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flower power …mandala oil painting

Posted in art, mandala, painting, poetry with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 2018/02/14 by greenteadoodles
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flower power (6″ x 6″)

It was in my mind to try painting mandalas in oils and so this was back to a very meditative process. I had no idea what I was going to paint until I started at the centre – the only given was a radial symmetry. This one started fairly geometrically but then transformed into flowers? butterflies? peacock feathers? It could be many things and I like the ambiguity!

Here is Tom’s wonderfully circular poem!

…bold and bright the peacock’s eyes
turn as inward colours rise
flaring forth in red and gold
leaping out with joy as bold…

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

 

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perennial tangle …oil painting

Posted in art, flowers, landscape, painting, poetry with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 2018/02/12 by greenteadoodles
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perennial tangle (6″ x 6″)

A view of my parent’s country garden in the summer. I love the lush density of the flowers and the richness of the colours! …and yes, I know that these flowers are not all perennials but they come up every year and that’s perennial enough for me!

Tom’s poem!

A tangle deep, wrapped in enigma
growing wild without the stigma
of replanting year by year:
perennials that know no fear
of frost nor snow nor deer nor rabbits
growing wild has been their habit
since a time long out of mind
toward the sun they turn and climb
over each and reaching high
growing wild beneath the sky

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

thinking spring …oil painting

Posted in art, haiku, painting, poetry with tags , , , , , , , , on 2018/02/01 by greenteadoodles
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thinking Spring (6″ x 6″)

After the chill in the air from the precious painting, I was in the mood for something evoking warmer times ahead! This piece is based on a photo from a friend in Taiwan – thanks Claire! – but the flowers look a lot like local azaleas.

Here is a haiku from Tom!

drowsy azaleas
buds dreaming of pink flowers
amidst dark green leaves

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

delphiniums (blue)

Posted in art, painting, poetry with tags , , , , , , , on 2017/12/15 by greenteadoodles
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delphiniums (blue)

A small (5×7) watercolour of delphiniums grown by my mother on a card for her birthday. The title comes from a delightful A.A. Milne poem The Dormouse and the Doctor.

While the art and poem this time are not as directly related as usual, they were both created for my mother for her birthday this year. It was a special number so the whole family was gathered to celebrate. Here is Tom’s beautiful poem.

Somewhere on Stoco Lake a loon
is calling out in evening light
a giddy eldrich lilting tune
as autumn day turns into night
and stars pick out the velvet folds
of heaven’s fabric as it holds
the day’s brief warmth against the cold
that now across the land is rolled.
South down thirty-seven’s length
among the Farmer’s open fields
a night-jar calls out as it wheels
about on wings of grace and strength
as voices rise in joyful laughter
celebrating now, and after!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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

Lacy garden mandala…

Posted in art, cats, flowers, mandala, poetry with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 2017/12/04 by greenteadoodles
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in a lacy garden

Sometimes it is hard to know where to start with these mandalas. Continuing once a beginning has been made is usually easier. This time I started with a sleeping cat in the middle thinking I wonder what will follow from that?

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detail

Apparently, lots of details, flowers and lace. Maybe it’s a kitty’s dream landscape. It’s really up to you. 😉

Thankfully, Tom has wonderful words for this world!

As the eye returns and turns again
through lazy ambulations at the edge
drawn to filigrees and flowers when
it peers through open spaces in the hedge
that bounds the hidden maze of complex paths
where lovers drift in circles round the ponds
lingering to hear each other’s laughs
watching breezes blowing through the fronds
of grasses growing from the simple centre
stretching out to kiss the summer sun
through lacy veils that let the breezes enter
in to the place where the cat has run.
Deep within the the garden she is curled
Deep asleep without care in the world.

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

exotic – oil painting

Posted in art, flowers, haiku, painting, poetry with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 2017/11/27 by greenteadoodles
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orchids

Although I have been posting ink and water colour pieces for more than a month, I have been oil painting as well. Here is an experiment from earlier this month – my first try painting on linen! It came with a clear gesso finish but using my technique which involves a transparent under-painting, I thought it would be better to have a regular white gesso base. So I applied and sanded three coats before starting to paint. It had a nice texture and a level of slickness that I really liked working on. Linen is a good bit more expensive than canvas, but it might just be worth it!

A few years ago, I tried a painting of orchids and wasn’t really satisfied with how it turned out. They are challenging! So although I had photos of some outrageously exotic orchids I took at a show a couple of years ago, I hadn’t dared paint any until recently. This type of orchid doesn’t look at all like a typical florists’ orchid but more like an extravagant “lady slipper”. I played around with the background since the flowers were against a concrete wall in the photo and I wanted some strong colour while still keeping the flowers as the star of the piece. Can’t you just imagine them deep in a jungle with the smell of humid earth all around?

Tom was inspired to write this haiku!

passing flowers drape
beauty on grey forest air
transient delight

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

ring mandala…

Posted in art, drawing, mandala, painting, poetry with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 2017/11/13 by greenteadoodles
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ring mandala

The last few mandalas have been drawn using a quite water resistant ink in my fountain pen. So yay! I can add water colour without blurring out the details. This was “mini-mandala 2” now renamed The Ring.

Here is Tom’s beautiful and highly personal poem to go with this mandala. I feel so fortunate to have someone in my life that sees and responds to beauty in such a profound way!

waves of beauty curling round
washing up the pebbled beach
swirling over summer ground
chanting, singing, each to each
a susurrus so tremulous
as bluebells quaver in the breeze
ringing changes sensuous:
quiet sounds across the sea
while the golden evening rays
scatter from the leafy crowns
bowing to the end of days
where all pain and sorrow drown
in the silence of the night
two hearts make one in joyful flight

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