words and art by w a l t e r w s m i t h

The Pier and the Flower in Meditation

The Pier and Flower in Meditation

Above the shifting tides we stand upon the pier

This past week I have been seeing an image in my mind’s eye.
It is a beautiful, contemplative piece by artist and fellow blogger Leslee
Hare. The title of the work is Inner and Outer Tornadoes. I do recommend you
check out her blog and all of her posts. Needless to say, the atmospheric feeling
in the digital filtering of blue layers, along with her prose, were so
inspiring that it led me to this piece….

The Pier and the Flower in Meditation

I wanted to convey something that was similar to Leslee’s
piece. I wanted soft layering and an organic feeling, if not totally atmospheric.
But more importantly I wanted to reflect on the “cleansing” process that she
spoke of in reference to tornadoes. In my work, I see the pier as an opportunity
to step out into the unknown—above the waters of our fears and shifting emotional

What elemental forces or structural constructs give you
pause? What questions arise, what “pier” do you stand upon in meditation as you
face the reflection of your thoughts and emotions?

5 responses

  1. This is stunning; especially the two tones of orange and the hazy dreamy feel to the shot. speaking of forces, I find my aversion growing to anything extreme…
    Maybe my age is showing or my nerves can’t handle it but I prefer to choose calm in the midst of chaos; even if it bores some folk. 🙂
    Thanks for the artistic respite.
    Happy Mother’s Day! 🙂

    May 8, 2011 at 5:48 am

  2. Hi Elizabeth,

    Thanks for the beautiful comments. This is one of my favorite images. It is actually a detail of a larger collage…”Sunrise and Chakra Flowers for Meditation”. I will write a post with the collage in the near future. And in keeping with our “aversion” to all things extreme, I will continue the thought in the post.

    I too, as I get older, am beginning to realize that it is ok, to just “BE”. There is something about taking the least extreme, stressed path that is so rewarding in the end 🙂

    Happy Mother’s Day to you


    May 8, 2011 at 9:53 am

  3. This is wonderful, Walter, and thank you for the reference! The oranges feel so radiant in this image, it feels like the sun is rising behind the petals 🙂 It seems more vibrant here than in the collage, somehow…

    I love your imagery of the pier because when I contemplate that, I get a sense of being able to stand and watch the sea wash underneath me without disturbing… For myself, I’ve found many images of diving boards, edges of pools, and precipices: something to do with choice and impending change. I think I’ll spend some time with your “pier” image – I think it holds a lesson for me, so thank you so much!

    May 8, 2011 at 12:33 pm

  4. Hi Leslee,
    Thanks for the inspiration that your words and your art have given me. I am glad that the pier piece has resonated with you in such a profound way. You know as well as I do how important our work is to each other. I love how well we relate and express our experiences and emotions through our work. I always feel very much at home with your thoughts.

    I hope that you have a wonderful Mother’s Day.


    May 8, 2011 at 1:30 pm

  5. Jody

    I love this piece, and the prose that so aptly defines what my last few days felt like! I had a sea change shift in my life and it was as if structures released and I saw things from a higher perspective…with new opportunities blooming. The colors in this piece are so vibrant and positive, too. it also reminded me of the old TV show “The Time Tunnel” which was one of my favorites. seeing the pier go into the center of the flower was just like those adventurers!

    May 8, 2011 at 5:42 pm

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