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Because you are alive, everything is possible.

Thich Nhat Hanh

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“I want to touch people with my art. I want them to say ‘he feels deeply, he feels tenderly. ”

~ Vincent Van Gogh

 

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“There is no must in art because art is free”

_Wassily Kandinsky

 

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You amuse me with your touch
although I can’t see your hands.
You have kissed me with tenderness
although I haven’t seen your lips
You are hidden from me.
But it is you who keeps me alive
Perhaps the time will come
when you will tire of kisses
I shall be happy
even for insults from you
I only ask that you
keep some attention on me.
Rumi

 

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William Golding: Art As Discovery

“When I did as I was told; when I drew and painted in obedience I was praised judiciously. I would make a good teacher, perhaps, a man who knew all the ropes and understood why each thing must be done. Set a problem, and I could produce the straight, the safe academic answer. Yet sometimes I would feel myself connected to the well inside me and then I broke loose. There would come into my whole body a feeling of passionate certainty. Not that – but this! Then I would stand the world of appearances on its head, would reach in and down, would destroy savagely and re-create – not for painting or precisely for art with a capital A, but for this very concrete creation itself. If, like Philip and Diogenes, I had been looking for an honest man in my own particular racket I should have found him then he would have been myself. Art is partly communication but only partly. The rest is discovery. I have always been the creature of discovery.”
-William Golding “Free Fall”

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selfportrit-free fall-wtercolor-ink

“If you want to awaken all of humanity,
then awaken all of yourself,
if you want to eliminate the suffering in the world,
then eliminate all that is negative in yourself.
Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that
of your own self-transformation.”

— Lao Tzu

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watercolor on paper – selfportrait

This love is the rose that blooms forever.
~Rumi

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watercolor on paper – selfportrait – love

“Through my love for you,
I want to express my love for the whole cosmos,
the whole of humanity, and all beings.
By living with you,
I want to learn to love everyone and all species.
If I succeed in loving you,
I will be able to love everyone and
all species on Earth… This is the real message of love.”

~ Thích Nhất Hạnh, Teachings on Love

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watercolor-selfportrait-the real message of love

“Your vision will become clear only
when you can look into your own heart.
Who looks outside, dreams;
who looks inside, awakes.”
~ Carl Jung

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watercolor on paper – selfportrait

“Love means to reach for the sky
and with every breath to tear a
hundred veils. Love means to step
away from the ego, to open the eyes
of inner vision and not to take this
world so seriously”
~ Rumi

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watercolor – selfportrait

There’s always a Little Truth behind Every “Just Kidding”,
A Little Knowledge Behind Every “I Don’t Know”,
A Little Emotion behind Every “I Don’t Care”,
A Little Pain behind Every “It’s Okay”.

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drawing on paper

“True art awakens the
Extraordinary
Ovation”

~ Hafez

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watercolor on paper – selfportrait

“Because you are alive, everything is possible.”
― Thích Nhất Hạnh

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watercolor on paper-selfportrait-everything is possible

Whatever happens in your life,
no matter how troubling things might seem,
do not enter the neighbourhood of despair.
Even when all doors remain closed,
God will open up a new path only for you.
Be thankful!
It is easy to be thankful when all is well.
A Sufi is thankful not only for
what he has been given
but also for all that he has been denied.

~ Shams of Tabrizi

Whatever happens in your life

Whatever happens in your life

Your body is away from me
But there is a window open
from my heart to yours.
From this window, like the moon
I keep sending news secretly.
~Rumi

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watercolor on paper-selfportrait

“Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.”
John W. Gardner

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drawing-selfportrait

A good artist lets his intuition

“A good traveler has no fixed plans
and is not intent upon arriving.
A good artist lets his intuition
lead him wherever it wants.”

~ Laozi

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drawing – portrait – a good artist

Let yourself be drawn
by the stronger pull of
what you truly love.

~Rumi

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watercolor on paper-portrait-what you truly love

Don’t grieve.
Anything you lose
comes round in another form..

~Rumi

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watercolor on paper-selfportrait-don’t grieve

When you seek Love
with all your Heart,
you shall find its echoes in the universe.
~Rumi

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watercolor on paper-selfportrait-seeking love

Be empty of worrying…
Why do you stay in prison
when the door is so wide open?
Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking.
~Rumi

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watercolor on paper-portrait-empty

I am nowhere again

When it’s cold and raining,
you are more beautiful.
And the snow brings me
even closer to your lips.
The inner secret, that which was never born,
you are that freshness, and I am with you now.
I can’t explain the goings,
or the comings. You enter suddenly,
and I am nowhere again.
Inside the majesty.
~Rumi

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watercolor on paper-portrait-I am nowhere again

A lover asked his beloved,

Do you love yourself more than you love me?

Beloved replied, I have died to myself and I live for you.

I’ve disappeared from myself and my attributes,

I am present only for you.

I’ve forgotten all my learnings,

but from knowing you I’ve become a scholar.

I’ve lost all my strength, but from your power I am able.

I love myself…I love you.

I love you…I love myself.

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watercolor on paper-portrait-bloom

This love is the rose that blooms forever.
~Rumi

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watercolor on paper-portrait-bloom

Try not to resist the changes that comes your way.
Instead let life live through you.
And do not worry that your life is turning upside down.
How do yo know that the side you are used to is better than the one to come?

– Shams of Tabrizi

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watercolor on paper-portrait-resist

Do not feel Lonely
The entire universe is inside you.
~Rumi

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watercolor on paper-selfportrait-do not feel lonely

“You don’t love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.”
― Oscar Wilde

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watercolor on paper-selfportrait

“I want your sun
to reach my raindrops,
so your heat can raise my soul
upward like a cloud.”
~ Rumi

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watercolor on paper-portrait-I want your sun to reach my raindrops

The one who truly loves you will set you free.
~Rumi

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watercolor on paper-portrait-who truly loves you

Do not feel Lonely
The entire universe is inside you.
~Rumi

watercolor on paper-portrait-Do not feel Lonely

watercolor on paper-portrait-Do not feel Lonely

All night, a man called “God”
Until his lips were bleeding.
Then his Adversary said, “Hey! Mr Gullible!
… How comes you’ve been calling all night
And never once heard God say, “Here, I AM”?
You call out so earnestly and, in reply, what?
I’ll tell you what. Nothing!”
The man suddenly felt empty and abandoned.
Depressed, he threw himself on the ground
And fell into a deep sleep.
In a dream, he met an angel, who asked,
“Why are you regretting calling out to God?”
The man said, “ I called and called
But God never replied, “Here I AM.”
The Angel explained, “God has said,
“Your calling my name is My reply.
Your longing for Me is My message to you.
All your attempts to reach Me
Are in reality My attempts to reach you.
Your fear and love are a noose to catch Me.
In the silence surrounding every call of “God”
Waits a thousand replies of “Here I AM.”
~ Rumi

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watercolor on paper-selfportrait-Your calling my name is My reply

“Flow with whatever is happening
and let your mind be free.
Stay centered by accepting
whatever you are doing.
This is the ultimate.”

~ Chuang Tzu

watercolor on paper-selfportrait- let your mind be free

watercolor on paper-selfportrait- let your mind be free

Be empty of worrying…
Why do you stay in prison
when the door is so wide open?
Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking.

~Rumi

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watercolor on paper-portrait-Why do you stay in prison

I long to escape the prison of my ego
and lose myself in you.

~ Rumi

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watercolor on paper-portrait-lose myself in you

This world is like a mountain.
Your echo depends on you.
If you scream good things,
the world will give it back.
If you scream bad things,
the world will give it back.
Even if someone speaks badly about you,
speak well about him.
Change your heart to change the world

~ Shams Tabrizi

watercolor on paper-selfportrait-Change your heart to change the world

watercolor on paper-selfportrait-Change your heart to change the world

Don’t let them think that we’ve broken down;
That we’ve cracked up.
We merely dropped leaves,
For a further spring.
~ Rumi

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watercolor on paper-portrait -We merely dropped leaves

“A mountain keeps an echo deep inside. That’s how I hold your voice.”
~ Rumi

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watercolor on paper-portrait

“The way to know life is to love many things.”

~Vincent van Gogh

Watercolor on paper - Portrait - Radik Tyulyush

Watercolor on paper – Portrait – Radik Tyulyush

“Open your arms to change but don’t let go of your values.”

~ Dalai Lama

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Watercolor on paper-Radik Tyulyush-Tuvan Throat Singer

“Everyday we are engaged in a miracle we don’t even recognize.”

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Watercolor on paper-Alexey Saryglar

Watercolor on paper-Alexey Saryglar

Call Me by My True Names by Thich Nhat Hanh

Do not say that I’ll depart tomorrow
because even today I still arrive.

Look deeply: I arrive in every second
to be a bud on a spring branch,
to be a tiny bird, with wings still fragile,
learning to sing in my new nest,
to be a caterpillar in the heart of a flower,
to be a jewel hiding itself in a stone.

I still arrive, in order to laugh and to cry,
in order to fear and to hope.
The rhythm of my heart is the birth and
death of all that are alive.

I am the mayfly metamorphosing on the surface of the river,
and I am the bird which, when spring comes, arrives in time
to eat the mayfly.

I am the frog swimming happily in the clear pond,
and I am also the grass-snake who, approaching in silence,
feeds itself on the frog.

I am the child in Uganda, all skin and bones,
my legs as thin as bamboo sticks,
and I am the arms merchant, selling deadly weapons to
Uganda.

I am the twelve-year-old girl, refugee on a small boat,
who throws herself into the ocean after being raped by a sea
pirate,
and I am the pirate, my heart not yet capable of seeing and
loving.

I am a member of the politburo, with plenty of power in my
hands,
and I am the man who has to pay his “debt of blood” to, my
people,
dying slowly in a forced labor camp.

My joy is like spring, so warm it makes flowers bloom in all
walks of life.
My pain if like a river of tears, so full it fills the four oceans.

Please call me by my true names,
so I can hear all my cries and laughs at once,
so I can see that my joy and pain are one.

Please call me by my true names,
so I can wake up,
and so the door of my heart can be left open,
the door of compassion.

Thich Nhat Hanh

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watercolor – selfportrait-Call Me by My True Names

“Many of the faults
you see in others,
dear reader,
are your own nature
reflected in them. ”

~ Rumi

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watercolor – annecy – france – many of the faults you see in others

“Never lose hope
when the beloved
sends you away.
If you’re abandoned
if you’re left hopeless
tomorrow for sure
you’ll be called again.
If the door is shut
right in your face
keep waiting with patience
don’t leave right away.
Seeing your patience
your love will soon
summon you with grace
raise you like a champion.”

~ Rumi

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watercolor – water lilies – never lose hope

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.”

~ Aristotle

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watercolor – portrait -radik tyulyush

“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”

~ Rumi

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watercolor – water lilies – you feel a river moving in you, a joy

“Don’t search for heaven
and hell in the future.
Both are now present.
Whenever we manage to love
without expectations,
calculations,
negotiations,
we are indeed in heaven.
Whenever we fight,
hate, we are in hell.”

~ Shams-e-tabriz

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watercolor – water lilies – Don’t search for heaven and hell in the future

“Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.”

~ Rumi

watercolor - water lilies - It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder

watercolor – water lilies – It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder

“We have art in order not to die of the truth.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

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watercolor – water lilies

“Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.”

~ Buddha

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watercolor – water lily – spiritual life

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