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Be Still and Know....

Monday, 14 October 2013

A request for these words...
So, an option that can be printed & colour added later...


...a well known quotation, but with the words repeated & contracted 
down to the essence of the phrase...
Be Still. Be.


I love the pencil with watercolour splashes. 
They have an ethereal quality... floating...
Ocean colours... Water.... Calming, cleansing...

But then, the painted letters are perhaps more balanced? Certainly more visible.
Subtly changing tones of translucent colour.... blues, greens, aqua...



This image brings to mind the Rumi quote, 
"Only let the moving waters calm down, 
and the sun and moon will be reflected on the surface of your being."

Perhaps the pencil version is more suggestive of an invitation to 'be still.... to know... to be'
whilst the stronger painted letters seem more of an instruction... what do you think?



Simplicity...
again, the watercolours merge into each other within the letters...


Although I like the look of this, for me the emphasis on the whole phrase 
turns the additional wording into more of a back-up statement.
Nothing wrong with that, of course!

I have an ongoing fascination with how a seemingly minor change can totally change the meaning or impact of the same few words. Even after all these years. It's more than 20 years since I first played with this quotation... using just the words, no decoration, changing the emphasis from one word to another, learning about contrasts, and in doing so changing the whole meaning of the phrase.

Prints will be available soon 
(but with a whiter background than these photographs show!).
Which version would you choose?



3 comments:

Laura 15 October 2013 at 01:58  

These are wonderful Suzi... it is always good to try things out in new ways... it is the same with songwriting or poetry or photography... this is the creative process in action.

Caterina Giglio 15 October 2013 at 13:13  

love the way you did this... be

Fiona Dempster 28 October 2013 at 10:18  

In typical Fiona fashion I loved the first one! But I most loved what you had done with the words, ending with simply Be - perfect.

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