Ocular

I am still waiting for clarity–
sometimes I think about
the things I can’t see
and I wonder how
to place them inside my mind–

Out of the dark and still
I am dreaming of colors
liquid currents of sound
moving in all directions
between the gaps–

Do our visions swim
cataracted with refractions–
flooding the invisible
barriers of the portals
into our eyes?

As I told Phil, this week’s Kick-About prompt, fundus photography, was made for my watercolor mandalas. First, photographing the inner eye naturally makes for roundness, and the liquid state calls for watercolor to represent it.

I did 4 watercolors and embroidered on 2 of them. If I exaggerated the colors a bit, well, my eye often does the same.

24 thoughts on “Ocular

  1. This is beautiful–words and art. I love the delicate embroidery. I think you were inside my head, or I was inside your head. This is so how I think–those visions just under my eyelids. . .

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  2. Oh… these are phenomenal. I know you admit to some tweaking of color but that luminous effect is really glorious; as a strictly verbal artist, I can’t grasp how you do it! And the “liquid currents of sound”… Kerfe when you read my book finally (one day hopefully soon!) you’ll see how closely my visions of music correspond!

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    1. Thanks Sun. I do often use iridescent paint, so depending how the light is shining on it, it actually does appear luminous. The trick is to get the balance so it doesn’t drown everything else out. And I’m looking forward to that book! (K)

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  3. first – the art – wow! second, you touch on the mystery of sight in your poem. third, I have often wondered if folk like Monet had some kind of vision impairment, so what we see is actually what he saw (and painted) – swaths of color. Did Van Gogh express his immense vision literally? ~

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    1. I am always considering if other people “see” what I do. Yes, a mystery. Monet did have vision problems, and of course Van Gogh’s mental state must have influenced how he saw the world. But even without such extremes, what we see and how we process the world–I don’t think it can be measured.

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