Wednesday, January 12, 2011


In the fall of 2007 I saw the film “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” at the New Orleans Film Festival. It followed the story of real-life Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who had a stroke rendering him only able to move one eye. He narrates the drama while interjecting flippant remarks.

acrylic on canvas, 5" x 5"

The opening credits began with floating circle shapes in front of a blue-green background. Lighting and focus fluxed as words and names appeared on screen. Once the introduction concluded there was a blurry transition to faces speaking above his seeing eye. His running commentary started there.

Needless to say, I was moved by the creativity of the film’s animated title sequence. I used the colors I saw in the movie to create a new dot painting. All the paintings in this bunch will be divided into four squares – some by their backgrounds and others by their foregrounds. So, I’ve now completed the first one.


  1. Well-done - I like this a lot!

  2. Jan:

    Thank you very much.

    Mo : )

  3. This is a nice piece, Mo. It brought to mind lily pads on a pond for me, but as always it was fascinating for me to hear your story of the inspiration for it.

    I like your new avatar too, by the way. :)

  4. Daisy:

    Thank you.

    'Glad to know I communicated a feeling of water. I do like lily pads.

    The new avatar is one of my favorites from the last batch of paintings.

    Mo : )