Stacks Image 50418

a Lightworks blog

Stacks Image 50420

scroll right to the bottom of the page
to find the post you've clicked on!

Stacks Image 50627

My favourite commission
and some thoughts on
bespoke work in general :)

Stacks Image 50632

a country distraction ~
creating a home for
Rennaldburn's
starlings

Stacks Image 50616

To our winged ancestors
from a timeless, summery
Somerset garden.

Stacks Image 50637

A few images
from the state of
mind called Bali

Stacks Image 50606

Another wintery
guest post by
Cathy van Hoppe

Stacks Image 50642

A Christmas dream painting
and a Sweet Chestnut Path
dream timelapse

Stacks Image 50611

the inauguration
of Altair air Abhainn ~
Alter by the water

Stacks Image 50621

Fu Hsi and Nu Gua
Ancient founders of the
I Ching in cast glass

Stacks Image 50585

focus on
the floor of
my studio

Stacks Image 50590

a mandala
to re-set our relationship
with time and our one
precious life

Stacks Image 50595

A creative relationship
with time

Stacks Image 50600

In celebration
of all things light,
bright and summery

Stacks Image 50543

The River Ribble
is the location for a video
of the Rodriguez song

Stacks Image 50558

Two video sketches
from our mistical valley

Stacks Image 50553

The snowy stanes
A little video shot on a
beautiful solstice morning

Stacks Image 50548

An Imbolc offering
to the beloved Celtic
Triple Goddess

Stacks Image 50564

High with me
A dream drawing
timelapse inaugurates
this blog reborn :)

Stacks Image 50569

An Eskdalemuir angel
timelapsed for
the feast of lights

Stacks Image 50574

The long read
An article on dreaming wisdom,
the I Ching and African Dream
Root, first published in Caduceus

Stacks Image 50579

The ancient origins
of the I Ching ~ a
little video, part of my
ongoing work with it.

Stacks Image 50504

ancestral wisdom
A timelapse of following
dream guidance with art

Stacks Image 50509

About the exhibition
Some multimedia musings on the
Shambhala at Shambellie experience.

Stacks Image 50514

A new Animus exhibition
A little about Shambala
and the making of a
cast glass piece.

Stacks Image 50517

If I have a guiding principle
in life, it's death. Music video for
Emma Gillespie's beautiful song.

Stacks Image 50487

A painting timelapse
of a six-foot long piece
for Rennaldburn's
tiniest room

Stacks Image 50492

Illuminating the Book of Love
A music video for the
song by Oisin HendriX

Stacks Image 50500

Cathy Van Hoppe
tells a Winter tale

Stacks Image 50497

first in a series
of dream-drawing timelapses
I'll be uploading now and then.

    Harsh Winters, Retreats and the Exploration of Silence ~ by Cathy van Hoppe


    It's been a long time since I've had a guest post on returntotheway...nearly two years ago, when Cathy van Hoppe shared sketches for a winter's tale.

    Here's a recent work coming into being; midnight magic, kinship and starlight born from silence and winter stillness.



    It's been a long time since my last blog post. And, for those kind souls who read this blog regularly I am truly apologetic for vanishing without explanation.


    Life has its seasons I guess and sometimes a very harsh Winter comes our way. It forces a kind of hibernation, a withdrawal from our normal lives. It can be a very testing time - providing little in the way of nourishment and using up all your reserves. Survival depends on something beyond our control and a kind of surrender begins to develop.


    I feel that it's possible that good things can come from that which at first glance might appear bad. Watching the people around me, there are those that have emerged from tough times with a new depth, their eyes shining and their hearts warm and open. They are so inspiring.
    During this time I have taken the opportunity to participate in some retreats and explore the Silence of being and in a way I am grateful for the gifts cloaked by misfortune. There are strange paradoxes that occur within Silence that can transform great pain into great joy, it isn't easy at all and I feel ill-equipped to explain it any further. There are small sentences that come out of me that feel right and then there are large monologues that come out of me that miss the mark entirely - So amongst most people I know I have been quite quiet of late.

    Silence, for me, has become more than just the mere absence of sound - it is a sort of felt sense of something quite serene and joyful, beautiful and uncomplicated that is always under the everythingness that we see, feel and experience.

    Only yesterday I came across some powerful words from Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi - One line from his poem, an Ocean without shore...

    I courted a Secret which existence did not alter; for it was asked of me:
    ' Has thought enchanted you?'

    Artwork has been happening but I guess it is only recently that I have felt up to sharing. This one is one of my favourites so far. It is a little picture that emerged after a retreat early this year. When I look at it I can feel a gentle Silence, I hope that others will sense it too... It's not completely finished yet but I'm nearly there...
    The initial sketch came on a bright sunny day. It always amuses me how often stars appear in my work.




    And Silence swam as starlight between the trees


    Comments

    Show more posts

    CURRENT MOON
    Stacks Image 50472
    Stacks Image 50475



    © shenpen chökyi 2013