Archive for February, 2013

underwater lily pads and haiku…

Posted in art, haiku, painting with tags , , , , , , on 2013/02/24 by greenteadoodles
surreal umbrellas

surreal umbrellas

This is the third and last in the series of paintings I started during a course last fall with Melanie Matthews and finished recently. Once again I have struggled with taking a reasonable photograph of the piece. This one has a fair amount of texture making it especially difficult. There are also some reflective metallics – so it changes a lot depending on the light and angle.
The under water feeling I was trying to create was wonderfully captured by Tom’s haiku.

surreal umbrellas
shelter depths from raining light
currents blowing wind

(c) 2013 TJ Radcliffe

underwater detail

underwater detail

painting mixed media on board 12″x12″ (cc) 2013 Hilary Farmer

Here’s a fun  art blog and check out this lovely watercolour with a wonderful piece of fortune cookie advice – and it doesn’t just work for artists!

Year of the snake doodle and haiku…

Posted in art, computer art, haiku with tags , , , , , , on 2013/02/16 by greenteadoodles
year of the snake

year of the snake

Finally posting an image for Chinese New Year! We were busy last weekend with celebrating – eating Chinese dumplings with friends – mmmm!
I was having a difficult time thinking of a way to make a snake cute. So when I saw a really cute snake in the style of a traditional Chinese paper-cut on a billboard in the metro last week, I let myself be inspired… yes, that’s where idea of the flowers came from!

Here’s Tom’s haiku from when I posted this image on twitter.
a lisping forked tongue
funky flower-petal skin
year of the cute snake!

(c) TJ Radcliffe 2013

image (cc) 2013 Hilary Farmer (with credit to billboard artist!)

curious koi and haiku…

Posted in art, painting, poetry with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 2013/02/10 by greenteadoodles
curious koi

curious koi

Another in the series from the last post. Tom’s haiku is clearer in this one since fewer layers were added after the text.

opening their eyes
curious koi might enquire
after the abyss

(c) 2013 TJ Radcliffe

It is hard to see this painting well in a photograph since the texture catches the light. Actually, the painting looks very different under different lighting conditions. The detail below was taken later in the day and shows another feeling… more abyss-like!

the abyss

the abyss

Playing with texture but using a similar palette with metallics to make a visual connection with the previous water lily painting.

image (cc) 2013 Hilary Farmer
12″x12″mixed media on panel

On another note, you will find a new link – twig and leaf – in my blog roll. Here’s a recent lovely post.

Have a great week!

water lilies and haiku…

Posted in art, flowers, haiku, painting, poetry with tags , , , , , , , on 2013/02/03 by greenteadoodles
waterlilies with haiku

waterlilies with haiku

Once again some time has passed without a post 😦 … busy times!

I started three panels in a class last fall but didn’t ever have the chance – or perhaps the inspiration – required to finish them until last weekend. There is a kind of theme which will be clear once I’ve posted them all. Anyway, I had asked my good friend Tom to provide a haiku for each that I would integrate into the image. Since the text of the poem was added to the panel fairly early in this mixed media experiment it is a bit hard to read. So here is it again:

glass water dewdrops
lily’s leaves catch summer sun
shadows of blue sky
(c) 2013 TJ Radcliffe

waterlilies detail

waterlilies detail

Here is a detail of the lower part. You many notice an additional bit of text “une illusion” which is upside down.. not quite sure what I was thinking when I added that but I somehow feel it fits in!

painting (cc) 2013 Hilary Farmer