Tuesday, April 04, 2006

A Fire Was in My Head
40" x 24"
Mixed Media on Canvas

This painting was somewhat inspired by this poem:

The Song of Wandering Aengus

I went out to the hazel wood,
Because a fire was in my head,
And cut and peeled a hazel wand,
And hooked a berry to a thread;
And when white moths were on the wing,
And moth-like stars were flickering out,
I dropped the berry in a stream
And caught a little silver trout.
When I had laid it on the floor
I went to blow the fire a-flame,
But something rustled on the floor,
And someone called me by my name:
It had become a glimmering girl
With apple blossom in her hair
Who called me by me name and ran
And faded through the brightening air.

Though I am old with wandering
Through hollow lands and hilly lands,
I will find out where she has gone,
And kiss her lips and take her hands;
And walk among long dappled grass,
And pluck till time and times are done,
The silver apples of the moon,
The golden apples of the sun.

- WB Yeats


tlc illustration said...

This is one of my favorite poems (it actually inspired the name of my blog - "Silver Apples"). I also quite like your accompanying painting. What media did you 'mix' on in?

Aaron Paquette said...

Thanks for the comment, tlc.

I am using acrylic, oil, texture media (modelling paste, sand, etc.), and Gold Leaf.