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Rose Compass Mandala

Posted in art, drawing, flowers, mandala, poetry with tags , , , , , , , on 2017/03/16 by greenteadoodles
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Rose Compass

Starting to have  more  time  for art! 🙂

This came to me as a play on words I suppose (compass rose) but then took on a life of its own. The water colour version to follow soon…

Here is Tom’s lovely poem to accompany it!

what beauty draws the eye and then the touch
toward this prickly outer knotty line
demarcating boundaries sharp, too much
to overcome without a twist of twine
to restrain and open up a way
for stems that gently penetrate the bounds
as rosebuds yearn, the light of younger days
still lingers while the ladybugs run ’round
from point to bud to point above the dark
rich leafy base wherein the rose encompassed
spreads with beauty unabashed and stark
at the centre, petals soft and lustrous
beyond the thorny thickets at the rim
grows the blossom, full of love within

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

Sunflower spirals mandala…

Posted in art, drawing, flowers, mandala, poetry with tags , , , , , , , , , on 2017/02/12 by greenteadoodles
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Sunflower Spirals

Has my life been busy!
…and here finally is the water colour finished version of Sunflower Spirals. I still love the bumblebee the best – so here’s a close up. 🙂

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Sunflower Spirals detail

I have a few more weeks of intense busy-ness and then the plan is definitely more time for art! 

In the meantime, finding joy in apparently mundane daily tasks as I prepare for big changes in my life!

UPDATE: A delightful new sonnet from Tom for this image!

The solar phoenix burns and is reborn
as a flower turning up its face:
the sympathetic magic of its form
mirroring its namesake yet with grace
that’s all its own, the bright coronal plumes
fluttering upon the summer breeze
while buzzing in the orbit of the bloom
there moves a busy planetary bee
through the knotted pathway at the edge
where spiral seeds meet glowing petals bright
forming up in fields beside a hedge
where summer life is humming true and right.
Beneath blue sky the flower softly turns
Savoring the summer as it yearns

image (c) 2017 Hilary Farmer

Poem (c) 2017 Tom Radcliffe

Cat and flowers…

Posted in art, cats, flowers, haiku, painting, poetry with tags , , , , , , , , , on 2016/06/16 by greenteadoodles
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cat and flowers

This quick 4″x 6″ postcard was inspired by a photograph in a delightful calendar from 2006 (A Cat in the Garden – photos by Del Greger). I knew there was a reason I was keeping it!

UPDATE: New haiku from Tom!!

hunter stalks flowers
fierce eyes threaten destruction
inner cougar purrs

water colour (cc) Hilary Farmer 2016
poem (c) Tom Radcliffe 2016

Spring Blossoms…

Posted in art, flowers, haiku, painting, poetry with tags , , , , , , , on 2016/04/24 by greenteadoodles
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Spring Blossoms fresh from Taiwan…

Long over-due post! Just a quick watercolour to celebrate the warm sunshine. In fact I was doing more oil painting over the winter taking part in an e-course “Dream, Love, Paint” which I highly recommend. I decided not to post the work from the course – more about the process than the result! …and also the set up, images and technique were directly from the teacher so it didn’t seem correct to post them as my work.

Hoping to carve out more time for oil painting soon and post some new works but in the meantime, I’m rediscovering watercolours a bit with an eye on doing some plein aire with them – oils are more challenging in terms of traveling etc even though I love working with them. Watercolours have their own challenges but it’s all OK if one decides to just call the “mistakes””happy accidents” instead! lol

The “Spring Blossoms” painting is inspired by a photo a friend in Taiwan posted on her Facebook page a while ago and gave me permission to work from – thanks Claire!!

UPDATE: New self-described “goofy haiku” from Tom – thanks Tom!!

plump plum petals primp
pleasingly posed performance
pretty petticoats

painting – water colour and ink on paper – (cc) 2016 Hilary Farmer

Poem (c) 2016 Tom Radcliffe

today’s doodle – tulips

Posted in art, computer art, flowers with tags , , , , , , on 2014/03/11 by greenteadoodles
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thoughts of spring…

A very quick doodle today… it has been much too long since I posted! … and I want to celebrate my five year blogiversary!!! Also, I am just getting used to a new computer – it will be fun to figure out what I can do with all it can do!

UPDATE: New poem from Tom for this doodle capturing exactly the feeling of the image!

Imaginary tulips rising high
above the snows whose depth is all too real.
Still they stand, a flag that proudly flies
expressing all that everyone must feel:
BEGONE ye winter snows! Your time is done!
Enough already! Damnit! GO AWAY!
Will will not yield to ice and cold that stuns,
however loudly you must have your say.
In this slog toward springtime we will win,
time and chance are fully on our side.
So though we greet new storms with some chagrin
the only thing that’s wounded is our pride.
Steadfast we stand, the True North strong and free!
O Winter never will we yield to thee.

image (cc) 2014 Hilary Farmer
poem (c) 2014 TJ Radcliffe

face doodle…

Posted in art, computer art, flowers, haiku with tags , , , , , , on 2013/04/30 by greenteadoodles
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face with flowers

Just a random doodle today… trying a bit of contrast between soft and hard edges.

Have a great rest of the week!

UPDATE: New haiku from Tom!

meditating mind
empty open free
where are my car keys?

(c) 2013 TJ Radcliffe

image (cc) 2013 Hilary Farmer

soft flowers 2…

Posted in art, computer art, flowers, poetry with tags , , , , , , , , on 2013/04/28 by greenteadoodles
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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