Birds at Dawn

Butterfly on plants.
This morning I awoke just after six o'clock. In the silence, a blackbird was singing in a tree near the back garden, clear and beautiful. Just one bird song. Forty years ago, the dawn chorus here was so intense that one could hardly distinguish one bird song from another, and there was a diversity of ... Read more

You Never Know

Light Image with Face
When Rhea creates light art, she never knows what will appear for it is a very spontaneous process. She was most surprised, for example, to see what looks like a face appear in the light image below. In 2018 Kip Loades joined Rhea in her studio to film light art. For most of the time ... Read more

Crystals and the Human Body

Doctor Steve Zhang works at the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Cambridge, designing porous crystals for the chiral drug separation process. He is also very interested in crystallography, which is a branch of science that deals with determining the arrangement and bonding of atoms in crystalline solids, in order to study their ... Read more

Happy New Year!

Dear friends of the Dance of Light project. We wish you a Happy New Year as we move through the darkness and towards the growing light in the Northern hemisphere. This water colour sketch was painted in the high Alps of Switzerland, a place of great inspiration for Rhea Quien, director of Dance of Light. ... Read more

Birth Dream Series – Eruption (4/41)

Birth Dream Painting Series - Eruption (4/41)
Birth Dream is a series of 41 paintings by Rhea Quien, begun in 1995 and completed in 1998. The images she has created outline a journey through life's cycles, and are related to myth and the dream world. Archetypal in nature, the paintings and text highlight transformation through birth, love and death, thus indicating a ... Read more

Master of Ease

Creating our reality 'Master of Ease' by Rhea Quien, is a short, imaginative story for older children and adults about how our choices make a difference to the reality we create; how our thoughts can create our reality. This might seem like a challenging time to believe this. We have been ordered to radically and ... Read more

Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice
Kris, Lynsey, Nicky and Rhea - the Dance of Light team - wish you all a Happy Solstice. In the northern part of the world, we find ourselves in the darkest time of the year. A time when we mark the shortest day and longest night by celebrating, and looking forward to, the eventual return ... Read more

Poems from a Mountain Retreat

Mountain Retreat
A Creative Unfolding The Himalayas and the Alps are two massive mountain ranges. The Himalayas separate the land from Tibet to the north, and the plains of India to the south. The Alps separate much of northern Europe from the south. I grew up in both and, like many, enjoy returning to where I started ... Read more