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  • Robin Coutts

    Great post Jerry. I think my thoughts about your “spirituality” centre not only about painting as enchantment, but the outcome, namely “feeling larger, more yourself” as well as being one with nature. A similar description could equally have been given by one of the great mystics as well as by simple believers of most faiths of their experience of the fruits of meditative prayer. We should not be surprised at this I think, because human beings are hopefully becoming whole people embracing all these aspects of humanity. Your way into this realm/state of being and seeing is entirely convincing to me and I hope may prove an open path for others.

    all the best
    Robin

    January 29, 2017
    • Fresia

      Thanks Robin; I suppose you are right. I would add, then, that we need to reflect on the assumptions, values, and practices central to our institutions – through that lens. J

      January 30, 2017
  • Robin Coutts

    I am sure you are right about that as well. Underlying assumptions are really difficult to get at and transform, but worth the effort
    Robin

    January 30, 2017
  • Mike Daly

    I’m not sure about spiritual, more intellectual. I hope I’m not letting the side down if I just paint for pleasure, including that torment? Please keep the paintings and the blogs coming.

    February 21, 2017
    • Fresia

      I agree Michael. In the end, it is all about pleasure – a particular pleasure, however, that in effect is
      subversive. – J

      February 22, 2017
  • What great timing for me to read your inspiring post and musings. I had just made a ticket on hold to come to Assisi in June and my head has been in a tug of war with my heart! Begone, head! Our true nature is BLISS! Even if its just for brief moments.. those moments of silent retreat do add up and draw us ever nearer to our pure essence.
    Thank you, Jerry. (-:

    February 21, 2017
    • Fresia

      Thanks Carole; very nice to hear your thoughts. -J

      February 22, 2017
  • Maria Etheridge

    Oh, yes! You are!!
    Love reading your blogs, Jerry – you have inspired me for years now and finally it is beginning to pay off. For 35 years – since I started painting seriously – I have been experimenting, searching for my ‘style’. In the early 80s, my first 5 paintings were created mainly with palette knife in oils but I put them away, choosing to search instead.

    Well, in November 2016, I came to my senses and realised that I was ‘realising’ myself in those paintings. Result? I have embarked on that style again with enormous pleasure and thanks to you, I am now more my paintings and they are more ME! I will soon reveal my latest efforts…

    I would love to know what music you listen to! Music is magic.
    Best of the best, Maria.

    March 07, 2017
    • Fresia

      Good for you. You were on the right track to begin with. Send me an email and I will tell you the
      music I listen to mostly while painting. J

      April 04, 2017

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