Here is a small drollery of a flower. Image taken with the MacBook and not modified in any way:
This is a drollery I have planned to blog about for a while now. It has hung around in my notebook, just waiting for me to write about it. Everything about this plant-thing, succulent, gravid with something (…something…) …heavy, waiting to burst, is interesting. There is something called Kurbits in Sweden, very popular around the turn of the century at a place in Sweden where I spent my (um, er…) formative years (13-18). I, in true teenage fashion, resolutely deemed the local folk art boring, unsuitable for Yours Truly and Below-My-Artsy-Station, when my (equivalence of) High School offered it as a special course. Sigh. I believe I was quite insufferable. I managed to droll around it later anyway, but as of right now I would have liked to have had attended the course. Of course, Kurbits is not in any way monster-heavy. If you don’t look behind the thin veil of structured, romantic peasantry, that is. The monsters are everywhere, it’s all about where and how you look for them. As we all know, by now.
Below is the image modified in PS, brightness/contrast, playing around with Curves, Sharpening layers, etc. I find it disturbing how much I am able to modify it on the computer. It doesn’t sit quite right with me. Perhaps I just need to get used to it. But I miss black dust and smudges everywhere, I find that a vital part of any drawing endavour.
I might write more about Kurbits in later posts.
PS: “gravid” in Swedish is equivalent to “pregnant/with child”. I find the use of the word “pregnant”, as in e g “a gravid pause” and such” very interesting. The flower above is most decidedly pregnant, the question is with what?