Sunday, 3 July 2011

PEACE COMES DROPPING SLOW ...

A very talented blog-friend, Jackie Cardy, is sort of responsible for this page. Do visit her blog to see the amazing felt and embroidery pieces she creates. One of her recent ones was on the theme of Peace Comes Dropping slow ... and after she mentioned it I couldn't get the phrase out of my mind. Its from a poem by Yeats "The Lake Isle of Innisfree", and I've always loved it. This is the middle
verse ...
And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
There midnight's all a-glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet's wings.
Anyway, this was a page I'd already prepared and the pinky purples seemed just right for the "veils of morning". The background is done with my trusty Caran D'Ache crayons and I added the flower with Promarkers, which to my delight take really well on this surface. I'm using these quite a lot now, and apart from the smell really like them!
With no particular plan in mind I just began to write the poem out - wish I could do beautiful calligraphy which would do the words justice - and generally just doodling around the spaces. Working on this took me to a wonderfully peaceful place which felt like a gift and a blessing.
The leaves were also inspired by Jackie - because her pieces are composed of leaf shapes, and that seems right somehow. The vision of peace seems to go with the idea of gently dropping leaves, and things in their due time and season - very much on my mind at the moment.
I'm more pleased with this page than I have been with any for some time - it somehow catches what the poem was saying to me, and it will be good to revisit this when I'm feeling rather less than calm and serene....

So thank you Jackie for your continuing inspiration - isn't it wonderful how artists can touch one another and bring out things you never knew were in you??

7 comments:

Tracey said...

This is absolutely fantastic, I really enjoyed the words and your background is lush, by the way love your handwriting, found your blog through crafty storage and so glad I did, relly envious of your craft space but I am guessing you have worked hard to get it - ENJOY and I cant wait to pop back and see more of your amazing work xxx

Jackie said...

Beautiful Rosie. I love that you have done your thing with it! It just shows that inspiration coming from the same source can evoke different responses but convey the same feeling. Thank you for mentioning me.

muriel said...

Hello! I love love this page! I'm generally not a fan of the colour purple but you worked it in such a beautiful way. Great interpretation of the poem lines.

Juls said...

Hi There, I have really enjoyed looking round your blog today, I am very new to art journaling and I have found so much inspiration here ... Thank you, I particularly like the fact that you show a build up of your page! It gives me more confidence with what I am doing to see beautiful works of art like yours in various stages!!

Thanks Juls

Little Button Girl said...

love the background and how u have blended the colours in. Lea x

alexa said...

So lovely, Rosie ... One of my favourite poems too, as we often visited the lake and Yeats' grave when I was growing up. (The last verse is especially meaningful for me). Lovely too to see the way the words unfolded into shape and image for you as you worked on it: like a meditation, or icon. I hope you can continue to connect with its peace on the fraught days too ...

Barbara said...

Beautiful!