers and unachievable distances In the paw of a cat crushed by a car
In my painting above, I found – perhaps just for a moment – the joy of painting with an attitude of not caring, while still being full of care. It is hard to explain.
T.S Eliot alluded to this in his poem Ash-Wednesday. Here are some of my favorite lines from this long poem:
Wavering between the profit and loss In this brief transit where the dreams cross The dreamcrossed twilight between birth and dying ... And the list heart stiffens and rejoices In the lost lilac and the lost sea voices ... This is the time of tension between dying and birth The place of solitude where three dreams cross Between blue rocks ... Suffer us not to mock ourselves with falsehood Teach us to care and not to care Teach us to sit still
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