42” x 36” Mixed media/panel
Sometimes we see things anew when they’ve been away. Just picked this up after having it in a show out of town for a few months. I like the way John O’Donohue describes beauty below—it’s what I’m chasing with my paintings.
“Beauty makes presence shine. It brings out elegance and dignity and has a confidence, and effortlessness that is not laboured or forced. This fluency and ease of presence is ultimately rooted below the surface in surer depths. In a sense, a quest of beauty is about a way of looking at things. It is everywhere, and everything has beauty; it is merely a matter of discovering it...
Beauty is not an extra luxury, an accidental experience that we happen to have if we are lucky. Beauty dwells at the heart of life. If we can free ourselves from our robot-like habits of predictability, repetition, and function, we begin to walk differently on the earth. We come to dwell more in the truth of beauty. Ontologically, beauty is the secret sound of the deepest thereness of things. To recognize and celebrate beauty is to recognize the ultimate sacredness of experience, to glimpse the subtle embrace of belonging where we are wed to the divine, the beauty of every moment, of every thing.”
~~ John O’Donohue