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The angel and Davi of the doves

[personal profile] duccio took this photo of his neighbor feeding the pigeons, watched over, sidelong-secretly, by a statue of an angel or a saint or a contemplative someone.

[personal profile] duccio and some others on LJ/DW have this thing where they draw each other's black-and-white photos. He invited me to give it a try, and I did, twice (actually many many times, but only twice that I'm sharing), once trying to copy the photo, and once trying to show what I see in it.

It's hard, yo. The photo tells the story so perfectly; I can't represent it any better.

from a photo 1

from a photo 2

In my mind, Davi delights in the birds, loves the sound of their wings, loves their milling around his feet, loves that he can give them this gift. And the angel loves Davi. Not romantically. Angelically.

This entry was originally posted at https://asakiyume.dreamwidth.org/872711.html. Comments are welcome at either location.

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duccio
Dec. 29th, 2017 07:24 am (UTC)
These are both excellent. You got exactly what I was thinking when I looked out the window and saw Davi and that wood carving together with the birds. Thanks for drawing. I hope you will have time enough to do more.
asakiyume
Dec. 29th, 2017 11:25 am (UTC)
Thank you for prompting me to! It's so hard to capture the angel's face, and I see so much in it.
duccio
Dec. 29th, 2017 03:28 pm (UTC)
Many years ago - like maybe 1991, I was shopping with my mom. She had moved out here after my dad died, and she liked to visit this small import store. The lady there, who I had befriended told us that her warehouse in Berkeley was going to have a sale and would we like to go. We went.

It felt like the storeroom of a Cost Plus. Lots of baskets, other stuff I wasn't interested in. Then I saw this rack of big shelves with these 40 or so wood carvings in it. They were about 2' tall and most of them were stiff and frontal - maybe they were oversized chess pieces - except for this one that looked like a monk. The wood it was carved from was slightly curved, and so the figure was less formal and icon-like than the other wood carvings. I thought this one must be in there by mistake. Or it was by the master of the shop and the rest of the sculptures were by the assistants for the tourists. I think it's from the Philippines.

It was $100. I bought it. It's about 6.5" in diameter at the base, and 26.5" tall, carved in the round. It curves slightly forward and to the right. There are cracks from shrinkage, One of them bisects the figure's chest. All in all, by nature and by design, it's a piece of art by a skilled and thoughtful carver.

Many people comment on it, so it has a certain power which you feel too. I have it right next to my kitchen sink; not an especially reverential display site, but I see it every day in a utilitarian environment. It alters my moods for the better sometimes.
mnfaure
Dec. 29th, 2017 07:45 am (UTC)
Beautiful, both drawings, but I especially love the expressiveness in the second.
asakiyume
Dec. 29th, 2017 11:25 am (UTC)
Thank you! I loved the photo so much.

I can identify with both people (?) in the photo, but maybe especially the angel--not as an angel, but as someone watching who's not seen.
gracegiver
Dec. 29th, 2017 12:37 pm (UTC)
You captured it. Indeed.
Thanks for drawing it and sharing it with rest of us.
asakiyume
Dec. 29th, 2017 01:01 pm (UTC)
I was glad to do it! Thank you.
sartorias
Dec. 29th, 2017 12:45 pm (UTC)
I love the drawings and your interpretation.
asakiyume
Dec. 29th, 2017 01:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks--I was thinking of you, too, when I was thinking of watching at a window.
xjenavivex
Dec. 29th, 2017 11:43 pm (UTC)

I can't see the photo but that is very cool!

asakiyume
Dec. 30th, 2017 04:13 pm (UTC)
Ah, maybe because I linked to a DW page--maybe you can see the photo here.
nemophilist
Dec. 30th, 2017 07:07 am (UTC)
These are gorgeous, darling!
asakiyume
Dec. 30th, 2017 04:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you m'dear! Drawing is a good way for me to relax.
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