daily details 26.09.12


acrylic on textured board

What we call “I” is just a swinging door
which moves when we inhale and when we exhale.

It just moves; that is all.
When your mind is pure and calm enough to follow this movement, there is nothing:
no “I,” no world, no mind nor body; just a swinging door.

– Shunryu Suzuki

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