(The Blind Swimmer is a painting by Max Ernst from 1934. Again an exploration in technique suggesting a subconcious association. This is oil on canvas)
This morning, I took a drive down to Terrasson to do some shopping and kind of get the smell of the atmosphere. I am located in the real interior of rural France. Though there are strikes and shutdowns, this area is relatively unaffected...well...it is relative, because there were practically no cars on the roads. There is gas in the stations, because nobody is driving or buying while the prices are jacked up. Here, there is a traditionally peasant mentality.
It was pleasant to be able to find a place to park in the center of Terrasson. Terrasson is not a very big place. It is the oldest continually inhabited spot in Europe with an 12th century bridge over the Vezere River built by the Benedictine Monks. The lower town sits on the river, but the cliffs are where humans have dwelt before recorded time. The town on top of the cliff is verticle, the streets become stairways leading to l'eglise de St. Sour at the top of the ramparts. looking down from the ramparts, you can see in the rooftops, a history of architecture that melds from century to century, from medieval to the 20th in a seamless organic flow.
I really felt a sense of peace. I think I experienced a true moment of now....where now became one with yesterday and the future. Is this Zen?
Here is some more Zen: