I am pleased to report that I feel better than I have done in a long while Not only are my energy levels back to normal but it feels like my mind and body have been (as one of my friends put it) re-booted……..
“Some of my old memories feel trapped in amber in my brain lucid and burning, while others are like the wing beat of a hummingbird, an intangible, ephemeral blur.” watercolourI am now very excited about the upcoming course at the school in Portugal (http://www.artinthealgarve.com) on the 2nd of October where we will be focusing on observation and imagination……and using the medium of watercolour to loosen up – `and free ourselves from fear based restraints.
Two minute watercolour sketch…..Like most people throughout my life I have experienced some important turning points. Usually events that I could never have imagined….and often events that turn out to be blessings in disguise. When these events occur, I have found that it’s important to embrace them no matter how uncomfortable they might be. My recent blip has turned out to be such an event.
“Beautiful is what we see. More beautiful is what we understand. Most beautiful is what we do not comprehend”. Mira Bartock “When you are convinced that all the exits are blocked, either you take to believing in miracles or you stand still like the hummingbird. The miracle is that the honey is always there, right under your nose, only you were too busy searching elsewhere to realise it. The worst is not death but being blind, blind to the fact that everything about life is in the nature of the miraculous.” Henry Miller. We tend to ignore the fact that there is a vast tapestry of energy that exists beyond our five senses…..that there is an unseen order of things. For me the hummingbird symbolises this.
Hummingbirds are courageous little creatures……migrating huge distances and always drinking from the sweet nectar of life…..We can learn so much from them.
And so a week from Wednesday I am off to one of my favourite places – the School in Olhao. (http://www.artinthealgarve.com) I will write a blog about the week after I return around the middle of October.
A quick sketch from the Saturday market in Olhao Portugal – watercolour/gouache
A sun drenched wall in Olhao – watercolour/gouache from sketch bookAnd finally the beautiful olive tree in the courtyard at the School in Olhao. Have a lovely day and week ahead.