Letter N

N is for nature.
“I devour nature ceaselessly. I exaggerate, sometimes I make changes in the subject; but still I don’t invent the whole picture. On the contrary, I find it already there. It’s a question of picking out what one wants from nature.” – Vincent van Gogh
Nature is not only what is visible to the eye – it also shows the inner images of the soul – the images on the back side of the eye.” – Edvard Munch

Letter M

M is for meditation.
“Painting is meditation that allows me to process the awe I feel for life and offer some expression of beauty to honor that.” – Linda Saccoccio
“Getting inside a sunset hooks me so I am unaware of time and space and my mind slows down. It’s meditating by painting and it’s great to the soul.” – Barb Rees

Letter L

L is for love.
“The moment you have in your heart this extraordinary thing called love and feel the depth, the delight, the ecstasy of it, you will discover that for you the world is transformed.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti (Krishnamurti was my favorite reading as a teenager and the first introduction to the Eastern thinking:))

Letter I

I is for imagination.
Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein
“In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Letter G

This letter gave me a lot of hard time, but then yesterday finally I found this image at the Botanical Gardens after searching for a long time. I love it! G is also a special letter, because it starts the word gratitude and if you read my first alphabet blog post you know this all started from being inspired by artist Dee Overly’s gratitude letters (http://www.deeoverly.com/). Dee did not make her own alphabets, but she posted things she was grateful for alphabetically. Thanks again Dee! Also, I could not choose just one quote.

G is for gratitude.
“The essense of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.”- Friedrich Nietzche
Gratitude helps you to grow and expand. Gratitude brings joy and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around.” – Eileen Caddy
“In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.”- Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Gratitude is not only the greatest of the virtues, but the parent of all others.”- Cicero
“I have walked this earth for 30 years, and, out of gratitude I want to leave some souvenir.”- Vincent van Gogh