Monday, January 21, 2013

30 in 30 Days, Day 19

I have always liked otters.  This isn't the first time they've been the inspiration for my art work.

Today's 30 paintings in 30 days is a tribute to Kathleen Raine's poem "The Marriage of Psyche".

'A Ring of Bright Water'.  6.5" x 10". Acrylic on dictionary page.
Prints and other merchandise available for purchase at http://society6.com/JaninWise/A-Ring-of-Bright-Water

The Marriage of Psyche
by Kathleen Raine

He has married me with a ring, a ring of bright water
Whose ripples travel from the heart of the sea,
He has married me with a ring of light, the glitter
Broadcast on the swift river.
He has married me with the sun’s circle
Too dazzling to see, traced in summer sky.
He has crowned me with the wreath of white cloud
That gathers on the snowy summit of the mountain,
Ringed me round with the world-circling wind,
Bound me to the whirlwind’s centre.
He has married me with the orbit of the moon
And with the boundless circle of the stars
With the orbits that measure years, months, days, and nights,
Set the tides flowing,
Command the winds to travel or be at rest.

At the ring’s centre
Spirit or angel troubling the still pool,
Causality not in nature,
Finger’s touch that summons at a point, a moment
Stars and planets, life and light
Or gathers cloud about an apex of cold,
Transcendent touch of love summons my world to being.

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