Last week one of the mornings we had the most beautiful early morning sunshine here in the Waikato. I took a stack of source photos during my morning walk and this painting is the first to come out of this 30 minute walk. A larger version of the painting, and the source photo is shown below.
The source photo is below, with some dimensions marked on the side for the drawing. In this painting, I stuck to the source photo quite closely, although I pretty much made up the colors to suit what I wanted to express.
In his book Leaping Poetry, Robert Bly talks about the leap that occurs at times between the conscious and unconscious parts of the mind, the material and mythical consciousness, or the reptile and mammal part of the brain.
Sometimes, when I paint and the light, time and music is right, I come back to the world after some time and find that my view of it has altered. I would say it is more of a shift than a leap. The same thing often happens during meditation.
But in some poetry, this movement between levels of consciousness can take place in one single line-instant of the poem. Bly points to several such leaps in some poems, and this one by Gunnar Ekelof is a prime example. It makes no sense, but it does take my mind for a gently wild ride, and it alters ever so slightly every time it takes the ride:
Monologue with Its Wife Take two extra-old cabinet ministers and overtake them on the North Sea Provide each of them with a comet in the rear Seven comets each! Send a wire: If the city of Trondheim takes them in it will be bombed If the suet field allows them to escape it will be bombed Now you have to signal: Larger ships approaching Don't you see, there in the radio! Larger ship in converging path. Send a warning! All small strawberry boats shall be ordered to go in to the shore and lie down - Come and help me. I am disappearing. That God is in the process of transforming me, the one in the corner over there (whispering) Gunnar Ekelof, translated by Robert Bly.
Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope you are happy and content.