"Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself" - Rumi
Lots of painting and philosophical musings have been happening since I last wrote, and I'm happy to say that four new pieces will be soon available from Echo Beach Gallery in Ilfracombe. They will be opening again with lots of fresh new work in April.
Amy Jobes 2019
24 x 24 inch
Mixed media, oil and gold leaf on deep edge canvas
I've been spending a lot of time thinking about the three things I'd passionately love to see an end to: the ecological crisis, plastic pollution and climate change. And asking the question; why is it that we humans are so clever, and yet so collectively stupid all at once?
So many things are currently improving for humanity (in general and on a global scale).
Things like access to education (especially for women), sanitation and clean water, electricity coverage, internet access, and literacy levels are all going up, while things like working hours, infant mortailty and numbers of people dying from preventable disease are going down.
Our scientific output doubles, on average, every nine years. Space exploration, the development of artificial intelligence, the engineering wonder that is the 55km long Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge, all such clever things.
So why is it that collectively we are still behaving in such a destructive way towards nature, and our planet?
Nature provides us with air, food and water which we need for our very survival. So why is it that rather than fiercely protecting it, we are still damaging the environment and eradicating ecosystems? It's got to the point where we are losing an average of 200 species everyday to extinction, and we now find ourselves on a trajectory which threatens the very survival of our own species.
Such self-destructive behaviour seems kinda crazy to me.
I admit it has got me down. Maybe it's time to stop being clever, and start being wise:
'Someone asked me, "aren't you worried about the state of the world?" I allowed myself to breathe and then I said, "What is most important is not to allow your anxiety about what happens in the world to fill your heart. If your heart is filled with anxiety, you will get sick, and you will not be able to help"' - Thich Nhat Hanh
'Beneath the Open Sky'
Amy Jobes 2019
Mixed media and oil on canvas
20 x 8 inch
I've turned back to the teachings of Eckhart Tolle. I read his book 'A New Earth' last year and found it so insightful!
I'm currently reading 'The Power of Now', and find the constant reminders to live in the present are helping me to feel much stronger, self aware and able to process the bad environmental news in a more balanced way.
There are also some very interesting insights on why humans can be so destructive even when we know it's bad for us. It's really interesting!
I feel that as an artist one of the parts I can play is to pour beauty into the cracks.
We all need reminders that the natural world is utterly exquisite and there to be loved, cherished and protected.
My paintings are visions of the most vivid and wildly beautiful existence I can imagine.
They aim to capture the scenes where natural beauty stuns us into presence. Where holding onto the past or worrying about the future is forgotten and the present moment is all there is.
"Realise deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Make the Now the primary focus of your life." - Eckhart Tolle
Amy Jobes 2019
Oil on canvas
25 x 35 cm
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Thanks for reading! And please come back soon. I've joined Phoebe Gander @phoebeganderart for her #AprilForArtists challenge on Instagram. I'll publishing all my April for Artist posts for you here too xx
P.s. All of the pieces above are currently available direct from my studio. If you would like more information about any of them please email me at email@example.com
Amy Jobes, North Devon artist with a passion for the environment
"If you truely love nature, you will find beauty everywhere" - Van Gogh