Time Is Where Eternity Unfolds

The writer goes to his desk each morning to meet the empty white page. As he settles himself, he is preparing for visitation and voyage. His memory, longing and craft set the frame for what might emerge. He has no idea what will come. Yet despite his limitations, his creative work will find its own direction to form. Each of us is an artist of our days; the greater our integrity and awareness, the more original and creative our time will become.

from, Benedictus/To Bless The Space Between Us

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Myth & Landscape

I started this painting after reading WB Yeats’ Leda and the swan and wasn’t sure where it was going. My lovely neighbour, John, was very moved by it and told me to continue in which ever way it took me. It sparked off a whole series of paintings and an exhibition in Galway at the [… read more]

A Blessing for John O’Donohue

May you not rest in the space where you were rain wept buried, but roam with ancient friends the Burren’s windswept fields set dancing wild and free to coastal session waves; In the early morning mist, we almost see you there just beyond the roofless church, the stone walls, the binder twine just out of [… read more]

A teacher of understanding

You always take us on a journey For reflection of ourselves For reflection of times To see the purpose of life Filled with moments of euphoria and delight You always safeguard us When we are dwelling in sorrow In a closed up glassy bowl With your words full of enlightenment So our branches can start [… read more]

Last time we met…

…was at Greenbelt the August before he passed away. Instead of asking him to sign the book ..I asked him for a hug!! He smiled that smile…got up from where he sat and I was embraced by Mr O’Donohue until I could hardly breathe! .. it was a joy and I am so very glad [… read more]

‘Last Farewell to John O’Donohue’

This painting was done the following day after John O’Donohue’s removal. It was the landscape which I saw from Fenore to Galway City that evening. I included it in my exhibition ‘Light and Silence ‘ in 2009. Charlotte Kelly.

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