I Cracked the Lillies
The bad news is that I didn’t manage to get a second piece ready for the Mayo Artists’ Show. The good news is that I had another go at the Lily of the Nile model that had defeated me before and I cracked it.
I think it would look better with a darker background but I quite like the green. It reminds me of Spring. By the way, the ball is slightly smaller than a tennis ball. It was a bit fiddly but nowhere near as difficult as it was on the first attempt. I put that down to the power of the subconscious. I gave it a problem and it went away for a few weeks and worked on it while I wasn’t paying attention. Then when I came back to it, everything worked like a dream.
Talking about the subconscious, I’d like to share a verse from my favourite physicist, James Clerk Maxwell:
There are powers and thoughts within us, that we know not till they rise,
Through the stream of conscious action from where self in secret lies.
But where will and sense are silent, by the thoughts that come and go
We may trace the rocks and eddies in the hidden depths below.