“What I do know
But this: it is heaven itself to take what is given,
to see what is plain; what the sun
lights up willingly...”
From time to time small glimpses invite big wonder to emerge from within me. One with many, the familiar with the mysterious... It’s often those sideways-eyes of grace that are sensitive to light’s invitation.
Since moving to the Guild I’ve created a library of photos in an Instagram called Grunewald_Graces. I’ve longed to spend more time with the images, and it seems a logical next step to paint them. It’s what I’m about these days, so every other day or so, you’ll see a new painting.
It’s funny... what I’m finding is that an exact painting of what I see does not seem to be what I’m being called to in this work. I am so grateful that alongside studying the photo with great attention comes something more that the paint offers, perhaps even requires.
“Go not to the object; let it come to you.... What I need is not to look at all, but a true sauntering of the eye.” —Henry David Thoreau
“But nothing you ever understand will be sweeter, or more binding, than this deepest affinity between your eyes and the world.” —Mary Oliver
Hat tip to The Religious Imagineer, Jim Friedrich’s blog, for these wonderful quotes... and so much more.
February 20th, 2019
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