- Art print with with 1/2" white border
- Printed with archival inks on sustainably sourced paper
- Frame: 1-1/2" teal frame, frame detail
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VALLEY OF REST — A Soul Story from Dawn
“Valley of Rest” depicts an interpretation of the view from O'Rourke's Table in County Leitrim, Ireland. I climbed the steep, wooded pathway with its intermittent, well-worn stairs to arrive at the stone situated on the flat-topped drumlin formed by glaciers long ago.
Then, looking up and out across the valley, I stood in absolute amazement of the sweeping view before me. A deep rest settled upon me, a peace that perhaps came upon Tiernan O’Rourke himself long after the day he learned his beloved had blown out the candle and left him for the king of Leinster. Standing on the plateau that day, I could almost hear Moore’s famous melody.
“The valley lay smiling before me, where lately I left her behind,” wrote the 19th-century lyricist. “Yet I trembled, and something hung o’er me, that sadden’d the joy of my mind.” Here, in the gracious valley is respite for the weary soul. Here is a peace that rolls out before you, a deep peace such as that in the beloved Gaelic blessing:
Deep peace of the running wave to you.
Deep peace of the flowing air to you.
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.
Deep peace of the shining stars to you.
Deep peace of the infinite peace to you.
In the heart of the Emerald Isle I was met with mystery and miracle. The soul of Ireland spoke to my soul, and I was forever changed. Connect to your essential story of life through inspiring Irish landscapes in the Soul of Ireland Collection.
What is your essential story of life? What is alive in you?
I hope this painting has sparked a reconnection and remembrance for you today. I believe there is beauty to be found right here, right now, all around you and right there within you.
I'll meet you on the way!