Summer dreaming

Summer dreaming (12″ x 16″ oil on raised panel)

I have been playing with more abstract (and abstract adjacent) painting this year. This one was built up over many layers ending up somewhere between impressionism and abstraction. At some point in the process, the moon appeared in the sky and stayed. The feeling was quite dreamy and more subtle than this photo shows but I can’t get another because it sold quickly.

Tom wrote a delightful sonnet with a rhythm of anapestic tetrameter (like Dr. Seuss) which really suits the mood of the painting.

The farmer’s abed and the Moon is reborn
so we’ll dance and we’ll sing from the eve until morn
when we’ll lie down exhausted and sleep through the day.
In the shadows of grasses and flowers we will lay
until the soft darkness ensilvered by stars
creeps out of the gloaming and brings us awake
to drink from the dew by the light of bright Mars
and sip the sweet nectar of flowers ’til we slake
our thirst and our hunger. Our bodies adorned
with trews made of petals, so silken and gay
we’ll jig to a hornpipe like England’s old tars
who served that old pirate, Sir Francis the Drake.
For we are the Fairest of Folk in this land
obeying no law but the bright Moon’s command.

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

summer doodle… cat and flowers

a cat on a summer day

Here is something new and summer-y but I think things may continue to be slow for July. I hadn’t expected to need a long break after finishing Albion, but that seems to be what’s happening. Instead of drawing on the computer as much, I will be spending more time outdoors and playing on my harp. It’s important to have a change of pace sometimes! In any case, I expect to get back at drawing and posting those drawings fairly soon.

Hey, how about a haiku for this one… Tom?

UPDATE: And here’s a wonderfully fitting haiku from Tom! Thanks!!

eager ears a-twitch
something stirs the summer flowers
cat pounces the breeze

Copyright (C) 2012 TJ Radcliffe

image (cc) 2012 Hilary Farmer