California breathing


Wonderingmind Studio: Miriam Louisa Simons, Breathscribe Series, Ojai

breathscribe series: Ojai breathing
Ojai, California
1560 x 1530
acrylic on textured loose canvas


The breathscribe series was the focus of my studio practice while I was a summer school tutor at Oak Grove School in Ojai, California.

Unfortunately most of the work completed during that sylvan summer was auctioned at a fundraising fair for the school before being documented.

This large piece, begun beneath Californian summer skies, stayed with me. It came to Australia and was completed there, in this beautiful hand-crafted Japanese retreat in the rainforest near Byron Bay. I love the way it looks so at-home in the tokonoma.

There is one way of breathing that is shameful and constricted.
Then, there’s another way:
a breath of love that takes you all the way to infinity.
– Rumi

my brush is my suijo
how many ways can you draw quiet?
breathscribe series

7 thoughts on “California breathing

    1. Rita – that was a divine space, and the work never looked happier. Unfortunately it was a rented property – and eventually sold…

      Now the painting is rolled up and awaiting another tokonoma! You don’t know of any, by chance?

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