In January I posted on this blog my thoughts about the books I was currently reading. The Artist's Rule, and Haiku~the sacred art, have influenced my latest series. Both underscore a process of taking time to see what is around me and holding it in my heart. It reminds me of the Hebrew word, Selah that I pondered several years ago which means pause and think about that.
The principles of haiku and monasticism complement my introverted temperament which needs time, silence and meditation to ruminate on what I have seen, heard or read. Margaret McGee writes that a haiku is a prayer of praise, celebrating God’s creation and reflecting back simply and clearly what we experience. I have been intentional about saying more with less and leaving only the bones of the composition and/or finding the essence of the object or moment and leaving everything else out.
This series of images captures the moment in a most economical manner and pasess it on; what I call a Visual Haiku. I can imagine this to be an ongoing series with pieces added throughout the year(s) as I become aware of those special fleeting moments. I have posted these images on my website, www.phyllisthomasart.com along with my reflections about each piece. If you have a chance, please visit
The Artist’s Rule; nurturing your creative soul with monastic wisdom, Christine Valters Paintner, 2011
Haiku~the sacred art, Margaret D. McGee, 2009