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flowering Klein bottle…

Posted in art, flowers, painting, poetry with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 2017/10/10 by greenteadoodles

Flowering Klein bottle

Although I’ve know about the concept of a Möbius strip for a long time, I only recently heard of the 3D version of that – the Klein bottle. The idea of bumble bees in a continuous loop of pollen laden bliss as they go in and out, ’round and ’round a transparent flower came into my head almost right away. (However it appears, it was not my intention that the bees be stuck inside but stay because they are charmed!)

Here is Tom’s playful poem to go along with this curious, and more than slightly nerdy, watercolour.

Eine kleine Nachtblume

What flower is this that traps the bees within
without a true embeddable dimension
that separates the genus from the kin
questioning Euclidean extensions?
A blossom blooming from its stellar stem
luring in the unsuspecting bugs
to loop around the warp and weft and then
wonder whether god might be on drugs.
A universe enclosed, unoriented
embeddable imperfectly at best
while merely human minds are oft prevented
from reaching any stable point or rest
while contemplating flowers from other realms
geometries that strive to overwhelm.

image (c) 2017 Hilary Farmer
poem (c) 2017 TJ Radcliffe


last plums …oil painting

Posted in art, painting with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 2017/09/23 by greenteadoodles

last plums

Maybe not the very last of the season but with just a few in the box, it seemed like a good title. Juicy and sweet, they have to be eaten carefully …or with abandon, letting the juice run down your chin and arms!

The glowing purple-red of the plums contrasts with the dull green cardboard box.

Wishing you abundance this harvest season.

(c) 2017 Hilary Farmer

three plums in a bowl …oil painting

Posted in art, painting with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 2017/09/18 by greenteadoodles

just plummy!

More of the season’s bounty – delicious “prune plums”. Ever since I learned that prune is the French for plum, this name has seemed curiously redundant. 🙂 I believe these are the type of plums that are dried into prunes hence the logic of the name in English but they were delicious fresh!

As usual, this was painted alla prima (in one quick session). The background green-ish yellow colour was chosen as complimentary to the plums.

Find joy in the simple things and may the day bring you contentment!

(c) 2017 Hilary Farmer

pair of pears – 3 (Bartlett) …oil painting

Posted in art, painting with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 2017/09/15 by greenteadoodles

pair of pears -3

Third in the series with Bartlett pears this time – a lovely green with subtle warm tones hinting towards red and yellow. The ribbed blue bowl added a fun counterpoint to the organic pear forms. The background contains the complimentary colours of the subject. This 6″x 6″ oil on gessoed board was painted alla prima and as with all three “pair of pears”, painted entirely with a #10 flat brush.

May the simple things in life bring you joy and contentment!

(c) 2017 Hilary Farmer

pair of pears – 2 (Anjou) …oil painting

Posted in art, painting with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 2017/09/13 by greenteadoodles

pair of pears – 2

Continuing the autumnal harvest theme with more pears – this time red Anjou pears. Such a gorgeous colour! The painting came together with the complementary green(ish) colour of the background and some hints of green in the pears.

Once again, alla prima fun – oil paint on 6″ x 6″ gessoed board.

(c) 2017 Hilary Farmer

pair of pears -1 (Bosc) …oil painting

Posted in art, painting with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 2017/09/12 by greenteadoodles

pair of pears 1

The cooling days and season of harvest inspired me to take a look at pears – to start, the golden brown colour and elegant shape of Bosc pears.

This is a small 6″x 6″ oil painting. Working at this scale is freeing since the time commitment is much less than larger pieces. It was simply a pleasure to use the alla prima technique (all done in one session) and see the piece come together quickly. With this method, the brushwork has an immediate, fresh quality that I enjoy.

image (c) 2017 Hilary Farmer

happy daisy mandala…

Posted in art, drawing, flowers, mandala, painting, poetry with tags , , , , , , , , , on 2017/09/06 by greenteadoodles

happy daisy!

Water colour has transformed the black and white mandala. There are so many ways this could be done that sometimes it is hard to choose but this time, the colour palette and rendering of the single large flower behind the drawing was in my mind from the beginning …a carefree feeling of summer meadows.


happy daisy – detail

In colour, it is much easier to see the dainty hoverflies. While mimicking the appearance of bees for self-protection, they are stingless. To give an idea of scale, the overall mandala is 8″ in diameter so the yellow centre with all the intricate details is less than 3″ across and the hoverfly is about 1/4″ long which is about full scale – although they do vary in size by species.

Here is Tom’s new sonnet for the colour version. Wonderful!

find the flower soft within the flower
rising moon behind the open fields
where the nightingale sings o’re the bower
of his lover, dreaming as she yields
to seductive songs of other climes:
promises of joy complete, fulfilled
by the long result of flowing time
down the river, through the hollow hills
where ancient magics deep within the Earth
stir, arise from endless eon’s sleep,
go whispering along the banks in mirth
a spell is spoke, a promise made to keep
Beneath the moon two lovers eyes alight
Upon each other, daisies in the night

image (c) 2017 Hilary Farmer
poem (c) 2017 TJ Radcliffe