Tuesday, April 10, 2012

OMPHALI & BIRTH OF KOKOPELLI


"Omphali" is a brand-new photo. I had great fun from the giddy-up with this shot as when I saw it "live" I immediately thought that it looked like a bunch of belly-buttons. Then I stumbled across this sort of comic book-like look as I played around with it on my computer. Oh, yes, it's good to be back to taking pictures. Especially in such lovely weather.

And with further reference to bellies, here's "Birth of Kokopelli," another very new "abstract" picture of mine [Note: see subsequent post of 4-12-12 for a very differently colored and slightly cropped version of this photo] --



Years ago, I was very much into improv music. Though not a trained musician, I enjoyed collecting unusual flutes and other sorts of wind instruments (I still have a few, including two didjeridus) and improvising on them. Sometime during those years, I heard about the American Indian figure Kokopelli, a hump-backed flute player of the locust or insect-like Mahu people, who wanders spreading seeds. In reading I did back then it was suggested the "hump" might be a bag of seeds on his back.

Here's part of a Yule card I made and sent out in 1987 with my own interpretation of Kokopelli on it. As I look at my version of Kokopelli all these years later, it looks a little like a space alien. (It's that round head and antennae ...) But my intentions were respectful at the time, if unfortunately coming across a little silly when I look at the drawing now. However, since also being considered by some to be a Trickster figure, I can imagine Kokopelli enjoying this silliness.


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‘til next take, may you enjoy life in the ever changing light,





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2 Comments:

Blogger Eccentric Scholar said...

I loved seeing your Yule card from 1987! Yes, I'd say that you perfectly captured the Trickster aspect of Kokopelli! :-)

April 10, 2012 at 6:33 PM  
Blogger Roswila said...

Hi E.S.

It's weird to see something one has made, so differently after many years have passed. Sheesh, even a matter of days later something in, say, a photo of mine will jump out at me screaming to be cropped or colored out. :-) That's why, more and more, I post things I'm not sure about yet. Surety rarely lasts and if I wait too long I may not even have had the fun of posting something because I'll scrap it altogether.

Thanks for stopping by!

April 11, 2012 at 11:53 AM  

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