This is an image of peace and stillness; taking time out for reflection and contemplation; being aware of our surroundings rather than hurrying from one thing to the next. People talk of ‘working from a place of rest’ – not resting only when necessary in order to find strength to carry on, but prioritising it in order to begin well and approach life with a calm and sound mind, aware of what is going on around us and with eyes and ears open to perceive what we may otherwise miss. The heron in this picture represents a rested heart; not necessarily ‘relaxing’ but actively and deliberately placing the mind in a position of calm awareness, choosing to live life deliberately and at a steady pace in order to thrive in what is done well rather than trying to achieve a million and one things quickly. May we learn from the peaceful heron, and live that way too.
Oil on artist paper, mounted, framed and ready to hang.