I was immediately drawn to these two fabulous images from Finnish artist Samuli Heimonen because they remind me of how I feel when I am in that gestating almost there stage of writing. The first is called "Hiding Place" -- where story hangs out, where my confidence hangs out, where anticipation hangs out. It feels safe, protected, but not closed off which makes it also comforting.
This one is called "With My Own Eyes" and I like this because it also signals that being tucked into a hiding place is not necessarily about being blinded either. The child (like the story, the tender confidence and the anticipation) can still look out from the wonderful mask of a feline head (a lion? a cat? all that beautiful detail on the fur.). There is a glow of light around the head of the child. So I feel better, calmer, when I see these two lovely images. I stop fretting about what I haven't yet done, and enjoy instead the creative process of reflection.
Of his work Heimonen writes: "My works are not about the animal world, but I have wanted to use the animal figure as a metaphor for human hopes, aspirations and fears. For me, animals seem to crystallise in a great way something fundamentally human. An animal or the nature is a mirror which provides an interesting platform to study the human being."
Not a bad place for a writer to hang out either....