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Captain Corelli on Canvas

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

It's a long while since I first wrote this Captain Corelli passage...

Someone asked if something similar to the scroll above could be done on canvas, in the same colours... cream & browns for a natural look.

Well, of course it could be done! This was a 16 x 20 inch canvas (40 x 50 cm approx). I can post this size & larger in the UK without any problem, but for international orders, the price jumps up for anything with total dimensions over 90cm / 35.5", so I tend to stick to 12 x 16 inches / 30 x 40 cm for shipping abroad.

I tore templates, in different sizes, from paper.... rough squares, torn rather than cut, so that the edges have a raggedy, natural appearance rather than a hard line. Turn them at an angle & hey presto, we have diamonds!

This is the wording I used for the canvas:

Love is a temporary madness,
it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides.
And when it subsides you have to make a decision.
You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together 
that it is inconceivable that you should ever part.

Because this is what love is.
Love is not breathlessness, 
it is not excitement, 
it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion.
That is just being "in love" which any fool can do.
Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, 
and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.

Those that truly love, have roots that grow towards each other underground, 
and when all the pretty blossom have fallen from their branches, 
they find that they are one tree and not two. 

Louis De Bernières


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