Jalaliyyih Quinn: on Inspiration

J.Q. in Liberia, 1986 photo by Jesse Kallweit

Once, I had gone to  hear Mr. Khadem speak at LouHelen Baha’i School and to see about doing a painting for their enlarge facilities. Following his talk, Mrs. Khadem spoke on how Abdu-l’ Baha did not “choose” the Guardian but rather looked at Shoghi Effendi and saw that Shoghi Effendi WAS the Guardian.  At that moment something happened! It was as if a ball of light surrounded my head, my hearing stopped, tears came down my face and I saw the painting that I was to do pass in front of my eyes – I saw mostly the gold lines and some of the colors.  I had been planning to do a series on Ridvan and the garden, but this inspiration just knocked me out and so I painted the series To The Guardian, Shoghi Effendi.  You can see the prints here or in the book, THE VISIONS OF SHOGHI EFFENDI

 

 
Motion Counter Motion: Rising Up

In the summer of 1996, I was traveling around the States and a lovely Baha’i friend wanted to commission a painting.  I asked her if she had a theme or a passage that she wanted me to work from.  I will never forget this….she took both my hands and looked into my eyes and said  “paint service to Baha’u’llah….service to Baha’u’llah”.  That moment was powerful!  Back in China I was struggling to create her painting when, one night in November or early December, I woke and there suspended in the corner of the room was the entire painting…all done in light…just hanging suspended in the darkness, and I heard the title, Heal The World. I memorized every part of the painting and began painting it the next morning.
 
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Lynette Wilson, Publisher
Author: Lynette Wilson, Publisher

Lynette grew up in the small Wisconsin town of Boscobel, home of the Gideon Bible. After attending college at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and Platteville achieving an A.A. degree she decided a break was needed n order to figure out which academic discipline she wanted to pursue. While contemplating intensely on her choices she met and married Fernando. Lynette returned to college and studied Small Business Management and Bookkeeping. After several years of working in management she found herself once again meditating on her future. The powers that be answered and she returned to the academic life in pursuit of a double major in Physical and Occupational Therapy. She found time to assist in the Special Resource Center helping quadriplegics and the legally blind in the classroom setting as well as reading for the blind. In the midst of her professional goals she had a difficult pregnancy which temporarily (...so she thought) would interrupt her coursework. She attempted to return to her studies, but the stork visited a second time. After the birth of their daughter, an unwelcomed visitor arrived a year and a half later, Brain Cancer. After 7 years of fighting, Fernando passed away. (2003) This experience...

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