2/04/2011

Somewhere over the rainbow.


Hello again, I hope all is well with you in this New Chinese Year, The Year of the Rabbit.

I won’t say much about my absence, you have troubles of your own I am sure. Let us just say that these past few months have been full of heartache and personal loss and at times I have felt like I was drowning in grief. I am happy and grateful to report that I did not drown, my family and friends pulled me through.

When I started this blog I wanted to share with you my inspirations; apart from the usual meaning inspiration can simply mean to breathe in and to draw oxygen into the lungs. That it is how I feel at the moment, inspiration is a vital part of life and has helped me overcome that terrible feeling of drowning. So I would like to thank all of you for sharing your creativity and inspirations with me.

Sometimes grief becomes too heavy a burden to carry around, we decided to visit our son in London for a little respite, it did us the world of good and have come back with hope in our hearts. We recently visited The Bankside Gallery in London and saw an exhibition of Wood Engravings, passing through the nearby Borough market, filled with spring flowers and wonderful food aromas. We saw St Paul’s Cathedral and climbed to the top of the dome, enough to make anyone breathe deeply! You can enjoy a virtual tour here. On our final day we went to the new British Library, if you get a chance this is well worth a visit. It looks a little austere on the outside but inside it is beautiful, very light and airy. It reminded me of Japanese architecture with its simplicity and elegance, I will definitely try to visit again before too long as there was too much to take in one day.





The rabbit painting is one I did years ago for Camden Graphics Ltd. I used gouache and coloured pencils, hence the grainy effect on the rainbow.

32 comments:

  1. Happy Lunar New Year to you! May the year of the rabbit bring you much hope, happiness and peace.

    Welcome back Valerie. Missed you!

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  2. Hi Valerie - Sorry to hear about you're going through a dark passage. Thanks for making the effort to check back in here.

    Have you ever read any Pema Chodron's books? She is a Tibetan nun in Nova Scotia who;s book, "When Things Fall Apart", is an incredibly wise and important support in times of loss, grief or whatever hard moment one is navigating. The Buddhist teachings aren't so predominant, more so her wonderful, wise and present way of getting to the truth of things. A book on CD version is out there... for those times when reading seems like too much of an effort! Be well, Valerianna

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  3. "To everything there is a season" - especially the Ecclesiastes version - is my mantra Valeria and something to hold on to at all times. Spring will soon be here - may you find peace and joy in that. Thinking of you.

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  4. Many hugs to you and wishing you much comfort, peace and healing on your journey!Wonderful to see you back..take care and wishing your world gets birghter in time!
    HUgs!
    Victoria~

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  5. So glad to have you back, but so sorry you have been so troubled.

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  6. Welcome back, Valerie; have been wondering how you were. You have been greatly missed. Take care.

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  7. Valerie

    It is good to see you back.

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  8. Sorry for your valley but glad that you are coming out of it and have hope in your heart! Your art work is so beautiful. Thank you for the link to the Cathedral. I cannot imagine actually standing in there and seeing that amazing architecture! I am sure it was quite overwhelming!

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  9. Dearest Valerie...so sorry to hear of your worries....my thoughts and love are with you...I am with Valerianna...I read Pema Chodron's book "When Things Fall Apart" from cover to cover continually and it has helped me pull through when things look bleak. Glad to see you back in cyberspace, the world needs more of your work and your inspiring presence!

    LOVE from a ridiculously snowy Maine!
    Patricia xxxxxxxxx

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  10. Valerie, sorry for your sorrows, whatever they were. But very glad to see you back again and becoming inspired.

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  11. Welcome back.I have been thinking of you.

    Hope the Year of the Rabbit and the coming Spring begin to bring some light and comfort to you.x

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  12. Lovely to see you back and sorry you have been through such a sad time.

    We have snowdrops in the garden and the yellow daffodils and primula on my kitchen table cheer me up each day. A sign Spring is on the way.
    Take care,
    millyx

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  13. So sorry to hear about your sadness. I'll pray for brighter days ahead for you in this year of the Rabbit.

    Your posted photos make me want to break out in song with Eliza Doolittle: Wouldn't it be Loverly...! I love St. Paul's (and would love to see some pictures of the BL as well, if you go again. I'm into libraries lately.)

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  14. valerie i wish that with the return of light to our hemisphere comes an equal admixture of joy and goodness. steven

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  15. Oh Valerie, it's really grand to see this post from you, with that lovely hare leaping about your header.

    I'm also longing for spring, and am daily encouraged by seeing the daylight hours increase. No more getting up by candlelight!

    This is the year of the Golder rabbit I have been told by a Chinese friend. Very auspicious.

    xo

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  16. Dearest Valerie, your painting of the rabbit is a wonderful sign that Spring is not far off. The photo of the budding bulbs reminds me that soon the snowdrops in my garden will come out from under the snow and ice. Here on Long Island, we have had feet of snow, the inches of ice this winter. Usually the winter precipitation melts away in a day or so. Not this year, we have layers of the white stuff. I know that under all of that are little shoots from my bulbs just waiting for a chance to emerge. Cheers, peace, and Love from Long Island.

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  17. Welcome back Valerie. You bring us so much joy and inspiration. Hope we can send some back your way.

    Much love,
    Heather

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  18. I wondered where you were. And I'm so very sorry for the bleakness you've been enduring. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

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  19. How perfect is your illustration for this post. I am so pleased to see you back on your blog Valerie. I personally have found great solace from all my friends here. So glad you have managed some happy times with your family. x

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  20. Glad you are back and sending you warm wishes at what is a ghastly time. x

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  21. So sorry to hear about your grief and sadness Valerie. I really hope that the light at the end of the tunnel will gradually get brighter for you. Grief is something that just has to be lived through and there is no quick fix. My prayers are with you and your family. We have missed you but take all the time you need to heal. Cathy

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  22. So glad to see you back and sorry to hear that you have had a rough time. I hope there are better times ahead for you.

    Great to hear from you.

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  23. Sending you lots of love Valerie.xx

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  24. Hugs across the miles~
    Missed you and hoping all continues to be brighter.
    Michelle

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  25. wow. wish I could paint like this. amazing. Gung Hey Fat Choi

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  26. Dear Valerie, so sorry to hear that things have been so hard for you, i do hope you are mending now. May you find inspiration in abundance. Thinking of you x ruthie x

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  27. SUch lovely post! Have a loveliest of Valentines, Valerie xx

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  28. Dear Valerie,

    Big hugs from Ohio and wishes that you continue to feel better and better. I have no idea what you are grieving about, but when my husband died, in 2007, after years of sufferring with Alzheimer's, a book that helped me more than any was Grieving Mindfully: A Compassionate And Spiritual Guide To Coping With Loss - Paperback (July 1, 2005) by Sameet M. and Ph.D. Kumar. In fact it slowly led me on a journey which took me to the writing of Thich Nhat Hanh and Pema Chodron's books as well. But it was the first thing that really helped, aside from the wonderful support of family and friends.

    Nay you continue to emerge from your grief in your own good time, with peace. I am always happy to read anything at your blog, but I see I have not looked at it for too long.

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  29. So sorry to hear you've been grieving. Such a beautiful bunny painting.

    Sending you wishes for sunnier days ahead. :)

    ~ Carolee

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  30. An absolutely glowing rabbit..full of hope........

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  31. A warm embrace and heartfelt wishes for the future to be filled with peace and happiness,
    Merisi

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  32. I'm a bit slow at keeping up with blogs and only just read this post. What a funny old mixed business life is, sometimes so sad, but always beautiful. I want to remember your analysis of the word 'inspiration' - you are so right and it makes sense to me at the moment too. Sending you positive thoughts - right now I'm looking out of my window at where I think you are and sending them off to you :-)

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