Saturday, June 17, 2006

Guardian of Sorrows


Guardian of Sorrows. I thought to start with his face, because that's where I really understood who he was. I wrote more about him after the other photos, below.

21 comments:

jestersdna said...

I like it.

Anonymous said...

Lisa... its face is so moving...
If you haven't yet, you must read "Skellig", by David Almond. You really have to. You'll be shocked. Your angel is there. (It is one of the best books written in the last decade, I think. And what I like of it is that you can find it in the children's literature shelf. But the sorrow is all diturbingly there.)

Anonymous said...

"diSturbingly"

Really_Rather_Not_Nice said...
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Anonymous said...

I hear that there are some very good psychiatrists where you live, RRNN, if your problem of unrestrained and misled aggressiveness has become that bad...
(Sorry Lisa, but. Who does he think he is?)

lisa said...

What's all this then??? I suspect it's not about typos. You two are here because you have things in common--the kinds of things that matter. Let's get to the heart of this and/or make peace and move on. I will check out "Skellig", thanks. I appreciate both of you for being here.

Dan Guy said...

The eyes, and the wear, is very arresting.

faerydusted1 said...

Hi Lisa,
I've been skulking about for some time and reading and such. Had the great pleasure of seeing you at Balticon as well. (I promise I'm not that stalkery- I actually live in the Baltimore area. ;-D) I thought you were very well spoken and a terrific dancer. :)

Anyway- just wanted to say that this piece, like so many of your others, is just amazing.
If the two were battling in a larger one, however, would it be a fight of good vs. evil? That was my first thought.
Because, I thought, 'The Guardian of Sorrows would be the good one', as opposed to El Maestro del Fuego, who I got to see at Balticon and loved. He was greatly disturbing, though. I think it was the hands. (So why don't the skulls bother me?!)
But then I thought 'Why does there have to be a good one?'.

Sorry to be so loud with all the thinking. (Sometimes it gets a little crowded even in my own brain.)
Thanks again for sharing. I love that you're so open with your process.

ivenotime said...

Skelleg! That was one of my kid's favorites, and I really enjoyed it too - glad to hear its still around. Wonderful piece Lisa!

lisa said...

to faerydusted1: I see each of them as neither good nor evil. They are what they are. Maestro concerns himself with things like desire, and is sort of a trickster. His paddleball, in my mind, distances him from his role. He almost plays with his power. Almost.
Guardian is more serious, and concerns himself with 'higher' and deeper thoughts. Still, he has layers too, and is subtly twisted. His pike has pierced his own wing, and he (like the Maestro) is at peace with his pain and even on the edge of pleasure. They are both experienced with fire. You could consider them aspects of some 'one.' I rarely use any sort of 'good' vs 'evil' themes because the terms are arbitrary and highly subjective. Thanks.

Really_Rather_Not_Nice said...

I owe "Anonymous" an apology. I thought this anonymous person was making fun of another person's typo... and I sprung to the defense.

When I came back later I realized that I misread the two comments, and that it was the same person oth times.

I think I'm the kind of person who doesn't like to see people be corrected or made fun of by others here, that's all. That's what prompted the "I suppose you never typo," see?

I'm sorry about the misunderstanding, and will remove the earlier comment.

Really_Rather_Not_Nice said...

Mostly feeling very sheepish, and silly, and sorry right now...

But wanted to pitch in that another story you all might find very inspiring would be "Murder Mysteries" by Neil Gaiman.
The version illustrated by P. Craig Russel especially.

It sort of underlines the idea that angels themselves are forces in and of themselves, and not so much concepts of good and/or evil pretty well.

And I've seen Skelling on the shelf a million times and never picked it up. I will check it out.

Really_Rather_Not_Nice said...

Oops.

Typo.

"Skellig"

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry too, Really Rather Not Nice...
I was so moved by the photo of Lisa's angel, by its face of sorrow, and with such an open heart I posted a comment just to tell her about this book I loved and I'm sure she would love (because it has one such angel in it), that to read your nasty comment hurt me more than it should have. I just couldn't understand why one should be so gratuitously not-nice...
Sorry.
(And, Lisa, thank you. And sorry to you too, for having forced you to become some sort of elementary school teacher...)(you did it great, though).

vandaluna said...

RRNN...I read the comments as you did. And I thought it was that same ole, "I'm better than you" internet spelling/typo/punctuation game that is so trite. Thank you for posting that Anonymous corrected Anonymous' self. :-)

Skellig...I'll have to check that out.

Fairydusted...Did I meet you at Balticon? Do I know you? I like your comment. The "skulls" (are they skulls?) remind me of souls who watch (and wait?).

faerydusted1 said...

Lisa: Thank you for the insight! Its great to have the artist be able to tell you her feelings behind her work. :) It really does add whole new layers (and stories)to the pieces. I have to say I regret not a) posting sooner with questions for fear of jamming up your blog (as you can see I'm a bit chatty, really), and b) not introducing myself at Balticon since I hadn't posted on your blog before your appearance at the con!
Now I shall have to do something possibly involving dance. ;-D

I also love the dynamic going on in the posts here. I'm very glad to see everyone shaking hands and making friends.

vandaluna, I don't know that we met per se, although I'm sure we passed each other. :) I walked around on Saturday dressed as Mal Reynolds from Firefly. (Read: GEEK!!) I think I was the only gal dressed as such. My computer is not hooked up at home yet, so I don't have any way to post pics on my blog here, but I have a link to my lj, which has some pics of me. :)

lisa said...

OK then, now we're talking! As the heading on this journal indicates, everyone (including me) gets to be human here.

Please, never hesitate to introduce yourself to me at conventions. It doesn't matter whether you've commented or not. If I'm there, assume I want to meet you!

faerydusted1 said...

Thank you, lisa! That means so much. :)

vandaluna said...

As Lisa says...don't hesitate to introduce yourself to her...she is quite personable. But I might have to ferry her off to something important for which she is needed, hey Lisa. ;-)

lisa said...

RRNN, you needn't remove your post. It was a misunderstanding, but your intentions were good. Now readers may imagine you said something REALLY RATHER NOT NICE!

Anonymous said...

I've been trying to remove my own resented comment, actually, but I don't seem to be able to. If you can do it, someone, I'd be grateful. I'd really just like to give RRNN a hug...