A watercolour wash experiment in connectivity. It is best viewed on a black background.
Very nice, obscuruspaintus! Would you care to elaborate on the methods you used in your experiment?
The preparation is pure drudgery.
I don't eat. I don't sleep. I start by working up a fairly accurate graphite drawing. The finished piece is done on a sheet of Arches 140 lb. hot press watercolor paper which is soaked and stretched on a board beforehand. I take the graphite drawing and tape it to a large window in my studio, then I tape another piece of drawing paper over it. Using a water soluble payne’s grey color pencil I made a sharpe lined accurate drawing. I take that to the wet watercolor paper and lay it drawing side down, which I then lightly burnish transferring the final image over. This is an important part. What results is a reversal of the original image, of that which I am used to seeing. This is important to me as it acts as a sort of subconscious stimulator. I also like this method as it leaves my support unmarred by the drawing process. James McNeill Whistler once made a comment concerning paint upon the support saying, "it should be like breath on the surface of a pane of glass." That is what I'm after, no sign of brush work or technique of any kind.
Once the process begins I lose complete track of and any sense of time. I find an appropriate piece of music, sometimes more than one track which I burn to a disk and play in a continuous loop. It helps immensely in getting the right frame of mind. I flood the paper with water, mix up colors that feel right and slip in-between. As I think about it now, it is hard to describe. I work the colors around to certain point. The paper and image lays there awash in watercolour. At this point I begin to build the image by lifting color back out with a fine brush that I constantly dry. It is at this point I start to see and visualize into the picture. Images present themselves to my mind in the pools of paint and color. It paints its self. In this particular picture I had a copy of The Book of Lies which I would refer to occasionally. I lift paint out until it is finished.
I let it dry. Frame it under a piece of thick glass. Then use it as a sort of doorway. I spend time with it. I place it comfortably and gaze into it. I pick up images in it. Ideas present themselves to my mind. I know things that I can't always explain. With this piece, I have only spent a little time with it. What I have come away with is a certain perfuming of my mind. I can only describe it as the aroma of the feet of an angel. I posted it because even though I did scrape a line into it during burnishing, I think it feels very good.
wunderbar as always my favourite battle buddy 😀 now i am intrigued into looking into other exemplars of that style of media.
Congratulations on your beautiful work, obscuruspaintus!
May I also ask to you why Leila Waddell is not mentioned as a Scarlet Women in the related item of Encyclopedia Thelemica?
Fantastic. And a very generous description of method and use.
Very nice work. One might even call it Great Work.
To which 'related item' are you referring?
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In my humble opinion, Jeanne Robert Foster was The One That Got Away!!!
The 'Individual Scarlet Women' section of the Babalon page has the list of Scarlet Women Crowley made for his Commentary to AL I:15. ( http://www.lashtal.com/wiki/Babalon#Individual_Scarlet_Women)
I've always thought it very peculiar that Laylah is not in this list.
Maybe there's some special reason that there should be only seven women?
(I can't help but wonder if these seven relate to the "seven heads of the Beast", as per The Book of Lies, Ch 49:
The head of an Angel: the head of a Saint: the head of a Poet: the head of An Adulterous Woman: the head of a Man of Valour: the head of a Satyr: and the head of a Lion-Serpent.
Perhaps they awoke each of these aspects of Crowley?)
For what it's worth, I've added her name to the list.
It's a source of great disappointment to me that so few members here ever contributed to the Encyclopedia Thelemica. Hecate, the_real_simon_iff and I all put in a great deal of time and effort but, since members were invited to apply to become editors of the Wiki, not one has.
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I wonder though, Paul, if Crowley perhaps meant to exclude her from his list of Scarlet Women.
That she was an important and inspiring lover of his is not in doubt. But maybe he felt she lacked some further qualification required to have the title Scarlet Woman.
Thanks for your answers and your add, Paul!
To me it is very difficult understand how to collaborate to ‘Encyclopedia Thelemica’; every links seem interrupted. Why don’t you create a new topic in the Forum, where we can give our tips?
Obscuruspaintus, you have proved yourself an Artist yet again. Incredibly enough you also appear to have combined an aspect of A.C. into Leila’s face as well.
Yes I have done loops like that as well to concentrate focus on work & no-mind. Last one I did a shjort while ago was Madonna’s “I love New York” which sent me a bit mental after a while (in the nicest way!!) at extreme volume, & may have been a slightly odd choice for me in a way as well as I have not been to NYC since I was ten.
More power to your “hand and the pen”!
Norma N. Joy Conquest
I didn’t know about this before and am willing to help out as far as I can. What do you have to do?
Incredibly enough you also appear to have combined an aspect of A.C. into Leila’s face as well.
Curious that you should mention that...
Many, many years ago, not long after discovering A.C.'s work I happened to be reading the L.A.Y.L.A.H. chapter in the Book of Lies when a colleague peered over my shoulder and asked, "You know who that is?"
Quizzically I probably answered, "Who?"
"It's Crowley!" came the reply.
Crowley cross dressing? Well, I could imagine him and Leah rolling about laughing while hatching this gag!
I wasn't convinced, but some years later I finally came across more photos of Leah (I'm thinking of the Eleusis ones with violin and the side view that seems to be part of the same shoot as the one in the Book of Lies.) and she did seem 'more feminine' in those. Recently I was reminded of the above when I re-read of A.C.’s acquaintance with Pollitt (female impersonator) at university.
I'm still not convinced - has anyone else come across this suggestion?
Jeanne Foster was a looker. jeepers. and far too good for AC dare I say! ok back on topic 😀
no i don't think it's him. difference nose and mouth. among other things!