Book of Thel Designs from “A Small Book of Designs” (plates 1, 4, 6, 7)
Blake was commissioned to make a small book of illustrations from his books. Of course Blake is meant to be read with the words and the images equally, these are still really brilliant impressions of the etchings. I’ll post a few sets from the other book contained in “A Small Book of Designs” later.
I bought two donuts at the store earlier today. One for coffee this afternoon and one for coffee tomorrow morning. Of course I ate both donuts this afternoon and I’m mad now that I won’t have a donut in the morning and I’m not walking to the damn store again tonite and I definitely don’t want to walk to the store in the morning before I’ve had my godammed coffee and donut! Arrgghh.
"These crude figures, with their bare, unfleshed world, appear to my eyes much as the people of 79 AD do in imagination; sketchy, lacking detail. They are not the toga-wearing sensualists of movies and cable shows, not history’s cultural elite, enviably sophisticated yet reassuringly barbaric. They are marks on the paper of the past, drowned in ashes. All that I can comprehend of them is their humanity, their poor doomed humanity. The rest is embellishment."