Poetry and painting - finding moments of joy - Jessica Brown Fine Art

Poetry and painting – finding moments of joy

I’m excited to share with you that I’m putting the finishing touches to a series of nine paintings called “Flying Low,” inspired by some beautiful words by the poet Mary Oliver:

“Today I’m flying low and I’m not saying a word.
I’m letting all the voodoos of ambition sleep.
The world goes on as it must, the bees in the garden rumbling a little,
the fish leaping, the gnats getting eaten. And so forth.
But I’m taking the day off. Quiet as a feather.
I hardly move though really I’m traveling a terrific distance.
Stillness. One of the doors into the temple.”

Mary Oliver, A Thousand Mornings.

I made most of the pieces in this series, during the coronavirus crisis. With so many going through such worrying and difficult times, I tried to keep positive and focus on what there is to be grateful for. Consciously turning the Mary Oliver words over in my mind as I worked in my studio, creating moments of joy and connection which I hope you will enjoy.

These gorgeously textured paintings are about being open to wonder, about stopping and being still, smelling the flowers and listening to the birds singing. In some pieces you’ll see references to the lotus flower, which blooms out of the mud with no sign of dirt on its petals.

The full series of paintings will be going live on my website on Wednesday 27 May. Mark your calendar!

In the last newsletter I shared three from the series, here’s a preview of another one – ‘Flying Low’.














“Flying Low”. Mixed media on canvas, 61x61cm. Once  again, I’d like to say a big thank you for all the support I’ve had for my work. Despite coronavirus and all my “in person” shows for this year being cancelled, or postponed, I have been approached by a wonderful online gallery based in Paris, so hope to share more news of this exciting development next time.

My work has also been selected from more than 700 entries for the final round of the Broadway Arts Festival exhibition. Many thanks to The Little Buckland Gallery for going ahead with the exhibition online!

My paintings are currently available online at:


Wychwood Art

Montpellier Gallery








Till next time.

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