Tuesday, February 28, 2006

MMM: If I were a colour, today I'd be...

MMM: If I was a colour, I'd be....
... painted by a fish!

A different style this week. I haven't found any words from my old journals that really fit with this theme so I'm just playing - maybe about time too! Afterall the playful side of me is a real as the others....

In the first week this fish was attempting to paint pictures in the depths of my not-conscious self. This is a picture that the fish is currently at work on.

A variation of the Uffington white horse is at the top. It is one of the most interesting of Britain's white chalk figures and one of the oldest too. The link I've given mentions that it might have been a dragon rather than a horse. I prefer the suggestion that it was a hare... but I've no idea where I read that or whether there is any evidence for it...

The fish has used a painter's wooden figure but clearly has yet to get its proportions right.


For other people's see Mixed Media Memoirs

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

My favourite so far! I want to be painted by a fish (see there I am at bottom)... this appears to have emerged from the beginning of time ...

Caroline said...

Anonymous - I realised, after popping over to yours, that I was being influenced by "Fields of Joy".... so you are in this picture as you say.... in more ways than one...

Anonymous said...

How flattering *coyly looking down* I can see four times in different ways including through!

Anonymous said...

Make that seven!!!!

Caroline said...

Seven? That's more than I got too...

Anonymous said...

Must have something to do with the song ... and the person who has no name is from the beginning of time ...

kyknoord said...

Spectacular. The hidden shape lurking beneath all those counter-rotating vortices is particularly effective.

Caroline said...

Anonymous - of course... that'll be the connection... very ancestral... I wonder how far back one has to go to find the start

Kyknoord - do you see it as Africa or something else? Glad you like it (I'll be starting on your painting very soon now... I've done most of the prelimiary work that I needed to do first... )

kyknoord said...

I see it as something else. I'll keep it to myself for now so as not to unduly influence what others see.

Caroline said...

Kyknoord - how interesting - I love it when other people see things I haven't put in on purpose!

krista said...

I love this piece. The green and yellow swirls combined with the squares in the chest of the person have an effect of an oxymoron or something. Like chaos and calm all in one.

Caroline said...

Thank you Krista that's an interesting way of looking at it.

Wandering Coyote said...

This is very cool, Caro.

I hadn't heard those other theories about the Uffington White Horse. I don't know. Sure looks like a horse to me...

Tony LaRocca said...

Now that is cool- something I'd hang in my living room.

Nan said...

Nice to see you at play!

Detlef said...

This is very dramatic, and quite brilliant. I agree with Tony this is something that would look very good a wall.

Caroline said...

Wandering Coyote - ah but it looks a lot less like a horse than all the other white horse chalk figures we have... of course that could be just because its old and got recut over and over by people without the original vision... but that's so much less fun!

Tony Larocca - thank you - that is a huge compliment.

Nan - yes I needed some play to lighten up after all that deep thought!

Detlef - wow and another huge compliment - thank you!

The Whippy Curly Tails said...

Wow, Caro. This is great. So wonderful.

janey said...

This is really good. I love the elongated figure. And I can't believe you went over to Kisane just because I said to. I feel so powerful now ;D

Caroline said...

Thank you Lyn.

Janey - you have the power!

johnnynorms said...

I like the look and it's got intriguing things in it. The fish has drawn you as the Long Woman of Wilmington, and there's a teleportation portal on your chest - transporting us back in time, or into your imagination, or both?

Caroline said...

Johnnynorms - are you reading my mind? I did wonder about doing a female chalk figure... and my current reading matter is about the evolutionary origins of humanity - I'm wondering did we make art before we made words... which is another reason for no words on this MMM...

johnnynorms said...

It would be fascinating to know what happened back in the mistiness of pre-history. As babies we make sound first, and our eyes aren't focussed to start with - we make music with nonsense words before we start speaking official language. Then scribbling comes easier than writing which we have to learn painstakingly. A lot of adults me included then seem to leave happy drawing behind and concentrate on writing, though culture is shifting towards the visual because of the technology.