This is my Christmas card this year and below are some of my holiday decor and tree ornaments, mostly hand made. What a busy time of the year for all of us. I rush around, trying to do too much. I have to make myself stop, look around, take a few breaths, and quietly savor the beauty around me.
Be helpless, dumbfounded, Unable to say yes or no.
Then a stretcher will come from grace to gather us up.
We are too dull-eyed to see that beauty. If we say we can, we're lying.
If we say No, we don't see it,
That No will behead us And shut tight our window onto spirit.
So let us rather not be sure of anything, Beside ourselves, and only that, so
Miraculous beings come running to help. Crazed, lying in a zero circle, mute,
We shall be saying finally, With tremendous eloquence, Lead us.
When we have totally surrendered to that beauty, We shall be a mighty kindness. --- Zero Circle by RUMI
Happy holidays, prosperous new year and as always... peace please.
Since my last post I have been to Hawaii to visit my family. When I returned, winter had come to my zen gardens. We actually had a white Thanksgiving. Yes, snow and ice is beautiful to look at, and very cold and icy if you have to go out and especially drive on snowy, icy roads. But when it is snowing, there does seem to be a quiet silence all around, like the snow is muffling the sounds and a purity is covering everything.
The following art works are by artists who work mostly in wood cut and print making. You can find more of their works at the Ren Brown Collection here. You can also find more of these artists and their works at The Tolman Collection, Tokyo here.
Rei Morimura, relief print/woodblock
Solitude is a way of waiting for the inaudible and the invisible to make itself felt. -- Peggy Pond Church
Kawase Hasui, woodblock
Werner Bischof, photograph
I await the birth hour of a new clarity. --- Rilke
Joshua Rome, woodcut "And remember that the light is within if it is anywhere and you must paint from the inside Start with purity and pure white" --Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Saito Kiyoshi, woodblock
Miyamoto Shufu, wood block "The pure white of gesso the pure white of cadmium white the pure white of flake white the pure virgin canvas the pure life we all begin with..." ---Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Joel Stewart, aqua tint
Lucy Arai, mixed media/collage/sumi ink
Come away from the din. Come away to the quiet fields Over which the great sky stretches and where, between us and the stars there, in the stillness let us listen to the voice that is spreading within us. --- Jerome K. Jerome