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Upon looking at my blog, a friend remarked “But there aren’t any pictures…”.  I have taken this to heart.  I present to you – pictures.  However, these are no ordinary pictures.  They are images that entered my eyes and found a seat in my soul.  They whisper to me, and I hold them warmly in my soul’s hand.

Clive Arrowsmith - 'Liberty on the Barricades'

 The first of the images is by the photographer Clive Arrowsmith, called Liberty on the Barricades.  I found this picture in a newspaper magazine in 1990… I was 15 years old at the time.  I clearly remember finding it.  It was a Sunday afternoon.  We were visiting family.  On my aunt’s lace clad dinning room table was the newspaper.  I idly paged through the magazine, passing time.  When I saw the picture, it felt like I had been hit between the eyes.  There was a certain familiarity about it… I couldn’t place it.  I knew it had to come home with me.  Having asked my cousin if anyone would miss it, I carefully separated the staples holding the magazine together, and took out the page.  I still have the original page from the newspaper magazine…
 
I don’t know why I was so draw to the image… perhaps it represented the woman I had hoped to become – strong, independent, brave… deeply sensitive… physically beautiful…
 
 

Dante Gabriel Rossetti - Proserpine

The second image is an oil painting by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, called Proserpine.  I came across this picture when I was about 18 years of age.  I remember finding a book on the  Pre-Raphaelite containing the image, which I bought and still have today.  I don’t quite remember how I came to love the Pre-Raphaelites, but I suspect it had something to do with a dear friend’s love of William Morris’ work, the Art Nouveau period as well as the Art Deco period… all those beautiful, flowing lines… created when the world was discovering technology like trains and aeroplanes… things were exciting… adventure sparked the world… we hadn’t become complacent yet…

I colour copied the image, then framed it and placed it in the office in which I worked at my first job as a receptionist.  The same framed image now hangs in the hallway of my house.

There’s something deeply sad, and yet sensual, about this painting… something mysterious… 

Stephanie Pui-Mun Law - World

  

Last, but no least, is the watercolour by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law, called World.  It is part of a collection of watercolours that she did around the various themes in a tarot deck.  This is the card World from the Major Arcana.

I found this image recently, at the age of 35.  I love everything about this watercolor – the colours, the gentleness of it, the unspoken magic… the quiet it evokes… the forest and the moon… a certain wisdom… a peaceful knowing… and yet there is movement, creativity…
 
This image, for me, epitomises all that is the forest wife.
 
 
 
 
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