#O93: and Life Slips By

Invented Landscape at moonlight. This was painted over my earlier painting which I posted here. The earlier painting formed a fairly dark under-painting so I had to go a bit darker yet. There is a lot of nuance and color in the painting that the photo  unfortunately does not convey.


I suspect not everyone will warm to this somewhat somber type of image. It captures something I want to express in my art, so I am happy with it. I have learned the light shines from darkness. Jane Hirshfield said:

The ground of any artwork’s existence is a human life, psyche, mind, and heart, and the transformations in them it awakens….Paradox is the coiled secret, the place in a poem, in a person, whose pressing releases a big hidden drawer inside which much of the real work is done. Hyperbole, the fabulous, the straight-out lies of metaphor and fabricated image— when the impossible enters the mind, the carrying capacity of thought increases.

Hirshfield, Jane. Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World (p. 252). Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. 

A poem by Ezra Pound, also from Hirshfield’s book:

And the Days are Not Full Enough
And the days are not full enough
And the nights are not full enough
And life slips by like a field mouse
Not shaking the grass. 

Ezra Pound

Thanks for visiting my blog. A special thanks to my old friends for the encouraging comments.

10 thoughts on “#O93: and Life Slips By

    1. Thanks Dawn! And thanks for sparing a thought for us with the earthquake. We are on the North Island and was not much affected, but woke up with the earth swaying from side to side. Half of the swimming pool water is out the side. It is a sobering realization that the earth itself is not solid – everything flows.

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