autumn koi …oil painting

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Autumn Koi

This small (8″x 8″ oil on canvas) painting is based on a photo I took a couple of weeks ago at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden here in Vancouver. It was a cloudy day but bright so I took advantage of the afternoon to do a little sight-seeing in my still relatively newly adopted city. The koi quietly swimming by while the willow leaves drifted on the surface of the water was a beautiful moment. It is a very picturesque Chinese garden and so there will likely be more paintings to come from my visit.

Tom’s beautiful haiku also captures the moment.

sky falls on water
dry leaves burn in autumn sun
koi pass by below

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

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seals are cute!

how cute is that?!

Yes, they are cute… and there will be seals in New Albion! We’re now officially one week from launch!! How exciting! 😀
One of the cutest things I’ve seen recently is an island in Japan full of kittehs! Enjoy 🙂

UPDATE:
New poem from Tom! So that’s why she’s smiling!!

What does the seal see with those limpid eyes
beneath the surface of the wine-dark sea
below the turbulence of truth and lies
where minds and hearts and bodies might be free?
She rises to the light to take a breath
before she plunges deep into the cold
where abyssal creatures face their death
and life with equal silence: stoic, bold.
Her enigmatic smile is all we’ll know
of secrets hidden by the ocean’s veil
while on the surface back and forth we go
oblivious to Eurynome’s tale.
Within the ocean’s darkness secrets keep
Until the seals will deign to humans speak.

Copyright (C) 2011 TJ Radcliffe

image (cc) 2011 Hilary Farmer