today’s doodle… girl and shadow

watery shadow
watery shadow

A glimpse of someone sitting in the sun with subtle shadows moving across her face inspired  this doodle. This is not a portrait but an attempt to capture a feeling.

UPDATE: New poem from Tom! very ssssexy – thanks!

Sultry sadness, sliding slowly
Sunlit shadows, softer sighs
Sombre sexy siren sizzles
Seducing sober singles, shy.

image (cc) 2013 Hilary Farmer
poem (c) 2013 Tom Radcliffe

today’s doodle… dancers

dancers
dancers

I didn’t start with a particular dance in mind – it just seemed full of movement. Maybe there are tam-tams playing – that seems about right 🙂  a park, and tam-tams… summer’s end…

UPDATE: New summers-end poem from Tom – thanks!!

For we who dance at summer’s end
will sway to beats that pulse and bend
along the geodesic line
toward the equinocal time
where darkness balances the light:
this long day wanes, encroaching night
extends its fingers up the sky
but still we dance, though winter’s nigh!

poem (c) 2013 Tom Radcliffe

image (cc) 2013 Hilary Farmer

today’s doodle – stretching cat

stretching...
stretching… or pouncing?

It’s been too long! I’ve been working longer hours recently and haven’t wanted to look at a computer too much after work but here is a quick doodle. Hoping to get back into the zone!

Hoping a haiku will be in order… Tom??

UPDATE: Thanks Tom!

beneath rainbow skies
stretching cat prepares for work
then goes back to sleep

image (cc) 2013 Hilary Farmer

haiku (c) 2013 Tom Radcliffe

Baie Saint-Paul inspired doodle…

Bay doodle
Bay doodle

reflected mountain
green dragon ripples over
cloud-flecked blue water

This doodle is not a portrait of the Bay… more just a feeling… an impression , one could say 🙂 I visited this beautiful place in Quebec last weekend with friends.

Today I am experimenting with blogging directly from my iPad mini… hence the short text.

UPDATE: Haiku from Tom. See above!
Haiku (c) 2013 TJ Radcliffe

(cc) 2013 Hilary Farmer

soft flowers 2…

more flowers
more flowers
Here’s another doodle on the same theme as last time… flowers, soft blending and exploring the relationship of colours next to and overlapping each other. Still enjoying using Procreate. In fact I have done a few more doodles but haven’t posted them yet. I will try to post another this week.

Check out this photography blog with some lovely detail shots of flowers, architecture and more.

UPDATE: Original poem from Tom in the comments! Captures the image very well – thanks Tom!

Floral embers smoulder, bursting fire
beneath the gusting winds of warming Spring
raising up the Year King on his pyre
to burn within the sacred garden’s ring
where arms of leafy green are raised up high
to welcome back the Eastern-rising sun
rebirth is in the air across the shire;
Winter’s reign at last is finally done!
So brightly burn the floral fires today
that only for a moment will they last
yet toward the Summer they will light our way
melting Winter’s grip so cold and fast.
So the Year King burns, for he is slain,
Yet all that dies will one day live again.

(c) 2013 TJ Radcliffe

image (cc) 2013 Hilary Farmer

soft flower doodle…

Soft flowers
Soft flowers

I have recently started experimenting with a new app called Procreate. So far it is behaving both more intuitively and flexibly than others I’ve tried. Thanks to the art blog of  Nicholas Herbert for bringing my attention to this app. Check out his traditional and digital artwork – pretty cool!

Hopefully, I will start posting more regularly again – spring is inspiring!

UPDATE: Thanks to Tom for commenting with this new poem for my doodle!

When April with her showers sweet
brings to an end the cold March drought
and birds through tangled bushes tweet
then do the flowers rise and shout:

“Now Spring’s upon us! Winter’s done!
Let all rejoice for we have won
Another year of life and love
beneath the Sun so bright above!”

(c) 2013 TJ Radcliffe

image (cc) 2013 Hilary Farmer

quick doodle… loon arising…

about to laugh...
about to…

This is a really quick doodle (maybe under a minute) I tweeted the other day. Tom tweeted back this great haiku:

lo! arising loon
just to speak on weighty things
then light on water!

I really like the idea that the loon got distracted from his important speech by the beauty of the scene. ummm… what was I going to say again??

I’ve been painting more than doodling lately so it takes longer to get something blog-worthy but I should have something new soon… and I have worked some more on the paintings in progress in the previous post so I may post them again for the comparison. I feel like I am starting to get somewhere – while recognizing the length of the road… enjoying the journey though!

Take a minute and check out this lovely sketch – but then I am very fond of cats – and this blog is from a cat’s perspective – very cute!

image: Hilary Farmer (cc) 2013

haiku: Tom Radcliffe (c) 2013