Hudson River
Irvington, NY
April 2011

This image began as a mixed media collage I composed then photographed and the photographed image was “played” with in Photoshop CS4.

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An Ancient Gesture
– Edna St. Vincent Millay

I thought, as I wiped my eyes on the corner of my apron:
Penelope did this too.
And more than once: you can’t keep weaving all day
And undoing it all through the night;
Your arms get tired, and the back of your neck gets tight;
And along towards morning, when you think it will never be light,
And your husband has been gone, and you don’t know where, for years.
Suddenly you burst into tears;
There is simply nothing else to do.

And I thought, as I wiped my eyes on the corner of my apron:
This is an ancient gesture, authentic, antique,
In the very best tradition, classic, Greek;
Ulysses did this too.
But only as a gesture,—a gesture which implied
To the assembled throng that he was much too moved to speak.
He learned it from Penelope…
Penelope, who really cried.

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  • linaji
    linajialmost 4 years ago

    Oh wow this is simply incredible work.. in awe…

  • Thanks Lina. I so needed to to work first in mixed media. I miss making collages.

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • AndyGii
    AndyGiialmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful image. Just love it

  • Thanks Andy. Appreciate it, especially as I love the work you do:)

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • Ellen Cotton
    Ellen Cottonalmost 4 years ago

    Absolutely stunning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • thanks so much:)

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • © Jolie  Buchanan
    © Jolie Buchananalmost 4 years ago

    Yea! Congratulations!

  • Thank you Jolie. Very Honored.

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • © Jolie  Buchanan
    © Jolie Buchananalmost 4 years ago

    an instant fav; I especiallly enjoy the weaving over the colour depth mary ann

  • Thanks. I worked hard on this one. Blogged about the process.

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • Luis Ferreiro
    Luis Ferreiroalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful work!!! fabulous treatment….

  • thanks:)

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • Andrew Paranavitana
    Andrew Paranav...almost 4 years ago

    Oh wow, this is outstanding!

  • Thanks so much:)

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • RickGeorge
    RickGeorgealmost 4 years ago

    Superb work!

  • Thank you, friend:)

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyalmost 4 years ago

    Wow, I thought it was a painting! Extraordinary work Mary Ann! An incredible image, great concept, execution and presentation!

  • Thanks Joanne. The Hudson River inspires.

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • mindym306
    mindym306almost 4 years ago

    amazing work!

  • thanks Mindy:)

    – Mary Ann Reilly

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