Monday, March 15, 2010

Phoenixes And Black Holes


Today I painted a bird orbiting a black hole, an image I saw quite clearly on the train while coming back from the R.B.S.A. Gallery yesterday. The hole is brown in the picture but I'll be glazing it with lots of different layers until it looks black.

Tomorrow I'll begin the composition to the picture for the Tabernacle competition. The subject is a poem about remembering summer in winter, but I focused on the last verse which is about the infinite rebirth of the seasons, a verse that had appeal because I've been painting a lot of rebirth pictures recently. I had decided on a tree giving birth to a woman, but I wasn't happy with it because I'd had that idea on and off about four or five times, ever since I began painting in fact. I decided on a phoenix picture instead. Many of my recent ideas feature phoenixes. This is the year of the phoenix! It's a true fact that this month a bird flew out of my lit fire and around the room before flying out of the window. Years earlier, thirteen flies flew out of the same fire and into the room. Although, logically, both of these events signify that birds can get trapped in the chimney, the two events also have a symbolic component. A few days later I dreamed of a beautiful butterfly flying out of the fire and the window. Sound the drums! Feel the vorfreude! Behold! Something great is surely coming!

5 comments :

Kathy said...

Did Santa Claus also come down your chimney (kidding!) The notion of a bird orbiting a black hole is mind-bending indeed. For a couple of decades I've been fascinated with the theories surrounding black holes and their enormous gravitational pull. It's almost beyond imagination. I'll be interested to see how your painting evloves.

Mark Sheeky said...

I don't think it will change much!

PAMO said...

Mark- forgive me, I can't comprehend your words. My brain is on info overload. Your painting is stunning! Absolutely!

Mark Sheeky said...

Ha ha you make me laugh. I don't always know what I mean but I must mean something useful, surely!

I'm not really sure about this picture but I like the idea. Imagine being a white bird flying free in a boundless universe, yet trapped circling an intense void of nothingness that hums with gravitational energy. That's what I'm trying to paint.

Mark Sheeky said...

PS. Like your self-portrait!