I love to paint outdoors, immersing myself in the sensory qualities of light and colour, to catch the pulse and poetics, of the Devon and Cornwall land, coast and seascapes. I aim to evoke these numinous qualities, the spirit, vitality and zest of life, in my oil and mixed media paintings. 

In my meditation practise, on retreat, many years ago, I experienced total immersion into an all encompassing joy, a dissolution into the nature of being, which has remained with me ever since. Like being inside an explosion of particles eternally unfolding in an exquisite dance, going beyond thoughts and feelings to experience simply what is. If reality is whatever's happening in front of you and if arguing with reality (Katie:2007) means losing equanimity then it hurts not to be a lover of what is. Awareness, curiosity and reflection may be the key to acceptance and a letting go which can open to freedom, spontaneity and spaciousness.

 

I have found that this quality of presence, simply being with whatever is emerging, from the most simple and mundane moment to the most dramatic, whether sorrowful, beautiful or exquisite, reveals that there are indeed a thousand names for joy. 

Josie Gould MA and BA (Hons) Fine Art

Praying.

It doesn't have to be
the blue iris, it could be

weeds in a vacant lot; or a few

small stones; just
pay attention, then patch

a few words together and don't try

to make them elaborate, this isn't

a contest but the doorway
into thanks, and a silence in which

another voice may speak.

Mary Oliver