“Return,” a beach finding and reflection

I found this softened piece of glass bottle on the beach this week. All that’s legible is the word “RETURN.” At a time when I need to do just that – return to myself, this finding couldn’t have been more appropriate. (A message from the Universe, no doubt.)  I’ve been meditating on what “return” means to me the last few days. The haiku “From Within” is my first reflection (reposting below). I’m happily using this experience as a way to get back into writing.   

Meditation 1:  

Thank you.

“Reflecting on Home” in Gratitude

"Reflecting on Home in Lavender" 2011. 8"x10" etching with chine-collé
“Reflecting on Home in Lavender” 2011. 8″x10″ etching with chine-collé

“Who could be so lucky? Who comes to a lake for water and sees the reflection of the moon.” Rumi

Feeling grateful this evening and moved by the above quote. What a wonderful way to appreciate the gifts of Nature.

I created the original etching and aquatint, “Home” in my first printmaking course at Parsons School of Design as an undergraduate in 2006. I don’t currently have a photo of that version (but will in the near future). When I enrolled as a not for credit student in 2011, I felt inspired to apply some of my decorative papers through the process of chine-collé. I have two variations: “green” and “lavender.” A part of me feels the “lavender” version is too busy. I like seeing the faint winged creatures in the “green” impression. Do you have a preference?

"Reflecting on Home in Green" 2011. 8"x10" etching and chine-collé
“Reflecting on Home in Green” 2011. 8″x10″ etching and chine-collé

Thank you.