In mad rage I was blind - then you came and brought the light by Mui-Ling Teh

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Running in darkness
With gun in the hand;
Not remembering
When the chase began.

What was I pursuing?
I could not remember;
Maybe revenge,
Or was I a bounty hunter?

Blinding storm clouds
Made it hard to see,
But before I knew it
You appeared before me.

Lost for words
I fall into tears.
My sight became clear
As you came near.

The hot red fever
That made me go blind
Cooled down like night
As you kissed my eyes.

I almost forgot myself;
I only thought of my fight,
But like an angel
You showed me the light.

What was I chasing,
What was unseen;
Maybe next year I’ll know
The meaning of this dream.

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Drawn in red and blue lead on an A4 sized acid-free paper in my sketchbook- no black was used; some areas just looks black because that is the result you get when mixing blue and orange together. See detail here

(The detail is not from the final version)

I did this a few days ago; thought I’d leave is aside and come back to this. In the days that followed I got occupied by some surprise calls and sources of stresses (that were really unnecessary) followed by a bad headache, so my apologies for falling behind on the new works.

Coming back to this today; I thought to myself I wouldn’t make mistakes regardless of the outcome – it was a rather experimental where the process becomes a part of the drawing – madly sketching out an mad person in red, which then becomes calm, and then drawing some distinct calm figures and details in blue. However I actually uploaded this earlier today and knew something wasn’t right so I went back to it.

See the earlier version here

As a picture itself the above one may have been okay, but I wrote the poem prior to drawing and thought it was too white for that. I also decided I wanted to crop it to emphasize on the eye. I may upload the final uncropped version another day.

See the final, uncropped, version here

I haven’t drawn for a long time, making it a first since…2008? I was trying something new, so drawing wise, this is different from anything I have in my portfolio.

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Comments

  • Mui-Ling Teh
    Mui-Ling Tehover 2 years ago

    … was my first one better? A dammit why can’t I make up my mind >.<"

  • mmargot
    mmargotover 2 years ago

    Yes, this is not what we are used to from you, but please keep drawing!
    I really love the detail, but whichever you prefer, the poem makes the image live…. in my humble opinion :)

  • Thank you Margot. I initially thought I couldn’t go wrong with this; it is somewhat abstract after all. Treating the image in different ways give it different effects but in this case I wanted something that really went well with the poem and that was when I decided to add more red and blue. Another difficult thing about this image is that from different previews, cropped or uncropped, it gives a different feel each time. This image is definitely one that looks when seen large – which is why the detail looks appealing. I did quite like the detail of the initial version where it was more white, but for the overall version I was first liking the more coloured version. I know that both can also be part of the same story~

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • Lenka
    Lenkaover 2 years ago

    then you came and brought the light

    This cropped version corresponds to the end of the poem. Red madness gone. I like that end :)

  • Enivea
    Eniveaover 2 years ago

    I think it’s great that you are continuing to be creative, and the poem and the drawing express very well the emotions.

  • DRCarothers
    DRCarothersover 2 years ago

    I like it! The one you submitted shows all that is needed to be shown. The poem is interesting, descriptive and very much reads like a song or story and I imagine a video to go with it. Well done :)

    Headaches are the worst and I hope you don’t get one for a very long time :)

  • Thanks Rob, and yup headaches are no fun :-(

    It may have been the first real headache I’ve had… well maybe not – I may have had them during other times while I’m sick but it would be the sickness that would get to me. Okay, this may be the first lasting headache I had that didn’t come with a fever, or irritated throat or nose; let’s put it that way.

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • © Karin  Taylor
    © Karin Taylorover 2 years ago

    Incredibly beautiful and so powerful Mui-Ling!!! Wow!!! xox

  • Thank you Karin. I may come back to this someday – as I said, it has been a long while since I’ve drawn. The original white version that I did – I drew all that within a few hours on the date shown – and then shortly after that was bombarded by surprise calls and other things then had my headache so it wasn’t a lot of time to think about it. The greatest challenge I guess is dealing with my own mind and coming to final decisions. So if I ever have the chance I may do another version, but if not, at least I have the idea out there. I’m putting it up as it is now because I have other things I want to move onto – god I know many artists who died with a number of incomplete works! And as you know I do have many MANY things I want to do so who knows if I will ever have the chance to come back to this! Very glad you like this Karin; thank you so much! xx

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • JUSTART
    JUSTARTover 2 years ago

    great work
    the eye and tear is fab

  • Isabela M. Lamuño
    Isabela M. Lamuñoover 2 years ago

    I love the insight, your poem and the sketch… It’s lovely to come back to drawing, the same happened to me…mhmmm. I know I will be coming back to this work. :)

  • It is difficult to keep up isn’t it. Your drawings are quite lovely too. thank you so much :)

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • DRCarothers
    DRCarothersover 2 years ago

    No need to come back to this picture, its perfect the way it is :) Perhaps you could draw another picture for another part of this poem? Just my thoughts..

  • I doubt it; I already drew, after all, the most important part of it. But thanks anyways :)

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • Hugh Fathers
    Hugh Fathersover 2 years ago

    Fascinating to see what’s behind this and the process to crystallise the image.
    Just to be different, I’d like to see the first image cropped, as per the second . . . :-D
    I liked the lighter look, of the first one . . .

  • I hear you. I uploaded the lighter version first, but as soon as I did I figured something wasn’t right. I guess it was because of the poem; it starts a lot to do with darkness – and I guess I wanted the image to fit with the entire poem. I uploaded the white version and, as with every image I upload, I have a look at it published and read over my description.

    If I upload the white version it would be with a different poem (if any). I did actually begin to miss the lighter version myself, and started to ask myself if colouring it was a mistake (that said, the hard copy of the white version doesn’t exist anymore). But as I thought about; even if the look of the white version was better, the coloured version works better with the poem (and perhaps as well in a colourful room). But as I replied to Karin, I may come back to it one day; maybe do a new one completely that is more refined; one I can put more time into if I ever find the time (right now I have too many things I want to put out there). For the record though, I am interesting in hearing what other people think; and I don’t want anyone to feel they have to agree with my final decision – I’m hoping nobody keeps quiet if they prefer another version.

    It is kind of funny I get this comment from you considering the way you render the same thing in different views and lighting conditions – every one will have a different effect.

    – Mui-Ling Teh

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