from the LOST OCEANS arcana




With  its cryptic elements, "The Enigma of  Departure " which I titled this painting,  has more to do with dream logic than real life.  Like in a dream of flight:   lean over the edge of the picture, leap forward, and be welcomed  into the journey!


I hope it brings you back to  a time before all things were described  to you,  a time of pure wordless emotional wonder, a time when if you got too close to a question, it would recoil like a sea-anemone.


The Tall Ship with Eight masts, (Le Navire a Huits Mats,) with its cargo of oceanic longings, is a recurring dream of mine.  I've watched it docked in harbors, silhouetted against the horizon, moored in a tropical  island cove, I've seen it as close as you see it in this picture.


As it appears to me , I become alert. euphoric, almost awake as if in a lucid dream. I run towards it before it  sails away, but Invariably it is  gone by the time  I get there, and I become  overwhelmed with regret. I feel as if  this ship's withholds  everything that I can wish for, if I only I knew what I wished for!


I revamped this image from its earlier version, by making it larger and more detailed in order to accommodate a larger size print requested by a client. It is part of a series from 1998 titled "Lost Oceans"- "Oceans Perdu."


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