Mask

The Mask of Anarchy ‘…And many more destructions played In this ghastly masquerade, All disguised, even to the eyes Like Bishops, Lawyers, Peers or Spies …¬†‘ Percy Bysshe Shelley 1792-1822 This image was painted by James Ensor, A Belgian painter whose works I saw displayed at an art exhibition many years ago. I found his…

Djinn

  ‘Walls, town And port, Refuge From death … …In the plain Is born a sound. It is the breathing Of the night. It roars Like a soul That a flame always follows …’ ‘Les Djinns’ by Victor Hugo.   Bloodlines The idea of maintaining a blood line is shown in the Assyrian relief of…

Spider’s web

  ‘She knows not what the curse may be, And so she weaveth steadily, And little other care hath she …’ Alfred Lord Tennyson ‘The Lady of Shalott’   The web is broken in part, incomplete. Spiders are fastidious in the repair of their webs, yet the spider is absent,¬†something has been caught in this…

Elements

‘… All that we see or seem Is but a dream within a dream. I stand amid the roar Of a surf-tormented shore And I hold within my hand Grains of the golden sand – How few! Yet how they creep Through my fingers to the deep …’ ‘A Dream Within a Dream’ By Edgar…

Fog

Infant Sorrow ‘My mother groaned! My father wept, Into the dangerous world I leapt: Helpless, naked piping lord like a fiend hid in a cloud…’ William Blake ¬†1757-1827   Alphonse is six years old when he meets nine year old Rudolf for the first time. The two foreground trees, surrounded by mist, represent the two…

Music

‘… But the Master comes, And the foolish crowd never can quite understand, The wrath of a soul and the change that is wrought By the touch of the Master’s hand.’ Myra Brooks Welch ‘The Old Violin’     Violin My protagonist, Alphonse is a master violinist. A child prodigy, he has been playing the…