Friday, September 25, 2009

Water, water everywhere…

Water, water, every where,
And all the boards did shrink ;
Water, water, every where,
Nor any drop to drink.

The very deep did rot : O Christ !
That ever this should be !
Yea, slimy things did crawl with legs
Upon the slimy sea.

About, about, in reel and rout
The death-fires danced at night ;
The water, like a witch's oils,
Burnt green, and blue and white.

And some in dreams assuréd were
Of the Spirit that plagued us so ;
Nine fathom deep he had followed us
From the land of mist and snow.

And every tongue, through utter drought,
Was withered at the root ;
We could not speak, no more than if
We had been choked with soot.

Ah ! well a-day ! what evil looks
Had I from old and young !
Instead of the cross, the Albatross
About my neck was hung.

These are words from the poem of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.  This is a description of when the Ancient Mariner was stuck in the middle of the ocean where the only water available was salt water which was undrinkable and how the Albatross, first welcomed, is now viewed with fear of bad luck attributed to the Ancient Mariner by his shipmates.  Well, you have to blame someone, don’t you?

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Water does play such an important part in all our lives and that of animals and plants.  In fact, it is a source of life. Water is something we should cherish, value, and respect; for without it, we would be no more.

But also, it is a source of emotion whether it is peace, turmoil, turbulence, fear, happiness or joy and soothing.

Perfect examples of this are portrayed by some of our very talented BBESTers.

Across the Bay by HeronKate is a provocative scene allowing the viewer to dream whilst looking across the Bay at sunset - a misty haze - light reflected in the water - time for a glass of wine!

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The Great Northwest Mountain Landscape by The Creators Palette

‘I love living in the Northwest. I love the green. I love the rain. I love the trees and the hills and the great volcanic mountains!’  What else can I add?

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Neighourhood Girl Series – Sprinkler Fun by SixSisters

Childhood memories of joy in this, a series of aceo's called Neighborhood Girl. It is based on the artist’s memories of growing up in the city.  Remember those crazy, hot days?image 

Waves mousepads by Scottie Acres
Unable to reach the ocean then why not try this for ‘surfing’?
Dreaming of a vacation at the beach? Wish you could be there? Use this fabric covered mousepad to take you there, and, you won’t even get wet!

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Here is something from the water in the form of a fresh water pearl necklace by Anna’s Jewelry

So pretty and delicate!

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For nature’s drama, take a look at The Gorge by Yankee Girl, a print of a picture taken in the Watkins Glen State Park which is known as the Grand Canyon of the east. Towering cliffs and still water make for a very dramatic scene.

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A peaceful scene for reflection from this Pond Reflection by Beth Peardon Prods.  This was taken in Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard.

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Another image on which to ponder! Sunset 2 by Colours and Textures.  This beautiful water colour was inspired by visits to the English coast particularly Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

imageOn reflection, please excuse the pun, the images I have chosen to demonstrate a) the effect of water on the soul and b) the extra-ordinary talent of this BBEST team do actually show a very calming effect that water can have upon us.  There are many guises from the peaceful to the opposite extreme of turbulent.  Whichever suits your mood there is an amazing pull to water which helps heal our inner moments.

11 comments:

Judy Nolan said...

Pat, you really got my curiosity going with that poem at the beginning of your post, but you tied it in nicely with all the varied examples of water-related creations. Great selections, and wonderful talent!

Yankeegirl said...

I've always lived near the water and find it peaceful and soothing as I do art work that goes along with this great feature. Thank you for including my photo.

Sixsisters said...

Pat I too think water has a healing quality both
physical and spiritual. Great post.
Thanks for including ng.

Chauncey said...

PQ, what a lovely post, with terrific examples from our talented members.

ZudaGay said...

Great post, pat! Very interesting beginning and very lovely water related items. Thank you for your post!

Fused Glass said...

Great works of art and such a great read!

gloria said...

Wonderful post! I love that poem and the choices you made for post are terrific! But now it's making have to pee!

heronkate said...

What a super post ! Thank you for including my painting ! I love how you reflected it at the bottom, very cool.
Water IS healing, I always feel more centered when I'm at the ocean ~

blazingneedles said...

Great post!! I love water - the sound of it, the look of it, the feel of it.

The Filigree Garden said...

I also love water and find being near it to bring peace.

joon said...

When I think about our next move I know what I will miss the most is our outdoor fountain. It is just wonderful and whenever I settle down into my dream house we will make certain that is part of the plan.

Wonderful post, Pat. Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us all.