Thursday, January 14, 2010

The Ancients: a new series & a higher learning

“Be at least as interested in what goes on inside you as what happens outside. If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place.”

~Eckhart Tolle, 'The Power of Now : A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment'

"I cannot tell you any spiritual truth that deep within you don't know already. All I can do is remind you of what you have forgotten." ~Eckhart Tolle

"As far as inner transformation is concerned, there is nothing you can do about it. You cannot transform yourself, and you certainly cannot transform your partner or anybody else. All you can do is create a space for transformation to happen, for grace and love to enter."
~Eckhart Tolle

"The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however, it becomes very destructive. To put it more accurately, it is not so much that you use your mind wrongly - you usually don't use it at all. It uses you."
~Eckhart Tolle

"All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness." ~Eckhart Tolle

"When you are present, you can allow the mind to be as it is without getting entangled in it. The mind in itself is a wonderful tool. Dysfunction sets in when you seek your self in it and mistake it for who you are." ~Eckhart Tolle

I've been delving further and further into the teachings of Eckhart Tolle lately. His enlightened words have been such a support and inspiration through what has certainly been a difficult time. It isn't as though much of what he says is anything I hadn't heard or didn't know before, it's just that sometimes it takes a fresh perspective and a different viewpoint before things really start to 'click'. I don't know why I never sought his particular work out years ago. It's like anything, I guess. A timing to all things, and when the timing is right, it will appear.

This wasn't a series I had any intention of creating. Not for the first time, it was one of those series that just 'kinda happened'. As a result of listening so intently to Eckhart's wonderful audio book. And somehow, the two just seem to meld so perfectly into one another.

These photos have been lurking in my archives for a little over two years. I figured that sooner or later I would do something with them - I couldn't not - that face is amazing. But I hadn't thought about or even seen them in ages. A couple of days ago, I suddenly found myself working with one of them, totally out of the blue. And before I knew it, a whole new series had been completed. As for a title - what else could I possibly have called it?

I don't know how this statue came into being - but I'm curious as hell. I can't help wondering if it wasn't based on some real-life character - or simply a fiction. I discovered it sitting outside a church in Castlemaine. It was Boxing Day, 2007. And I just had to capture it. Somehow, I suspect it was always destined to end up in a series like this, even if I didn't know it at the time.

And I'm thinking he's going to look pretty awesome on a very large canvas. The whole series can be seen large here.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, your work is incredible! So glad you are making good use of the textures! Wow!