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Day 4: "underwater"

Another possibility I considered was a world of huge inverted mountains--icebergs, as seen from underwater, a world of floating mountains. But it was too cold; I didn't want to draw a cold thing. (I haven't checked ahead to see if there's a prompt "cold" or not.)


When we imagine the world above water, we focus (usually) on the floor of the world--the ground underneath our feet and the things that spring from it and, like us, walk on it, but when we think of the world underwater, we focus (usually) not on the ground level, but on the air (except it's underwater, so it's not air; it's water) above. Imagine if it were that way above water and most of our landscapes were airscapes. But we're bottom dwellers in the world above water, so that's what we depict.

This entry was originally posted at https://asakiyume.dreamwidth.org/864013.html. Comments are welcome at either location.


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Oct. 4th, 2017 11:30 am (UTC)
Those are quite lovely! (Though I wouldn't mind cold images at all!)
Oct. 4th, 2017 02:33 pm (UTC)
I know you like it cool/cold!
Oct. 4th, 2017 01:33 pm (UTC)
ohhhh beautiful!
Oct. 4th, 2017 02:32 pm (UTC)
glad you like it!
Oct. 5th, 2017 02:05 am (UTC)
nicely rendered..
Oct. 5th, 2017 09:39 am (UTC)
I like how it turned out!
Oct. 5th, 2017 03:15 pm (UTC)
Oct. 5th, 2017 02:58 am (UTC)
I love the underneath of the leaves! Like the incantation from Wet Magic: "under the glassy, cool, transparent wave, in twisted braids of lilies...".

(I know it's Milton, but I first read it in Wet Magic, and that's for me the primary reference. :) )
Oct. 5th, 2017 09:39 am (UTC)
Your comment got me to look up Wet Magic, which I didn't know--I ended up reading a review of it at Tor.com--and from there to looking up Marie Corelli and L. Frank Baum's The Sea Fairies--an interesting voyage!

And the line you quote is lovely--where in Milton is it from?
Oct. 12th, 2017 12:30 am (UTC)
Wet Magic is absolutely vintage Nesbit for the first 40% or so of the book - or maybe more. It has wonderful numinous magic (of course breathing in a huge part of that numinousness from the Milton line) slamming up against everyday life and a mermaid who is flatly selfish, snobbish and bad-tempered, and a thrilling rescue mission when she's been trafficked to a really frighteningly believable freak show, and a working-class child who can out-think and out-perform the three usual-style Nesbit children (I very much like Nesbit children!).
But it turns into a terrible mess after that, ending by endorsing the very classism and mindless jingoism which it seemed until then to be unpicking. Awful.

The Milton line is from "Comus", a masque he wrote which includes the spirit of the river Severn, called via Latin, Sabrina. It's an invocation in the masque, calling on Sabrina to rise from the river and save the enchanted heroine. I've just been to find it, here: http://www.bartleby.com/4/209.html#876
and see that my memory of the lines was a little faulty. The opening lines are:

Sabrina fair,
Listen where thou art sitting
Under the glassy, cool, translucent wave,
In twisted braids of lilies knitting
The loose train of thy amber-dropping hair;
Listen for dear honour’s sake,
Goddess of the silver lake,
Listen and save!

Listen, and appear to us,
In name of great Oceanus,
By the earth-shaking Neptune’s mace
And Tethys’ grave majestic pace;
By hoary Nereus’ wrinkled look,
And the Carpathian wizard’s hook;
By scaly Triton’s winding shell...."

I'll stop quoting, because of course it's fairly long - but how wonderful the poetry of that "glassy, cool, translucent wave" is!

A children's fantasy sea-book you won't know, I expect (because it's Australian) is about the undersea princess Obelia. I must write about that series of stories some time. :)
I just went to copy that from here:

Edited at 2017-10-12 03:33 am (UTC)
Oct. 12th, 2017 01:59 pm (UTC)
it turns into a terrible mess after that, ending by endorsing the very classism and mindless jingoism which it seemed until then to be unpicking.

--I wonder how she couldn't have seen it. Judging from my experiences talking with people nowadays, she probably saw a huge distinction between the classism and jingoism she was criticizing and the ones she was endorsing, but to us now, there's no meaningful distinction.

Thank you for the "Comus" quotation (and link)--how beautiful.
Oct. 12th, 2017 11:34 pm (UTC)
I don't have the confidence in the present day that you have! :)
I think plenty of contemporary stories (including fantasy - maybe especially fantasy) buys into the classist narrative where nobles (etc) are important, intelligent, action-takers and peasants (etc) are background - or where where the apparent peasant is revealed to be someone "important" (ie upper-class) after all.
Oct. 13th, 2017 12:40 am (UTC)
True; you're absolutely right. I didn't mean to imply that people in the present have clearer vision about class stuff or anything else--I was only meaning that nowadays people (or at least some people) see a contradiction and tension in that story of E. Nesbit's that she didn't see (or at least I presume she didn't).
Oct. 5th, 2017 03:04 am (UTC)
That is so lovely!

Thank you.
Oct. 5th, 2017 09:40 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you like it--I was happy with how it turned out.
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