Seeing with New Eyes

Summer’s Dawn in the Meadow, Spring’s Dawn in the Meadow and The Watch over Fox Farm are the latest in the series titled “Be Here, Now”. My recent work all relates to one common theme: we don’t have to travel, to acquire, to seek the new, in order to experience the reverence that comes with witnessing great beauty.  All we must do is really see what’s around us in our everyday. The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. — Marcel Proust I always thought I would see the beautiful wonders of…

Gratitude 2.0

No one will argue the benefits of practicing gratitude.  Count your blessings, look on the bright side of life, be thankful for what you have, the wise advise.  Sure, it’s good for us, and enjoyable too, to acknowledge our wins — an achievement, acquisition, validation, improvement.  But what about gratitude when things don’t go our way at all — during loss, failure, uncertainty, rejection? GRATITUDE 2.0 Lately, I am practicing my gratitude on this deeper level.  Advanced gratitude.  Gratitude 2.0, I’ll call it.  The foundational pre-requisite for this course is humility, the acceptance that perhaps I don’t know what is…

Lighthouse in the foreground of ice-fishing shacks.

Finding Light in the Darkness

During the coldest winter months in the town where I live, the river ice thickens to support a temporary village of ice-fishing shacks on the ice adjacent to the local wharf.  People gather to fish and socialize, skate and play hockey, share warming beverages while huddled over space heaters, and take long walks on the open expanse of ice. I am intrigued by the symbolism of the lighthouse standing watch over this setting.  The village, a coming together of those who embrace winter, who choose to illuminate the coldest and darkest days with the light of community and camaraderie, is…

People ice skating on the Rothesay Common.

Saturday Afternoon on the Common

“Saturday Afternoon on the Common” is a painting in a new series I’m working on titled “Be Here, Now”. THE MIND’S SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS The nature of the mind, of our thoughts, is to try to find where happiness may be found.  Our thoughts continuously point out what’s wrong in our lives, what must be “fixed” so that we may feel safe, comfortable, successful, happy.  When we “fix” one thing, the mind finds another reason for unhappiness. POWER IN THE PRESENT MOMENT Meditation teachings tell us true and lasting happiness can be found in transcending thought.  In identifying with the…