Got the inspiration for this one while doing a little clean up for my absent neighbor. I was working early in the morning before it got way to hot, even for the acclimated desert rat, to be doing yardwork. I decided to turn the inspiration into a kid’s summer day because the first line had a bit better ring than ‘I caught the sun while grubbing in the yard…..’
Catching the sun
You caught the sun, you held it like a ball
in two-year hands – a shining rounded joy
so newly given, a perfect rolling toy
and never thought that it would burn at all.
Your retina was blotched from gazing up,
your shoulders burned, your face, your arms, your knees
from summer’s day your heart demand you sieze
to dance beneath the heated turquoise cup
of sky. And as earth rolled round to sunset
you played your heart out, flew it like a kite
upon the solar wind, til it grew night
and tiredness told you it was time for bed.
Your red face says you caught the sun today.
Your smile, that it was worth it just to play.
I have been hoarding artwork, not putting up ‘newer work’ posts because I’ve been keeping so many of the newer paintings for competition. All those competitions are now postponed, except for the 55+ show where everyone’s work is now trapped inside the gallery for the duration. And all art fairs cancelled through at least mid May. I also read this morning that the coronavirus can only live on cardboard for 1 day and plastic for 3, which means even if I were to be infected (I do not believe I am), I can still ship artwork and it is safe! So, I might as well let you know what is available.
#1405 Sky Comes Down. Watercolor collage on foamcore, 7.5×5.5 in mat to fit 10×8″ frame. Haiku reads: Sky comes down to us, At every angle the rain that might wash us clean. $45, free shipping.
I had a painting accepted in the Sunrises and Sunsets Art Exhibit, held by Fusion Arts. There’s no excuse for not seeing this exhibit, despite the current closure of most facilities, because it’s online. Happy to see that my friend Diane Morgan won one of the awards.
A recent sale of one of my larger paintings resulted in this young couple hanging a beautiful view over their dining room table.
“Away we go” has the following poem written for it and painted in just below the horizon. (The birds that it refers to aren’t easily seen at this distance.) The days approach the dawns’ bright glow we stretch our wings away we go.
A recent sale at Palo Alto subsequently got back to me as a pic of the painting in its forever home. This one might not look as interesting as you would think it could be, but I knew before the new owners took it home, it was going in the guest bathroom, so most of the surrounds are omitted for aesthetic reasons.
“I thought this would be” has the following lines written for it and painted into the horizon areas: I thought this would be the view I’d live and die with but the sea recedes.