Studio Visit

Studio Visit

This is my studio here in Galicia and its sunshine morning. Lottie and I work here most days when of course we are not tasked with the demands of the farm and garden.

I will update the home page with current work and projects.

Yesterday it was even warmer than today and it seems a shame to be inside so I painted our Cockerel, the one we call The Fop. I often paint outside when the weather is willing, drawing from life is akin to the daily practice of scales for the concert pianist. It sometimes resets the mind.

The Journey

The Journey

” The Moon and The Sun are eternal travel, the years to come are travel too. For those whose life flows on a boat, for those who age by drawing their horse the reins, life is the journey, the journey is home. For years now I, too, was carried away by a piece of cloud that was moving by air, and woke up in me the longing of wander “

  • Matsuo Basho, “The Narrow Road to The Depths of the North”, 1

Basho, the Japanese poet and diarist, was born in Iga-ueno near Kyoto in 1644. He spent his youth as companion to the son of the local lord, and with him he studied the writing of seventeen-syllable verse. In 1667 he moved to Edo (now Tokyo) where he continued to write verse. He eventually became a recluse, living on the outskirts of Edo in a hut. When he traveled he relied entirely on the hospitality of temples and fellow-poets. In his writings he was strongly influenced by the Zen sect of Buddhism.

Basho, one of the greatest of Japanese poets and the master of haiku, was also a Buddhist monk and a life-long traveller. His poems combine ‘karumi’, or lightness of touch, with the Zen ideal of oneness with creation. Each poem evokes the natural world – the cherry blossom, the leaping frog, the summer moon or the winter snow – suggesting the smallness of human life in comparison to the vastness and drama of nature. Basho himself enjoyed solitude and a life free from possessions, and his haiku are the work of an observant eye and a meditative mind, uncluttered by materialism and alive to the beauty of the world around him.

https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Matsuo-Basho/The-Narrow-Road-to-the-Deep-North-and-Other-Travel-Sketches/24080409

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