Awakening To The Promised Land

Awakening To The Promised Land

There is a place of fabled name which is for all an eternal
game to find this mythic place and live forever on a cloud
nine bliss we seek it here we seek it there ever blinded
by illusions glare until one day we stop to stare at that
which was forever there as a veil doth drop before our
eyes so captured by a vision fair of a celestially shining
city where the streets all emanate a discrete flare with
architecture in spiral rows such visions of divine proportion
fill our hearts with pure devotion as we walk with joyful
steps into our essence depth so guided by internal stars
we shine as one so evanescent flowing with our sacred
robes now showing golden tones with crimson slashes
all honoured badges for life’s crashes as sacred reflectors
of the divine we sublimely touch and then surrender all
our temporal bonds of pain for the heavens to render as
we regain our beings true and move with serene expression
over vibrant fields so afire with fabled colours of alchemical
sheen as angels play celestial lyres of exquisite tone with
reverent desire as we go serenely by babbling brooks
of pristine fluid eliciting a wish to taste our new life
nectar as we meld and move with a loving
groove ah such joy pervades this
ineffable scene as all life courses
on its seamless oneness stream ..”Au

Grace and Gratitude

Alasdair

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About Alasdair Urquhart Artist and Poet

I am an Artist, Painter, Writer, Poet , Illustrator, Professional Creative Since I was a young child, the exploration of my universe, has been through mark making. Through the innocence of this process, I found a means of communication with others.......a point of contact. Plants, Animals, People, Birds , Insects....... The Cosmos itself............... ..began to be revealed, before my wide, curious eyes. It opened my life, my heart, my mind, something......... fundamental, was touched deep within me, each and every time. Always new....... It was alchemy.... It was beautiful..... I felt my spirit soar........for I had found, A Universal language. For Man it has ever been thus; since earliest times, it has been one of our most basic modes of interaction. Art, draws on the essence of Nature, the Universe itself; connecting us to her rhythms and illimitable moods. When Ancient Man made marks on cave walls it was to reveal to their peers, the mysteries of life....so also its practicalities; for the need for interdependence in daily duties, if they were to survive.......... never mind thrive. Today, there has never been a greater need for Art. Art celebrates all of the senses; giving the body balance and harmony, the soul and mind, a sense of belonging. In the natural world, the function of each organism is to realise its fullest potentialities - - that is its fundamental ethos. We have a need, and duty, to create a Society in which, each one of us, has a chance to develop, their creative abilities to the fullest, in a caring, nurturing environment. We need to redefine our vision of how we wish the world to be ...... The eternal moment is now. for our world is perishing through this very lack. Art works on the inner and the outer senses. Our children are the future! Unless they are nurtured and esteemed through the Arts the present behavioural poverty in our Society will continue to spiral down........." http://alasdairurquhart.webs.com/apps/videos/videos/view/434... How would you describe your style of art? It is an internal response to the energies passing through me in the Eternal Now. it has a figurative, colourful element which is a partial response to the visual impressions received. It is a synthesis of all of my senses. ..especially of Intuition and Knowing ....those most internal of journey senses. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyBgB68vxVo Describe one of your paintings: It is a portrait of a child...Leela....aged three Her Grandmother commissioned it. My brief was to capture the essence of her nature... before her elfin quality, was lost, to social patterning, and conditioning, which commences, when a child begins to name things.... and their relationship with the essence of an object is lost. She is situated in her garden, a wonderful space, which has a Narnia feel to it. It has been developed over a period of months. On each visit I am growing more empathic to the little one's vision and journey. How do you decide on your subject matter? It decides for me :-) It is an internal process.. a beat begins , an upsurge of energy, taste , touch, smell.. ..all the senses are heightened. I feel gently led .... the internal process is partly rationalized by discerning these feelings, articulating them.... often first in words.... free associations help the fluency, patterns emerge.... ..often unexpectedly ..I love it ...a dance begins and I am led...lovingly on a new journey..... ....always different:) Many of my paintings depict richly detailed scenes and reflect my own deep interest in the lives of people and their work. I believe that..... Lives are not ordinary – all our lives and the way we live them and interact with our environment are important. I hold up a mirror to people and situations. Due to the sale of the barn..my previous lovely studio..I have had a beautiful new studio built in my garden.. I am invited out to paint on Tresco, the Isles Of Scilly; The famed sub-tropical Abbey Gardens, and wonderfully diverse geography of this sacred Isle always provide a rich vein of inspiration for me. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CR8itsfqJ7A I spend a lot of time on Dartmoor painting the scenes and wildlife, and on and by the rivers Exe, Teign and Dart in Devon. In Cornwall, I enjoy exploring the coves and cliff paths, the beaches and Ports. Another of my loves is rural France. Initially invited over by Monaco Fine Arts in the early 90’s to paint the scenery of Southern France and Northern Italy; I developed a love of the area and spend as much time as possible exploring and painting in the wine regions particularly. I studied at Dundee College of Art from 1974.... finishing my postgraduate studies there in 1979. I won scholarships from the British Council to Budapest Fine Art Academy, and the Elizabeth Greenshield scholarship twice from Montreal, Canada. I have been exhibited at the Scottish Royal Watercolour Society, the Royal Watercolour Society, and the Royal Institute. Also in numerous galleries in towns across England, Scotland and Wales. My work has also been exhibited and in private collections in Europe, America, Canada and Japan. I have received sponsorship from Rosenstiel’s Fine Art Publishers, London, residencies at Grizedale, and Farringdon. My paintings have been published by Rosenstiel’s, Medici and Parnassus.
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2 Responses to Awakening To The Promised Land

  1. To read and listen to this in that timeless place where one can allow the play of imagination to lift the veil of vision…and feel the heart and soul begin to guide and create an eternal moment of awakening…. is to slip into the possibilities of the golden alchemy of transformation. What is the promised land…and what might it be like………….perhaps creation at its best is falling through the boundaries and limitations of the looking glass……to perceive how we might touch the star that reveals a new story. Heaven’s blinking and twinkling eyes give us glimpses of something more…..something so radiantly infused within each being….within each life…….that it guides the expression of art….whatever the medium….

    This is a thrilling journey……….may we make way for the visionary mystics that open the path to cross the threshold into spirit to create a wider universe and new worlds of joy..and wonder…and beauty…and a peace that is radiant with color and light and the mystery of life itself!
    Such an artist are you, dear friend! You hold out your hand and invite us to share in the dance of creation!

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