Thursday, December 11, 2008

what's it all for?

If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern.

from The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
by William Blake

for Seraphine


  1. beautiful. wonderful.
    i can see through ears, hear, taste, touch, feel the
    ocean of emotion pouring over me, cooling my skin,
    and I smell when something isn't right.
    illuminating a small corner (not even a corner, a modest nook where for the most part i feel safe) protected by skin and learned response
    from a grace that accepts me whether i want acceptance or not.
    it smells right.
    beautiful. wonderful.

  2. I love the expressions on their faces, determined yet full of anticipation and going through those doors.

  3. This is a lovely and hopeful image. I need to read the Blake again.

  4. Your Jungian work shows. I love the archetypal and mythical nature of your work and how it feels like a myth I should and do know and I have just momentarily forgotten. beautiful.

  5. sera - All I can say is I do need to be alone and quiet much of the time. Is that a cheat or a weakness? Sometimes I look at the sky and feel a part of it and other times I almost cower at its grandeur.

    randal - I'm glad you see it too.

    utah - Blake is always worth a return visit, isn't he?

    lbr - It's been interesting revisiting some of these old pictures since they've provided an overview of a certain consistency in my journey. I'm not so good with words as you.

  6. I understand this image. I feel like
    I want to go with them.

    Beautiful, Susan. I too have to re-explore William Blake.

    Another lovingly rendered image from you.

  7. I don't know what's it all for Susan, but what I do know is that your paintings tell me that it's worth trying to figure it out.

  8. those who restrain desire, do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained.
    ohhh i like that line!

  9. I love that line, too, Seraphine. The picture is beautiful, Susan. Now I want to go back and look at all the borders of all the paintings you've posted.

  10. pagan sphinx - Me too but I think i missed a turnoff somewhere.

    spartacus - I'd never intended to post these very old images but it has been neat revisiting the ones I was able to scan. We do have memories but they can only be understood in each moment of the present.

    sera - Another good one that led me to posting about another :-)

    dcup - Seraphine comes up with some great ones often. As for the borders - they developed over time and sometimes were more fun than the center image.

  11. Another beautiful painting to illustrate another brilliant thought!