Sunday, May 29, 2011

Finding inspiration in light and shadow

The play of light and shadow has inspired artists, poets, musicians and romantics of every persuasion down through the centuries. This week, as a kind of meditation and personal inspiration, I focused on really watching the changing light, shadows, and their effect on color. Here are a few scraps gathered up from this experience.

 Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.
– Martin Luther King Jr. 

  Assignment to self–

take note of the shadows:

follow the light:

  I had a dream there were clouds in my coffee...

Children's games with light and shadow are among the most ancient and enduring. They never fail to delight the young and young-at-heart.

These artists have captured that allure in their enchanting light and shadow play:

The Ice Book (HD) from Davy and Kristin McGuire on Vimeo.

I have a little shadow

that goes in and out with me,
And what can be the use of him
is more than I can see.

–from My Shadow, by Robert Louis Stevenson

Poetry is an echo asking a shadow to dance
–Carl Sandburg



One participant in this week's giveaway will receive an art photo, printed on very beautiful handmade Japanese rice paper. The limited edition print is entitled Offered With Love and is signed and numbered. I will mail it anywhere in the world to the winner. All you need do to enter is to leave a comment on this blog before Monday June 6, but please be sure to leave a way to contact you if you do not have a Google account. The winner will be chosen at random on June 6.

I will love the light for it shows me the way.  
Yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.

– Og Mandino 


  1. lovely blog post, enjoyed it very much :) thanks for a chance to win - laurie

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  2. Oh Musetta...I love your new endeavor..More please!!!!!!

    Wonderful...wonderfull..enter me please.

    your 'new' friend,
    Janet xox favorite are the long shadows of a summers evening just before sunset.

  3. So wonderful start !In French "ombre et lumière". Musetta seems to be a marvellous dreamer and I wait for the next random walks of her brain and humour.
    Boy in the light circle is amazing and funny, such is the other one sketched playing with his shadow. Who has never done it ?

  4. I would love to shadow you through the alleys of Paris, dear Musette. Our cameras would go click click click in unison!

  5. I love the new concept! Another great creative blog to go to. Looking forward to the year ahead!

  6. I really love the look of the blog! And this post is inspiring... makes us look at things in a whole different way. And I love the quotes :)
    Thank you for the chance to enter the giveaway!

  7. Wonderful musings!

    Love the give-away idea... :)

  8. These illustrations are charming! I want that picture please pick me!