Saturday, October 29, 2005

BROKEN

Physical quantities like the speed of light, the attraction of electric charges and the strength of gravity are, for us, the unchanging foundation on which everything is built. But if we are the products of self-interpretation, this stability may simply reflect the delicacy of our own construction - our biochemistry would malfunction if physical constants varied, and we would cease to be. For the same reason, the rules must have held steady over a long period, so evolution could accumulate our many intricate, interlocking internal mechanisms.

31 comments:

The Unknown said...

Wonderful writing to go with your strong image. I love it.
love

Anonymous said...

Velly intellesting ... your writing reminds me of an old professor type way back in the days of black and white television - not that your concept is ancient ... Love the dark in your image - I want to know more about his past :)

Toni said...

I am captivated by your writing and images.
Just spent time roaming in your web site and found it fascinating. Wonderful work

carla said...

This image is massive and brooding at the same time, perhaps because he is pondering the essance of life and being. Oddly, he looks like young Neil Young (that sounds all wrong:>), so the brooding part would fit. It is interesting how our existence is held together by some many different variables. Have you read Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke? Your post made me think of the ending.

LDahl said...

The UnKnown, Many thanks and much love!

Anonymouse,The words are from a fragment of text, I used them as a found object, like an interesting scrap of printed paper in a collage. These Words: self-interpretation, stability, construction - malfunction, constants cease reason, rules accumulate, intricate interlocking internal, mechanisms. (the hidden pattern/message in the text) are part of the reason why I chose it. The dry textbook flavor makes the illo even more uncomfortable. I often find what I was looking for before I know I'm going to need it.
This illo was also a fragment, part of an ongoing project... I have the fortunate experience of sharing/working with young, gifted writers of many mediums(novels, comics, movie scripts). I help reveal who the characters are.
I know much more about this characters' future than his past and have nick-named him Downward Casuality Boy. His future has broken his past.
This particular drawing came to mind with this weeks word and would not shut up or go away, it was if it knew it would not be part of the finished project, yet wanted to speak, so I finished it and posted.

LDahl said...

Toni Kelly, you visited Windy Nights? Awesome! I hope you didn't get too lost!! Well, I am delighted that you like my toys. I am learning to share without feeling like I'm going to get broken.

Tony Sarrecchia said...

Poweful image. Great job.

LDahl said...

carla I so much love reading your thoughtful comments, you really take the time to look and that always means so much! I am sure I have read Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke, but I'm at that lovely place that I have read so much, it all mushes together and I can read old favorite authors and see it all again with new eyes...I must check this out again!

Tony, bless your heart, you've stopped by to see what I'm up to again! Thank you!!

Anonymous said...

"I often find what I was looking for before I know I'm going to need it." Is a 'Knowing'- continue listening to to your instinct - it's working well for you };-}

Wilnara said...

All I could do was stare at your image. ... trying to wonder about the person that was and what could have been. I even find myself thinking how did this person become so broken. I realize than that as the artist you did a phenomenal job of captivating me into this image! -Powerful

Catnapping said...

I think the nuclear family is the detrimental to humans. Look what its doen to our social fabric in just the last hundred years.

We evolved successfully as social creatures with aunts and uncles and cousins and grandparents galore.

They not only serve as emotional support, but lend continuity to our lives, and blunt the sudden changes that catastrophic events force us to face.

A wonderful illustration.

Holly said...

I looked at this piece for some time. This is quite a powerful image as well as text. He definitely has a tale to tell. Very brooding and emotional. I really love the contrast here.

Mick said...

It looks like Meatloaf to me. I almost didn't scroll down...now, I'm sure glad that I did. I went to Windy Nights too and didn't get lost so much as I was overwhelmed at your talent and the huge body of work there. It felt exactly like it must have for Alice when the doormouse said: "Feed your head"! You're terrific! :)

Zana Fauzi said...

Thank you for the comment in my blog. I find that you also has a very strong connection with the word 'broken'. It saddens me as well that the first thought that comes to my mind when I wanted to illustrate the theme, it reminds me of old age. Anyway, good luck for us in whatever things we do :)

LDahl said...

anonymous, I did stop listening, for awhile, it seemed silly....boy did things get messed up!! Humt! So I decided even if it was silly, it was important to me. Instinct,faith or peptides, who knows... I do know this secret: (*whisper* there are things that go bump in the night) Bwahhhahaha!

Wilnara,(what a beautiful name) Thank you for your feedback, GOTCHA!!*big happy smile* I love it when one of my images becomes so real to a viewer that they forget to look at the lines and get lost in their own thoughts (and mine:) ... nothing could be finer and for someone to tell me of the experience makes me so grateful. It is the grail of an artist or writer! Thank you again!

Queen Tut said...

A dark and mysterious broken soul. I would like to have the painting hung at the end of my passage.

LDahl said...

Catnapping, oh I agree with you. Now it is even worse because there are so many single parent homes. Everyone is working, no one is home and daycare is raising the kids. I don't think our minds can cope with how fast things are changing. For thousands of years, progress was measured in millennia, now things change in decades, if that long. Stressed? Hey, no wonder!!

Holly, his tale has taken me down some dark paths. I found even the research uncomfortable at times...just what are straight- jackets made of? I can tell you more about Kirkbride asylums than most people would want to know:)))
And that is only the beginning of the tale!

Urban Convert said...

I'm not sure which is more compelling--the image or the accompanying text. Great work!

LDahl said...

Mick,Well I'm happy you did too! I started Windy Nights just to have some fun and learn how to build a website. I found I really liked putting words and pictures together, but the creation of characters was the most interesting aspect for me. (that and getting people turned around and lost:)))Thank you for all your kind words, made today extra special!

Everyonediesmyfriend, "good luck for us in whatever things we do" Amen! Thanks for visiting and here's hoping next weeks word gives us a giggle:)))

Queen Tut,it would be haunting...
I'm curious, what does your passage look like? Thanks for posting your comment, awesome:)!

Urban Convert, thank you so very much. Your illo gave me a strange sense of vertigo. I think it has been good to confront some ideas and feelings(fears?)we associate with the word broken.

Perriette said...

Wonderfully moody. Lovely illustrations everywhere on this blog.

Remember: You promised to be nice to the pink frou frou };-}

Caribbean Colors said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog, I've really enjoyed reading your incredible writing and images.

Giles said...

Lots of atmosphere to this, nice!

JacqueLynn said...

Wow, what a strong moving image, wonderful

LDahl said...

Mysterious Poodle Circus, your visit is most welcome. I loved your 'broken' with it's broken lines, she looked like a dancer.

Caribbean Colors, Thanks' for taking a peek here. I think I'll paint a cedar tree next, there is one in my sons' yard:))

Thank you Giles and JacqueLynn!

victorie said...

strong, scary, blocking out thoughts..

aynaku said...

thank you for stoppin by my blog and appreciate the illos...yours are impressive too and this writing is actually powerful...
PS
I've been reading that you like Tom Waits:GREAT!

LDahl said...

Victorie,yeh, when I really had to think about it, it is just about the most scary kind of 'broken' of all.

Aynaku, Thanks for the comment:) Clap Hands!!!

Ellen said...

I am hooked on your art! Reminds me of my years as a court fool in Madrigal Dinners and Ren Fairs! Your equally as talented with your writing!

LDahl said...

Ellen, Thank You! One of the the best times I ever had was at a Ren fair. I have been to some music festivals that were memorable too.
I am rottin', I'm happy You're hooked!:)))

Kim Carney said...

That is wonderful, intense. I am enjoying your blog!

LDahl said...

Thank you Kim!
I'm enjoying your's too!