Monday, April 21, 2008

December BJP Page

The October Horse
by Colleen McCullough

a novel of Caesar and Cleopatra

I was coerced into taking into taking Latin by my high school principal. What began as a reluctant study ended up becoming a wonderful adventure. And I even managed to score straight A's in the subject for two years!

Thus began a lifelong interest in any book surrounding the times of Julius Caesar. My December page represents the parting of Caesar from Cleopatra and his sea journey back to Rome. McCullough masterfully puts us into Caesar's mindset at this point in time:

A voice whispers: where are you going, Gaius Julius Caesar? And why does it seem to matter so little? Is it that you have done all that you wanted to do, though not in the way and with the constitutional sanction you yearned for? No sense in ruing what has been done and cannot be undone. No, it cannot be undone, even for a million gold crowns studded with rubies or emeralds or ocean pearls the size of pebbles.

But without rivals, victory is hollow. Without rivals, how can Caesar shine?

The sting in winning is to be left the only one alive on the field.

December's birthstone is turquoise. The Tibetan coppery print fabric is mindful of a rolling sea. I vainly attempted to reproduce an outline of the Mediterranean Sea against this dark fabric and ended up beading far more than I intended. Caesar and Cleopatra's lives are intertwined around the Egyptian symbol for eternal love.


Bejeweled said...

Very lovely metaphorical representation of their parting. Love it!!

IMHO you should publish a book of your pages using one of those online companies that do just single copies or a small run of copies. I think you'd find some takers :)

Robin said...

You tell the story so very well with beads... before I read a word, I knew that it had something to do with Caesar, travel, water and love. I missed Cleopatra, but could easily see her once I knew she was there. The piece stands quite nicely as beautiful beading even without the meaning. Love it!!!

Robin A.

a2susan said...

Kathy - your work looks great up on the website. It's so exciting to see all the pieces together.

Is your novel going to be published? Please keep us updated!


vivage said...

Wow. Both Nov and Dec are way great.

Hélène H said...

Your pieces are very precious, both in inspiration and realisation. Each one instills dreams and wonder in the viewer. Bravo !