Radical Joy Revealed
January 14, 2015

Radical Joy Revealed is a weekly message of inspiration about finding and making beauty in wounded places. We hope you'll enjoy these doorways into places that are both familiar and surprising, and we welcome your suggestions, stories, and photos. Click here to subscribe.

"The Ash Tree Now Comes In!"  

Vibrant woodland
"Nothing special to declare," David Hockney painting of Woldgate Woods


The practice of finding and making beauty in wounded places, far from being a depressing activity, as some people assume, is actually a way to enter into a lively ongoing partnership with

all places, spoiled as well as splendid.


The artist David Hockney exemplifies this kind of exuberant engagement with the world. When he took a journalist for a drive through his native Yorkshire to see an alleyway of trees he was painting, he tried instruct her in the proper way to look at them: "'Watch!' he called out. 'The ash tree now comes in--look at the shape of it! And now then on the right, another tree. There's a point where each one stands on its own. There. Now. It's surrounded by the sky. Now the next one, and it stands on its own. You see?'"


Hockey seemed to see the trees as beings as creative as he himself, as they collaborated with and distanced themselves from one another, the land, and sky. Discovering the resilience and beauty that a wounded place is constantly persisting in... and then giving back to that place with some beauty and attention of our own making, we, too, enter into a relationship of fascination, not only with that place but with all others we encounter.



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for a Place You Love

On June 20 people around the world will go to wounded places to share their stories of what the places mean to them, spend time getting to know the places as they are now, and make a simple act of beauty there: a bird created out of materials found on site. Join the world in making beauty for the Earth for the 6th annual Global Earth Exchange.

To see the photos of the 2014 Global Earth Exchange, visit our website. To read the stories click on the little "pins" on our world map.
Radical Joy for Hard Times is a global community dedicated to finding and making beauty in wounded places. Reconnecting with these places, sharing our stories of loss and despair, and making acts of beauty there, we transform the land, reconnect people and the places that nourish them, and empower ourselves to make a difference in the way we live on Earth.
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