Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Finding the Cover: Flight into Egypt

Join us this weekend for the book launching!  For details and registration, contact the C. G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles. CEU credits available. 


Barbara's painting on easel in her studio.
Courtesy of Dan Safran, photographer.

We followed a serpentine path to the publishing of Marked by Fire: Stories of the Jungian Way, the book that will be launched April 15 at the C. G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles, guided by several synchronicities.

This is a story of one of those: how my co-editor Naomi Lowinsky and I found the painting for the cover, Flight into Egypt.

One morning during the week we spent in Truchas, New Mexico, editing, we were invited to join some local artists for a brunch. The group was a high-spirited one of writers, photographers, and painters. As we sat around a table in the laps of chairs of iconic women, Marilyn Monroe, Frida Kahlo, Aphrodite, we were told that we had to visit the Cardona-Hine Gallery on the other side of town. Later in the day we walked through the tiny village, dodging the ubiquitous dogs of Truchas. We were met at the doorway of a spacious gallery by Barbara McCauley who showed us her own paintings and those of her husband, Alvaro Cardona-Hine. We toured Alvaro’s studio, in which we saw many of his powerful paintings, and then Barbara’s smaller studio.

It was there we saw her: Mary, riding a donkey, imploring the reader with her stare. About her is that White Presence: a lot to contend with! Barbara said that it was “one of several paintings of women that simply appeared.”

As we sat studying the painting, a quiet came that often accompanies mystery. Naomi looked at me questioningly: What about this painting for the cover?

Barbara McCauley, myself, and Naomi in Barbara's studio.
Courtesy of Dan Safran, photographer.
Later we learned of the longtime connection of Barbara to one of our contributors.

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