Monday, May 25, 2009

J.T. Steiny/Creatures

This is art by J.T. Steiny, who has many visual observations and good advice to delight the eye on his highly recommnded website. It looks to me like an aging Pan who is still delighted by the creatures around him. It brought to mind (some of you may have heard this story before) the time I looked at a dragonfly which appeared to be actively taking me in, ie, rotating its head as if to gather information while perched on a leaf. 
    My sister, her husband and I once stopped to observe a snake, which turned around in the act of fleeing and consented to be observed when we stopped walking and discussed it in an interested way. I assume it was also taking us in. Maybe  it's pathetic fallacy, and maybe there are simply different modes of observation.

12 comments:

grrl+dog said...

and maybe there is still magic in being observed by a non human eye... wonderful.

Reya Mellicker said...

He looks like he got a sunburn over the weekend, but at least he's cheerful.

Chrisy said...

...maybe they pick up the caring gaze and the soothing words and respond to them...

justdoodleit said...

I agree with different modes of observation...Have seen curious birds and fishes (while swimming) that deliberately come closer to catch a better glimpse of humans.

jenny2write said...

I've checked out his site, (although alas it displays on my page as a tangled jumble.) He's a fascinating and truly imaginative illustrator - I wonder if he's ever tried "Alice in Wonderland".

These word verification things crack me up. today's is "ingfust" - makes me think of a fusty old insect - a dead fly in a forgotten window pane

Eva said...

I once observed a smaller red dragonfly who chose my knee to sit on; I was wearing a pair of trousers made of a black cloth with blossoms, and the dragonfly rested on this blossom, flew out to hunt, came back chewing and again rested on the same spot. This went on for almost 15 minutes. Yes, I think, dragonflys are special people.

ger said...

Scarcely any fallacies when meeting animals I think - except underestimating them...

Son of Incogneato said...

The snake was definitely taking you in. It probably felt threatened by the large noisy bipeds that had entered its territory. Living organisms are very aware of their surroundings – it helps them to stay living longer.
Love the Steiny site; I went for a visit a while back one of the first times you mentioned it. How so many fantastic (and hilarious) ideas can be collected together in one head is quite amazing. Of course that can be said of you, too, so perhaps it’s not quite so amazing, but a treat for us, nonetheless.

The laughing Pan is priceless . . .

mum said...

Steiny hits the spot, Art Sparker - chalk up one more thank you.
As for the dragonfly and the snake - if this is a pathetic fallacy, I'll settle for it over pathetic pseudo-reality any day.

yvette said...

observation and communication exists on so many levels

Laurie Cannon said...

Where do you get these people?!
Steiny's wonderful.
Ev and I checked out Three Little Cameras too
and were enchanted.
Thanks.

Son of Incogneato said...

In retrospect it would appear that my last post would seem to insinuate that your work was less than amazing. Few things could be further from the truth; it is my use of the English language that has failed me here.
I’m assuming you knew what I meant but for the benefit of your readers I’m inserting this little apologia.