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Words and Pictures is a film I have longed to see for a good while. The draw for me is my passion for both writing and the visual arts. It had alluded me at the theater and disappeared from cable and Netflix without warning. It reappeared this week on On Demand fortunately.

Mini-review: This film is about two lonely, wounded artists who find one another and challenge each other to become better versions of themselves. The acting is magnificent. Juliette Binoche and Clive Owen are beautifully matched here. I am a fan of both in such films as Chocolat, Bee Season, Croupier, and Closer. But I would be inclined to say they gave better performances in this piece. I appreciated mostly the nuances in what wasn’t said, the intricacies expressed by their facial expressions were on full display.

The main premise asks the question: Which medium is more moving , pictures or words? While the answer still remains a mystery, the film uses both words and visuals to provide drama, inspiration, and some comic relief. Both main characters struggle with loss, failure, and emotional vulnerability. It seems like they have become reduced to lifeless, half-dead, shells. But life has other plans….

The purpose of this post is to pair images with words and have you, the reader, decide your preference. I am pairing the paintings of J. E. H. MacDonald and the words of  poets from Love Poems from God and quotes by The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo for your enjoyment and comparison.

First pairing:


I WOULD CEASE TO BE by St. Teresa of Avila



my mind – my separation.

I cannot describe now my intimacy with Him.

How dependent is your body’s life on water and food and air?

I said to God ” I will always be unless you cease to Be.”

And my Beloved replied, ” And I

would cease to Be

if you


Second pairing:


LIKE ROOTS by St. Thomas of Assisi

Our hands imbibe like roots

so I place them on what is beautiful in this world.

And I fold them in prayer, and they

draw from the heavens


Third pairing:


The stream of life that runs through the world,

runs through my veins.  ~  Rabindranath Tagore

Fourth pairing:


And then the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk to bloom.  ~ Anais Nin

Final reflections ~

This is not a contest, just merely an exercise to focus on the wonder of the written word and the dance of color and light. I will admit that blogging has afforded me the luxury of marrying my words with art, a luxury I am unlikely to relinquish without a fight.

The beauty of Words and Pictures is the restoration of the main characters. This is a partial restoration or reset point. While neither one goes back in time, before the damage and wounds set in, they emerge lively and prolific once more. Compromises were made and risks were taken. Through this process, rebirth prevailed.

Happy Spring from litebeing,

May you embrace your inner Easter.

image credits ~, public domain

9 comments on “Words and Pictures

  1. Michael says:

    Hi Linda,

    I would like to echo Karin’s words and express my appreciation for your pairing of images and words. I thoroughly enjoyed this offering, and I look forward to checking out the movie you mentioned here. I remember I enjoyed Closer when I saw it– seems a long time ago now– and remember how it cemented Clive Owen’s talent in my mind at the time. I also loved Chocolat and the performance Juliette Binoche gave there. So I have one to add to the list!

    Hope you are having a nice weekend!


    1. litebeing says:

      Hi Michael,
      So glad you enjoyed this post. I am always in pursuit and being pursued by words and images, so the pairings are a natural progression. The film is wonderful and I think it will appeal to you.

      Have a blessed weekend.

      peace always,

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  2. Linda.. I loved the pairing of these paintings along with those words.. Just so enjoyed all of them, but the first to me spoke the loudest 🙂 I dissolved and melted into them 🙂
    You find the most delightful art.. Thank you for sharing these and your thoughts xxx

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    1. litebeing says:

      Thanks for offering your opinions here. I hoped to inspire readers to engage with the art and writing. It is such a pleasure to locate art. Time speeds by while I am “in process.” xxx

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      1. You will find time speeds ever faster too if you were painting! 🙂

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      2. litebeing says:

        I have been wanting to take a painting class for years. The cost and time has been a factor. In the meantime I have my crayons and sketch pad and adult mandala coloring books.

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      3. You should treat yourself to a small set of paints.. the canvas’s can be real cheap in good art shops too.. You have a real eye for wonderful art Linda.. and I know you would create something beautiful 🙂

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  3. Karin says:

    You really have a sense for beauty. Thanks for sharing the pictures and poems. I like the picture of the clear turquoise mountain lake a lot. Reminds me of a happy vacation.

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    1. litebeing says:

      Thanks Karin for gracing this post with the first comment. I really enjoyed crafting this material in the hopes of stimulating thought and promoting emotional responses to both imagery and the written word. May you once again have a vacation like the one imagined in the painting.


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