Her (12″ x 12″ oil on gessoed panel)

Well, this sprang in part from the freedom and joy I felt painting the last botanical abstract and in part I dreamed her. It happens sometimes. I am often reminded of the Picasso quotation “inspiration exists, but it has to find you working” – definitely if I hadn’t painted that day, the image in my head would have floated away. The painting is strange and weird and I kind of love it.

Tom’s wonderful poem reads almost like a riddle.

She’s always there, within the lurking trees
about to surface, coming into light
where the forest stirs in absent breeze
and the darkness sparkles in the night.
Perhaps you’ll catch her passing swift behind
a walking shadow, dancing with an elf,
or vanishing before your very mind,
until you wonder, “Is that… or myself?”
Her eyes are watching all and seeing naught
but beauty where there’s nothing else to see:
she’s always there, but never seen nor caught
by merely mortal eyes within the trees.
She moves the world, although she does not move,
she is the First, by which all things are proved.

image (c) 2019 Hilary Farmer
poem (c) 2019 TJ Radcliffe

today’s doodle…

pensive woman's face
pensive woman's face

Just a quick doodle today. New changes in my work schedule may alter how often I can update in the next while… a new job with lots of new things to learn – a good thing! but on the other hand it may be stressful and draining…

In the meantime, if you’re looking for something of quality on the web… Those of you into webcomics may have already discovered The Meek. Here’s a new fresh webcomic for those who are worried that the best ones (like Anders loves Maria) are winding down. Be warned that although there is nothing questionable about their taste, these two webcomics are both NSFW due to occasional nudity.

image (cc) 2009 Hilary Farmer