Mary Magdalene Loved By Jesus

Arjun L Sen

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Bendigo, Vi - Australia

love the abstracted essence of emotion v

Arjun L Sen replied:

That is superbly and precisly described. Thank you very much for that outstanding comment, Carl. Thanks for vote!

Mijas, Ma - Spain

...I deliberately wrote that piece above focusing on the damage men do to themselves through patriarchy. The damage they do to women is obvious and doesn't need pointing out here, but subtler is the point that men injure themselves and men, from the Arabia to Arkansas, from Alaska to Australia, need to come up with true partnership and give up patriarchy.

MOSMAN, NS - Australia

Another look....marvellous!

Arjun L Sen replied:

So many of the world's troubles come from the suppression of women. It's not that women are better than men - I have seen no evidence that they are when they DO get power - but just that the oppression of women enslaves men as well since by oppressing women they turn imprison themselves into the roles and limitations of oppressors. It is the primitive stupidity of men that makes them believe that exercising power and superior force makes them free. There is no happiness possible, no personal development, in such relationships. THe uncertainties and freedoms of mutual equality are better even if harder to manage for the men. Goodness knows how long it will be before the men finally get it. Maybe never. When I was a teenager I had no idea how to even talk to women! It has improved a little since then but only at the cost of giving up my unconscious notions of male superiority which takes a long time and a lot of thinking. When you have got to a certain point with this, you realise you were a prisoner all this time of your own notions about manhood which is absolute tosh. A real man - like a real woman -. does his or her best to handle responsibility. That's the hardest thing in the world. And when you turn that searchlight on history, you understand why men have been trying to keep women down in a myriad of ways in all patriarchal societies since the beginning of time.

Kingston, WA - United States

Very engaging, Arjun~ FV

Arjun L Sen replied:

Thanks, Ronda, for nice comment and voting !

MOSMAN, NS - Australia

I've come back today, because.......I could not resist another look. I didn't realize you'd replied, and am so glad I returned. Arjun.......we could analyze 'believers' vs non-believers, and where we fit in all that. I've known totally intolerant 'believers', here especially at FAA; and known the quiet achievers of 'good' (their value system) that give and need no attention and/or explanations. They chose their creed, get on with their life. There is no Club. Fitting In is everybody's private problem, so don't beat yourself up. What you're concerned with is the 'guilt trip' included with fitting in....the 'owing' one's afterlife to the promise, and your own innate disbelief perhaps of that afterlife thing...it's what confuses millions...you're not alone....but the choices are yours, alone.......just don't be intimidated ever again. Thanks for your thoughts about 'me' here on earth,lol, tempus fugit at 75, and things get clearer, even if the mind fails.....it all becomes simpler.....and the guilt trip doesn't even matter any more....So, as to blame.......don't blame yourself,anybody,the small-c church.......chose your path, enjoy the experience...and always please keep up your sensationally extremely complicated/simple 'take' from your heart, of all that matters to you....the solace is in the Art........mark my words.............I forgot to f/v and panicked when I couldn't find this in my fav........now dutifully enshrined...V

Arjun L Sen replied:

Your words are wise and supportive. I will come back to them now and then to remind myself of their good sense. Thevsolace is indeed in the Art! I think it's all we have that we can rely on! May the force be with you.

Arjun L Sen replied:

...you might be 75 but I don't see any signs of the mind failing... I hope I'm as sharp as you at 75 ...:)

MOSMAN, NS - Australia

Your image is museum quality, Arjun....treasure it carefully....a dfinitive work, the world should see......especially believers....they will know better than you can understand, how 'close' you are.....mark my words..........V

Arjun L Sen replied:

Vivian, I have sometimes wondered whether this simple line drawing is perhaps my only really significant work so far. The thought crossed my mind fleetingly and I dismissed it. But now your remark has pulled me up short. I feel that I should not keep this to myself but share it with the devout community. But how will they regard someone like me? I am like a pariah, a Doubting Thomas, desperate for faith, unable to grasp it, like someone looking through a window on a cold and snowy night into a firelit room full of good cheer and merry feasting, for tomorrow salvation cometh... but out here I do not see the hand of God, only the blackness of Space lit with a trillion stars, in the heavenly ballroom where God stages his cosmic dance but remains hidden from view, a shadow behind the brilliance of the multitude of suns. I did once speak about my doubts and with a believer whose opinion I valued but I was thrown out at once and this made me wary of discussing my concerns with them. One seems to be either a believer or not. Like going to the club entrance and either you want to buy a ticket and go in or just piss off. Skulking about in a blether of indecision - even if intellectually as well as emotionally argued - is not generally well received. I see myself living in a world of mainly the devout or robust atheists. There seems to be little middle ground. This state of being 'close' but not there is like a permanent hell of one's own making. You can't blame anyone else - the government! the lobbies! the fellow across the road! the foreigners! whatever. Nope. It's just you. Perhaps you are right, Vivian, you are very very intelligent and you know what you are talking about. I've been like this since I was about 14 and it's not a comfortable place to be, but if it produces a good picture that I can share with others and might mean something to them even if they're on the "other side" of it, then it't not entirely futile either. So your response to my drwgin is hugely important to me, it goes right to the heart of MY problem and helps me and I thank you deeply for this.

MOSMAN, NS - Australia

isn't it wonderful, here, to re-visit our most revered artwork by our fine,true,bretheren of the brush/pen/etc....as I have just done...So much time has past since I first saw/loved/admired this, and still and again, I am moved deeply..even moreso this time...your 'simple' complex drawing is a true masterpiece of emotional response and fluid, belief in line itself to accomplish Everything !!!Cheers, V.

Arjun L Sen replied:

Thanks for such a wonderful and considered response, Vivian . I've never done another picture like it in terms of its content, though I've done the odd one which I've let the line take control. It's probably my most serious picture because it's right at the heart of my own spiritual struggles which have dogged me since I was a teenager and which really define who I am. I'll always be the guy who never made it to the other side, the Doubting Thomas. Most people seem to be indifferent to faith issues, or robustly non-believing, or secure in their faith. I'm not in any adjusted position and it does look as though I never will be. Perhaps it's a character flaw but sometimes even flaws can do something useful, such as make a meaningful drawing such as this, which may bring some pleasure and interest to some people. :))

Rishikesh, Ut - India

Simple but powerful lines!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Arjun L Sen replied:

Thanks, Anand, great comment !

Livonia, MI - United States

I always love when a minimum of lines can say so much. Wonderful sketch and evocative image, Arjun vf

Grand Forks, BC - Canada

Arjun, this is an amazing piece, the description is fantastic and so is the depiction of Maggi in this simply stunning piece. You are right Love is eternal. Instant F/V

Bucharest, Ro - Romania

Wow !!!!!! Such a strong effect with just a few lines..... This is amazingly good, Arjun, and deeply touching...... f,v

Arjun L Sen replied:

Thank you, Ana Maria, for lovely comment! :)))

Mijas, Ma - Spain

Dear Vivian - I'm really glad to meet you, too. I was recommended to take a look at your pictures and I just love the fine and elegant line work in such a big collection of drawings. :)

Sydney, NS - Australia

I am so delighted to meet you, finally, Arjun.....thank you for visiting my pages. I have stopped sharply here at this image.......I just love your 'line'...it appeals especially to me (of the loose line variety,lol)......and your description does indeed lift your image to a higher plane from your deepest self......thanks for sharing this with us. (and thanks for the 'watch' of me,too).....Vivian

LaSalle, Qu - Canada

Arjun. Your drawings amaze me, but reading your accompanying texts puts them into focus even more.

Arjun L Sen replied:

Thanks, Rochelle. I'm glad you like the write up. I've thought about that one for some time!

Mijas, Ma - Spain

Thanks so much, Xueling, your work is rich, hihgly skilled and inspired. You are a superior artist!

Silicon Valley, CA - United States

Fascinating drawing expression, wonderfully done, Arjun! I really appreciate your visiting and leaving a nice feedback on my work, thank you:-)!

Mijas, Ma - Spain

Judy, thank you for your positive reaction to my drawing. Also, I like your dog in your icon-picture - he looks really sweet!

Rochester, NY - United States

A stron image with only a few lines...That alone is wonderful, but your story is also quite moving. Faith, yes I do believe and Mary Magdalene is one of my personal heros...Great job! fv vote

Mijas, Ma - Spain

Anand, you remain always a great encouragement to me, and your experience and skill is behind all your observations. Thank you.

Mijas, Ma - Spain

Lenore, thanks for that comment. It's really important to me to know that someone UNDERSTANDS the thoughts behind it because I've had thoughts like these in some form or another for a very long time. That's why this picture, although technically one of the simplest I've done, has also the most feeling in it from a personal point of view. I do believe that patriarchy has been disastrous and in a man's world, women who've made it to the top tend to be the ones who've played the man's game better than the men, not women who brought a real feminine perspective to world affairs. This is also true in offices and boardrooms.

Rishikesh, Ut - India

Powerful lines,Wonderful sketch----------------Anand

Arjun L Sen replied:

I just dicveredthisisyrt another one of the kind comments I failed to acknowledge, so sorry Anand bhai

Pueblo, CO - United States

This is an incredible work! It is so expressive and heartfelt! Your explanation/description is intelligent and empathetic. Wonderful!~vote & fave.

Arjun L Sen replied:

Thanks!! :))

Mijas, Ma - Spain

Thank you, Helena.

Buenos Aires, CA - Argentina

Very good !!!

Mijas, Ma - Spain

I've posted a long explanation of the ideas behind this painting that inspired me to do it. I guess it makes me a sort of Christian at heartr without being able to maintain my belief in God, and a feminist despite my being as clumsily and incompetently male as any man you could meet.

Larnaca - Cyprus

What a wonderful story. Thank you for that. Maybe because she doesn't feel included in watching the TV show, but she feels included in sleep and stargazing and listening to frogs.

Arjun L Sen replied:

I guess that has to be absolutely right. She knows that TV is rubbish and stargazing is the biznes! Even I know that and I still watch TV. You can't take laziness and mediocrity out of a human being - it's always there lurking somewhere, waiting for a cat to be teased out and exposed.

Mijas, Ma - Spain

Heh - heh! Also, on the gloomier side, she can be a bit like an old mother. At night she sits on the bedside table and squeaks until we come to bed. She decides when it's bedtime and harasses us till we give in! Never mind if it's that funny comedy programme we want to watch on TV - we'll have to put that on the recorder system. The only time she relents is if we're watching the night sky from the terrace with a glass of something encouraging in hand, and all is dark and quiet except for the burping of the neighbour's frog-in-the-pond, and the chirruping of a cricket. Then she'll come out and sit quietly near our feet or right by a wicker chair, sometimes with her paw on the chair leg - making it extremely dangerous for us to move without thinking -and stare out into the night sky, twitching her whiskers and ears from time to time. No rush then - the scent of night jasmine and earth is all she needs to feel fully, quietly and joyously alive.

Larnaca - Cyprus

:D That's the dynamic view. I can't tell you how happy it makes me that you and Jane play mousie with Mimi. Big smile for that sweet piece of info, Arjun.

Mijas, Ma - Spain

Funny, I look at my cat's paws as well. They're never always the same, either. Normally the toes are held demurely together, like pretty feet. But when she stretches and flexes them, or if Jane or I are playing 'mousie' with her - dangling a piece of string with a bit if feather at the end that she tries to catch - she flexes her paws open and they become twice their apparent size, the digits spread out and become like strong, stubby fingers, with sharp claws...her mood and personality of the moment are reflected in the changing shape of her paws...

Larnaca - Cyprus

This is an unbelievably gorgeous drawing, Arjun. Picasso, eat your heart out. I believe the hands reveal a lot, too, Arjun. It's funny but I look at cat paws all the time, because if you look at them closely enough, they reveal the entire essence of that cat. This to me is the wonder of drawing - knowing.

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