Eclipse time… a quote

January 5, 2019

A picture has come to thought… inspired by a quote from Paradise Lost by John Milton (1608-1674): “The sun… in dim eclipse, disastrous twilight sheds on half the nations, and with fear of change perplexes monarch.”

I picture fish in an ocean oblivious to human concerns…

Solar eclipse design with fish by Meredith Eliassen, 2019.

Welcome to Cat Nation…

January 4, 2019

Cat Nation came about after my uncle suggested that I do a design with "a lot of cats." For me, it is reminiscent of Venetian byways where working cats congregate. Design by Meredith Eliassen, 2019.
Cat Nation came about after my uncle suggested that I do a design with “a lot of cats.” For me, it is reminiscent of Venetian byways where working cats congregate. Design by Meredith Eliassen, 2019. https://www.zazzle.com/cat_nation_poster-256974371417316134

Trusting Porcupine

November 26, 2018

porcupine

Stylized little California porcupine greets a butterfly, drawing by Meredith Eliassen, 2018.

I used to come across porcupine quills along country paths as a child. Like the otter, the porcupine is a gentle and playful, its quills are only used when trust has been broken. Porcupine quills appear to be vectors going into all directions, neither poisonous nor ejected in battle, they are buoyant, helping the little critter to keep afloat in troubled waters.

Bible tells

“Jesus Loves Me” is a hymn written by Anna Bartlet Warner (1827–1915) based upon 1 Corintians 6:18. The lyrics first appeared as a poem that her older sister Susan Warner (1819–1885) used in a novel called Say and Seal (1860), in which the words were spoken comfort a dying child. The Warner sisters often collaborated, and Susan is best remembered for her The Wide, Wide World (1850). “Jesus Loves Me” design by Meredith Eliassen, 2018.

A little Gospel may help, the tune is easy… Here are the complete lyrics:

Jesus loves me—this I know,
For the Bible tells me so;
Little ones to him belong,—
They are weak, but he is strong.

Jesus loves me—loves me still,
Though I’m very weak and ill;
From his shining throne on high,
Comes to watch me where I lie.

Jesus loves me—he will stay,
Close beside me all the way.
Then his little child will take,
Up to heaven for his dear sake.

 

Color’s illusions…

August 13, 2018

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Ancient European 9, circa 12th century illustrates the illusion of transparence when color mixture leads to a loss of opacity so that it appears transparent or translucent. Design by Meredith Eliassen, 2018.

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Greek 10 shows that transparent illusions occur as color gains light only in direct color.

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Roman 11 illustrates color boundaries and plastic action, a space-illusion employed by Paul Cézanne (1839-1906), design by Meredith Eliassen, 2018.

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17 features letterform “Q” with eye bead motif, design by Meredith Eliassen, 2018.

Shakespeare’s ability to create linguistic imagery established a symbolic connection between the color of green and the emotion of envy, yet green is also the color of paradise… the garden… growth… and the emergence of spring:

Merchant of Venice (II,ii,108) “How all the other passions fleet to air, As doubtful thoughts, and rash-embraced despair, And shuddering fear, the green-ey’d jealousy.”

Iago in Othello (III,iii,165) “O! beware, my lord, of jealousy; It is the green-et’d monster which doth mock The meat feeds on; that cuckold lives in bliss Who, certain of his fate, loves not his wronger; But, O! what damned minute tells he o’er Who dotes, yet doubts; suspects, yet soundly loves.”

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18 features Yerushalmi letterform of “tzadi” with trail bead motif, designed by Meredith Eliassen, 2018.

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19 features Sephardi letterform of ‘kopf” with ancient eye bead designed by Meredith Eliassen, 2018.

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20 features Tibetan letterform of “tsa” with ancient eye bead motif designed by Meredith Eliassen, 2018.

hungry rooster

“Hongry rooster don’t cackle w’en he fine a wum.” Words from “Uncle Remus and his Friends”(1892) and drawing by Meredith Eliassen, 2018.

Dickenson

“To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee, one clover and one bee, and revery. The revery alone will do, if bees are few.” Words by Emily Dickenson, No. 1755, design with one four-leaf clover by Meredith Eliassen, 2018.

3 ravens

Nevermore and two companions followed me to work, asking, Where shall we our breakfast take? I thought about it for a moment and recommended the fried rice at our neighborhood take-away in honor of Chinese new year… they agreed and took flight. Design by Meredith Eliassen, 2018.

frogs rock

Two frogs dodging rocks… design by Meredith Eliassen, 2018.

Some boys were playing by the edge of a pond. Unaware that there was a group of frogs living there, they amused themselves by throwing stones into the pond to make them skip across the water. The stones were flying so thick and fast and the boys were enjoying themselves very much that they did not notice that the poor frogs in the pond were dodging the stones or trembling with fear amidst the grasses.

old frog

At last, the oldest and bravest of the frogs made a stand, and said: “Oh, please, dear boys, stop your cruel play! Though it may be fun for you, it means death to us!” Design by Meredith Eliassen, 2018.

Always stop to think whether your fun may not be the cause of another’s unhappiness.