Thursday, December 17, 2009

Paisley Lion

I was watching Pandaemonium, about Coleridge and Wordsworth, which has a wonderful visual dramatization of "Frost at Midnight", I started with frost, then proceeded to the fractals of this ancestral paisley shawl which turned into the paisley lion below. It's a t-shirt, but redbubble doesn't have this exact shade of green
Would be nice to have all terrors turn into flowers and feathers...

22 comments:

tony said...

(being a Leo) I want one of those!

Laura Hegfield said...

this is gorgeous! i love the merging of the delicate frost into the strong face of the lion.

steve said...

Yes indeed Susan! This is brilliant by the way, and would make a wonderful t-shirt!

jude said...

quite cool! great transformation.

Cláudia said...

Still on the subject of music that haunts. Bellow, a passage from "Frost at Midnight", by Samuel Coleridge:

"But O! how oft,
How oft, at school, with most believing mind,
Presageful, have I gazed upon the bars,
To watch that fluttering stranger! and as oft
With unclosed lids, already had I dreamt
Of my sweet birthplace, and the old church-tower,
Whose bells, the poor man's only music, rang
From morn to evening, all the hot Fair-day,
So sweetly, that they stirred and haunted me
With a wild pleasure, falling on mine ear
Most like articulate sounds of things to come!"

PS: The Paisley Lion is awesome and I would love to buy it, but unfortunately, Rio is not in the Redbubble's "circle of trust"...

Totalfeckineejit said...

Rooooaaarrrmeow!

Tammie Lee said...

Susan, This is wonderful! I feel good when I look at it!

Bee said...

I have a book about the Coleridge/Wordsworth friendship sitting on my desk. That film sounds so intriguing, and I like how you explain the jumping off point for your inspiration.

Thanks so much for your comment on my post. It was so wise and well-worded.

jenny2write said...

Fresh eyes. Great

Ribbon said...

that's beautiful :)


best wishes for a very happy festive season

x Ribbon :)

Celeste Bergin said...

sometimes your words are just as good as your visuals.."Would be nice to have all terrors turn into flowers and feathers"...so true

jasmine said...

This is gorgeous. Reminds me of a screen print.

Son of Incogneato said...

Beautiful. Reminds me of the good ol’ days when I used to eat funny little tabs with dots on them . . .

Son of Incog

Caio Fernandes said...

so "enlouquente" ... this is a work that reall makes you feel like to have around in a distance of a chest .

tanaudel said...

Oh, beautiful! But your last line reminds me of the legend of Blodeuwedd...

Rick said...

Would be nice to have all terrors turn into flowers and feathers...

I wish that about the "terrors" of others. But not my own. I'm ready to do battle. I don't know if this makes me dangerous, or just stupid.
I like your design. (If I believed in that stuff, I'm a Leo.) ;-)

The Crow said...

What a delightful design, Susan. I just love the way your artful mind works...so beautiful.

:)

lettuce said...

love it

there was a kids TV show over here with Parsley the lion
this is close

Asja said...

oh, this is just gorgeous! i love the colors you used!

justdoodleit said...

What a colorful mane!

j. said...

I love this so.


it is unfortunate that our terrors remain terrifying and don't transform into beautiful art such as your lion.



I hope all is well.

parisa mahmoudi said...

Absolutely great Lion!!!!!!!!