Twin Beaches – High Summer

Twin Beaches – High Summer (10″ x 8″ oil on canvas)

This is a plein air painting from August. The sun was high and warm reflecting back all kinds of glorious colours in the water. I captured a couple of sailboats at anchor as well as a few floating markers. The mountains of the mainland are in the distance. I have a lovely memory of the day when I look at this.

Tom wrote a thoughtful poem that speaks of times long gone the results of which still impact us today.

Upon a time a Spaniard passed this way
anchoring and sending out a brace of boats to sound
the waters all around the quiet bay
where otter, seals, and cod could still be found.
The shore was all alive with other eyes
that watched the strange great ships and wondered where
they had first tasted of sea. What skies
had witnessed their emergence from their lair?
Dark ravens cocked and turned upon the wind
Dark rhymes were brewing in the human heart
Dark beneath the summer sky the sins
of darkness drove the worlds apart.
The ships sailed on, left chaos in their wake
and broken words that promises forsake.

image (c) 2020 Hilary Farmer
poem (c) 2020 TJ Radcliffe

10 thoughts on “Twin Beaches – High Summer

  1. Your paintings are SUBLIME! And Tom’s poem is beautiful and very sad. Deep breath in. Deep breath out. Thank you for sharing both.

    1. Thank you. Sometimes Tom sees things I hadn’t thought of when I was painting, going somewhere deep and profound. I’m grateful to be able to inspire his writing!

  2. Flavour. The lavender tastes like the chocolate they use in Smarties. The green foreground tastes like a Japanese cocktail known as an Ao-Ringo Chuhai: “blue” apple shoCHU HIghball (rice vodka + sour green apple flavour). I am not a cocktail kind of guy, but the Suntory Co. makes these ready-made ao-ringo chuhais in small bottle, and a couple of those after a gig are a great way to come down off of performance adrenaline. The trees evoke a terrible smell/flavour, kind of a “boiled peas” essence that I once smelled (which made me nauseous). I may not smell these all the time, but if one synesthetic colour experience occurs, the other colours start doing the same. But, either positive or negative, only what I think is the best art has these flavour triggers in it.

    Quinn Rockliff’s work tastes like Perrier, Judith Berry’s work tastes like butter and cheese mixed together (Alfredo sauce), and so on. A lot of Ad Reinhardt’s work tastes like toothpaste…

    1. Wow! So interesting. Glad it’s mostly pleasant sounding flavours! When I paint I try to capture the essence of a scene. The colours are maybe “truer” than life but still true. 🙂

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