Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Forest


In the forest, you may find yourself lost, without companions. You may come to a river which is not on a map. You may lose sight of your quarry, and forget why you are there. You may meet a dwarf , or the living Christ, or an old enemy, one you do not know until you see his face appear between the rustling leaves, and see the glint of his dagger. You may find a woman asleep in a bower of leaves. For a moment before you don't recognize her, you will think she is someone you know.

~ Wolf Hall
Hillary Mantel


The Indian man who planted trees and made his own forest

8 comments:

Rod MacGregor said...

I'm actually back again!!!!That tree looks solid! Nice plays with blue and white light!

Gwen Buchanan said...

Priya, your Art perfectly complements this quote... mystery and depth with a hint of light on the horizon.

zoe said...

lovely dreamscape of a night forest...all the feeling of that wonderful quote seems buried inside it.

pRiyA said...

Thank you for those comments! :-)

I loved that passage from Wolf Hall, how much it is an echo of life itself. I kept imagining the mood and atmosphere those words evoked and tried my best to bring that out in this picture.

Nancy said...

These forest drawings are stunning - they are so dark and mysterious, but the hint of blue (and red) makes them dark in a magical way. The kind of darkness where you expect not horror but other worlds with their good and bad encounters... Great coice of colours and depth.

Julie said...

There is always so much strength in your drawings. This one also has a particular luminosity. I love the balance between dark and light, cold and warm.

pRiyA said...

Nancy and Julie, thank you for those beautiful words about my work. I am glad to read my forest pictures described this way. :-)

La Datcha said...

I just noticed that there is a link at the end of your post. The Molai forest is breathtaking! Have you ever been there? There are a few movies about this on Youtube, so I know what I will watch this weekend!
There is an animated film called "The man who planted trees", created in 1987 by Frederic Seguin (a Quebecer), based on a Jean Giono's story. It's absolutely beautiful and you can see it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuvzoD42-Vw. It's even better in French, since it's narrated by Philippe Noiret, with his beautiful baritone voice.
Also, looking again at your forest, I see a human form hidden in the main tree, but it might be my brain without its first coffee...