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.


collage, water, hudson river, ny, train tracks, morning, cloudy, impressionistic

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  • linaji
    linajiover 3 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
    AndyGiiover 3 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 Cottonover 3 years ago

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

  • thanks so much:)

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • © Jolie  Buchanan
    © Jolie Buchananover 3 years ago

    Yea! Congratulations!

  • Thank you Jolie. Very Honored.

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • © Jolie  Buchanan
    © Jolie Buchananover 3 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 Ferreiroover 3 years ago

    Beautiful work!!! fabulous treatment….

  • thanks:)

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • Andrew Paranavitana
    Andrew Paranav...over 3 years ago

    Oh wow, this is outstanding!

  • Thanks so much:)

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • RickGeorge
    RickGeorgeover 3 years ago

    Superb work!

  • Thank you, friend:)

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyover 3 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
    mindym306over 3 years ago

    amazing work!

  • thanks Mindy:)

    – Mary Ann Reilly

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