The pilgrim soul


The Pilgrim Soul (32 cms x 24 cms mixed media 2017)

Here’s a picture which started life as an exercise in combining paint and collage. Taking its cue from the line about ‘the pilgrim soul’, the suggestion of landscape and a path through it was used to imply movement, an emotional journey from one place to another. It isn’t by any means a finished picture, but more a work in progress. I might even, as I learned to do in my Seawhite Studios workshop, paint over the whole thing and start again!

Inspired by a number of fellow bloggers’ art journals,  Claudia McGill’s enigmatic postcards and Cy Twombly’s almost white paintings with words scrawled on them in his unique handwriting, I took lines from a number of different poems in an anthology and reassembled them as follows:

Thus in the winter stands the lonely tree,/ Nor knows what birds have vanished one by one,/ Yet knows its boughs more silent than before

One man loved the pilgrim soul in you


Rosy lips of such ecstasy


Words at once both true and kind

I have not a crumb of comfort, not a grain

Remember, in the eyes gazing at you

Quickened so with grief,

Slow and sweet was the time between us

There could be a whole short story in the inscription, written inside the book (below). Note the date and wonder what happened to these two, and why her gift ended up among the reduced stock of an online book dealer. Let’s at least hope that the time between them was slow – and sweet.


Poems by Edna St Vincent Millay, W.B. Yeats, C.P. Cavafy, Yehuda Amichai and Robert Graves.






18 thoughts on “The pilgrim soul

  1. This is great! Did you cut the words from the book or print the out? I’m currently wondering how best to create wording for a collage / it’s hard to get anything looking good just printing on photocopy paper xx

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  2. Thank you for the mention, and you have just taken my breath away with this composition. What a sense of faded despair. Poem and artwork together. Just wonderful. I hope we will see more of this kind of thing? And, did you like doing it, or was it tedious? I love collage poetry so much, just pushing words around with my fingers is enough to calm and focus my most frazzled state of mind, but in describing it to others, many people have used that “tedious” word. Well, I got off the point, which was, Love this.

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  3. A cento poem! But I never thought of the actual cut and paste method in composing one…I’ll have to file that for future reference. Also I love that you started with the words and then did art inspired from that. Yes, keep going! (K)

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