When Intuition Comes Calling

Sharon Pillai
ILLUMINATION
Published in
2 min readApr 26, 2024

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Part of Portrait of a Young Woman by Merdith Frampton

And therefore as a stranger give it welcome.
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
-Shakespeare-

Sometimes there is a knowing that captures you and holds you for as long as you desire to understand it. It starts with the same feeling you get when you’re on the verge of remembering last night’s dream. Feelings filter in but attached to something not yet known. If you follow the feeling it often leads to something solid and important. The universe often comes calling in this barely perceptible way like a small child gently tugging at your sleeve.

English painter Tai-Shan Schierenberg speaks of being haunted by a painting called Portrait of a Young Woman by Meredith Frampton. He lingered over it for as long as it took for him to understand why he couldn’t easily break away. The highly realistic portrait painted in cool colors was exactingly technical which probably led to Frampton going blind in his fifties. Up till then Schierenberg was of the belief that conveying deep emotion required bold colors, a bit of abstraction, a looser hold on what the eye usually sees. What Frampton offered, as a suggestion, was that emotion was in the eye of the beholder. It doesn’t always require thrashing paint on canvas to convey what one is feeling.

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Sharon Pillai
ILLUMINATION

I'd like to think I have wit and grit. I like the right hemisphere of my brain more than the left. I need the left though for the words.