Green Man – Acrylic on Wood with Hand carved frame – 2004 ©dianegreen
The Green Man
June 29, 2004
Witness: Here is another face of the Green Man, Lord of the woods, a handsome chap, even if he is made of leaves, and maybe would too. Hmm. Long way to go as paintings go, but he is a Comforting image. Anything to tell me, Green Man?
Green Man: It's more spacious here than you think.
I: How so?
Green Man: Room for acorns…branches…
I: Cool. You see into the future.
Green Man: I can see All.
I: That sounds frightening.
Green Man: It's nothing.
June 30, 2004
Witness: Hey, Green Man. Funny how other people's perspectives can remind you of an unbalanced thought. Process or forgotten images or something like that. It never occurred to me you look like a guy in camouflage. Gross reminds me of Vietnam. Hmm. Looks like the war in Iraq is turning into another war like Vietnam when men in camouflage helmets invaded my sleep with nightmares. Well, at least I know you're not wearing A helmet. Leaves are sprouting from your head.
July 1, 2004 9 am
Witness: You're looking pretty official, Green Man. Any comments?
Green Man: Yeah, I'm starting to feel at home.
I: At home? So, if you're hanging on a nail in a city apartment, you'll bring springtime, abundance, and fecundity to my abode.
Green Man: Sounds doable… How about the back porch?
I: Capital idea!
Green Man: Rooftops need a lot of magic.
I: You got that right. Come to think of it, rooftop gardens need a lot of green. Long green if you get my drift.
Green Man: Your wish is my command.
I: Cross my palm, Green Man.
July 1, 2004 1 pm
Witness: If you grant wishes, Green Man, can you grant me a city sticker for the windshield of my car?
Green Man: I can grant you the money, but you still have to walk into the currency exchange and purchase the sticker.
I: Oh, yeah, right. Hmm. So if you are a spirit of the forest, has anyone ever really seen you?
Green Man: If they hadn't, how would you know how to paint me?
I: Because I saw your face when people told me to pray when I was a kid. Except you were more brown…I thought you had hair not leaves on your head.
Green Man: Then how do you know I'm the same face?
I: Just a hunch.
Green Man: Some things are just beyond words.
July 2, 2004 9 am
Witness: Green Man is looking pretty housed today. What do you think, Green Man?
Green Man: Yeah, it's getting there. The acorns need some polishing. One of my ears is higher than the other, and my lips are kind of a BLOB.
I: Yeah, there are some adjustments we need to make.
Green Man: But there are herbs to watch over on your back porch. Maybe you could grow a forest there.
I: That would be awesome.
Green Man: Then start gathering elements from your mother Earth. They are all around you.
I: I think I will. Thanks, Green Man.
Green Man: You're welcome.
July 2, 2004 1 pm
Witness: Green Man, you're so close to being finished. I wish I could take you home today, but that would be too soon.
Green Man: All in good time.
I: Yeah, sometimes it seems so impossible to wait.
Green Man: You must ground and center yourself, sending the impatient energy back to the earth to be recycled Into energy for someone else.
I: Good point, Green Man. Have a nice weekend.
Green Man: You too.
July 6, 2004
Witness: Green Man, I do believe you're done.
Green Man: Oh yeah, you stuck a fork in me.
I: Well, not exactly.
Green Man: Then how do you know if I'm done?
I: Well, it's time to move on, and I replanted my Bay tree this morning. We need the Green Man at home.
Green Man: Then I guess it's that time.
I: What's the matter? You seem sad.
Green Man: I was hoping for more in depth details.
I: I can't make you 3D, and besides, you're a spirit. You'll never really be in the physical plane.
Green Man: That's what you think…
I: So OK, maybe you live in every tree that grows.
Green Man: Maybe.
I: Oh boy, now I've got a coy Green Man.
Green Man: See what you've started?
I: I reckon so.