I love to paint outdoors, immersing myself in the fleeting, elemental, 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 often subtle sometimes powerful qualities, the 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. Byron Katie (2007 likewise finds that reality is simple; 'it's whatever's in front of you, whatever is happening. When you argue with it you lose. It hurts not to be a lover of what is."
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
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.