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Seeking and finding mandala…

Posted in art, mandala, poetry with tags , , , , , , , , , on 2016/10/22 by greenteadoodles

Finding the source…

Well, the colour version is full of joy! I had an idea of the palette I wanted but even so, somehow the evolution from black and white to colour is a surprise and a delight. Hope you enjoy it too!

Here is the accompanying poem by Tom 🙂

The tallest trees are rooted deep within
rich fertile Earth where saffron flowers grow:
unbending yang encompassed by soft yin,
entwining roots encircle all we know:
this gentle Earth, this paradise of sky
this forest old that reaches for the light
this rooted tree that dreams that it might fly
this branching green explosion burning bright
as butterflies slip between the seconds
easing past the trunks and up the Path
softly higher toward the solar Presence
bright airy space where swallows dance and laugh.
Rising inward, reaching, thrusting tall
Spreading outward, strong, the source of all.

image (c) 2016 Hilary Farmer
poem (c) 216 Tom Radcliffe

Forest knots mandala…

Posted in art, drawing, mandala with tags , , , , , , on 2016/09/08 by greenteadoodles

in the deep forest, everything is connected: unity

Inspired by time spent hiking in British Columbia this summer, this new mandala grew organically bit by bit over quite a few days starting from the Celtic knot in the centre. The level of detail might be getting just a touch obsessive 😉 On the other hand I do find it truly meditative and a joyful process. I will post it again after I have added a layer of water colour. In the meantime, here is a close up to give a clearer view.


forest knots – detail

UPDATE: New poem from Tom! Thanks Tom!!

Beneath the canopy of leaves
the forest world awaits
with intertwined complexities
and deep entangled states

Without beginning, without end
both root and branch are one
into each the other blends
as leaves soak up the sun

protecting flowers deep down below
in shadowed forest glades
turning toward the light they know
in floral-fine cascades

as in the depths the open eyes
of roots observe the world
aware of all that lives and dies
around the centre curled

in intricate embellishments
of density required
to supply the nourishment
of souls by this inspired

Poem (c) 2016 Tom Radcliffe

images (c) 2016 Hilary Farmer

oil painting doodles – further leaf studies…

Posted in art, painting with tags , , , , , , , on 2014/07/27 by greenteadoodles
colours brightened

colours brightened

darker outlining

darker outlining

further leaf brightness and background enhancement

further leaf brightness and background enhancement

So, I was in the mood to push these little leaf studies a bit further. I wanted more warmth and summer brightness so I started by adding a lot more yellow and green. Then, more definition seemed called for… The outlining was deliberately too extreme but gave me something to paint towards. So, the (for now) final versions have been resoftened somewhat and both the leaves and background given more colour.

paintings (cc) Hilary Farmer 2014


oil painting doodles – leaf studies…

Posted in art, painting with tags , , , , , , , on 2014/07/26 by greenteadoodles



more leaves!

more leaves!

Have not been posting lately… it’s been that kind of summer so far – too much work, not enough painting!

These are two very small oil paintings (8″x8″) done in a short time. I plan to continue working on them, with what you see here just being the under-painting. This may become a series of studies inspired by trees and the feeling that one can get of refuge and tranquility when there is a canopy of foliage overhead…

paintings (cc) Hilary Farmer 2014

today’s doodle… more trees

Posted in computer art with tags , , , , , on 2014/04/15 by greenteadoodles


Today’s quick doodle… trees! I must be thinking about the trees I am planning to plant this spring… as soon as the weather permits!

UPDATE: New poem from Tom – lovely! thanks!!

Within a summer evening, dark
beneath a crowded sky,
spreading branches shelter Earth
while silent stars go by.

I take a pause beside the road
to have a moment’s rest
and see a forest in the field,
a copse upon the crest

of a little hill above
still waters of a pond
where a brace of ducklings sleep:
they dream of skies beyond

the ken of mortal men like me,
a lonely passerby
who contemplates the living trees
while silent stars go by.

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

today’s doodle… trees

Posted in art, computer art with tags , , , , , , on 2014/03/12 by greenteadoodles


Another quick doodle today since choir practice was cancelled due to a snow storm. I have been thinking about trees a lot lately… planning to plant some this spring – some evergreens and hardwoods – all native species. It should be an interesting project to try to increase wildlife habitat – a long term project!

UPDATE: haiku fromTom!

foggy forest, ferns
familiar falsehoods fading
fermenting futures

image (cc) Hilary Farmer 2014

poem (c) TJ Radcliffe 2014

winter crow…

Posted in computer art with tags , , , , , , , , on 2010/02/21 by greenteadoodles

winter crow

I was walking on the mountain yesterday and noticed a crow perched on an improbably high branch which inspired this doodle. It was a lovely day – soft (for February) with a pale winter sun occasionally breaking through the clouds.

This morning we participated in a tea tasting – just of Taiwan wulongs! ten different ones… It was quite eye-opening. Although I already had a good idea that there is a huge range of flavours within this family of teas, it really was remarkable. The aged Wulongs had an especially strong range of flavours. While I often enjoy strong flavours, I found myself gravitating towards the greener, fresher-flavoured varieties. I won’t get into the details of which one seemed to me like over-ripe olives, which like burnt chocolate and which like flowers on a sunny day… There are real experts out there discussing tea and if you are interested in the world of Chinese tea, check out the links to the right. If particularly in Wulongs, here’s an interesting article on Taiwan Dong Ding Wulong. (Note: due to transliteration differences, Dong Ding = Tung Ting and Oolong = Wulong)

image (cc) 2010 Hilary Farmer