:: Three beets… oh no! Three onions ::

“To love without knowing how to love wounds the person we love.”
           — legendary Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, teacher, and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh (b. October 11, 1926) explores in How to Love (public library) — a slim, simply worded collection of his immeasurably wise insights on the most complex and most rewarding human potentiality.
           “… If you pour a handful of salt into a cup of water, the water becomes undrinkable. But if you pour the salt into a river, people can continue to draw the water to cook, wash, and drink. The river is immense, and it has the capacity to receive, embrace, and transform. When our hearts are small, our understanding and compassion are limited, and we suffer. We can’t accept or tolerate others and their shortcomings, and we demand that they change. But when our hearts expand, these same things don’t make us suffer anymore. We have a lot of understanding and compassion and can embrace others. We accept others as they are, and then they have a chance to transform…”

I am very rusty with my watercolours and I was glad to dab into them today. It has been awhile -) My shadows are not strong enough, the top beet has a too much of an intense colour, but at least the two beets on the plate are better as they were painted after the top one… you see, we always improve, even when we start on the wrong foot -)

Paper: Travelogue Sketchbook
Fountain Pen: Platinum Desk Pen EF DP1000AB
Colours: Aureolin Yellow, Raw Sienna, Alizarin Crimson, Indanthrone Blue
Ink: Noodlers’ Lexington Grey
Location: Rigaud, Québec, Canada