Monday, March 31, 2008

INNOCENCE AND EXPERIENCE






















Did anyone else hear the thunder between 4 o'clock and 5 o'clock this morning?

See I-Ching, Hexagram 25. Wu Wang / Innocence (The Unexpected).

AUGURIES OF INNOCENCE

To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.

William Blake

("Calendar Series: 38th Month / Innocence (The Unexpected)," painted by Old Girl Of The North Country, using gouache and watercolor, 1988)

8 comments:

Lee's River/Zlatovyek said...

love this painting - nicest paint-by-number I've ever seen :-)
seriously - any special meaning to the numerals in the sky?

Dawn said...

since I was up early I can say without question we did not have your thunder. I love your paintings and want to know are you still painting? and if not why not??????

The Dream said...

cool quote!
i love the sound of thunder - it won't be long before the storms hit our area.
gorgeous piece!

robin andrea said...

We didn't hear any thunder here this morning. As always, your art is quite beautiful, am.

Dale said...

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am said...

lee -- The "Calendar Series" was an extended painting meditation, beginning with the "14th Month" and ending at the "71st Month." The meditation became dream-like, full of symbols and memories. Thanks so much for alluding to "paint-by-number," for picking up on a playfulness/innocence that I had almost forgotten in connection with that time of recovery for me. I began painting the "Calendar Series" in 1987.

For 1970, John Lennon and Yoko Ono published a calendar of black-and-white photos celebrating their relationship. After December (the month John was murdered in 1980), there was a 13th Month, but it wasn't January. My boyfriend came home from Vietnam during the 12th Month of 1970. During all of 1970, I looked forward to the 13th Month when he would be home again. The dream of his homecoming was eclipsed by the reality of his homecoming. The 13th Month was a nightmare for both of us, seemingly endless. The war followed him home. The recovery continues.

dawn -- Thanks so much for the encouragement to paint. Painting energy comes and goes. I am grateful for my digital camera during times that painting energy is absent.

the dream -- Love the tangled up in blue painting that accompanies your comments.

robin andrea -- Little did I dream when I did most of my drawings and paintings, that I would be able to show them in this way and have them seen and appreciated by kindred spirits all over the world.

dale -- Good to know that you are stopping by. Thanks so much!

Lee's River/Zlatovyek said...

me again: you often refer to calendars. Have you ever thought of your paintings in that context? I mean as illustrations of a really, really classy calendar with really classy quotes? I know that every time I see one of your paintings, I can imagine it in large calendar format hanging on my wall.
It's a thought. I throw it out to you.

Singing Bear said...

Blake...ah, Blake.

Lovely painting.