A quote by Rilke:
We are bees of the invisible.
We wildly collect the honey of the visible,
To offer it to the great golden hive of the invisible.
Immediately after reading the Rilke quote this morning, I got up and hung one of my paintings in our cabin. The nails were already in the wall, waiting. The thought to use that particular painting in that particular place, though, hadn’t yet occurred to me. It was super satisfying that the old nails were perfectly poised for the job.
As I returned to my desk to begin this post, I was surprised to see that last year on this day, I shared an image of the painting. Scroll down to 2020 if you’re curious to see it right away.
Vujá dé… George Carlin describes it in this 25-second clip. Bless you, George, for shedding new light on Isaiah 43:19 – See?! I am doing a new thing. Do you not perceive it?
It tickles my heart when the Holy uses the veil between us in such delightfully playful ways. And now I find myself pondering: Rilke’s quote, my painting, and George’s comedy clip — Were they veils? Does what we collect/create/offer, described by Rilke as “the honey of the visible,” serve as a veil?
I truly welcome your thoughts, intuitions, wisdom in the comments.
“Seven Years of Wonder” is a daily look back at my creative journaling posts since 2014. I began this journey on Feb. 11, 2021, and hope to continue through Feb. 10, 2022. What am I learning about my art and faith journey thus far? What has remained constant? Where have I been changed? How is this impacting present and future art-making?
A deep bow of gratitude to you for keeping me company on this journey.