Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Barren and bare - Maree

W&N watercolour in hand-crafted sketchbook with linen satin-finish paper

Here in South Africa most of the landscape is still barren and bare after winter's onslaught, but Spring is making a concerted effort to show herself - her reign is normally short-lived, quickly being ousted by Summer's determination to make the most of the months ahead until Autumn has her turn again.

The garden like a lady fair was cut 
That lay as if she slumbered in delight, 
And to the open skies her eyes did shut; 
The azure fields of heaven were 'sembled right 
In a large round set with flow'rs of light: 
The flowers de luce and the round sparks of dew 
That hung upon their azure leaves, did show 
Like twinkling stars that sparkle in the ev'ning blue.
 ~ Giles Fletcher



  1. A wonderful contemplation on winter's slumber--your painting and words.

    1. Thanks ever so much Marcia, winter is at an end now here in South Africa (we hope!) so i thought I'd get in a last 'contemplation'!

  2. Another beauty Maree! Well done. That touch of blue makes the whole page sing and, even though there is sunlight and shadows, you've managed to make it still feel chilly.

  3. The light is beautiful in this Maree.

  4. Wonderful atmosphere and calligraphic strokes in this piece, Maree!


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