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Sunday, January 13, 2008

"Ifdefelseif"'s "Simply Dreaming of The Sea," January, 2008

simply dreaming of the sea, originally uploaded by ifdefelseif.

Ifdefelseif's second version of "Simply Dreaming of The Sea," (as posted by her to Flickr, January 9, 2008, see: ), has me enraptured all over again, prompting these few lines before I close down for the day, at 2.05am:

Simply dreaming, simply dreaming of the sea...

Simply dreaming, simply dreaming, of the sea....
No! I'm dreaming, dreaming, of what I see!
Amid the foam, a mermaid flies,
Trailing hair, and stunning eyes.
A light so soft, so sensuous,
It carries me away, carries me away,
In its wake. Let me dream.

- JW, 1/13/2008

Kudos to ifdefelseif for not being satisfied with her first version, about which I wrote a few days ago (see below, my post for January 8, 2008), and coming up with something much more elegant, more refined, and far more dazzling in color and light.

I, for my part, was not satisfied with my version of Pieter Bruegel's "Ship at Sea, Menaced by a Whale, with Icarus Added," (posted with her first version, see below, post for January 8th) and so in my turn, now repost that, as modified by me:

John Walford, after Pieter Bruegel, "Ship in Stormy Sea, Menaced by Whale, with Icarus Added" 2007.

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I am a British-born, art historian, teaching in the USA; I studied law, in England,1964-68; worked part-time in the art world, 1968-69; then studied art history at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, 1969-76; completed my Ph.D. diss. at the University of Cambridge, 1981; moved to the States in 1981, and have since written, or co-authored, other books. I am currently studying satire in Netherlandish art. My wife, Maria, was born in Milan, Italy, where she worked as an interpreter, in business; she spent seven years in Switzerland, at the University of Lausanne, 1963-70. She came to Amsterdam in 1971, and we soon married. She is a wife, mother, literary critic, of Italian (and French) literature, and completed her Ph. D. diss. in 2002, at the University of Chicago, on Cesare Pavese and His Critics. We have three married children, and eight grandchildren, all of whom we excessively adore! I welcome dialog about art, photography, human behavior, beliefs, and motivation from all comers, regardless of race, color, gender, orientation, values, or beliefs. This is to be a site for words and images, as vehicles of human expression, around topics of mutual interest.

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