This pastel painting is based on the charcoal sketch I posted earlier. It is interesting that the photographs seems to “unblend” some of the color strokes. I like both the real and photo versions.
This is a strange life. Working a full day in a dimly lit hotel room, strangers outside in the street and inside in the mind. At times it all feels unreal – disenchantment sets in and it feels as if some terrible truth about humankind is is being unmasked by the unconscious.
How fortunate are those Knights of Faith whose anchor went down more than 10,000 fathoms of doubt. Becker describes them as follows:
Kierkegaard had his own formula for what it means to be a man. He put it forth in those superb pages wherein he describes what he calls “the knight of faith.” This figure is the man who lives in faith, who has given over the meaning of life to his Creator, and who lives centered on the energies of his Maker. He accepts whatever happens in this visible dimension without complaint, lives his life as a duty, faces his death without a qualm. No pettiness is so petty that it threatens his meanings; no task is too frightening to be beyond his courage. He is fully in the world on its terms and wholly beyond the world in his trust in the invisible dimension. Becker, Ernest. The Denial of Death (Kindle Locations 5512-5518). Souvenir Press. Kindle Edition.
There is this feeling that beyond the outcrop of uncertainty we sense the understanding that was once lost. We do not have the social life of water.
Here are the last few verses of Tony Hoagland’s poem about The Social Life of Water:
All water understands. Reservoir gathers information for database of watershed. Brook translates lake to waterfall. Tide wrinkles its green forehead and then breaks through. All water understands. But you, you stand on the shore of blue Lake Kieve in the evening and listen, grieving as something stirs and turns within you. Not knowing why you linger in the dark. Not able even to guess from what you are excluded. Hoagland, Tony. Application for Release from the Dream: Poems (Kindle Locations 445-452). Graywolf Press. Kindle Edition.
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