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Acrylic on wooden panel (old work).
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The Simple Line

A poem by Laura Riding

The secrets of the mind convene splendidly,
Though the mind is meek.
To be aware inwardly
of brain and beauty
Is dark too recognizable.
Thought looking out on thought
Makes one an eye:
Which it shall be, both decide.
One is with the mind alone,
The other is with other thoughts gone
To be seen from afar and not known.

When openly these inmost sights
Flash and speak fully,
Each head at home shakes hopelessly
Of being never ready to see self
And sees a universe too soon.
The immense surmise swims round and round
And heads grow wise
With their own bigness beatified
In cosmos, and the idiot size
Of skulls spells Nature on the ground,
While ears listening the wrong way report
Echoes first and hear words before sounds
Because the mind, being quiet, seems late.
By ears words are copied into books,
By letters minds are taught self-ignorance.
From mouths spring forth vocabularies
To the assemblage of strange objects
Grown foreign to the faithful countryside
Of one king, poverty,
Of one line, humbleness.
Unavowed and false horizons claim pride
For spaces in the head
The native head sees outside.
The flood of wonder rushing from the eyes
Returns lesson by lesson.
The mind, shrunken of time,
Overflows too soon.
The complete vision is the same
As when the world-wideness began
Worlds to describe
The excessiveness of man.

But man's right portion rejects
The surplus in the whole.
This much, made secret first,
Now makes
The knowable, which was
Thought's previous flesh,
And gives instruction of substance to its intelligence
As far as flesh itself,
As bodies upon themselves to where
Understanding is the head
And the identity of breath and breathing are established
And the voice opening to cry: I know,
Closes around the entire declaration
With this evidence of immortality—
The total silence to say:
I am dead.

For death is all ugly, all lovely,
Forbids mysteries to make
Science of splendor, or any separate disclosing
Of beauty to the mind out of body's book
That page by page flutters a world in fragments,
Permits no scribbling in of more
Where spaces are,
Only to look.

Body as Body lies more than still.
The rest seems nothing and nothing is
If nothing need be.
But if need be,
Thought not divided anyway
Answers itself, thinking
All open and everything.
Dead is the mind that parted each head.
But now the secrets of the mind convene
Without pride, without pain
To any onlookers.
What they ordain alone
Cannot be known
The ordinary way of eyes and ears
But only prophesied
If an unnatural mind, refusing to divide,
Dies immediately
Of too plain beauty
Foreseen within too suddenly,
And lips break open of astonishment
Upon the living mouth and rehearse
Death, that seems a simple verse
And, of all ways to know,
Dead or alive, easiest.

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--> The poem appeared on www.poets.org
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:iconfetalnightmare:
FetalNIGHTMARE Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
love ittt!
lines drive me insane, painting them i mean :P
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:iconalienardo:
alienardo Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008
Stroboscopic military head measurements for helmets, masks and goggles captured at five minute intervals in order to burn photo-negatives. The military did not designate the artistic merits of the effect used so poetically.
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:icondonaldsart:
donaldsart Featured By Owner May 15, 2008
stunning
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:iconmagui-chan:
Magui-chan Featured By Owner May 4, 2008
Amazing
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:icondiehly:
diehly Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2008
Wow so detailed and just look at that color! Fantastic!
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:iconviliolettee:
viliolettee Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2008
it`s so interesting and catching, thougt it is not as colorful as your other paintings, i just love it!
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:iconloucathwil:
Loucathwil Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Beautiful

it almost gives the feeling that the subject is a distant landscape of mountains and vallies
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:iconcc-salehi:
cc-salehi Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008
thats great man ;)
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:iconchimeres-mirinar:
Chimeres-Mirinar Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2008
Beautiful effect.
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:iconunchicoinvertebrado:
unchicoinvertebrado Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007
I can speak english, but not enough to express myself properly about this excellent illustration, so...

I'll use your work to learn.
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:iconlazardo:
lazardo Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
...wowza.

What did you use to make this?
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:iconguare:
guare Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2007
Is this 100% hand-made?

I ask because once I saw a flyer with this exactly concept..
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:iconbenheine:
BenHeine Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2007  Professional General Artist
It's a painting, actually, and totally hand mate, yes
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:iconmoondial:
moondial Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazingly stunning! :D
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:iconbenheine:
BenHeine Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thanks
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:iconkitten-in-a-toaster:
kitten-in-a-toaster Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2007   Writer
I gotta agree with the first comment. O.o I'm not sure if I'm impressed or creeped. Or both.
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:iconbenheine:
BenHeine Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2007  Professional General Artist
:)
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:iconmstislava:
mstislava Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2007
looks kind of creepy but i love it :D
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:iconbenheine:
BenHeine Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2007  Professional General Artist
:D
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Downz Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007
:wow:
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:iconbenheine:
BenHeine Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2007  Professional General Artist
thx
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Downz Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2007
:) np
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:iconlislleyvelani:
lislleyvelani Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:aww:
Great work
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gRlLuvMARS Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2007
i like it
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:iconbenheine:
BenHeine Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2007  Professional General Artist
:D
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gRlLuvMARS Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2007
^_^
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:iconsleepdepjoel:
SleepDepJoel Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2007
Even though the body is supposed to be neutral, I find it disturbing. Maybe it’s because its face lacks expression.
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:iconbenheine:
BenHeine Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2007  Professional General Artist
yes indeed
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Doublecrash Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2007
I really like this, Ben. The flow of the lines is so elegant, and the overall effect is amazing.
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:iconbenheine:
BenHeine Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2007  Professional General Artist
thanks Stefano
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:iconmrgraphicsguy:
mrgraphicsguy Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's another great piece from you... I love the message :)
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:iconbenheine:
BenHeine Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2007  Professional General Artist
:)
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:icondehog:
dehog Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
this is awesomenes
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sametimenxtyr Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2007
Wonderful work Ben!
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:iconbenheine:
BenHeine Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2007  Professional General Artist
thx!
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:iconel-abuso-capital:
El-Abuso-Capital Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2007
very nice
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AkamaruFoxHound Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2007
complexity, i like it!
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:iconmothersheart:
MothersHeart Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this piece. So unique and interesting!
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:iconemey:
emey Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing really very good work, different from usual....:-)
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:iconlia1:
lia1 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2007  Student Photographer
perfect work :)
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:iconmarora:
marora Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2007
Looks like a man made of siesmographs. Interesting.
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:iconfree-floating:
free-floating Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2007
wow! I love it.
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:iconinpuupuaut:
InpuUpUaut Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2007  Student General Artist
Very good work ^_^
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pacman8 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:O
.......
kools......
i likie it!!
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:iconaquamarinee:
aquamarinee Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2007
amazing i love it
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:iconflamiathedemon:
FlamiatheDemon Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2007  Student General Artist
:O Impressive and a little spooky...
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BenHeine Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2007  Professional General Artist
:)
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