This painting was partially worked on during a demonstration a couple months ago. I didn’t complete it until a little while later.
#1438 Turquoise jewels. Refractured watercolor on solid panel. 17.5×10″. $175. The following poem is written for and painted into the painting: Turquiose Jewels Dawn leaves me speechless these gold and turquoise jewels precious beyond words.
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 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.