“Be hole, be dust, be dream, be wind/Be night, be dark, be wish, be mind,/Now slip, now slide, now move unseen,/Above, beneath, betwixt, between”
—Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book
This new painting has a feeling of magic for me, the feeling of an incantation being cast out into the dark of night. There’s a sense of wishing in the way the Red Tree postures beneath the moon, asking whatever force that moves the moon and brings the light to cast a spell and bring about some sort of change.
Perhaps a spell is nothing more than wishes spoken aloud and defining that gnawing desire inside ourselves. After all, once we know what we truly want we begin to shape the world subtly, and often unwittingly, so that these wishes might be fulfilled. And sometimes, if the belief behind them is strong, these spells become reality. But many other times the spell is lost in the ether of time and space and they never come to be.
Such is the nature of spells.
I am calling this piece Casting Spells.
For this Sunday Morning Music, I thought this song would be the right accompaniment to this painting. It’s a version of I Put a Spell On You, originally written and performed by the inimitable Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. This version is from another true original, the late great Nina Simone. Great version.
Have a great Sunday and watch out for spells–they’re floating all over the place out there.