Thursday, June 21, 2018

sometimes there are moments of perfection

I'd like to talk about the perfection underlying life

when the mind is covered over with perfection
and the heart is filled with delight
but I wish not to deny the rest.
Judy Martin and Penny Berens
In our minds, there is awareness of perfection;
when we look with our eyes we see it,
and how it functions is mysterious to us and unavailable.
When we live our lives it's something like a race - our minds become concerned and covered over
and we get depressed and have to get away for a holiday.
And then sometimes there are moments of perfection
and in these moments we wonder why we ever thought life was difficult.
A new 6 inch book using the text from this 2012 post. 
It will be for sale at the gallery shop
We think that at last our feet are on the right path and that we will not falter or fail
Judith Quinn Garnett designer, OJ Graphix printer
 We're absolutely convinced we have the solution and then the moment is over.

Not to Know but to Go On                                          Agnes Martin

All above text is by Agnes Martin.

The images are of Not To Know But To Go On, the daily journal I kept in stitch between my 2010 and 2013 birthdays.  One complete skein of cotton embroidery floss was stitched up each day for over a thousand days.

This piece along with Penny Berens' Daily Scratchings plus NEW WORK by both of us will on display this summer in Halifax Nova Scotia at the Mary Black gallery.   July 13 - August 26.


  1. you know if those booklets will be available to purchase elsewhere? Bless you.

    1. I think that I will try to sell some through this blog - need to figure that out though xo

  2. WOW! That will be a wonderful show, something that dreams are made of!

    1. We are both really excited about it. Thanks Tina xo

  3. (((Judy & Penny))) please take lots of photos of your exhibition!

  4. Ahhhh, so GOOD to see you together ;-)
    Love all these colours together, the delicate
    changes in the cloth, through the colour of
    the floss !!!
    Such a great work
    (both ;-) !)

    1. Penny and I are close friends and colleagues. It is a beautiful thing that we have been given this chance to exhibit together. xo

  5. The ever inspiring Agnes Martin. Can;t wait to see your and Penny's show in Halifax. love, Val

  6. Wishing I could give you a big hug.

  7. This is one of those moments in which I regret living in Europe and not being able to visit the exhibition. I would love to be there, see your and Penny’s work and finally meet in person you both!

    1. a lovely sentiment, thankk you blandina. xo

  8. That title of your show is perfection: “not to know and to go on.” It so perfectly describes the work of the soul that many of us aspire to and have some joy in achieving. Blessings on you both, Judy and Penny, for taking on this project that so enriches the rest of us.

  9. Beautiful! I hope you'll let us know how we can buy the book in the U.S. It would be wonderful to hold a little piece of your work.

  10. I hope there will be some way to buy this book (let) for thise of us not in Canada, and half way around the other side of the world. Love everyting you and Penny do.


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