Friday, November 21, 2014

Deep thought -- the benefit of meditation


Missing you -- write again
watercolour and black marker on 
watercolour paper
9 x 12 1/8 inches
Barbara Muir © 2013/2014

It was a gorgeous day today -- the kind
you want to record and keep for all time.
North of the city it's a winter wonderland,
but warm temperatures are predicted
for next week.

I wanted to post even though time was
limited, so actually made the 20 minutes
work by using a drawing I'd done a few
years back and popping a watercolour wash
over it.  I'm sure it could use longer, and
I may do more another day.

I love her pose.  She was a superb model,
but grew up and got too busy with her work.
Her thoughtful posture, and contemplation
holding a letter, made me think of meditation.

I was feeling sad today, news of a relative's
illness, and a friend's work situation.  Then
I remembered how great I felt when I was
meditating every day to support a friend in
California with a meditation challenge.  

Ten minutes later the world changed, just
from the act of breathing and listening to
a great guided mediation.  Not bad, plus
I was astounded that 10 minutes passed so
quickly.  Have a great weekend.

Have a having-a-deep-thought day.

8 comments:

Wendy Barrett said...

You've captured her pensive mood beautifully Barbara! Good on you for doing the meditation to lift you out of your sorrows. Such a potent thing to do. I have been meditating most days lately and beginning to reap the rewards.

cohen labelle said...

You have so many wonderful ideas tucked away in your blog. You're encyclopedic, a resource. This is a superb painting of someone lost in thought.
xoxo, Marcia

Michelle V. Alkerton, mixed media artist said...

Love this. Tells so much with such simplicity. Thanks for sharing both the image and words.
Stay inspired!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Wendy,

I wouldn't say deep sorrow, just sad like when you hear sad music. I so appreciate your support. You are sweet. Yes it does work, because I went on to have a very happy night.

XOXOXOXOXO Barbara

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Marcia,

I was driving by the John Filion sculpture today, and thought of you and cement fondue, and memory. I think now I'll remember that you use cement fondue in your sculptures that look like bronze. It's in there I think. Thank you. Speaking of encyclopedic -- that's you and your knowledge of art and artists.

XOXOXOXO Barbara

Barbara Muir said...

Thanks so much Michelle,

I love your gratitude blogs. Wonderful. And your logo -- stay inspired, superb! I will thanks yo people like you.

XOXOXOXO Barbara

Kim Rempel said...

Her pensive stare just draws you in. A little gem. Yes, it's been a heavy fall. I'm glad you found a way to centre yourself. There's much to be said for meditation : )

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Kim,

True it has been heavy. This model is so wonderful. She is actually a super happy person, but can do a deep look in a second. Love that!

XOXOXOXO Barbara

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