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Painting Melancholia:

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Painting Melancholia:

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  • Chris
  • England
  • 23 Feb 2009, 00:28
This is melancholia too Mike: but it is quite lovely
blackdog: Music to my ears Chris (probably Debussy)
  • Kay
  • Portland, Oregon
  • 23 Feb 2009, 00:38
I like this shot very much. I'm a huge book fan, so pictures containing books are a plus!
blackdog: Thank you very much Kay, I'm glad you liked it ;o)
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 23 Feb 2009, 00:44
Stunning presentation Mike
blackdog: Thanks Tony - must admit I liked the way the image blended into the black.
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 23 Feb 2009, 01:22
This is a Likey for me, Mike. I LOVE it! It floats on the page.
blackdog: Thank you Ginnie, glad I hit the spot for you today ;o)
  • Suzanne
  • Canada
  • 23 Feb 2009, 05:35
a flower offering for the Lady of Shalot.."Lying, robed in snowy white that loosely flew to left and right - The leaves upon her falling light-.....". Simple and lovely photo.
blackdog: Thank you Suzanne for your comment and kind words - as a teenager it was one of my favourite poems, glad you felt I did it justice.
I like this Mike....that's it really.
blackdog: That's all we need - thanks Bill ;o)
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 23 Feb 2009, 08:25
Chris is right- and a real delight for the eyes- surely I'm interested to know more about this Lady of Shalott, the first lines of the poem sound mysterious:

"On either side the river lie
Long fields of barley and of rye,
That clothe the wold and meet the sky;
And through the field the road run by
To many-tower'd Camelot;
And up and down the people go,
Gazing where the lilies blow
Round an island there below,
The island of Shalott."
blackdog: As a teenager it was one of my favourite poems, and once upon a time I could recite it as a party piece. If you cannot find the words I will send you a copy. A great favourite of British Pre-Raphaelites, one of which used to be my favourite painting. The Lady of Shalott by Waterhouse. I've spent hours dreaming in front of it. Just an old romantic really ;o)
top notch Mike, great idea and delivery smile
blackdog: Thanks Tim, have to admit I was pleased with this one. ;o)
Great idea, and so well presented! I like it Mike.
blackdog: Thank you Richard, unfortunately I cannot take credit for the idea, I saw it on a book cover, and thought I would do my own version.
  • Dr A. W!
  • United States
  • 23 Feb 2009, 14:37
works with the background blend
blackdog: Many thanks Dr ;o)
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 23 Feb 2009, 15:29
Wonderful photo Mike - the dying flowers combine with the words of the poem to create such an air of sadness. I love the toning as well - very subtle.
blackdog: Thank you Ingrid, and thanks for your help as "studio assistant". Pleased it came out so well after all the hard work ;o)
I spent a month at school focusing on this poem ... ... but it wasn't till much later in life that I really appreciated it.

A highley creative and symbolic image Mike. richard
blackdog: I love the poem Richard - wish we had had to do it at school - but then that might have made me hate it ;o)
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 23 Feb 2009, 19:08
An addition to the other blog (I have my problems to post) :
The political message might be ambivalent- both sides - as well the actions/the regime of Ceaucescu-family as the execution are cruel-bloody, but the killing of tyrants might have some moral legitimation- I have to admit that I very thankfully remember the unbloody revolution and reunification (Leipzig...) in my country!

Thanks, yes, I have found the German translation with illustration of Waterhouse- I can understand your fascination as teenager! Yes, I too remember some pupils who read Goethe's 'Werther' or the 'Taugenichts' as if those works were written for themselves personally!
blackdog: Thanks Philine and pleased you found the poem ;o) I will try and answer your other point on the painting blog....
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 23 Feb 2009, 22:27
I love this sad-beautiful poem, too- and I can imagine that this poem might have moved human beings of different centuries till today- it is full of so many secrets which don't find any answer- the mirror, the whisper say, the magic web, the longing, Sir Lancelot...- your bunch of flowers hints to the life-flowers we all had wished to her, but she couldn't get them!
What a great idea!!! I'll try it too1
But you know, I'd love to see the flowers in red colour. That'd be great too!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 24 Feb 2009, 22:08
Mike, a sleepness night for me, so I am at SC...
I love this picture, this is very soulful to me, thank you so much.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 2 Mar 2009, 11:18
My flowers of melancholia are blue hydrangeas- inspired by a poem of Rainer Marai Rilke, for me peronally one of the most beautiful poems I ever read- with more than only a touch of melancholia!

Blaue Hortensie

So wie das letzte Grün in Farbentiegeln
sind diese Blätter, trocken, stumpf und rau,
hinter den Blütendolden, die ein Blau
nicht auf sich tragen, nur von ferne spiegeln.

Sie spiegeln es verweint und ungenau,
als wollten sie es wiederum verlieren,
und wie in alten blauen Briefpapieren
ist Gelb in ihnen, Violett und Grau;

Verwaschenes wie an einer Kinderschürze,
Nichtmehrgetragenes, dem nichts mehr geschieht:
wie fühlt man eines kleinen Lebens Kürze.

Doch plötzlich scheint das Blau sich zu verneuen
in einer von den Dolden, und man sieht
ein rührend Blaues sich vor Grünem freuen.

Blue Hydrangea

Just like the last green in a colour pot
So are these leaves, withered and wrecked
Behind the flower umbels, which reflect
A hue of blue only, more they do not.

Reflections are tear-stained, inaccurate,
As if they were about to cease,
And like old blue notepaper sheets
They wear some yellow, grey and violet,

Washed-out like on a children's apron,
Outworn and now no more in use:
We contemplate a small life's short duration.

But suddenly some new blue seemingly is seen
In just one umbel, and we muse
Over a moving blue delighting in the green.

Translation © by Guntram Deichsel, 2003-12-03

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