#O114: Dawn Points

I often find in music some transition, an inflection, which points to something, something infinitely gentle or suffering, enough to stop me in my tracks. Like the first seconds where the piano enters in Brahms’s Piano Concerto #1, after that tumultuous opening.

Or in the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) song “Ticket to the Moon“, right in the middle of this line:

I’ve got a ticket to the moon, but I’d rather see the sun rise – in your eyes.

My painting odyssey continues as I search for similar inflections in my paintings – it feels like I am “following a narrow ledge around a mountain…sailing on a skeletal eerie craft over the buoyant ocean” (Robert Bly).

In East Coker, T.S Eliot writes:

...Dawn points, and another day
Prepares for heat and silence. Out at sea the dawn wind
Wrinkles and slides. I am here
Or there, or elsewhere. In my beginning.
What was to be the value of the long looked forward to,
Long hoped for calm, the autumnal serenity
And the wisdom of age? Had they deceived us,
Or deceived themselves, the quiet voiced elders,
Bequeathing us merely a receipt for deceit?
The only wisdom we can hope to acquire
Is the wisdom of humility: humility is endless.

Food for thought there…

Thanks for visiting. Many thanks to all who left supporting comments on my recent posts!

20 thoughts on “#O114: Dawn Points

  1. My heart leapt when I saw that yellowish/green reflection on the water. Love the gestural strokes…..I think that I feel invited to go into your painting to explore. With your smoother paintings I get the over-all sensation of feelings and mood but with these more textural paintings, I am captivated by the strokes. T.S. Eliot is one of my favorite poets and the poem here is one that I have never read, fits your painting and post to the T.

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    1. Thanks so much Margaret. This seems to be the painting my wife loves best and it even got a few repins on Pinterest – I am making a frame for it.
      I note you have not posted any paintings recently? I understand you have some challenges relating to doing your own thing vs. pleasing others, if I recall correctly? If so, I can thoroughly understand it. Just keep at it, keep painting and searching inside, the joy is always there…somewhere! All the best to you.

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      1. See! now as to my posting, I was just thinking of this yesterday. I had an awesome day painting yesterday as compared to a hellish day a week back. I am holding back and focusing on my painting journey. I think that I will post soon. I am finding that when I painted before, I was biting at the bit to post. Now I am slowly “chewing my food” contemplating about the taste, the experience, the lighting…..lol I get a feeling you probably will understand my analogy. I am enjoying this slow approach and the inner work that I have been doing. Well, I am so happy to hear that your painting was wife approved, nothing better than that!

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      2. I really respect the thought you put into your own awareness of your painting development and also how blogging or an audience relates to it. I think this is an important issue to sort out upfront, else we will forever be performing for everyone but ourselves. I don’t think that can work with painting. All the best – I will look out for your posts when you are ready. Please give me a nudge when you do – I do not always have time to check on other blogs and I have switched off email notifications.

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      3. Yes, I will give you a nudge, I have been trying to limit my browsing through because it eats up my time. I truly appreciate your posts and find that you and Debi are the ones who delve into the painting journey. I would like to do that more and more in my posts themselves rather than the commenting sections. I’ll know what and how and what to post, that is where I want to operate from. Cheers!

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      4. Great to hear Margaret. You are very kind and generous and that can do no other than shine through in your paintings. Just disregard any pressure you feel to post anything that your “audience” should like, and make sure your voice of approval is the loudest one you seek (talking to myself here also!)

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  2. I guess I shouldn’t let it go without saying that the everything else of the picture contributes to the water having this effect. I love the sky. The clouds seem full of humidity — more at evocation than even description or depiction. It’s very poetic — leap frogs right into the effect.

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