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Thursday, September 23, 2010

To Who, To Who?

Or should that be "to whom"?

©2010 L. Ciacco, Boy with Owl, mixed media on cradled panel, 6 x 8 in.

Shades of Harry Potter, I suppose.
I wonder how many of you read any or all of the Harry Potter series?  I got as far as the third volume.  I saw some of the movies, too, but I must admit I had trouble staying awake through the Quiditch (sort of like lacrosse played on flying broomsticks) games, and the battles. When you're reading a book, you can just skip the parts you don't like, such as battles, or sports, or card games. Maybe that's why people like eating popcorn at the movies; gives them something to do during the less interesting or more disturbing scenes.  I wonder if owls like popcorn.  Maybe if it's mouse-flavoured.



  1. I must say I dont'like Harry Potter, I sow only 10 minuten of the first film dann I felling sleep ... I don't know..

    well the paint now, this is wonderfull, I like this guy more as happy potter

  2. Yes I saw "Harry Potter" and also "I Heard the Owl Call My Name". The latter is a 1973 film with Tom Courtenay. Well worth seeing. I like the Boy with Owl. His expression is one that looks familiar . . . I wonder whence the inspiration.

  3. nouvelles couleurs,
    That's funny that you got bored after only 10 minutes of the film. Definitely not your cup of tea, especially when you'd prefer a good espresso. "Happy Potter" is a good name for this little guy--Harry's little brother?

  4. wonderful painting with depth and interest. I am not a HP fan. I read the first book to find out what all the palaver was about. I saw a bit of one of the movies. That's it.

  5. DCW,
    Tom Courtenay used to be a big heart throb for me and my gfs, back in the day. Did you see "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner" or "Billy Liar"?

    Pierre is convinced this painting is a portrait of him, and who am I to dissuade him.

  6. Sukipoet,
    I'm pleased that you prefer my little painting to the Harry Potter franchise! I wonder if I hadn't been familiar with the stories if I would have interpreted the textures I'd glued onto the panel in quite the same way. Funny how things worm their way into one's subconscious, then crawl back out quite unexpectedly.

  7. My boyfriend and I took my niece to a HP movie and we kept almost getting up thinking it was over, only to sigh and slump back in our chairs for the 100th time. That did it for us! I too prefer your richly hued winsome painting against which the tones on the boys face and the owl radiantly glow.

  8. Stickup,
    Obviously you didn't have enough mouse-flavoured popcorn with you to keep you entertained! I'm glad you find the painting winsome; win some, lose some, I guess, when it comes to Harry Potter.

  9. Besides loving the expression on both boy and owl, I like the composition. The arm in green sweater and the owl just leaning into the picture...charming! I've watched a few Harry Potter...they are a true diversion, battles included!

  10. Blue Sky,
    I'm happy to have one positive vote for the Harry Potter brigade. There is, in fact, much I enjoyed about the tales and characters. I'm sure if the books had been out when I was a child I would have positively devoured them. A little fantasy and magic primes the imagination.

  11. if you hoped for a HP fan, sorry to disappoint but i am also in the opposite list - now i can't stop marveling at the painting, there is something unique in the way you manage to capture facial expressions, i am still haunted by the ambiguous bride - and here we have this boy with an ambiguous look on his face, making an ambiguous gesture: what does he think? what does he want from the owl? is he sad? is he full of hope? i see melancholy , i see shyness, i see so many things and imagine so many stories... truly, this is an amazing gift you have, Lynne, to move people's heart so deeply and to suggest so much with so little, with a vagueness which makes our imagination all the more freer and richer...

  12. Roxana,
    Ambiguity does leave room for one's imagination to roam. Much like your amazing photographs, I daresay. I've never much subscribed to the viewpoint of childhood as a time of happy innocence. It is, to some extent, of course, but it is also fraught with dark imaginings and fears and very real sorrows and a limited understanding of how things operate in the big world. There is so much magic afoot, one must tread a little warily. I would say this little fellow is as yet uncertain of this owl (his newly acquired "familiar" and is not yet sure if it can be trusted. He is welcoming it, accepting it, but keeping it at arm's length.

    Basically, I can't "do" cute.

    I am happy that you find so much in my simple compositions. You truly know how to look beyond the surface of things--a special gift.