21 September 2015
Let me know which you prefer and why. Click each image to enlarge.
I am on a mission to create a series of monochromatic images that focus on the simplicity and meditative qualities of stones. Historically, these products of nature are seen as builders of the soul, builders of gardens, builders of fences and walls. Their multiple uses have encouraged great inventions, including Zen tea gardens..
In the Lens section are three of my first tributes to some of Mother Nature’s building blocks. Monochromatic Series I: Stone are samples from my gardens. For decades every space that I have created and cultivated has had the element of stone as an integral part of its aesthetic and function. Their presence is all-inclusive, so much so that they have become my own signature. I place them in ways that combine instinct with blatant planning.
“Autumn’s Ode to Stone”
Time marks each contour and performance.
Their architecture defies reason, forcing appreciation and interpretation.
Whimsical blueprints and physical science collide, adjusting composition of understanding.
Nature’s monuments still the light,
Patterns appear, lazy and strong,
Adrift in secret and witnesses to all.
Shapes prevail as keynotes.
Lines appear, forcing age, weathering spirits.
Sometimes reviving the glow of calm or rage.
Earth speaks through their voices.
Formations soothe or provoke,
Quietly shouting truth and lies, challenging those that cross their paths.
Nature’s stonework is not prideful.
But alert with primordial integrity.
They divulge meaning/ objectivity/ power/ humble presence/perseverance.
Angles, forms, shapes give credence to
And steadfast patterns emerge and recede.
Pause, admire, stare, observe,
Be alert to the dream. Be alert…
Speaking volumes through visual encounter,
Not letting go, proceeding as an element of
hope’s endurance. ~~ Sally W. Donatello
Tip of the Week: Japanese gardens are the quintessential meditative spaces, combining human nature and Mother Nature. Click here to read the online article, “28 Japanese Garden Design Ideas to Style up Your Backyard,” The simple act of viewing these gardens can inspire a spiritual retreat or a plan to make one for yourself. I create small sculptures with stone. Each isolated work offers a chance for silent observation and peaceful emotional and visual rewards. Be inspired by their quiet presence and physical beauty.
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1st Monday: Nature.
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