My word for 2013 is stillness.
A dear friend of mine suggested that we check in with each other every week or two via email, to refocus on our chosen words. Sometimes I forget to check in but ever since we decided to do this little exercise I have found that I am able to maintain my focus, unlike other years when I've forgotten my word within days. Doing this with a friend has made all the difference. Even when it seems that all is chaos around me I am able to find moments of calm in my day. I am gathering stillness and it is affecting my art.
"Have you ever heard the wonderful silence just before the dawn? Or the quiet and calm just as a storm ends? Or perhaps you know the silence when you haven't the answer to a question you've been asked, or the hush of a country road at night, or the expectant pause of a room full of people when someone is just about to speak, or, most beautiful of all, the moment after the door closes and you're alone in the whole house? Each one is different, you know, and all very beautiful if you listen carefully." - The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster
Angel by Omar Galliani. See more here.
Linda Vachon. See more on Linda's Flickr photo stream here.
Road Trip by Carole Leslie. See Carole's blog here and website here
From Stillness by Heidi Hass Gable. See more images here
Center by Intao. See more of Intao's work here.
Brian Ferry. See Brian's work here.
Resting by kerrdelune on Flickr. See more here.
paulus.iosephus on Flickr. Click here.
"In the midst of movement and chaos,
keep stillness inside of you".
- Deepak Chopra
beautiful images and sentiments, but the best images are of your work - so rich and yes, feels like it is gathering stillness xoxReplyDelete
Thanks Jeane. She is hanging on the wall near my computer and is setting the tone to my days.Delete
I LOVE this word. Thank you for calling in my 'center' today.ReplyDelete
It has a wonderful effect on one doesn't it?!Delete
Ah Robyn... sinking into the stillness here with your serenely carved face & all the careful beadwork alongside the way you pull words and images together, your posts are an art in themselves!ReplyDelete
Thanks so much Mo. Doing the beadwork each evening was particularly meditative.Delete
this felt so zenful to me Robyn... peaceful and if there was a way to post without words, i would have.... : )ReplyDelete
Cat , I'm so pleased you found the post zenful and peaceful. Thank you.Delete
I love the writing on stillness and especially resonated with "the stillness after the door closes and you are alone in the house"! One of my favourites!ReplyDelete
Your image is so sweetly serene, yes you have captured stillness.
I love the idea of having a word and I think I know just the friend to share this with. I'm a little late into the year but it's never to late for a good idea!
Thanks Robyn for including my "Roadtrip"
It's never too late to start, Carole.Delete
Your painting had a calming effect on me from the moment I saw it on your blog so I'm happy that it is hanging in my blog "gallery" :-)
Beautiful. And 'The Phantom Tollbooth' is still one of my favourite books some 40 years after I first read it.ReplyDelete
Helen I haven't read the book but I've been looking out for it since reading the quote.Delete
She is Absolute. Beautiful marriage of color and glowing.ReplyDelete
That image "Center" looks a lot like my world today, the clouds over water, little light, doing an awe provoking dance inside me (except for the dishwasher's little hummmming, all is sill.
Thanda! Thanda! One for you and one for "her" x
Thanks M. Center is such a beautiful photograph. While preparing this post I was thinking about one of your quotes about lingering in stillness. I wrote it down in my quote book some time back.Delete
It's seems like you are in a very good spot indeed, Robyn ... and these examples are everywhere I might want to be, too, so I thank you for that. As for your beaded splendor up top, that is the very finest mantle ;>] (but of course you know I am biased).ReplyDelete
Lovely to visit here ~ as always.
Thanks Sweetpea. This post was very therapeutic for me.Delete
That's a good word for the year... yes... and I see how it is working withing you and coming out into your work. My words for this year am reviewing steadily for some reason. I have three. Gratitude, generosity and honoring. I could add stillness, its so where I'm at. Have a great weekend, Robyn!ReplyDelete
Lovely words, Valerianna. There are quite a few of us who have chosen the same or similar words.Delete
very good piece, robyn.ReplyDelete
Thank you Velma.Delete
i like the friendship's promise to one another...and seeing how this word has made it way into your art.ReplyDelete
The internet has made it so easy to make connections with like-minded people. I'm very grateful for my blogging friends.Delete
So very calm. I can feel it a way over here. beautiful peace.ReplyDelete
Thanks Gwen. What did we do before the internet?! Sharing art was never this easy.Delete
My word is FOCUS. It does take some stillness to focus. Love all of these images. Your lady with all the beads is in herself a stillness with a focus to keep all of those beads still. Namaste.ReplyDelete
Namaste Lisa. Focus is a good wordDelete
Your sculpture with the white robe steals the show Robyn.ReplyDelete
Thanks so much WimDelete
What a DrEaMy post!ReplyDelete
The hum of a plane in the air always bring me into stillness and I hang suspended in the momentReplyDelete
Being near water... the sea or a stream... always lulls me into stillness.Delete
Mmmmm....feeling calm and still after reading this post thanks Robyn.ReplyDelete
Love your latest wood sculpture: a nymph of stillness!
Likewise... I was very taken with your keepsake box. Glad you are getting back into creating them.Delete
How I agree with this idea of stillness Robyn - and how wonderful stillness is whenever it comes and in whatever guise.ReplyDelete
Indeed... and I'm learning to appreciate even the small moments rather than hankering for long stretches of quiet time.Delete
Robyn, Your work is beautiful, I love this piece. All the images here are lovely.ReplyDelete
My word is close to yours, calm and peace are my words for the year, stillness works well with them.
Annie, thank you. I'm so pleased you love this piece. I carved her in memory of my daughter, Bron.Delete
Ah, I am breathing in the freshness of stillness like a vital nutrient. Your beautiful totem exudes calm and serenity. She is well accompanied by the companion images you have so carefully chosen. Wishing you more strength of stillness. ;o)ReplyDelete
We are obviously craving more quiet time :-)
Stillness is where I am reminded of who I am . . beautiful totem and imagesReplyDelete
I love that ..... "Stillness is where I am reminded of who I am".Delete
R-beautiful work; and stillness itself such a magic place to be - beyond quiet and beyond being - just still. Thanks. BReplyDelete
Thanks Barry.It is indeed a magic place to be.Delete
How wonderful that you are spending time with stillness this year and your word is holding true for you. I look at those images d want to print them all out and stick them up behind my computer where I can see them. They do wonderful things for my heart beat...I like your totem too! It seems as if each and every bead is drawing stillness towards her...ReplyDelete
Fiona, I can't believe that this time last year I was so stuck. This year is very different and I'm sure that doing the exercise has helped me break out of the usual creative doldrums I experience after Christmas.Delete
There is a marvellous dignity, humility and strength in this totem of yours Robyn...!ReplyDelete
How wonderful to be finding a way with another to hold that space that is bringing a quiet focus you desire. Beautiful accompanying images!
Thanks so much Sophie! I really appreciate that you see these qualities in her.Delete
Robyn, my words this year are stillness and serendipity. I have some art in the kitchen to remind me of the words I have chosenReplyDelete
susanJOY from australia (met on CCS)
Hi Susan :-) :-) So good to see you! "Serendipity" ... now that's a great word to have... and of course you know how I feel about "stillness".Delete
oh robyn, she's so beautiful. the very embodiment of stillness...ReplyDelete
Thank you sweet Lynne xoxoDelete
Robyn - I always love your posts - but this one in particular because it includes your own artwork - beautiful, spiritual, movingly still. And how smart of you to keep your word for the year active. I realized I didn't remember mine and had to go look. . . .ReplyDelete
'gathering stillness' a beautiful sentiment to hold close in my heart. thank you
Judy, thank you. Lol.... I remember forgetting my word year after year. Check in with a friend to keep your word alive.Delete
I have just started a series of collages and paintings called Silence and so your lovely images and quotes and poetry have really spoken to me.ReplyDelete
Donna, I'm really looking forward to seeing your series.Delete
I love everything about this post Robyn! Your piece IS stillness as are the other pieces and words. I also chose 'stillness' and it has become a rich connection and I know my heart is warmed by each still moment that I can hold. I'm so glad you have a friend that has been as a witness...thank you.ReplyDelete
Mary Ann, it amazes me how this is working for me. A daily meditation. I can see how it is affecting your work and the tone of your posts too.Delete
i'm thinking you might enjoy a visit here, Robyn...ReplyDelete
Thanks so much India. I've just spent a good half hour reading Nikki's blog. Unfortunately there is no feed to her blog but I've made a note of it anyway.Delete
Robyn I found a feed on the listening to stillness blog. Maybe she just added it.Delete
Thanks Leslie. I keep trying and a box pops up ... no feed.Delete
You always create such gorgeous pieces. Your wood sculpture looks just wonderful...so gentle and wise. Love her!ReplyDelete
Thanks Gaby, I enjoyed creating her..... both the carving and the many nights threading beads.Delete
Visiting your blog is such a visual feast - every time! Love your word for the year. A good reminder to me...
Love how your sculpture captures the theme of this post so aptly.
Hi Karine, glad to see you are taking a break from painting. Wishing you the best for your show.Delete
Your piece is breathtaking Robyn!ReplyDelete
Thanks so much Seth!Delete
thiought actually I had made a comment..but can´t find it...so I probably just thought of it...your pice is SO good and it reached me immediately....breathtaking...ReplyDelete
Anita thank you so much. Have a good weekend.ReplyDelete
In my experience this piece (the one you made) actually transmits stillness. (I experience that everything transmits its 'state') I am guessing that to create this piece you lost all sense of self in stillness.
PJ, your comment fills me with peace. Thank you. xoxDelete
Wow- so many beautiful expressions of stillness gathered together. I especially love your piece; I'd like to stare at it for a very long time, until the stillness becomes a part of me. Brilliant.ReplyDelete
Thanks Sharmon. It works for me :-)Delete