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Painting and Poetry

by Caroline , January 20, 2008—12:00 AM

Topics: plein air, sea scape, watercolor

I painted these beach rocks in Cambria, California. I used rough 300 lb paper and found that dragging the brush on the rough surface was helpful in creating sea spray against the rocks.

I think it is not uncommon for creative people to work in more than one art form. My other identity in that regard is "poet". I'm going to take a cue from my daughter, who habitually matches art in verse at,and share these excerpts of one of my poems that tells why this is a magical place:

If I had no deadlines to meet I__™d be on my way to Cambria.

...I__™d crawl slowly down Big Sur,

Even if the road weren__™t a sculpture gallery in orange repair trucks accompanied by the dance of flagmen.

I__™d go slowly even if the road didn__™t snake along cliffs and leap wildly across side canyons where streams pour into the sea

The colors of earth, ocean, forest and sky would nearly stop me in my tracks even without the delays of slides and switchbacks

But at last I__™d come to the rocks where elephant seals rest their grandness. I__™d come to fields where zebras stripe poppy strewn pasture lands. I__™d smile.

...And then it__™s only a short drive to Cambria where there would be time for the jade beach and the footpaths for the best calamari on the coast for sipping wine as the sun sets in pink and purple bliss All the knots would uncurl and there would be time for tide-pooling, for painting, for walking for art galleries and glass galleries for tall pines and for a butterfly__™s kiss

Cambria__™s waiting there, down Highway One when deadlines are met and projects are done




  Mary Lawler ( homepage )

01/21/2008 * 14:27:02

This is so great. There is a big ten dollar word for poetry that is inspired by paintings and vice versa and as soon as I think of it I will let you know. I write as well and use a lot of my own poetry in my calligraphy pieces. Text and calligraphy automaticly go together, but it is not often that we are able to see the poetry that goes with art. Some artists oppose tainting the viewer with commentary and let the viewer make a personal connection to the image. I don't have an issue with that but, I think this is a wonderful insight to read your words, it gives the painting a greater depth of mood and I appreciate it even more now. Your poem did not sway me from thinking that the painting looks like Maine. If I want it to be Maine it is Maine.
People purchase art for a plethora of reasons but I have found that the more they know about the artist and the art, the more likely they are to purchase it. They become the keeper of your story. How great is that?

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