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Llonyddwych (Stillness)
Pastel on Paper
9 x 13″

Luminous moments are woven into every aspect of our existence. From a tree snagged mid-fall, backlit by dusk light, to a swollen river carving new islands – a surprise moment of beauty can stop us in our tracks and fill us with awe. This invitation to the present moment is a call to slow the unnatural pace of modern life, and can be transformational.  It might seem naive to talk about the importance of beauty when there is so much suffering in the world, but as Pascal advised us, “In dark times, always keep something beautiful  in your heart.”

Perhaps the reason we are so drawn to beauty is that it shocks us out of the humdrum. The ancient Greek word for beauty, Kalon, is related to the word Kalein, which means ‘to call’. We naturally respond to beauty with wonder, a sense that a veil is being drawn back and we are being given a glimpse of something mysterious and wonderful. 

When we awaken to the call of beauty, we become aware of new ways of being in this world. 

We were created to be creators. At it’s deepest heart, creativity is meant to serve and evoke beauty.     

John O’Donahue


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