Monday, March 24, 2014

BE STILL, THEY SAY




"Walking, I am listening to a deeper way. Suddenly all my ancestors are behind me.
Be still, they say. Watch and listen. You are the result of the love of thousands."  -  Linda Hogan, Native American writer


Ancestors by Emil Alzamora (ceramic, iron paint) See website here



Mark Chatterley. See website here


"Life, death, creation and destruction, this is the world I find myself in. I want my art to echo these thoughts, everything in a state of flux, changing and reforming. A sense of decay along with life. Nothing is permanent and nothing stays the same." - Mark Chatterley

The Messenger (I think this is by Anthony Abrahams)


Dreaming Guardians by Hib Sabin. See more here

As a shaman practitioner, Hib is acutely attuned to the connection between the human and animal spirit worlds. His cast of figures moves in and out of the spiritual world and evokes a certain ancient timelessness. Themes of transformation are quite common in his work, specifically transitional moments between life and death. 
- Stonington Gallery


Hib Sabin. See more here


Did you ever find out what your dreams were about? by Fran Williams. See website here.


Fran Williams  See more of Fran's beautiful work on FaceBook 

Jesus Curia Perez. Website here. Current exhibition here

Jesus Curia Perez

".... may the protection of the ancestors be yours.
And so may a slow
wind work these words
of love around you,
an invisible cloak
to mind your life."

- John O'Donohue

Stephen De Staebler

53 comments:

  1. I feel the slow winds of creativity oozing around and out of this post.

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    1. I'm feeling soothed.... and yes creativity is in the air :-)

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  2. Oh my Robyn - precious. I have noticed the last two post have words by John Donohue; I love his words and his blessings...

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  3. Amazing post. Thank you very much.
    Just a present from the Basque Country, Jorge Oteiza, Aranzazu.

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    1. Hi Francine. Yes, I've just discovered more beautiful images on Face Book. Great to see recent work.

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  5. Robyn, Wonderful. I love Mark Chatterley's work, I also echo his words in my own work and process of late. xoxo

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    1. Loving your new process of late, Annie.

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    2. Thank you Robyn, means the world coming from you. xoxo

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  6. Beautiful sculpture, beautiful words. The works all speaks to me, especially that of Jesus Curia Perez. xo

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    1. Yes I am moved by his work too. They feel sacred.

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  7. These are just wonderful - particularly today when ancestors have been on my mind, as our friend and neighbour has ploughed a field and dug up a grind stone which experts estimate to be 900BC

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    1. Weaver, I enjoyed reading about your neighbour's discovery. Imagine excavating something so amazing on one's own property!

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  8. What a wonderful post... I love the 'slow wind that works these words of love around you...' beautiful images. Thank you for sharing this!

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    1. Thanks Ruth. John O'Donohue's blessings are rather beautiful.

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  9. Robyn, I'm a long time fan of De Staebler, beautiful images, all of them. I'm struck wordless, thank you.

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    1. Yes I love De Staebler's work too and this one is particularly beautiful.

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  10. thanks for sharing, beautiful and moving work.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the post, Stephanie.

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  11. Incredible continuity in this posting...HOW do you do it ?? :) Laura

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  12. Hib Sabin's work is incredible and I find myself drawn to the idea of animal spirits.

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    1. He is quite prolific too. Follow the link to see many more!

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  13. what is it about these figures that speaks so softly but firmly to me??? love the entire post!

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    1. Hi Lyle, they certainly have a presence. Sacred, comforting and quietly powerful.

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  14. Our ancestors are a part of each one of us. Light a stick of incense to honor them.

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    1. "You are the result of the love of thousands" ..... beautiful!

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  15. another post that touches my soul... thank you..

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  16. As always, I always enjoy your posts very much :-)

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  17. such beautiful work resonating with deep mystery yet so familiar to the soul, you have a great eye Robyn thank you

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    1. "resonating with deep mystery yet so familiar to the soul "..... I like that!

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  18. Hi R - a very powerful post - I often feel in awe of folk who can pull such powerful energy into totems, sculptures and other assemblages - embodying soul or sacredness - keeping watch - bearing witness. Thanks. B

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    1. These certainly do that... I can feel the energy.

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  19. A very interesting post about ancestors. Encouraging texts and images.
    Thanks.
    Greetings, Zem.

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  20. Such a beautiful post, Robyn! With the recent passing of my grandmother, I find it very comforting; it evokes the feeling that our ancestors are always with us.

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    1. Sorry to hear about your grandmother, Sharmon. I find comfort in these sculptures too.

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  21. Wonderful work, thanks. Love Linda Hogan's work. Especially her novel, "Solar Storms" great!!

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    1. Oh I will have to put that on my wish list! I love her quote.

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  22. Stunning and fascinating pieces here. I find them all quite compelling.

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    1. Indeed, they are extraordinary aren't they?!

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  23. So often when I visit here I feel I could spend days clicking through your links and researching words/authors quoted here. For me, that is what makes your blog so entirely special, Robyn. I know it takes a lot of work to compose the assorted pieces you assemble under one [or two or three] thought[s] here, but my goodness, do I appreciate your effort and enthusiasm. THANK YOU, as always, for this inspiration!

    Christi

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  24. The love of thousands !

    Wonderful wonderful post

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  25. The love of thousands..... it's certainly comforting. Thanks M.

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  26. such a gorgeous and deeply moving post!
    i SO enjoyed the art, the words and the memories which have risen as i take what you have shared to heart. Thank you.

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  27. "Nothing is permanent and nothing stays the same."...
    "You are the result of the love of thousands."...
    Thank you for the carefully chosen quotes, Robyn! This post shows that through art we could uplift the curtain between our past and our living today and to find answers to some of the questions that we wear always with us... even on a subconscious level...

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  28. Nothing is permanent, nothing in perfect, nothing is complete... a very thoughtful Zen blog post on the cycle of life.

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