Not merely an absence of noise, Real Silence begins when a reasonable being withdraws from the noise in order to find peace and order in his inner sanctuary. ~Peter Minard
refuge and sanctuary
mixed media panel
When I figured out how to print onto the teabag paper, I decided to print out the same image on two teabags and to experiment with them in different ways. The first experiment was my last post. And the panel above is what I did with the other teabag. I had planned on this panel just being mixed media- cloth, acrylic paint and various papers. But at the very end I ended up brushing beeswax onto the surface of the teabag. I wanted to give it a little extra protection. After all, this panel’s final destination is as a cover for a handbound blank journal.
Don’t know why, but these quotes on silence resonate with me today. Maybe it’s because the image of that tree brings back a memory of a silent early morning in the eastern foothills of the Cascade Mountains in Washington. The fog of the morning enveloped the landscape and muted all the sounds around me. I snapped a photo of that tree to remember it and to remember the silence of a new morning emerging.
And now in the bustling city of Chicago, silence like that…well I’m not going to say it doesn’t exist. But it is hard to come by. Even now, both kids napping (ahhh, rare silence in my home!), I hear my neighbor’s windchimes, the hum of the furnace, the distant flight of a plane heading towards O’Hare, a loud muffler driving by. Different worlds. Neither one better nor worse. Just different.
Let us be silent, that we may hear the whispers of the gods. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson