Friday, August 02, 2013

Breathe and just be.

Work, illness, life getting too busy….  So many explanations are available for being absent from my blog these two weeks… the reality is, none of these really fit me. I was absent due to no particular reason other than that life shifted its pace and I didn’t do anything about it.  I was reminded of a poem learned long ago in school…somehow through the years it stuck to me.

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.
No time to turn at Beauty's glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

William Henry Davies

I had ample time to stare out of my train window as it sped across rain drenched, impossibly green countryside. Though I live quite close to rail lines and see trains daily, chugging away to lands far and near, the last time I traveled on a train was years ago. So this journey was like a breath of new life as I left my urban landscape far behind. Surrounded by the cloud covered mountains, forests, paddy fields, palm trees and rivers flowing unstoppably my heart was washed clean.  I immersed myself in the fresh green around me.

Pictures taken from the train…

From the train.

Through the window.

The sage and sepia prompt on SoC, for which I am hopelessly late, I know, was such a journey. 
The image of an inward looking figure midst the swirls evoked some reservoir of stillness deep within.

A moment to breathe and just be.

acrylic on canvas

I must show you the newest thing I learned from a friend. I learned how to make earrings and these are some of the earrings I made. 
I also made this bracelet by experimenting with some copper wire I had.
What do you think of them? It is very interesting and I am definitely going to make more.

 Wishing all of you a happy week ahead.



  1. Welcome back, Zafaran!
    How wonderful to get into a train and be able to enjoy the slowing down of a trip. You took some great pictures there!
    Your art inspired by the poem is moving me. Thank you for sharing it.
    I love to make my own necklaces, when I get the chance to visit a friends course!
    Love your bracelet!
    Happy PPF
    Ilona xx

  2. Beautiful paintings and earrings! Thank you for sharing and happy PPF!

  3. Such a beautiful painting, and love those earings. Sometimes we just need time out to recharge the soul, I know I do and nature is the best source of that.

  4. Wonderful painting and post! I think it's okay sometimes to take time to reflect and recharge... I love your earrings too, they are delicate and pretty.

  5. Your paintings are very interesting and your earrings just awesome. Nice work.:)

  6. what a nice thought ful image - and where are these pics from? looks lively and lovely

  7. A lovely post! 'Just Be' or 'Be Still' often comes up in my work - HAppy PPF! xo L.

  8. Wonderful painting! It is very interesting and it calls me to come closer and sit still looking at it. It tells me something important.

  9. Love your piece on the black background. xox

  10. How exciting Zafaran that you are learning these new arts! a wonderful friend to teach you! I love the prose...yes, never an excuse other than "it just is." I hear you there my friend. I love your photos...majestic. Your art is heart and head capturing! Heartfully Yours, Samara

  11. Very true poem, and such a beautiful view from the train! Wonderful painting too!

  12. So fine to see your new painting! I love the Quote and your woman :) So beautiful!
    Liebe Grüße

  13. I remember learning this poem in school too. Lovely art work and your jewelry look absolutely gorgeous.

  14. The SOC inspired painting is very beautiful, so precious and calming, love it and what should I say I love your jewellery especcially the bracelet! ♥ Conny


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