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Botanical swirl …oil painting

Posted in art, flowers, painting, poetry with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 2018/05/21 by greenteadoodles
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Botanical swirl (6″ x 6″)

Here is another small painting very loosely inspired by a William Morris pattern. Love that arts and crafts movement!

Where I see flowers and vegetation, the poet saw something very different!

Drawing in toward shadowed realms
beckoned on in to the depths
swift turning pathways overwhelm
a universe where warp and weft
lay flat upon each other’s weave.
The twist of space undoes the sleeve
of care that’s gripped by time and place
and loose it runs, increasing pace
until its speed exceeds the law
of these benighted lost dimensions
bound by forces in contention
vanishing in wormhole’s maw:
past the barriers of light
beyond the open doors of night.

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

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Rhododendron garden …oil painting

Posted in art, flowers, landscape, painting, poetry with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 2018/05/18 by greenteadoodles
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Rhododendron garden (16″ x 20″)

It is a crazy beautiful time of year for those who like flowers! Here on the west coast, the rhododendrons make a particularly spectacular show. Recently, we had the occasion to be in Bowen Park in Nanaimo where there is an area dedicated to these bushes. It was a riot of color. There was a wedding party there at the same time having photographs taken – I would have been worried about the flowers upstaging the bride! Anyway, this is not the exact scene as I played with the composition but was strongly inspired by that visit. This was a larger piece for me (16×20) – there was just so much to show!

Here is Tom’s lovely poetic response. I learned a new term this week “ekphrastic poetry” which is poetry particularly written in response to a piece of art. I am honoured that Tom has been regularly providing ekphrastic poetry for my art!

Variations on a theme
of colour, light, and forest shade:
rhododendrons by the stream
bloom beneath the sylvan glade
within the garden where the dark
beneath the leaves hides thrush and lark
who dart and flit and hide from view
but pause to sing a song that’s true
while the gentle breezes blow
and bees abuzz from flower to flower
take the sweet and leave the sour
then back to home and hive they go.
This patch of beauty unalloyed
brings to all a touch of joy.

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

Happy daisy day …oil painting

Posted in art, flowers, painting, poetry with tags , , , , , , , , , on 2018/05/16 by greenteadoodles
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Happy daisy day (6″ x 6″)

Not sure why but today was a daisy day! They just make you smile, don’t they? Well me anyway! The paint was dancing on my brush …and so the daisies were dancing too.

And the daisies are dancing in Tom’s joyful poem!

Daisies dancing in the spring
conjuring the summertime
around the fields they leap and fling
themselves against the walls of rhyme
until their song of summer breaks
into a wild ecstatic shake
of petals drawing magic near
from out the sky so blue and clear
into long twilight where there dwells
more beauty than the world can hold
still the dance so long and bold
carries on until the knell
of day at last brings summer sleep
and rest before tomorrow’s leaps.

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

 

 

Tulips and spirals …oil painting

Posted in art, flowers, painting, poetry with tags , , , , , , , , on 2018/05/14 by greenteadoodles
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Tulips and spirals (6″ x 6″)

I guess I’ve had spirals on my mind lately and this is how they expressed themselves this time! The tulips are the feathery double-petaled type and so look like pink and yellow roses.

Tom wrote this gorgeous poem. I guess he saw roses too!

Beneath the bending swirls of sky
the roses blouse in bending breeze
while the universe goes by
in a silent twirling frieze
of galaxies linked by the tides
of gravity while Earth abides
alone in all the cosmic splendor
and yet unwilling to surrender
to the cold equations of
the empty sky and sterile stars
that twinkle brightly from afar
knowing neither loss nor love.
Beneath the stars in careless flight
Flowers grow against the night

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

Lasqueti sunset …oil painting

Posted in art, landscape, painting, poetry with tags , , , , , , , , on 2018/05/11 by greenteadoodles
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Lasqueti Island sunset (6″ x 8″)

One evening last summer …the air and bay were calm as the sun sank lower and lower until it was a small glowing ball above the trees.

Here is Tom’s inspired poem!

Dusk flows in like liquid light
across the mirror-surfaced bay
harbinger of coming Night
momento of the ending Day:
long shadows for the stars prepare
a sky that dark and light will share
while reflective ripples hold
the sun’s last rays in shadowed folds.
Day’s bold colours, Night’s pure black
meld together, pastel shades
create a beauty unafraid
of time’s slow ebb from flood to slack.
Bright sun in cold black water glows
Where soon more distant stars will show

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

Constellation of flowers …oil painting

Posted in art, flowers, painting, poetry with tags , , , , , , , , on 2018/05/09 by greenteadoodles
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Constellation of flowers (6″ x 8″)

Ranunculus are such beautiful flowers, delightfully lush! It was a joyful process to express them in paint. The title came from the idea that there was some feeling of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” in the swirls of flowers.

Tom’s poem celebrates that visual relationship.

Constellation shining bright
within the endless field of stars
nine swirling talismans of night
like fireflies trapped in the jars
of collectors curious
seeking out mysterious
patterns in those turning forms
that bend slow time beyond the norms
of space or distance: pure duration
can’t contain this moment’s past
nor will flowers live and last
beyond the season’s termination.
In the sky the flowers glow
While only wonder dwells below.

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

Morris rose …oil painting

Posted in art, flowers, painting, poetry with tags , , , , , , , , , on 2018/05/07 by greenteadoodles
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Morris rose (6″ x 6″)

Recently, I have been finding inspiration in unusual places – such as William Morris wallpaper. The patterns can be mesmerizing. I was looking at one before I painted this and while there is something of the underlying structure there, the painting quickly took over with its own voice.

For a painting that looks so light and airy, Tom found a dark side to explore in his poem.

When the guns have fallen still
no missiles scream across the sky
then will flowers cross the sill
and go in search of reasons why
through all the empty world’s expanse
where no lovers meet nor glance
in secret trysts or wedding bands
across the burned and barren lands
over oceans, through the air
around the world and back again
from pole to pole through all terrain
but finding no good reasons there.
No reasons will the future yield
While flowers blow in empty fields.

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