A Certain Day
THE STORY IN THE LAYERS
BEHIND THE TITLE OF " A Certain Day"
The title is from a line in the poem "Variation on a theme by Rilke" by Denise Levertov
certain: adjective cer·tain \ˈsər-tən\
The poem "Variation on a Theme by Rilke" by Denise Levertov is painted into the background and repeated again in the leaves in the foreground. I found it in a magazine and it has been up on my wall in our art room for quite some time.
Variation on a Theme by Rilke
A certain day became a presence to me;
there it was, confronting me--a sky, air, light:
a being. And before it started to descend
from the height of noon, it leaned over
and struck my shoulder as if with
the flat of a sword, granting me
honor and a task, The day's blow
rang out, metallic--or it was I, a bell awakened,
and what I heard was my whole self
saying and singing what it knew: I can.
Denise Levertov, Breathing the Water (New York, NY: New Directions Publishing Corp., 1987)
I went through my sketch book and found a sketch of an olive tree branch and I very loosely painted the outlines of it in black. I repeated the lines with white for contrast. Later after blocking out the background I repeated the words of the poem in the leaves but felt there was something missing, so the trusted dove showed up again.
Branch of an olive tree – a symbol of peace, victory and abundance
Dove - usually white in color, are used in a variety of settings as symbols of love, peace or as messengers.
Sun - the source of all life and growth on earth
Insight, presence, new possibilities, awareness.