292. Painting 


About my recent painting experience.. 

Didn’t plan, propose, suppose, 

Picked up brush and sliding paint,

Onto white my colour goes, 

Three hours disappear. 

In that time I found a man,

Sitting naked with no plan, 

Washed with rain, a trailing hand,

I found him to be free.

(Below is my three hour attempt at painting) 

(Photo – Eli Woodbine, Canada, 2016) 

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31 Comments Add yours

    1. eliwoodbine says:

      Thanks, that’s very sweet of you. I was pretty pleased for three hours work with no real goal. I love painting with no focus, just seeing where it takes me. Eli

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  1. Cool! I really like all the motion in this painting! 👍🏼👍🏼

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    1. eliwoodbine says:

      Thanks for the kind words. I was trying to capture the movement of water as a metaphor for life. We sit, in silent contemplation whilst everything around us blurs in a frenzy of motion.

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

      Stay in touch

      Eli

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      1. I totally get that. 🙂

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      2. eliwoodbine says:

        Yay! That makes me smile! Thanks.

        Don’t be a stranger 🙂

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  2. calensariel says:

    The rest of the story… Do you know what the man was doing? Thinking? It’s quite lovely and intriguing.

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    1. eliwoodbine says:

      I feel that if I’d spent more than three hours I may have known. It was funny, I never thought once whilst painting this. I found him. Yet, didn’t have the time to ask him what was on his mind.

      Something of my subconscious I’m sure. What’s on his mind is surely what it on mine.

      Thanks for the kind words.

      Eli.

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  3. Eli, a lovely poem and an impressive painting done in three hours. I think the so called, “mindless projects”, actually capture a lot of substance, allowing the subconscious to drive the car. Wishing you a fantastic day! ~ Mia

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    1. eliwoodbine says:

      Many thanks Mia. That’s sweet of you to say. I too believe in the power of mindless projects. They so often reveal truth even we may be yet to realise. Eli.

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      1. You’re very welcome. 🙂

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  4. Meg Sorick says:

    It’s wonderful, Eli. And you words give us a glimpse of the process. Nice work all!

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    1. eliwoodbine says:

      Thankyou so much. These are very kind words. All in all it was a really pleasurable experience. 🙂

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  5. Oh, I love your painting. It’s amazing.

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    1. eliwoodbine says:

      Thankyou! That’s very sweet. I really enjoyed the three hours of mindless work 🙂 Eli

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    1. eliwoodbine says:

      Thanks! 🙂 that’s very kind of you to say

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  6. distancewide says:

    beautiful poem … and the painting is sure reflecting these touching emotions.

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    1. eliwoodbine says:

      Thanks! I certainly tried to capture something.

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  7. maria says:

    Beautiful! Your painting fits our current weather here– heavy rains. HA!
    Keep it up. 🙂

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    1. eliwoodbine says:

      I love heavy rain. One of my absolute favourite weather types

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      1. maria says:

        As for me, I’m torn. I love it when I’m at home but I hate when I have to go to work. 😑

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      2. eliwoodbine says:

        Haha that’s a valid point. I love it either way though. Especially thunder storms. They make me feel alive.

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      3. maria says:

        Uh-uh. On the contrary, they make me feel half-alive. HAHA.

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      4. eliwoodbine says:

        Haha why half-alive? What kills half of you?

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      5. maria says:

        PH is a third-world country and when it rains here, it rains really hard. I feel bad to stay comfy in bed while some people are outside sick and freezing.

        Geez, this sounds like Mother Theresa though. Also, I really am scared of thunder. 😉

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      6. eliwoodbine says:

        That’s true. The inequality of the world is awful. I completely understand your half-alive thoughts.

        Thunder is so exciting though! It’s mother natures roar.

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  8. Hope says:

    That’s a pretty good “attempt.” 🙂

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    1. eliwoodbine says:

      Thankyou. I rarely paint, but when I do things just come out. I never plan what I’m painting before hand. Ha.

      Eli

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  9. askriverbed says:

    Hey, Eli! I like where his hand troubles the water and makes a nice froth on the sea blue. And I like your expression of the experience! The creative process has a personality all her own, and we are subject to her beautiful whims 🙂

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    1. eliwoodbine says:

      What a wonderful encapsulation of the artistic process.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts..

      Do stay in touch.

      Thanks
      Eli

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