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I do not love you except because I love you;
I go from loving to not loving you,
From waiting to not waiting for you
My heart moves from cold to fire.
I love you only because it’s you the one I love;
I hate you deeply, and hating you
Bend to you, and the measure of my changing love for you
Is that I do not see you but love you blindly.
Maybe January light will consume
My heart with its cruel
Ray, stealing my key to true calm.
In this part of the story I am the one who
Dies, the only one, and I will die of love because I love you,
Because I love you, Love, in fire and blood.

PABLO NERUDA

 

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“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

watercolor-selfportrait-the real message of love

watercolor-selfportrait-the real message of love

“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

watercolor - selfportrait

watercolor – selfportrait

You said, “I will go to another land, I will go to another sea.
Another city will be found, a better one than this.
Every effort of mine is a condemnation of fate;
and my heart is — like a corpse — buried.
How long will my mind remain in this wasteland.
Wherever I turn my eyes, wherever I may look
I see black ruins of my life here,
where I spent so many years destroying and wasting.”

You will find no new lands, you will find no other seas.
The city will follow you. You will roam the same
streets. And you will age in the same neighborhoods;
and you will grow gray in these same houses.
Always you will arrive in this city. Do not hope for any other —
There is no ship for you, there is no road.
As you have destroyed your life here
in this little corner, you have ruinded it in the entire world.

soft pastel - selfportrait

soft pastel – selfportrait

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

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

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

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

watercolor on paper-portrait-who truly loves you

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

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

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

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

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

watercolor on paper-portrait-lose myself in you

watercolor on paper-portrait-lose myself in you

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

watercolor on paper-portrait -We merely dropped leaves

watercolor on paper-portrait -We merely dropped leaves

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

watercolor on paper-portrait

watercolor on paper-portrait

Never lose hope

“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

watercolor - water lilies - never lose hope

watercolor – water lilies – never lose hope

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

~ Rumi

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

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

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

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

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

~ Carl Jung

watercolor - selfportrait - look inside

watercolor – selfportrait – look inside

“If you don’t create change, change will create you.”

~ unknown

watercolor - annecy - create change

watercolor – annecy – create change

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”
― Dalai Lama

watercolor - annecy - happiness

watercolor – annecy – happiness

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

~Vincent van Gogh

watercolor – annecy – france – the way to know life

watercolor – annecy – france – the way to know life

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”

― Confucius

watercolor - annecy - france - wherever you go

watercolor – annecy – france – wherever you go

“There is no blue without yellow and without orange.”

~ Vincent Van Gogh

watercolor - annecy - france - there is no blue without

watercolor – annecy – france – there is no blue without

“We spend our whole lives in unconscious exercise of the art of expressing our thoughts with the help of words.”

~ Vincent Van Gogh

watercolor on paper - selfportrait

watercolor on paper – selfportrait

“If you can’t smell the fragrance
don’t come into the garden of Love.
if you are unwilling to undress
don’t enter into the stream of
Truth. Stay where you are, don’t
come our way…”

~ Rumi

watercolor - selfportrait - the garden of Love

watercolor – selfportrait – the garden of Love

“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

watercolor - selfportrait - Love means to reach for the sky

watercolor – selfportrait – Love means to reach for the sky

“Take my hand.
We will walk.
We will only walk.
We will enjoy our walk
without thinking of arriving anywhere.”

― Thích Nhất Hạnh

Watercolor - selfportrait - we will walk

Watercolor – selfportrait – we will walk

“You are already what you want to become. Why search anymore? You are a wonderful manifestation. The whole universe has come together to make your existence possible. There is nothing that is not you. The kingdom of Heaven, the Pure Land, Nirvana, happiness, and liberation are all you right now.”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh

watercolor on paper - annecy - france -  happiness

watercolor on paper – annecy – france – happiness

“When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what is going on deepens, and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace and love.”

~ Thích Nhất Hạnh

watercolor - annecy - france -  joy, peace and love

watercolor – annecy – france – joy, peace and love

“Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.”

~ Mark Twain

watercolor-anncey-france-detail

watercolor-anncey-france-detail

“Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.”

~ Immanuel Kant

watercolor-anncey-france-wisdom is organized life

watercolor-anncey-france-wisdom is organized life

“Dare to be free, dare to go as far as your thought leads, and dare to carry that out in your life… Be not Afraid of anything. You will do Marvelous work. It is Fearlessness that brings Heaven even in a moment… The greatest religion is to be true to your own nature. Have faith in yourselves.”

~ Swami Vivekananda

watercolor-anncey-dare to be free

watercolor-anncey-dare to be free

“The greatest sin is to think yourself weak”

~ Swami Vivekananda

watercolor on paper-annecy-the greatest sin

watercolor on paper-annecy-the greatest sin

“The ‘art of tea’ is a spiritual force for us to share.”

~ Alexandra Stoddard

watercolor on paper-turkish teapot

watercolor on paper-turkish teapot

“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.”

~ Victor Hugo

watercolor on paper-radik tyulyush

watercolor on paper-radik tyulyush

“Si quieres lastimar a tus padres, y no tienes el valor de ser gay, lo menos que puedes hacer es convertirte en artista. No estoy bromeando. Las artes no son una manera de ganarse la vida. Son una forma muy humana de hacer la vida más soportable. Practicar un arte, no importa cuan bien o mal, es una forma de hacer crecer el alma. Cantar en la ducha. Bailar con la radio. Contar historias. Escribir un poema, aún un poema malo. Hazlo tan bien como puedas. Obtendrás una enorme recompensa. Habrás creado algo.”

~ Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country

“If you want to really hurt you parents, and you don’t have the nerve to be gay, the least you can do is go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possible can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.” ~ Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country

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acuarela-autorretrato

Produced by Wendy Lewis – http://www.wendy-lewis.com
All quotes taken from the letters of Van Gogh

“As we advance in life
it becomes more and more difficult,
but in fighting the difficulties
the inmost strength of the heart is developed.”

~ Vincent Van Gogh

Watercolor-Selfportrait-Difficulties

Watercolor-Selfportrait-Difficulties

“Beauty will save the world”

~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Watercolor-Annecy-France-La beauté sauvera le monde

Watercolor-Annecy-France-La beauté sauvera le monde

“I often think the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.”

~ Vincent Van Gogh

Watercolor-Kosova-Night

Watercolor-Kosova-Night

Thank you http://kosovodiary.tumblr.com/ and http://instagram.com/amerasasasa for Kosova Photos!

“I always like walking in the rain, so no one can see me crying.”

~ Charlie Chaplin

Watercolor-Kosova-Walking in the Rain

Watercolor-Kosova-Walking in the Rain

Thank you http://kosovodiary.tumblr.com/ and http://instagram.com/amerasasasa for Kosova Photos!

“We think too much and feel too little.”

~ Charlie Chaplin

Watercolor-Annecy-France-Feel

Watercolor-Annecy-France-Feel

For all my Great friends ❤

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
Mark Twain

Watercolor-Annecy-France-Dream

Watercolor-Annecy-France-Dream

“To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts – such is the duty of the artist.”

~ Robert A. Schumann

watercolor on paper- annecy-france

watercolor on paper- annecy-france

Vincent-Van-Gogh

Vincent-Van-Gogh

 

The Power of Art – Van Gogh by Simon Schama

The Dutch Post-Impressionist master.
Van Gogh spent his early life as an art dealer, teacher and preacher in England, Holland and Belgium. His period as an artist began in 1881 when he chose to study art in Brussels, starting with watercolours and moving quickly on to oils. The French countryside was a major influence on his life and his early work was dominated by sombre, earthy colours depicting peasant workers, the most famous of which is The Potato Eaters, 1885.

It was during Van Gogh’s studies in Paris (1886-8) that he developed the individual style of brushwork and use of colour that made his name. In 1888 he moved to Arles where the Provençal landscape provided his best-known subject matter. However, it also marked the start of his mental crisis following an argument with his contemporary Paul Gauguin. Van Gogh was committed to a mental asylum in 1889 where he continued to paint, but he committed suicide in 1890.

 

 

Simon Schama

Simon Schama

Simon Schama

Simon Schama is a professor of art history and history at Columbia University, and is the author of numerous award-winning books; his most recent history, Rough Crossings, won the National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction. He is a cultural essayist for the New Yorker and has written and presented more than thirty documentaries for the BBC, PBS, and the History Channel, including The Power of Art, which won the 2007 International Emmy for Best Arts Programming.

To Call up the Shades

One candle is enough. Its gentle light
will be more suitable, will be more gracious
when the Shades arrive, the Shades of Love.

One candle is enough. Tonight the room
should not have too much light. In deep reverie,
all receptiveness, and with the gentle light
-in this deep reverie I will form visions
to call up the Shades, the Shades of Love.

Constantine P. Cavafy

Watercolor-France-Annecy-To Call up the Shades

Watercolor-France-Annecy-To Call up the Shades

“We are all connected. When you touch one thing, you are touching everything. Whatever we do has an effect on others. Therefore, we must learn to live mindfully to touch the peace inside each of us.

Peace in the world starts with peace in oneself. If everyone lives mindfully, everyone will be more healthy, feel more fulfilled in their daily lives and there will be more peace. This collective mindfulness can bring positive change to our families, organizations, communities, nations and future generations.”

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Watercolor-France-Annecy-We are all connected

Watercolor-France-Annecy-We are all connected

“Wherever water flows,
life flourishes;
Wherever tears fall,
divine mercy is shown”

~Rumi

watercolor-selfportrait-wherever tears fall

watercolor-selfportrait-wherever tears fall

“Three things can not hide for long: the Moon, the Sun and the Truth.”
― Gautama Buddha

watercolor-ink-can not hide for long

watercolor-ink-can not hide for long

“Creativity is intelligence having fun.”

~Albert Einstein

Watercolor on paper-france-annecy-fun

Watercolor on paper-france-annecy-fun

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