Transition

black zen line with primary yellow centre on a background of blue green drips contemporary acrylic painting by uk artist phoebe thomassonDay #4

Zen Master Yellow Say…Transition

Things take on a new and unexpected dimension. There is difficulty but much enlightenment.

There is a growing sense of perspective within me and my world is transitioning into something far brighter than ever before.

The depression which lingered before has broken up into manageable ‘spots’. My line has been drawn once again and now I know where I stand.

I am finally a worthy container for the brightness coming through.

The energy drips freely from above giving a downpour of knowledge; updating and washing clean my old programming. I am nourished by this steady flow.

Transition: Yellow Song

Like driving through rain

with tears dribbling down

I find it hard to see

the edges of infinity.

Enclosed in cocoon

I await the beckoning silence

of my larger self.

(I grow and grow

and how it hurts!)

As I transition

from this to that

blindness replaced

by new sight

like spring renewal

taking place in my soul.

(Tadpoles of delicious fresh thought

hatch in my mind)

My boundary

now strong

keeps within

my brightness

my yellow song.

Dorchester, Dorset, UK

5th April 2015

Before Infinity

large black loopy line with a yellow centre in a sea of trellis blue with magenta square acrylic painting by phoebe thomasson artLoopy fish in a square sea.

Deviation is innovation

I let go

Ideas flow

Unpredictable direction

that I go

Dripping paint is satisfying

Yellow and black

make a seaweed green

like strands of bladder wrack

the drips find their way

down the texture of the canvas

Day Three

The layers of a painting are like the stages of meditation. Deeper we go and at each stage, the challenge of ‘letting go’ presents itself as we transit from the known, into the unknown. 9th March 2015

Abstract Cartoon

Lattice, trellis, gravity defying speed and motion. The loopy yellow fish speeds through the trellis of time. It’s friend magenta square fish is always by her side.

Square sun, time dimension TIME LATTICE  Amoeba,

One half of infinity

Incomplete

Continuum

Half 0.5

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The Perfection of Imperfection

acrylic on canvas by phoebe thomasson uk artist

Zen Yellow

abstract painting in yellow and black by phoebe thomasson uk artist

Zen Yellow is the first in a series of paintings called One Hundred Paintings. I’ve set a mammoth task for myself which I needed to focus my energies on exploring limitation, boundaries and to see what happens. It’s always interesting to work with self-imposed limits and it’s not my usual style but I’m loving the process so far.

There is something about the simplicity of this one that really does it for me. I’ve been a wannabe minimalist for a while now but my life is a testament to clutter (all interesting!) so it’s almost a study or a meditation for me to understand the concept behind ‘less is more’. It’s living at the foot of our stairwell right now but is up for sale below if you’re interested in collecting art.

Zen Yellow

Zen Yellow is the start

The centre of everything

Pure radiance

corralled in bold defiance.

There is nothing undone

about the simplicity

of that moment which holds

only now.

I sit at the centre

undying unyielding to time

or memory’s pall

as Buddha sits

eternal on lotus

and moon seat.

I am that which

is the centre of

the Peace of the world.

Simplicity, elegant art

so rare in times

of abundance spilling over

into a thousand rooms.

I long simply to be

uncluttered,

and real

as a dew drop

upon spring lawn

reflecting the world

but not full with it.

Zen Yellow

contemplates

the emptiness

that is filled

with light.

5th April 2015

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a red woman with a buddha belly sits on a chair. mixed media collage by phoebe thomasson

Art Gallery: Pregnant Alice

This was done for my friend Alice when she was pregnant. It wasn’t what she was expecting but I was wild and free in my Picasso phase and in love with mixed media collage and strong primary colours.

There is something really satisfying about sticking fabric onto canvas; it almost feels rebellious, but then that’s me in a nut-shell. Make rules? Break rules. If the artist cannot be free then what hope is there for the common man?

We (artists) should be arbiters of change, risk and the unconventional…

Too many stultifying rules can kill our creative spirit. This is the gift of children, child-rearing and child-bearing; it’s such an onslaught of new paradigms that we either gird our loins and learn afresh who we are and what we are capable of, or we sink miserably into depression….the good news is that even if we do sink in the beginning of any endeavor, we can always access the strength of the mother goddess (or father god) within and pull ourselves up by our boot straps.

Life affirms life, as long as we don’t give in to the ennui of despair. Anyone can feel it, our circumstances matter little. It’s our habitual outlook that must be changed. Little by little, like the growing fetus, we can add new cells every day to our growth into the person we want to be.

Are you growing?

And are you ready to be born yet?

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Spirit of Nature by Phoebe Thomasson

ART Focus: “The Spirit of Nature”

her red hair flies in the wind as she contemplates herself reflected in a leafy shoot acrylic on canvas by phoebe thomasson uk artist

I started this painting on my fortieth birthday and as yet, remains unfinished.

She is nature herself, gazing at her own manifestation; the seedling that represents new growth was the budding confidence as an individual coming into her power.

We don’t know we lack personal power until we start to find it. It is that sense of ‘something missing’ that drives us to search. If we don’t search and strive, we never find.

Without our nature intact life has little real meaning.

The way we search is our own unique journey. We cut paths in virgin territory. The paths have never been trod before in the way we will tread them.

We may think that everything has been said before. The spirit of nature disagrees and will always encourage new growth.

Personal growth is the power of everyone. One for all, all for one.

This is the Spirit of the Age; Nature personified.

Copyright © Phoebe Thomasson 2014