"A Thing of Beauty is a Joy Forever.."
says John Keats,
Its loveliness increases; it will never Pass into nothingness; but still will keep A bower quiet for us, and a sleep Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing. Therefore, on every morrow, are we wreathing A flowery band to bind us to the earth, Spite of despondence, of the inhuman dearth Of noble natures, of the gloomy days, Of all the unhealthy and o'er-darkn'd ways Made for our searching: yes, in spite of all, Some shape of beauty moves away the pall From our dark spirits. Such the sun, the moon, Trees old and young, sprouting a shady boon For simple sheep; and such are daffodils With the green world they live in; and clear rills That for themselves a cooling covert make 'Gainst the hot season; the mid-forest brake, Rich with a sprinkling of fair musk-rose blooms: And such too is the grandeur of the dooms We have imagined for the mighty dead; An endless fountain of immortal drink, Pouring unto us from the heaven's brink.”
A large part of our physical health is dependent upon our mental and spiritual well-being. The many pressures and stresses of today's family, work-place and societal relations can overwhelm our mental and spiritual well-being if we do not intentionally nourish them.
Expressing one's self through art is a marvelous method for examining one's emotions and addressing them. And enjoying another's art is a fabulous way to release some stress and possibly connect through theme and experience.
This is an article about artist Bisa Butler and her exquisite quilts. Hope you enjoy!