As I go about populating the GreenSnakeRetoldBlog site with the basic reference material — and before presenting the current-day stories of those who have had spiritual awakenings with the same astrological patterns as Goethe — I wanted to share some thoughts about the illustration process as I have created little scenes for the fairy tale.
A dilemma of a small scale has arisen. The process of creating a visual scene creates an awareness that the story has to change in small ways. For example, I have created a facial view of the Old Man with the Lamp. OK. I have also created a facial view of the Youth-Prince. At the end of the fairy tale both the Old Man and the Old Woman find themselves ‘reborn’ or transformed to a younger version of themselves. This illustrates the ‘renewal’ energy of spiritual awareness. Now, note the similarities of the Old Man and the Youth-now-Prince. I was going to show the youthful version of the Old Man at the end of the fairy tales. But, that version would look much like the Prince!
It had occurred to me that the Prince could be an example of how the Old Man once was early in his own spiritual journey towards his present role in life. It would be his wish to help other as he might have been helped along his path. So, should such a consideration be placed within the fairy tale? Another example of thoughts that lead to changes in the fairy tale is Will, of the Wisps. It seemed more convenient to me to have one Will, not two Will of the Wisps. Why? What was his role in the tale? Just to shed gold as a way of illustrating that either of two levels of awareness could be invoked by the recipient of the gold — instant monetary wealth to bring about a minor short-term change in one’s life or a deeper and prolonged benefit of wisdom and pursuit of personal growth? It seemed to me that Will, of the Wisps, should also have a goal, a personal growth path. He wanted to explore and know of the value of other types of “changes” that could be experienced.
And, so, the dilemma. Should the fairy tale be changed or enlarged? The images enlarge the story for us, get us to picture actions and situations more deeply. We might ask these or other questions.
I have slowed the creation of illustrations as I await the arrival of more sophisticated drawing tools. Using a pressure pad to schetch pictures that appear on the computer monitor is awkward at best. The coordination of a hand movement here and the resulting drawing there doesn’t work well for me. The new tool, to arrive at a near future date, will allow me to draw directly on a screen much as a pencil-and-papter scheme. I hope the improved illustrations will give me more flexibility (and time savings) to addres this task.
The use of illustrations may help me to actually shorten or tell the story differently. While I do not want to change the core of the story or the words of Goethe’s dialog, the story could be told better in terms of relating to our present day cultural tastes.
So, I will be thinking about this over the next week or two. I may even develop a shortened version of the fairytale. Dave.