connected ink drawing

We are all connected.

The rose window in Durham Cathedral echoes patterns and rhythms of which we are all a part. Rhythms of the sun, the moon and the seasons. Patterns of impermanence and the constant flow of life and death. Like a mantra, the window becomes a gateway. In the light beyond the window, there is no form, no thoughts and no separation. Beyond the window, we awaken from our illusion of separateness.


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zen painting

We are all our ancestors.

There is a connection between us and all our ancestors. There is a connection between their actions, however long ago, and the way we are today. Their life continues in us. The pattern at the figures feet is taken from a tomb in Chichester Cathedral. For me, this pattern has come to represent the contemplation of death and the continual cycle of life. Each part of the pattern is incomplete, imperfect and fragile, like each of us, but the pattern exists because of each repeated component. There is only one pattern, just as there is only one continuous life. The feelings within me that the pattern generates are feelings of acceptance and stillness. If we can accept death is part of the one continuous life, then we can find peace.


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 Stillness in Chichester Cathedral

Finding stillness

Cathedrals have a stillness which calms the mind. This painting is of the Joan de Vere tomb in Chichester Cathedral. The restful pose, depicts the ultimate stillness that we will experience. The hands in prayer suggest an acceptance of what is, without needing to understand. The face is calm, untroubled by thoughts. It is comforting in it's peacefulness, while outside and painted in black are the chaotic figures of everyday life. The light poured in from the large stained glass window as we stood by the tomb. The light, from beyond the window, enabled us to see the stillness. Within the stillness is acceptance.

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 What we have is enough painting

What we have is enough.

A painting depicting a moment in my life when an owl hovered overhead. Time seemed to stand still and with it all thought. The owl brought both of us into the present moment, which ignites an awareness where possessions, attachments, stress and anxiety have no place. Without thought, where we are and what we have is enough. There is no ego striving for more and a new awareness of our life is visible. An owl brought us the moon which made us happy. When the owl flew away, everything made us happy.


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 Your perception of me is a reflection.

Your perception of me is a reflection of you.
My reaction to you is an awareness of me.

A drawing inspired by the quote "Your perception of me is a reflection of you. My reaction to you is an awareness of me" by an unknown author. The falling figures on the left are chaotic and cover the eyes of the left hand face while the right hand face is being brought the moon by an owl. The moon is empty, containing no thought, representing an awareness, openness and understanding when thoughts cease.

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Rumi quote illustrated

"Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I'll meet you there." - Rumi

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Thich Nhat Hanh quote

The bird and I co-exist.

While I drew, I thought about the relationship between the reality of the bird and how I perceived it. I exist the way I am because I perceive the bird. If the bird wasn't there to be perceived, then my existence is different. Everything is dependant on everything else. Everything is one.

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