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Monday, August 29, 2011


Irene has visited and departed. A loud and messy guest, we were happy to see her go. Although she was gentler with us than others she visited, we still have a fair amount of cleaning up and catching up.

Interestingly Irene also brought a sort of reverie which often accompanies a period of focused attention.

Maria expressed that storm induced reverie on this Zentangle tile . . .

. . . and Raphaƫl Enthoven, captured a bit of reverie in words in this piece which was translated from the French by Betsy Wing and published in the NY Times.

"Reverie" is one of our favorite words for it comes closest to describing that state of relaxed focus which often occurs while creating Zentangle art.

Karen Woodbine, CZT, [blog] forwarded this link to us and we are grateful that she did.

This article is a feast. Set aside some time to savor it without interruption.

A quote:
. . . reverie celebrates the rediscovery of understanding and imagination, sets free the secret of disinterest which, because it lets you see beauty without your consent and see nature without ego, invests the world with intense interest.
Previously, we would use six words to describe what we do in our Zentangle work. Now, we use three.

"We teach reverie."

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Pennyb said...

So glad to hear you've survived your guest! Been watching it on our news and thought of all my new friends across the globe. Thoughts are with you all.

Lois Heinani Stokes said...

I've not heard the word "reverie" in a long time. I am delighted with the rediscovery. Thanks for finding the calm within the storm to share with us your Zentangle art.

Suzy said...

Emily Dickinson:

TO make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,—
One clover, and a bee,
And revery.
The revery alone will do
If bees are few.

Beautiful post!

Cookie said...

This is beautiful, Maria. I meant to email Rick and You to see if you guys are ok despite that horrible storm. Did you also feel that earthquake or was that just in New York?
Stay safe, you guys!

Zentangle said...

We are all ok. The storm seemed to bypass our tiny town, but wreaked havoc all around us. Most folks we know lost power for a few days, which is a real pain for some folks (like my sister) who have wells and electric water pumps, so they also have no water or bathroom. Many markets and restaurants (besides for households) lost power and all their food stock. I had the luxury of sitting through a lot of rain and wind, painting in a solitary (but comfortable) confinement. Rick volunteered with emergency shelter operations, so I didn't see him much for a few days. Thank you everyone for your concern. Maria