Monday, September 1, 2008

Memories

"Please come in out of the rain, madame, the sugar is getting wet" Watercolor
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Excerpt from "Le Pont Mirabeau" by Apollinaire
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Passent les jours et passent les semaines
Ni temps passé
Ni les amours reviennent
Sous le pont Mirabeau coule la Seine
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Vienne la nuit sonne l'heure
Les jours s'en vont je demeure
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Maren's unofficial translation:
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Pass the days and pass the weeks
Neither past time
Nor loves come again
Beneath the Pont Mirabeau flows the Seine
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Come the night ring the hour
The days go on I remain.
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So I made this painting last week before I knew the theme, but it reminded me of this poem, which I would say is about memories (here's a link if you want to read the whole thing, but it's in French). It was one we read in college that I really liked. While the painting wasn't so much made to illustrate the poem, I think it fits.
Also, and not to attempt to make another tenuous connection with this week's IF theme, but while I was painting it, I was reminded of something, also in French. I was in Bastille, Corsica waiting for my ferry back to Nice to meet a friend, and I was enjoying my espresso and watching the sea when it started to sprinkle. Not a heavy sprinkle, but a light sprinkle, which, being from Seattle, I ignored. And the waiter came out to ask me to please move inside because the sugar was getting wet. And that's why the title is so long. Thrilling story, I know, but it just reminds me of my days as a sophisticated Parisian woman...

7 comments:

Tammie Lee said...

i love your title
love the melting dripping eye makeup
lovely piece

Fourborne said...

Nice work with watercolors.

C. Brown said...

Lovely colors, her eyes are gorgeous!

studio lolo said...

I love this entry! The illustration and the words are perfect together. I love that...the sugar is getting wet. And she's lovely with those green eyes.

enigma said...

the colors combination is amazing, and the bleeding make up is a great thought!

Linda T. Snider Ward said...

love the painterly effect of the hair with its various reds. very nice image.

Cherryskin said...

The eyes and face are divine.