A friend told me this week about an artist who I had never heard of, a Japanese-French painter, who was born in 1886 and died in 1968.. A rare discovery. In fact I wish I had known about him when I was writing my Master's Thesis in 1992, as his still life paintings are the closest I've seen to what I was doing at the time. I love these flowers.
(C)ontemplation is . . . awakening, enlightenment, and the amazing intuitive grasp by which love gains certitude of God’s creative and dynamic intervention in our daily life. . . contemplation is a sudden gift of awareness, an awakening to the Real within all that is real. A vivid awareness of infinite Being at the roots of our own limited being. An awareness of our contingent reality as received, as a present from God, as free gift of love.
—Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation
I am an artist. I live in Minneapolis, Minnesota.