Awakening To The Light

Awakening To The Light

Awakening To The Light

I wish you clarity of vision this fine day..that you may encompass the beauty of infinite horizons.. that you may see the widest.. most expansive views..for any given situation..we can look with the innocence of the child.. or the cynicism of the dis enchanted..for the moment is the same ..yet our perceptions are poles apart…for we each can be prey the ego’s need to feed on our emotions…..causing us to doubt the light… whilst fearing the darkness…yet both are an essential part of our lives….the one balancing the other….and when integrated with clarity, love and wisdom…they bring the body, mind and soul….to an exquisite place of unity, harmony and great inner beauty ….so let us with loving awareness… work joyfully with both…for then we will no longer “see through the glass darkly..”and with love supreme..we will see that fear is a “destructive illusion”…often borne of tiredness.. and a sense of loneliness and isolation……may we each ameliorate its worst excesses… work together….to build a network of loving support….that we can joyfully embrace the light..and peacefully surrender.. the sense of darkness…..

Fear: a Destructive Illusion

“The illusion of fear ever springs up within
the minds of men it is so important in those moments
to realize its formlessness through the brightness of our hearts
no dark shadows can reside for fear is an illusion planted as a test
by the ego in our hearts and souls to keep us in the dark
controlling us by default ever does it lead us through
its wild and wilful ways on waves of self destruction
taking all within its path corrading as it courses
testing our true grit until the moment when the soul cries out… enough
in its anguish and its pain and surrenders all to Divine Love
deep within our soul aligning us to essence our being transformed
from this source we emanate a glow as spirit illuminates us with its brilliance
shining as the stars brightening all before us as it arises to the heavens
a marker to all others to walk the celestial highways
and brings all succour to life through its divine transformative powers
we grow in a deeply expansive way empathising with all others
as we sense their oneness within honouring all life in this process
our lives irrevocably changed we live as bright links in the chain
beaming through the firmament playing a full and indispensable part
for we were ever forged through pain and suffering
bloodied yet unbowed and through these rites of passage
on this carousel of life we are lifted in the ups and downs
by God’s eternal hand in the company of angels and the hallelujah band” Au

Grace and Gratitude


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 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........." 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. 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 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. 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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