Inward Eyes

“To see the moon that cannot be seen,
turn your eyes inward & look at yourself, in silence…”

~ Rumi


Moon Phases (artist Maggie C)

You might say I’m in the eye business. According to, one of the definitions of eye is:

the power of seeing; appreciative or discriminating visual perception: [as in] the eye of an artist.

Okay, so this particular definition is sixth in line of the listed meanings, but it is there.

I think for most visual artists, what you see (literally, with your eyes) when you look at their work is inconsequential compared to what you feel. Or how it makes you think. Or what memories it evokes.

Or any number of other responses. But a response that comes from your inner eye.

I always find it interesting to hear how my stained glass pieces affect a viewer. What it says to them, if anything. It’s especially interesting with my abstract designs.

Someone saw one of my panels once and said, “That looks like hope!” Someone else might see it and say it looks like despair. There’s no right or wrong.

I may have my own interpretations of the pieces, and my interpretation is also neither right nor wrong, even though it’s my creation. It can evoke myriad responses from me, too. Different responses at different times.

Different things that my inner eye chooses to perceive. That’s what makes art – and life – interesting.

“Close both eyes to see with the other eye.”
~ Rumi


About Maggie C

Stained glass artist, writer, respecter of life.
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3 Responses to Inward Eyes

  1. The moon phases image really got me thinking – great how the prompt can do that!


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