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Looking up through trees – 6 …oil painting

Posted in art, landscape, painting, poetry with tags , , , , , , on 2017/07/24 by greenteadoodles
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Looking up through trees – 6

This series continues to be so enjoyable to paint! There’s an infinite variety of greens to play with and the contrast with the various back-painting shades has been an interesting exploration. With this one, the back-painting was a warm enough red to be verging on orange.

Here’s Tom’s haiku written just for this painting.

mysterious sky
lies behind the palisade
sunlight filters through

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

Looking up through trees – 5 …oil painting

Posted in art, landscape, painting, poetry with tags , , , , , , , , on 2017/07/13 by greenteadoodles
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Looking up through trees – 5

Next one in the series! The large tree in this painting is a hemlock. The under painting was transparent red medium with some cad orange.

Here is Tom’s haiku!

Sturdy standing trunk
Straight and tall unbending now
Sways in winter storms

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

Looking up through trees -4 …oil painting

Posted in art, landscape, painting, poetry with tags , , , , , , on 2017/07/11 by greenteadoodles

Looking up through trees 4

The next in the series with a lovely haiku from Tom! (The under painting for this one was transparent red medium.)

Tousled heads held high
Reaching up into blue sky
Breathing ocean air

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

 

Looking up through trees – 3 …oil painting

Posted in art, landscape, painting, poetry with tags , , , , , , on 2017/07/06 by greenteadoodles
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Looking up through trees -3

Number three in the series, this one has a magenta under painting. The particular tree is an enormous western red cedar with a twisted trunk I saw in Stanley Park. I like how it starts to melt into the sky.

Here is Tom’s haiku written for this one!

Braided branching trunk
Twisting high into the sky
Shadows down below

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

Looking up through trees – 2 …oil painting

Posted in art, landscape, painting, poetry with tags , , , , , on 2017/07/05 by greenteadoodles
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Looking up through trees – 2

Next in the series! I am enjoying these. 🙂

Here is Tom’s delightful haiku for this painting!

Sunlight shimmering
Dark green spaces simmering
Forest scent of life

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

Looking up through trees – 1 …oil painting

Posted in art, landscape, painting, poetry with tags , , , , , , , , on 2017/07/04 by greenteadoodles
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Looking up through trees – 1

I have started a series of small (6″x6″) paintings of trees with the idea that they will fit together into a grid of 9 paintings and give a complete sense of looking upward in the forest. I do love trees and spending time enjoying the trees on the West coast has inspired me even more. I am also trying out using various colours for underpainting for this series running from magenta through the various red tones to orange. It’s an experiment for me! You’ll be able to tell the underpainting colour from the signature which I do with a tool that removes the top layer of paint.

Once all the pieces are done, I will put them together and likely add some finishing touches to make sure everything works together. This allows me to do a larger piece in bite-sized segments!

No poems for these until the series is complete.

UPDATE: There may be poems for these! …and here is the haiku written for this first one. Thanks Tom!!

Green jigsaw puzzle
Forest fitting together
Corner piece of sky

Image (c) 2017 Hilary Farmer
Poem (c) 2017 TJ Radcliffe

embracing grove mandala…

Posted in art, drawing, mandala with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 2017/06/10 by greenteadoodles
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embracing grove mandala

A new mandala! Back to one of my favourite themes …trees! This time I used a division of ten for the first time – usually it’s eight or twelve. To me, it has an innocent Garden of Eden feeling – before the bite.

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embracing grove mandala – detail

A apple waits in the centre of each tree…

Tom’s sonnet inspired by the image takes on a medieval feeling.

deep within the beating heart of trees
open spaces open invitation
to a knight who rides the land so free
and a maid of bold clear-eyed temptation
spreading limbs and roots within the grove
leafy shadows dapple dance and quaver
as a gust sweeps through the central trove
leaving them in silence while they savor
gasping moments breathing in the sound
hearing sights and tasting touch beside
each other lying on the welcome ground
the grass beneath a slowly rising tide
sunlight paints their naked innocence
hearts and minds in pure coincidence

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