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EM Series Piece 1:  The Place the Soul does Know by mertonparrish EM Series Piece 1:  The Place the Soul does Know by mertonparrish
"The Place the Soul does know"
Evolving Merton Series
(c) 2012 Merton Parrish

About this series:

The Evolving Merton Series is an ongoing, mixed media series by Merton Parrish in pencil, pen and ink, Copic marker, colored pencil and gold leaf.

In this series, I share with you, my viewers, some recent art pieces which represent my growth as a soul, artist and person. Of course, as many of you know (who follow my work) this is standard operating proceedure for me (and you have loads of literary works in this vein from me), but I think my latest art pieces really seem to be grouped well under such a theme.

I suppose perhaps it is 2012 energy that is making me especially "evolution mindedd" (even for a Merton), but there we have it. Enjoy. Hope these pieces make you think about your own journey and evolution here on planet earth. Sending you good thoughts and prayers for creativity, happiness and fulfillment, as I always do.

-Your silly Merton :)

About this piece in particular:

Here is the original poem I wrote, upon which this art piece is based:


On forest floor, 'midst leaf and loam
is a place the soul does know,
past hermit cave and toadstool grove
a place 'ere all must go.

It's quiet there; we're prone to dream
and ponder upon the moss
why 'tis we came and where we'll go,
'fore that last fallen log we cross.

And fairies wing, and elfin folk
watch and peer and peek in,
from hiding place, 'hind rocks and brush
they see our silent Eden.

Yes human souls, to survive,
must listen, dream ov'r yonder,
cease busyness and task 'n toil
and give the mind to wander…

towards silly tales and dreams of day
and stories of the wildwood,
when we felt wisp of angels' wings,
heard things that only a child could!

Oh, back we must go, to forest glen
'tis medicine, this visit-
for the world's a mad, rushing place,
perplexes… "Just what is it?"

"Just what's this strange, noise-filled spot,
worrisome and taxing?"
we ask our selves, wond'ring why
we'd come some place so vexing?

Yet in it we are, and since we're here,
the woodland we must visit,
(and breathe and sigh and dream awhile
remem'bring heav'n so pleasant).

And 'midst the moss and smell of earth
we dream of what we knew-
things blithely said when we were young,
forgotten, once we grew.

So if some retreat from maddening crowd,
sojourn in between,
forgive them world, judge tenderly,
for they only seek what they've seen.

And if some stay, preferring this glen
to rushing world and highway,
if some find this the place to be
'stead of seething city 'n byway...

if some reside, with faeries' wings,
with wishes and prayers and angels who sing,
if some say, "Enough of soul crushing grind!"
(and attempt to recall what they came here to find)…

Can you forgive, dear world? Can you?

Please remember, if tempted to scold,
if leaning toward judgment, pronouncements of old,
in a world full of noise, lacking in joys,
it's the dreamers who remember…

recalling the lost, paradise womb
we seek to recapture, from cradle to tomb
'spite constant invention of techno toys
(for all of the good and bad little boys).

Oh if we all might remember,
shut our eyes and ears and remember…

For now, a few dreamers must do
(as the world rushes on, for me and for you).
"Judge tenderly," dear Emily reminds
and low'rs her basket,
thro' shades and window blinds.
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primalfuryan Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
:iconcternetea::iconsquirrelflight-77:Your artwork has been featured in Christmas special feature my friend:huggle::iconsquirrelflight-77::iconcternetea:
mertonparrish Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Ty! :)
Yoshern Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
Wow! your recent work it's more complicated, so surreal
mertonparrish Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
It is different, isn't it? I have been trying to grow as an artist. Glad you see a change. :)
randallstuartpeik Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
Wonderful poem and very meaningful painting. I really love this series here. I really think it is your best work. I can see that there is much thought put into this.
mertonparrish Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
Ty for the compliment. Always interesting to hear which pieces friends, fellow artists, viewers, etc., like best!

It did take me a long time to finish this piece. And yes I did put a lot of time and thought into both the poem and the piece. The poem had several rewrites and the piece was pretty intricate, as you can see, with a lot of texturing and layering in the coloration process.

I was making very good progress with the art piece, then some stuff in my life sorta got in the way, and I got sidetracked. It does feel very good to be done with it (and to have all the pieces for the When we were very Young and the Evolving Merton series photographed and posted)!
randallstuartpeik Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
I think that this feeling of it not turning out the way you thought it would is a common feeling among artists, in all the arts. Martha Graham, a great artist in dance, who changed to the world and the way we look at it and Ernest Hemingway, just to name two, say that they are also never satisfied. And they are the great ones. I saw this in Martha Graham's quote that she says "No artist is satisfied. There is not ever satisfaction." And I never did understand that she said that. I thought it was a mistake in her thinking and perhaps she was talking about something else. But then I started to create things myself and then I saw that what she said was true just in my small experience. That even today the piece I just did, I looked at on the screen and was picking out all the things that I thought did not look right and I thought perhaps I would just delete the whole thing. It is always a surprise to see it the way your audience is going to see it and they do not see the areas that you had a problem with or what was in your mind when you had a vision on it. I think it is that feeling that inspires you to move forward and always keep moving ahead. A vision is idealized and it does not account for an imperfect world.
mertonparrish Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
How interesting, the words of Martha Graham. I am not a perfectionist in general, but sometimes I do have that very "just a little more, gotta get it just right quality" when working on things. I suppose that is a good thing, encouraging attention to detail... although in general, I think cutting slack a bit with ourselves (and others, too) is a good thing. All things in balance!
Xantipa2 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
Absolutely wonderful :clap:
mertonparrish Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
Thank you, dear Eva! :)
Xantipa2 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
FrodoPrime Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
wonderful fanciful and idyllic
mertonparrish Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
Ty so much, dear Edward.
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