Dervish Moon

This painting was in part inspired by the opening scene to Vengo by Tony Gatlif. A beautiful Sufi/Flamenco fusion of music with a woman whirling in ecstatic trance and exuberance.

Here is a beautiful poem written about this painting by my friend Mark Golding:

Dervish Moon

Souls entwined thru’ heaven’s path, the dervish reaches deep within, and gathers Luna as her own.

Atop the mount, ascension known, her divine greets thy silvery bliss.

For those before this sacred time, do also know this joy of tears, whose flow is ever woman’s way, for now embracing in the dance. She knows. She is.

And Luna! Smiles, her water drawn, within the whirling, forms of flow, her spiral element so free, so clear. She softly calls ‘downstream in vortices…’

Whilst singular of point, of now, the axis of thy mundi be, is her, the dervish in the dance, and all will cease in pain or fear. For free she is.

Inhaling waves of sounding love, they know no form ‘cept that of joy, and so… releases freedom’s flight, she sees… with eyes that feel, that sense, that are, be drawn into the ever dance, with thee…

And into waves of sacred light, do let her take you, slip your lead, your blindfold gone. Oh! Lose location, ‘bandon sense… for every breath, creation’s fire, is of her dance.

Perfection of her soul expressed through dance upon eternity, she feels no need for certainty… just love. For sending love rewards itself, in flowered firmament that grants perfection to within.

She yearns – you dream – of grace, release, find unity that is of peace. And know she’ll en-trance every soul, for you and I we have no choice but listen to her perfect voice.

And all that ever will, and all that ever be, is known…. just love

Mark Golding June 2011,

Painting by Alice Mason June 2011

About alicemason1

Artist, painter. All works on this blog are my copyright. Do not use any works for your own websites, commercial ventures or publicity. If you would like to ask permission to use any works for your own ventures, please email me: or contact via this blog. Again, ALL WORKS ARE MY COPYRIGHT. Ask permission, and I will ask for a donation. Artists need to earn a living. Always credit an artist when you have obtained permission. I am an artist, illustrator and mother and live by the sea in the south east of England. I paint every day and am inspired by nature, mysticism and consciousness.. I hold art retreats in southern Spain. These retreats are for lovers of nature, art, walking, mountains, creativity, dance, music, yoga and meditation. I work alongside other artists to bring about these retreats. All works on this blog are my copyright. Do not use for your own purposes. If you would like to buy rights to use an image, please contact me on or visit my Etsy shop. My Etsy shop:
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2 Responses to Dervish Moon

  1. jade sara says:

    Hello, my name is Jade sara and i’m a singer/songwriter.
    You said you live on south east coast, is that brighton by any chance? That’s where I am.
    I just came across your beautiful paintings on google as i was looking for some kind of background for myspace that suited me.
    I didn’t want to use the image without asking you first and if you don’t want me to that’s absolutely fine.
    I’m a hippy, pianist, long wavy brown hair if you ever wanted to paint one for me haha.
    Anyway, just wanted to say they are beautiful paintings, i love the trees.

    Thanks if you read this,
    Jade Sara x

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