seaside gratitude week…the zen of temporary art

temporary art as meditation…

as we enter this Thanksgiving week… I’m thankful for the power of gratitude itself! one morning i started sketching faces with my cane…i named my sketches the zen of temporary art… i often create temporary art as a form of meditation…there is something very fulfilling about sketching in the sand or stacking stones that will be knocked down…i am aware of the impermanence as it will only last for a short time…yet it feels so freeing…as i create these works I myself become very present and centered…peaceful and lifted…
temporary art by Rebecca E. Parsons

my stacked stones are always for gratitude…they glisten in the early morning sunlight…i try to live in gratitude…i say grace before i sketch, before i write, and before I open a book…i say grace before i cook, or wash dished or dance…

temporary art stacked stones by Rebecca E. Parsons

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, and confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” -Melody Beattie

Leonardo da Vinci was one of the greatest painters of the Italian Renaissance. He painted the Mona Lisa with her mysterious smile and his legendary interpretation of the Last Supper. He didn’t [produce] a lot of paintings because it took him so long to paint a ‘great’ painting; he was very careful and precise, and was always looking over his shoulder to make sure no one was copying him. He even went so far as to “mirror write,” writing everything backwards, which was easy for him since he was left-handed. Though most of his research and discoveries were great, he did not publish them, but we still have accounts of his great genius. -myhero.com

da Vinci did not know if his work would last…does any artist really know…temporary art is very gratifying for an artist because you can always return another day and create again… NYC has Temporary Public Outdoor Art Guidelines for goodness sake…

temporary art heart shells by Rebecca E. Parsons

how do i get paid for this art? in sand dollars of course…

have a blessed day…

 

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