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Dervisha

Dervisha © 2008 Aida Toure

Dervisha details © 2008 Aida Toure

The poem below inspired this highly detailed painting Dervisha. If you are interested in purchasing this framed original painting, contact me.

~ Dervisha ~

I met your pure eyes
and I became myself,
your sight behind mine
looking at lights’ dance.

With such remote music
lingering on that close,
the human heart softens.

Look at my new weakness,
it’s crawling by your feet!

Being is that vast union,
that grace, that quietness.

Some secret Conversation
curls around us like locks
around Prophets’ earlobes.

Bless me, make speech go!
How many more will join

this love-community
of generous ears inside?
Let us beg them my love:

“Be true beingness.
realize your exuberance,
embrace the Essence and
watch all generous hearts
become your companions.
Remember in one, many!
Strive to be vulnerable,
touch the grace of femininity,
drown in the empty,
swim that deeply,
know Surrender;
fight to be that weak
so you can sense
what true strength is.

Then we fall back within,
inertia buoyantly begins
for the Sky leaps in …
Lo, we all are feminine!”

2007 © Aïda Touré

(excerpt from Nocturnal Light: Sufi Poems)

Read more about this painting.

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The Music of the Spheres

La Note Orange~ guitar art © Aïda Touré

La Note Orange~ guitar art © 2014 Aïda Touré

~ The Music of the Spheres ~

When you begin to hear
the Music of the Spheres,
you can’t help
but to observe
Silence and to lead
a reverent Life~
Awaken my dear,
find the way
to yourself,
come to the Essence,
come to Love
in its sublimest form~
Learn to read
the divine notes
that ornate your soul~

© 2014 Aïda Touré

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Reimmersing: “Upon the Spheres’ Lips”

Upon the Spheres' Lips © 2007 Aïda Touré

Upon the Spheres’ Lips © 2007 Aïda Touré

I have pleasantly been going through pictures of paintings I worked on a few yeas ago so I was reminded of specific lessons learned while working on them.

“Upon the Spheres’ Lips” is one of those paintings I worked on meticulously, I was just learning to apply details in unique ways at a time when I discovered new nuances to my creative process which kept me awake for nights, working on the canvas, exploring new facets of my artistic voice.

“Upon the Spheres’ Lips” is about consciously drawing closer to the Divine, reveling in the unfolding proximity, a slow gentle yet intense process which is compared on this painting to the movements of the Spheres, considered the ultimate reflection of Surrender/Islam. Striving to mirror the spheres’ harmony with the Divine Law introduces the human soul to great beauty… read more here.

The original painting “Upon the Spheres’ Lips” is currently exhibited in the US ambassador’s residence in Paris. You may order prints of this piece here.

© 2014 Aïda Touré

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In Praise of The Beloved…

Touré at work on "The Milky Way's Savants"

Touré at work on “The Milky Way’s Savants”

“The act of painting has been unexpected for me. Just like the composition of my poetry, it suddenly happened after a period of retreat… Having had no conventional training, it is through the luminous corridor of Islamic tradition and my Malian~Gabonese cultures that my pens and paint brushes wander in praise of The Beloved.”
~Aïda Touré (excerpt of “statement”)

(More about the painting “The Milky Way’s Savants” here.)

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Seventh Dimension Love

Wearable painting by Aida Toure

wearable painting

~ Seventh Dimension Love ~

Love is the union of divine qualities,
the hidden suddenly revealed
tending to ineffable beauty;
the lotus that leaps out of
the lover’s soul as an offering
to the collective soul…

© 2011-2014 Aïda  Touré

This all handmade, hand-painted cuff bracelet is available for purchase here.

pink velvet backing

pink velvet backing

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Nothing Other than You

Nothing Other than You - jewel by Aïda Touré

Nothing Other than You – jewel by Aïda Touré

~Nothing Other than You~

There are infinite ways
to near the Beloved,
bead after bead
revolving like micro spheres
in reverence,
the heart tears open,
leaning toward Hu
and we lose our selves:
“there is nothing other than You!”

© 2010 Aïda Touré

Collectible & unique wearable painting, all hand-made & hand-painted cuff bracelet by Aïda Touré.

See more of cuff bracelet here.

jewel details

jewel details

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Light of Your Light

photography by Zamani Feelings

photography by Zamani Feelings

~ Light of Your Light ~

Your soul is blissful
like a bride on the way
to her honeymoon.
Don’t deprive yourself
of the joys she longs
to share with you.
Pierce the veil
of the boisterous ego,
learn to open wide
in the very presence
of the Light of your light.

© 2014 Aïda Touré

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