Good Morning Sunshine! Love.

Being one with many. Pastel painting. I always want to add touches of color to this painting. But I did not or have not. The eyes being different is on purpose.

It seems today is one of those philosophical days for me, where I like reading or listening to books that have something to glean that I might ponder. I offer Joyce Hifler again. “It is very quiet here among the stars_____except for their singing I hear only the beat of my own heart___and I know from this heights____from this level of seeing and feeling___how foolish I have been to allow myself to hear anything but the music of the heart and soul___for in my lifetime of living on a lower level___where one has to take evil into account___I heard the voice of the dark and morbid___I listen and I contributed to the voice of woe___I was bent on telling my trouble____and determined that others should know of my worst conditions____that I added to the world’s peacelessness and loveless conditions____and gave off the aura that would attract no more than madness____but in rising above those voices I can hear something different____and I can look down on my emotions and down on the paths I have been following____beleiveing that I can drag to me love in its greatest and most holy sense____for no matter what I say, or how beautifully____if I have not love___I am only talking loudly. Though I know all the mysteries of life and I am exalted for my knowlwedge____and have not love___I am nothing. If I give everything I have to someone else____even if I give my very being to be martyred____and I not love___then I am nothing. I have come to know that love can suffer a long time____and it can still be kind and gentle___it can only give itself, never thinking of being envious or resentful____for there is sufficient love for everyone. Love is not a proud thing given only to me___so that I can point to it as if it were my private accojmplishment___but it is the highest, the kindest, most gentle, respectful, and giving emotion___ever to be expereinced___it has no need to shout, for its presence is like a garden of flowers I cannot see___but their beneficial influence diffuses itself throughout my soul. I must enjoy again and gain the knowledge that love has no need to seek its own.

I will stop here with this and do a second blog with the rest. This is a lot to think about right here. I like Hifler because she does make me think! So I re-read, and ponder on her words. I rephrase them in my mind that I reason them out. I need to because I am flowing along and then the thought becomes bumpy with “What did she just write? How is this so? How do I apply it to me? Then, I know I need to continue with her train of thought so I can understand the intent of her words. Sometimes I want to deny them, “No___that is not me!” But if you think about them, you find a comparable reality. Not every line fits your experience, although it can and does, and it very well might. Life is like this. There is a lot of commonality in being human. Always tailored to who we are.

By Pejj Nunes

I live in Southern Maine. I am the owner of Anisette Studios. My website is https://www.anisettestudios.com/ Here you can view and purchase Shibui, sign up for my newsletters, blog, and read articles about Shibui Found Image Art. Patrons get great deals several times a year and special items at times. My site makes it easy to contact me. My primary art form is Shibui Found Image Art. Shibui begins with action art and stems from the imagination. It is like seeing something in the clouds or solving a puzzle. Its creative process has its own rules and requires what I call reverse engineering due to a lack of an understructure and purely out of the imagination. In addition to those who patron me, my target groups are those who use art therapy. I will soon be teaching live. Contact me if you would like to learn live. I use Zoom. I request that although my art, other images, and what I write is now published by me here on WordPress; I do ask you do not to use my artwork, poetry, or the information about Shibui Found Image Art without my permission. I am quite available to make such requests. I wish to share the following: The existentialist philosopher Simone de Beauvoir wrote a book called The Ethics of Ambiguity. In it, she lays out a guiding ethic in response to the philosophy of existentialism. It might be somewhat familiar to you already. She writes, “To will oneself free is also to will others free. This will is not an abstract formula. It points out to each person concrete action to be achieved.” Best wishes to all! Have good times and keep safe! Pejj

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