Moments that Sustain and Nourish

Life is a series of moments. Moments that either nourish or diminish us. In my art practice I try to paint moments that sustain and convey serenity. I tend to listen to Pat Metheny when I paint, above all other musicians. His music is uplifting, complex, soaring, dream-like, transcendent, hymn-like, with soundscapes that transport me to other worlds, even universes. I would love to meet him. Fortunately, during this time of covid, I have sold more paintings than ever. I occasionally feel the overwhelming sense that our perceptions are being managed and there is a drama addiction forming. It has always been thus, in matters of main stream news. To detach from MSM drama, I disconnect from it, paint, listen to music and walk, see friends, contemplate nature, read books. I have fallen in love with the book ‘A Theatre for Dreamers’ by Polly Samson. It is possibly the best book I have ever read, and that’s saying something. It hooks into so many parts of the Romantic in me. I don’t want it to end, so I am reading it slowly.

After the rain last night, I walked into the garden. The air was gentle and the Snakes Eye flowers were standing so straight and tall, the earth was breathing and the green was greener.

The other day, Ellie and I found a special place above the bowling green in Hastings. It was like a secret space overlooking the sea. The sea was azur-blue. We met some friends, and had gin and tonics and laughed and talked of everything and nothing. Yesterday my friend Jo poured prosecco into long-stemmed glasses and we toasted the sea again from her balcony overlooking the channel. Moments like these sustain and nourish in difficult times.

It looks like we are going to have to wear masks in shops, and even though I only go to my local farm shop, and never go into large shops, I have bought a stack of them, as well as one made from cotton. Cognitive dissonance feels like a near-constant companion. I think about the madness of crowds, and realise that I will never run with any crowd and that my thoughts can be politically, viscerally and philosophically inconsistent with other thoughts. This is a time in history when we are forced to reckon with our own prejudices and previously held beliefs.

“It is a serious thing just to be alive
on this fresh morning
in the broken world.”

Mary Oliver

About alicemason1

Artist, painter. All works on this blog are my copyright. Do not use any works for your own websites, commercial ventures or publicity. If you would like to ask permission to use any works for your own ventures, please email me: or contact via this blog. Again, ALL WORKS ARE MY COPYRIGHT. Ask permission, and I will ask for a donation. Artists need to earn a living. Always credit an artist when you have obtained permission. I am an artist, illustrator and mother and live by the sea in the south east of England. I paint every day and am inspired by nature, mysticism and consciousness.. I hold art retreats in southern Spain. These retreats are for lovers of nature, art, walking, mountains, creativity, dance, music, yoga and meditation. I work alongside other artists to bring about these retreats. All works on this blog are my copyright. Do not use for your own purposes. If you would like to buy rights to use an image, please contact me on or visit my Etsy shop. My Etsy shop:
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3 Responses to Moments that Sustain and Nourish

  1. What a lovely piece of writing, Alice. It is good to know how you are coping with the times, what floats through your mind, and that you are not just busy creating, but that you are doing well in selling your paintings.

    • alicemason1 says:

      Thank you Jolandi. Xxx I am writing more on my blog than ever now, somehow I can’t share my life on social media anymore as it has become more and more reductive and in this strange time feels more important than ever to sort of write it out. Xxx

      • Writing is so therapeutic, Alice. I must say that I tend to avoid social media these days. My focus has shifted to a writing project I’ve toyed with for a long time. It is also forcing me to learn how to use publishing software. It is both a challenge and a joy! I find that I am more productive at the moment than I’ve been in a long time. Something I am grateful for, as I think the world will be in turmoil for a long long time to come. Take good care of yourself. XX

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