three cherries and two lemons …oil paintings

Posted in art, painting, poetry with tags , , , , , , , on 2018/02/20 by greenteadoodles
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three cherries (6″ x 6″)

There is something so appealing about painting fruit! They have clear volumes, interesting textures and beautiful colours!

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two lemons (6″ x 8″)

I am currently taking an online painting course …well it’s more than just a painting course. There’s so much to keep one inspired and creating I can’t recommend the courses enough! The two above paintings were created from photos that were included in the course materials. It’s time for me to do more of my own still life setups …just waiting for some nice sunshine for the lighting. In the meantime, these were so much fun to paint! Thank you Timeless Tuscany!

Here is Tom’s humorous poetic take on the idea of still life painting!

Lemons, cherries, on a cloth
resting for the artist’s eye
where by picnickers they’re tossed
to catch a painter on the sly
and lure them into to contemplation
of how to make the saturation
of the colours right and true:
of red that’s red and blue that’s blue.
Still they lie and still they are
placed in textured composition
vying for the best position
looking good from near and far.
Beauty’s mystery revealed
by all that’s opened, all that’s sealed.

paintings (c) 2018 Hilary Farmer
poem (c) 2018 TJ Radcliffe

 

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Happy year of the Dog!

Posted in animals, art, drawing, painting, poetry with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 2018/02/16 by greenteadoodles
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Happy Year of the Dog!

A happy dog to wish you Happy Chinese New Year! This is a small ink and watercolour I did for a card.

And a happy poem to celebrate from Tom!

Puppy dog, “Woof!” he barks with joy
as the Moon and year turn New
heralding the call, “Good boy!”
while time is passing over, through
the weirs that humans set to catch
one fleeting moment, striking match
that sets the fireworks alight
to bring us joy upon the night
when bounding in from twelve years gone
the faithful dog at last returns
his loyalty forever burns
like the light of new year’s dawn.
Faithful, friendly, happy, true
may this year bring all to you!

image (c) 2018 Hilary Farmer
poem (c) 2018 TJ Radciffe

flower power …mandala oil painting

Posted in art, mandala, painting, poetry with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 2018/02/14 by greenteadoodles
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flower power (6″ x 6″)

It was in my mind to try painting mandalas in oils and so this was back to a very meditative process. I had no idea what I was going to paint until I started at the centre – the only given was a radial symmetry. This one started fairly geometrically but then transformed into flowers? butterflies? peacock feathers? It could be many things and I like the ambiguity!

Here is Tom’s wonderfully circular poem!

…bold and bright the peacock’s eyes
turn as inward colours rise
flaring forth in red and gold
leaping out with joy as bold…

image (c) 2018 Hilary Farmer
poem (c) 2018 TJ Radcliffe

 

perennial tangle …oil painting

Posted in art, flowers, landscape, painting, poetry with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 2018/02/12 by greenteadoodles
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perennial tangle (6″ x 6″)

A view of my parent’s country garden in the summer. I love the lush density of the flowers and the richness of the colours! …and yes, I know that these flowers are not all perennials but they come up every year and that’s perennial enough for me!

Tom’s poem!

A tangle deep, wrapped in enigma
growing wild without the stigma
of replanting year by year:
perennials that know no fear
of frost nor snow nor deer nor rabbits
growing wild has been their habit
since a time long out of mind
toward the sun they turn and climb
over each and reaching high
growing wild beneath the sky

image (c) 2018 Hilary Farmer
poem (c) 2018 TJ Radcliffe

cedar island dreams …ink & watercolour

Posted in art, drawing, landscape, painting, poetry with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 2018/02/09 by greenteadoodles
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cedar island dreams

A study of the local Gulf Islands landscape. The ink part was done with carbon black ink in a fountain pen with an ultra fine but flexible nib – really nice to draw with! A quick wash of watercolour brought it to life.

Tom’s evocative haiku! (I took the title of the piece from the haiku – not vice versa.)

face turned up, warm sun
eternally reflecting
cedar island dreams

image (c) 2018 Hilary Farmer
poem (c) 2018 TJ Radcliffe

mini-mandala …birds and buds in colour

Posted in art, mandala, painting, poetry with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 2018/02/08 by greenteadoodles
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birds and buds

Painted in spring colours! I saw some of these bushtits – amazingly tiny birds – late last fall and I think they’re back! Spring comes early here in Vancouver and proceeds at a very decorous pace. Not at all what I have been used to in Montreal where it sometimes seems that spring lasts just one day sometime in May and it’s straight on to summer!

Here’s Tom’s freshly written poem!

Sheltered by the leafy swirl
of berries, buds, and blossoms
bushtits bounce and preen and swirl
among the branches. Awesome
ingenuity is there
in their perfect form,
flitting thither, without care
before the world is born

image (c) 2018 Hilary Farmer
poem (c) 2018 TJ Radcliffe

 

thinking spring …oil painting

Posted in art, haiku, painting, poetry with tags , , , , , , , , on 2018/02/01 by greenteadoodles
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thinking Spring (6″ x 6″)

After the chill in the air from the precious painting, I was in the mood for something evoking warmer times ahead! This piece is based on a photo from a friend in Taiwan – thanks Claire! – but the flowers look a lot like local azaleas.

Here is a haiku from Tom!

drowsy azaleas
buds dreaming of pink flowers
amidst dark green leaves

image (c) 2018 Hilary Farmer
poem (c) 2018 TJ Radcliffe