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Lost in Past and Future
Limited Edition Print & Oak Frame - Mike Heseltine


£170 including frame, postage and packaging.

Framed and Limited Edition signed print on A3 40 gms hand made paper (image size is 30cm by 22.5cm). The paper is made in Nepal from 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 unique and will have different textures and marks produced by the paper. Please note that colours on screen may be slightly different from the original.

This drawing was inspired when an owl hovered above me one evening. For a few moments, I was oblivious to the usual chatter in my mind. There were no thoughts concerning the future, nor the past. I was totally present in the moment. The experience reminded me of a Buddhist Koan called The Strawberry, pasted below. The charcoal drawing depicts how our minds can be lost within the past and future, clouding our vision. If we are not mindful, we can live our entire lives obsessed with the past and future, never experiencing the true reality of the now. Over the last few years I have been interested in meditation and trying to clear the clutter from my mind. I sometimes get close but nearly always there is a small voice in my head, observing and giving a running commentary on my efforts. This drawing represents my attempts at meditation and I am just trying to be mindful and aware of the present moment. Most of my thoughts, be them of the past (left side of the drawing) or future (right side) are separate from me, leaving a still and calm awareness. A few thoughts drift in front of me, but I am allowing them to be acknowledged and letting them go. Interestingly, by depicting myself as just a simple outline, my mind is represented by color and texture that is the same as the colour and texture around the whole picture. It seems to represent how everything is connected, perceived when we remove thought of our delusional individuality.

"To dwell in the here and now does not mean you never think about the past or responsibly plan for the future. The idea is simply not to allow yourself to get lost in regrets about the past or worries about the future. If you are firmly grounded in the present moment, the past can be an object of inquiry, the object of your mindfulness and concentration. You can attain many insights by looking into the past. But you are still grounded in the present moment." - Thich Nhat Hanh

• 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 substantially protected and will need to be received personally.

• 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.

The natural oak frame is specially chosen by the artist, with a deep mount and the glazing is glass.

• 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:

The Strawberry

A Zen Buddhist Koan

A man traveling across a field encountered a tiger. He fled and the tiger chased him.

Coming to a precipice, he caught hold of the root of a wild vine and swung himself down over the edge.

The tiger sniffed at him from above. Trembling, the man looked down to where, far below, another tiger was waiting to eat him.

Only the vine sustained him.

Two mice, one white and one black, little by little started to gnaw away the vine.

The man saw a luscious strawberry near him.

Grasping the vine with one hand, he plucked the strawberry with the other.

How sweet it tasted!

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