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An Owl Hovered Above Us
Limited Edition Print by Mike Heseltine


A Limited Edition signed print produced on A3 40 gms hand made paper (image size is 30cm by 22.5cm). The paper is from Nepal and is the inner bark of the Lokta bush. Each print is signed by the artist and the print run is limited to 1000. As the paper is hand made, each print is totally unique and will have different textures or marks produced by the paper making process. Please note that colours on screen may be very slightly different from the original print you will recieve.

The natural oak frame is specially chosen by the artist, with a deep mount and the glazing is an acrylic glass that is suitable for being transported. New owners may prefer to replace the acrylic glass with normal glass.

This charcoal drawing was inspired when an owl hovered above Rosanna and me. I have become very interested in the concept of being aware of the present moment as opposed to letting my thoughts constantly take me into the past or future. There is a philosophy, inherent in Buddhism, that everything is an illusion. When we allow our thoughts to take over our awareness, we live in a world that only exists in our heads. When something unexpected happens, like this encounter with an owl, our thoughts momentarily stop and we have a glimpse of the present moment. Many traditions talk of our thoughts being just an extension of our ego's, while true reality is perceived when thoughts subside.

In the drawing, the unexpected arrival of the owl, removed the thoughts from our minds and we were left just observing. It was such a magical moment, that it was almost as if we did not want to think, in fear of losing the connection we were making between us all. As in other drawings I have done, I have represented the thoughts of past and future either side of the composition. The owl's presence has pushed nearly all these thoughts away from the figure. Not all thought has been removed from the figure, as I believe that would achieve a level of enlightenment that did not happen. However, as in meditation, our minds became uncluttered and we experienced an awareness of the present moment that introduced concepts of everything being connected and a deep sensation of peace.

"Time isn’t precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time—past and future—the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is." ― Eckhart Tolle

£170 including postage and packaging.

• Outer frame size is 49cm by 43cm.

• Image size is 30cm by 22.5cm.

• The artist has written in pencil the title of the print, his signature and the number of each unique edition.

• Stunning oak frame included in sale

• Secure and safe Payment via PayPal.

• Packaging - The limited edition prints are rolled with paper to protect from damage before being packaged in tubes.

• Order Processing will be done within 2-5 business days. Delivery by post from the UK will take 2 - 10 days depending on destination and the availability of frames.

• We will give you a refund or a replacement for purchased items you are not satisfied with and are returned to us. In the remote event that your package is lost or damaged upon arrival, please contact:

"Zen pretty much comes down to three things.....

everything changes, everything is connected, pay attention."

Jane Hirshfield

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