walking through the mirror

orpheus s

someone half
remembered, pieces
of stories
circles drumming, spiraling,
endlessly riddled

held opposite by
here and there
passed midway
to now—remaining whole yet
existing as both

overflowing with
a presence
ancient songs—myths returned as
what will always be

The Kick-About prompt #4 is a film clip from Jean Cocteau’s “Orpheus” and the painting it inspired fit perfectly with Mish’s quadrille word at dVerse “drum”.

orpheus close up s

Mirrors and reflections often feature in my work, but I wasn’t quite sure how I wanted to approach the mirror as a portal.  I first tried a collage but it seemed too busy.  The folded Rorschach paintings I do are already mirrored, so I decided to try that approach.

As often happens, this was not the painting I had in mind when I began.  Although the paint didn’t layer the way I envisioned, it took on its own life in the process and I followed along.  This is the second painting I’ve done using handprints…perhaps the start of a series?

I’m posting this on MeMadTwo as an inspiration to Nina to keep posting as well.  It’s good to have her back!  But I’ll also still be posting at kblog.

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55 responses to “walking through the mirror”

  1. onecreativefamily says :

    Love your painting. All things do take on a life of their own, don’t they?

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  2. gillena cox says :

    The sound of drumming, does have that magical quality of transport

    Happy Monday


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  3. Robert Matthew Goldstein says :

    Beautiful painting. It looks a bit like a Rorschach test pattern.

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  4. Frank Hubeny says :

    I like the thought of those ancient songs being remembered.

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  5. sanaarizvi says :

    Beautifully evocative! ❤️

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  6. msjadeli says :

    Looking at your painting it looked almost as if a person’s hands are resting on a wall and the person is peering through a porthole of some kind. Reminds me of George Harrison’s album cover for Wonderwall. Very very cool, and I like the idea of a series with handprints.

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  7. msjadeli says :

    p.s. Happy to hear Nina is back. Hi Nina!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Claudia McGill says :

    I love seeing your hands.

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  9. Glenn A. Buttkus says :

    The painting fascinates me. It is a portal to me. I can see an astronaut, with helmet on peering back at us. Portals and overlapping dimensions are real to me. I’ve experienced both.

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    • memadtwo says :

      I’m glad you saw a portal because that’s what it’s meant to be. I sometimes catch a glimpse of inbetween spaces but I’ve never found my way through.


  10. Truedessa says :

    It appears you found a portal between here and there. The artwork is intriguing, it appears as if the soul is splitting and the hands are holding back. What is preventing the traveler from entering the portal? Could it be a heart of blue?

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  11. Mish says :

    I especially like the second stanza, the idea of a compromised space between past and present.

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  12. calmkate says :

    your poem is delightful and your art great … I thought of R as soon as I saw it, well done!

    On reflection I prefer yours, the colour and the hands make it more personal 🙂

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  13. kim881 says :

    Your paintings complement the poem and vice versa, Kerfe. I like the half-remembered stories as circles drumming, which conveys the feeling well, and the ‘myths returned as what will always be’.

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  14. judeitakali says :

    This is so sweet and encouraging. Lucky Nina

    Liked by 1 person

  15. D. Wallace Peach says :

    Your creativity never ceases to amaze me. And welcome back to Nina!

    Liked by 1 person

  16. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) says :

    There is something so repetetive in both reflections and drums… they are related for sure.

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  17. boundlessblessingsblog says :

    A lovely painting done with your hands, Marta I loved the video. It was apt with your poem. Walking thru the mirror very profound and thoughtful poem.

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  18. Bela Johnson says :

    Looks kaleidoscopic.

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  19. merrildsmith says :

    Repetitive beats, reflections which often go on and on–it all seems connected, like time and space. I like your artwork, too–the handprints echo the hands of Orpheus pushing through the mirror, but also handprints make me think of cave paintings, and they seem sort of timeless.

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  20. Sun Hesper Jansen says :

    I became obsessed with Jean Cocteau back in high school and Orphée is one of my favorite films of all time. Why am I not surprised you love it too? 🙂 A captivating poem and painting that really does put me in that dreamlike space. Thank you!

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