It began with a magazine article I read a few years back
....based on Thich Nhat Hanh's mindfulness practice question: "how can I love you better?"
I was taken in by his beauty in living a mindfulness life, and have been inspired daily by him since then .
The art piece I created is a visual reminder for myself to ask this question-"how can I love you better?" for the loved one's in my life. I created the birch substrate piece in old world gold leaf method, red paint under the leaf. I scratch away the lettering, symbolic of looking deeper into ourselves and our relationships. The abstract markings were placed from my subconscious.
I highly recommend Hanh's series of three: How to Love, How to Sit, and How to Walk. The books are small, pocket size, easy to read yet POWERFUL in their words. The essence of simple is so very difficult to achieve. He has.
How to Love (Mindful Essentials) Paperback – December 30, 2014 by Thich Nhat Hanh (Author), Jason DeAntonis (Illustrator)
"The third title in Parallax’s Mindfulness Essentials Series of how-to titles by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, How to Love introduces beginners and reminds seasoned practitioners of the essentials of mindfulness practice. This time Nhat Hanh brings his signature clarity, compassion, and humor to the thorny question of how to love and distills one of our strongest emotions down to four essentials: you can only love another when you feel true love for yourself; love is understanding; understanding brings compassion; and deep listening and loving speech are key ways of showing our love. Featuring original illustrations by Jason DeAntonis, How to Love shows that when we feel closer to our loved ones, we are also more connected to the world as a whole. With sections on Love vs. Need, Being in Love, Reverence, Intimacy, Children and Family, Reconciling with Parents, and more, How to Love includes meditations readers can do alone or with a partner to expand their capacity to love."
As a working artist/retired art educator, I've always lived the artful life. Let's share!