Sunday, September 03, 2017

999. #BlogElul 9: See

These are drawings and paintings by the artist Vija Celmins. Whenever I'm overwhelmed, and forget that peace and order are all around me if only I remember to see them, I listen to Bach and look at the art of Vija Celmins. They both remind me that it's possible to find beauty in details without forgetting the bigger picture. How exquisite those details can be!—the tiny crest of the granddaughter of a wave, a shy congregation of stars. I've been swimming laps this summer, a new hobby; feeling the water against my limbs and watching blue of the pool change as I travel down the lane past peripheral arms and legs is another reminder. The smaller parts of a thing or idea that we forget to see are often the sweetest.

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