“When a painted summer landscape can capture the warmth and restfulness and grace of this season, and perhaps even the rumble of distant thunder, then it begins to approach that tenuous edge of reality where poetry resides. When the voices of other summers whisper through a canvas to the viewer, it has hit the mark”.
What do the watercolor, landscape artist and the poet have in common?
They both love nature, and can’t experience it enough. Usually the artist describes the scene with the paint brush and chosen colors, the poet describes the scene with colorful words, carefully chosen while describing a picture for you to see in your mind’s eye. It’s up to you to supply your memories and past experiences to make it a painting or poetry that you simply must have.
A poetic landscape will draw you in, just enough that as Elizabeth Mowry states, “you hear the voices of other summers whisper through the canvas.” Many times you are left with a silent space while viewing a painting, just enough space to help you understand the artist’s true intent of the painting.
The sensed stillness in the picture to the left speaks volumes about the painting and the artist. Also, the colors used by the artist are warm and inviting, depicting the light of a summer morning, with the mist rising and the pines still, not even a tiny breeze. You just know it’s going to be a hot, country day by the subject and colors used by the artist.
An indirect way the watercolor, landscape artist and the poet have common ground is expression.
The artist uses color and brushstrokes to sooth your soul, giving peace each time the painting is viewed. The poet uses words that express their peacefulness and happiness. There is just something about color that excites or leaves you feeling less than happy. The poet uses words that express their ideas in a way that touches the reader.
The watercolor, landscape artist loves to paint the woodlands,
paths, meandering creeks mountains and farms. This is poetry for the artist’s soul. Painting nature as they see it, so absorbed in their painting and forgetful of troubles and cares of the day.
Poets paint their pictures by describing them with beautiful words, expressions and descriptions of their inspiration.
Many times as I encounter scenes of the countryside, I’m reminded of a happy childhood, in the country on a small farm. My paintings reflect lessons taught by parents who were very much attuned to nature and the seasons. I also learned from these experiences that inspiration can come from many things.
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