Saturday, March 04, 2006

Blue and Green

Although normally I am attracted to the warm colors of red, orange, ochres, and fuscia--lately I find myself drawn to cool blues and greens. A breath, the sky, the air. Surface diving, a wave, catch me. I drift on barely visible evidences of being, skipping like a light weight stone across places that I find comfort and inspiration...softly.


The ported fingers of glass hang downwards. The light slides down the glass, and drops a pool of green. All day long the ten fingers of the lustre drop green upon the marble. The feathers of parakeets—their harsh cries—sharp blades of palm trees—green, too; green needles glittering in the sun. But the hard glass drips on to the marble; the pools hover above the dessert sand; the camels lurch through them; the pools settle on the marble; rushes edge them; weeds clog them; here and there a white blossom; the frog flops over; at night the stars are set there unbroken. Evening comes, and the shadow sweeps the green over the mantelpiece; the ruffled surface of ocean. No ships come; the aimless waves sway beneath the empty sky. It’s night; the needles drip blots of blue. The green’s out.


The snub-nosed monster rises to the surface and spouts through his blunt nostrils two columns of water, which, fiery-white in the centre, spray off into a fringe of blue beads. Strokes of blue line the black tarpaulin of his hide. Slushing the water through mouth and nostrils he sings, heavy with water, and the blue closes over him dowsing the polished pebbles of his eyes. Thrown upon the beach he lies, blunt, obtuse, shedding dry blue scales. Their metallic blue stains the rusty iron on the beach. Blue are the ribs of the wrecked rowing boat. A wave rolls beneath the blue bells. But the cathedral’s different, cold, incense laden, faint blue with the veils of madonnas.

~Virginia Woolf. "Blue and Green" from Monday or Tuesday.

Paintings by Ginger Mongiello
acrylic on canvas


Blogger megg said...

This post calmed and relaxed me so much. I feel softened by it!! Thank you!

4:25 AM  
Blogger Endment said...

Soothing and complelling at the same time.

The paintings really add to your post!

6:49 AM  
Blogger Endment said...

sorry about the spelling ---

6:49 AM  
Anonymous SB said...

I'm loving these paintings.

7:28 PM  
Blogger j e p p e said...

Thanks for those colors. Nice site by the way!

11:44 PM  
Blogger AscenderRisesAbove said...

I enjoyed these two pieces a lot!! My first time here; looking forward to seeing more!!

9:41 AM  

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