For my 60th birthday, almost nine years ago…….my dear friend, Rosie, gave me the book Buddhist Offerings 365 Days by Danielle & Olivier Follmi.
It’s a book that I always keep at hand, for its simple and profound words of wisdom.
Most of us have spent our lives caught up in plans, expectations, ambitions for the future, in regrets, guilt or shame about the past. To come into the present is to stop the war. From Buddhist Offerings.
This is a rapid sketch which I began by sketching over an old painting…one that I didn’t like much anyway….such a feeling of freedom:)
True love for our neighbours will be translated into courage and strength. The more we develop love for others, the more confidence we will have in ourselves. The 14th Dalai Lama.
Because I am working over an old painting, I am using watercolour and gouache….Remember, watercolour is a transparent medium and gouache is opaque.
Without the rigidity of concepts, the world becomes transparent and illuminated, as though from within. With this understanding, the interconnectedness of all that lives becomes very clear. Sharon Salzberg
During the 12 years that I lived and worked in the Magical Town of Crickadoon, which sits in the Usk Valley between the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons….I studied the play of light upon the surrounded hills.
Have a beautiful weekend, filled with colour and of course magical hummingbirds….