Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Another Kind of Palm




“Canvas 86”
September 5, 2010

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The human face is another kind of palm. It’s a dream, subtly and intricately transformed. No two are alike, even when they seem most the same. Reading them is an art — as is seeing, accepting, understanding one’s own.





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Update:
In the Forum: the Benét boys and the Barthelmes.

9 comments:

nouvelles couleurs - vienna atelier said...

what you say is so true William...
is why do the comparisons in general is always wrong, even more wrong to make comparisons between people...

William Michaelian said...

Thank you, Laura. Yes, the assumptions we make about others reflect the degree of blindness in ourselves.

rahina q.h. said...

what was it your namesake said... there is no art in telling the mind's construction in the face.... i don't believe that (totally)... there is an art and the more i paint and draw faces the more i see the life behind them.

William Michaelian said...

Yes. In faces, I think, there’s something beyond character and individual story. There’s a seeking of oneself, and a universally deep, abiding, ancient recognition. Faces reflect and absorb like water. On the surface they serve as familiar markers, much like road signs. We sense at a glance gentleness, hostility, worry, and care. Where we are deceived is where we project our own desire and imagine its satisfaction. How else could we be fooled by the face of a corrupt politician, businessman, or religious leader, than through our own lack of self knowledge, our ignorance and dishonesty?

all ways 11 o'clock said...

William - Beautiful words to a face that looks as though it may change in a moment.

Sorry I haven't been around lately. You do know how it is.

~robert

William Michaelian said...

Oh, yes. And that too will change. Thanks, Robert, for passing through.

jasmin said...

best wishes from Jasmin, many face is sympathetic to me from the beginning, you feel it, even without
words, I go further, I can also see from the face of illness and read, his face is always in connection with the body, but the face is always the first thing you look, look into it, feeling it to recognize what I call wisdom ....

jasmin said...

We now live in a time as fast living that we hardly see, it's about all that is beautiful and important thing we run over it ... love best wishes Jasmin

William Michaelian said...

Best wishes, Jasmin. Thank you. And no matter how much we talk about faces, and how much we have seen in them, they are still able to surprise us.