Pears

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Three Pears; Acrylic on paper; 8×10

I haven’t done much painting lately, but on Christmas afternoon I got the itch to pull my acrylics back out. It was a way to mentallly and emotionally regroup in the aftermath of holiday chaos. Still-life paintings call to me lately and this little line of pears became my latest subject matter. They seemed to represent the Christmas season in shape and color. They are a reflection of the three little people that fill my life, elbows touching, each with their own personality.

I’m always interested in how painting and poetry intersect. Paintings are images in color. Poems are images in words. I love to see how the two different forms of art speak to each when they are placed side by side. Many of my poems overlap in subject matter with the paintings I’ve done or the photos I’ve taken. One inspires the other, and vice versa. As I was painting these pears the other day, I found myself thinking of a Linda Pastan poem from her latest collection of poetry, Traveling Light, entitled “Pears”:

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Do you find the different forms of art overlap for you?
What inspires you to create?
What images speak to you during this time of year?

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas!

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Citrus and Espresso

Citrus and Espresso

Citrus and Espresso.
Acrylic on paper; 9×12

I started this still life during the doldrums of winter when the days were gray and damp. The trees were barren and life felt dismal. The light and joy of Christmas had faded and spring was still a faint fleck in the distance.

We found relief in the color and scent of citrus. We took momentary refuge in the warmth and richness of espresso.

This painting reminds me that God gives us good gifts each day, gifts that breathe beauty and hope back into our spirits even during the darkest seasons. I am grateful for that.