“Art is a powerful tool to relax, motivate and inspire you. According tho the principles of feng shui, the artwork that you display should be positive, colourful and abundant. Gardens with a multitude of flowers and trees are excellent feng shui.
The two most meaningful areas to display art are across from your front entrance and opposite your bed. Every time you enter and leave your home, you should be greeted by a favourite piece of art. In your bedroom, you will be inspired as you fall asleep and when you awaken.
Surround yourself with artwork that makes you happy.”
Hi, I’m Jacquie. Welcome to Darkling Thrush Studio – where oil and pigment and petals collide… and throw in a bit of feng shui for good measure.
The poem ‘The Darkling Thrush’ has always been special to me. In a nutshell, it begins with a description of a rather bleak landscape… but winds up hinting at the amazing possibilities ahead… just out of sight beyond the horizon. The message is to never give up hope because you don’t know what’s in your future or what’s coming next.
I leant upon a coppice gate
When Frost was spectre-gray,
And Winter’s dregs made desolate
The weakening eye of day
The tangled bine-stems scored the sky
Like strings of broken lyres,
And all mankind that haunted nigh
Had sought their household fires.
The land’s sharp features seemed to be
The Century’s corpse outleant,
His crypt the cloudy canopy,
The wind his death-lament.
The ancient pulse of germ and birth
Was shrunken hard and dry,
And every spirit upon earth
Seemed fervourless as I.
At once a voice arose among
The bleak twigs overhead
In a full-hearted evensong
Of joy illimited;
An aged thrush, frail, gaunt, and small,
In blast-beruffled plume,
Had chosen thus to fling his soul
Upon the growing gloom.
So little cause for carolings
Of such ecstatic sound
Was written on terrestrial things
Afar or nigh around,
That I could think there trembled through
His happy good-night air
Some blessed Hope, whereof he knew
And I was unaware.
by Thomas Hardy