August 13-16, 2015
Obon Letter for Dr. Hans G. Laetz from Catrien Ross
In Japan, it is Obon, the August 3-day festival of the dead.
So I am grateful for this unusual way to honor your returning spirit.
I especially want to observe this first Obon since your death last year – your so-called nibon.
At the front door, a lighted fire points the way, welcoming and guiding your spirit here.
Cucumber and eggplant have been picked fresh from the garden and your spirit animals stand ready.
The cucumber horse serves to carry your spirit here as swiftly as possible.
Your departure on the eggplant cow is meant to be much slower, a reluctant leaving when Obon is over.
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Hans – Dr. Johann Gottlieb Laetz – died on September 23, 2014.
On December 2, 2014, I experienced a mysterious encounter with an owl.
At about 8:30 am, a short-eared owl flew directly down into my kitchen window and fell to the ground.
I immediately ran out to cradle the stunned bird in my hands.
When the large orange eyes closed I thought the beautiful creature might be dying.
Stroking its neck and feathers, I murmured, “Don’t die, don’t die.”
But the owl was not dead – it suddenly energized and sat up along the thumb and index finger of my left hand.
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Honkohji, a Buddhist temple in Japan’s heartland, will present Catrien Ross latest paintings in a solo art show titled Soul Journeys, or Tamashii no Tabi in Japanese.
With some 1,600 years of history, Honkohji is a Nichiren Buddhist temple in Fujinomiya City, Shizuoka Prefecture.
I am delighted that more than 40 of my acrylic on canvas paintings already hang throughout Honkohji, including the main hall.
Catrien Ross solo art show Soul Journeys will feature my 2014 Glints Series artwork, new in 2014.
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By Catrien Ross
In the Chinese calendar 2014 is the year of wood, or green horse.
As the new year gallops forward, I, too, move in the continuing mystery of my art and music.
I am delighted to announce that today my new art and music website went live at http://www.catrienross.com
In the short YouTube video below, please enjoy a moment with my first paintings of the new year, together with my original music from Source, Return 19, from my CD, “Music from Source: Return – Variations.”
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by Catrien Ross
How does channelling creativity happen?
This question arrived home in a deeply personal way on July 10, 2013.
That’s the day I, with zero study or training in painting, felt compelled to put brush to canvas for the first time in my life.
I instantaneously created a series of artwork, completing 60 paintings in less than 12 weeks.
By early summer, 2014, I had produced 120 paintings and more than 50 musical compositions.
A large Buddhist temple in central Japan, describing my art as profoundly spiritual, decided at once to house a permanent display of my art.
Then, on October 8, 2013, I incredibly began playing instantaneous musical compositions.
As with my painting, I have never played or studied the piano in my life.
I record these melodies live on the digital piano that arrived as soon as my unexpected compulsion to sit at a piano arose.
With no technical skills or training in either playing the piano or painting, I believe my art and music emerge from a direct connection with the creative intelligence of the universe – what I call Source.
My paintings are named and numbered “From Source.”
My melodies, too, I call “Music From Source.”
I begin each painting without any sketch or clear image, simply choosing intuitively the colors I will use.
The composition of the painting unfolds instantaneously on the canvas as I move.
Once I start I work rapidly and surely, and when a painting is completed, I do not touch it again, except to frame it.
When I sit down at the piano I rest my hands lightly on the keyboard, then I begin moving my fingers intuitively.
The piece is played complete in itself, and I simply record it as I play.
Within days of touching the piano for the first time, I recorded more than 20 musical compositions.
A CD of my music was released in Japan in December, 2013.
I now focus on bringing the mystery of my art and music to the world.
As I continue to adjust to this magnificent creative and deeply spiritual flow, I hope you will enjoy this healing journey with me.
My art and music express exquisite joy and immediate connection with boundless creativity.
I showcase artwork in a new artist website at www.catrienross.com
Meantime, here is a short YouTube video introducing my art and music.
It is titled, Catrien Ross Art and Music Channelled by Catrien Ross, Artist and Mystic in Japan.