|"Longmire Longing" 6x6" oil on canvas panel|
"Nature has planted in our minds an insatiable
longing to see the truth." —Marcus Tullius Cicero
Most evenings I walk my dog down this hilly stretch of road. Once the sun begins its evening ritual of backlighting the towering pines standing guard to the west, deep violet shadows are summoned forth like banshees to stretch across our path as we traverse the stripes of light and darkness.
Similar to the stirrings we feel when an old song pops up on the radio and tugs at our hearts, landscapes are capable of arousing feelings of deep longing. Not to be mistaken with loneliness, the longing I am referring to is a yearning, a yearning for a deeper connection of belonging, which all humans share. Shakespeare referred to it as our "immortal longings." I believe all human creativity is but a response to this ever present longing of our souls. This longing, that never seems to find completion is described so perfectly by St. Augustine of Hippo, "Our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee."
Thanks for traveling down Longmire Road with me today.
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