The secret gallery’s blog

Maybe the first secret gallery in Doolin, Co. Clare, Ireland

The Spirit of the Land

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land and spirit in the Burren

I feel that there are places in nature that are very powerful, where the veil between the dimensions is thinner. When I make art in nature I am drawn to these places; it is not about how it looks really, its about how it feels. The reason I love the Burren is because of how it feels or how it makes you feel I love how it looks too! In the book Spiritual Alchemy the author says that Ireland is one the countries where the veil between the dimensions is the thinnest and therefore easiest to feel certain energies. Out of all of the places in Ireland that I have been to I think Clare and the Burren area is one of the strongest. It seems to attract allot of healers and creative people. (I see healing as being very creative and music and visual art and poetry and other forms of creativity as being very healing.) I wonder was it the energy of land that attracted the people, then because of all the creative people and healers that it became even stronger? I love the idea of all of that music floating around out there echoing off the ocean and the rocks for eternity!

I was talking to someone who plays music and writes, about a certain place I have made two drawings I said that I reckoned that  it was a very special place, he agreed saying that `if fairies do exit, they exist there!¨ Later that day I spoke to a woman who was very passionate about the same place and brings all of her guests there at least once. I was amazed the other people felt  something there as well as myself and James.

I love the book Eternal Echoes written by John O´Donahue, who died earlier this year. The painting Secret Garden was inspired by a story he told about this garden in the mountains he remembered from his childhood. I loved the idea of a secret garden in the mountains, all ordered and cared for, surrounded by wilderness.

I am going to do some research into Aboriginal art and their connection to the land. I just read about an aboriginal woman Emily Kame Kngwarreye (1910-1996)who started painting after she was 70 years old, she was very prolific, and made up for all all those years of not painting!  

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Written by Marianne Slevin

2 September, 2008 at 10:25 pm

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  1. Hello Marianne!

    Je suis très touchée par ces mots et l’idée du jardin secret me parle beaucoup aussi!
    This “garden picture” is beautiful and your words, in an other comment about “art and heart” are very strong!

    Bravo et bonne continuation!

    A.Lila

    lilaviolette

    3 September, 2008 at 12:54 am

  2. Hello Lila,

    Thank you so much, that is lovely to hear!
    If you are ever in Ireland please come and visit us!

    Best Wishes,

    Marianne

    Marianne Potterton

    3 September, 2008 at 6:34 pm


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