Friday, April 13, 2012

Hide and Seek

It was the day we laughed so hard
we made the irises bloom

I was five
it was cool

we were running like cats
a game of hide and seek
happiness all balled up in our hands
shooting out of us in shrieks and bellows

I'm a tiger
she declared

and I decided I was too

a fearless tiger
with nothing to do 
but chase the wind

they say it whips you in the face
but this isn't how it works
if you run hard enough
the wind bores right into you

I don't remember anything else
except the smell of the ocean
sweet as ice cream

the wind carried the rest away.

Instapoem by bentlilly.

I have two versions of this painting. The original is posted below. I like this version (with a digital filter added) better. It's still a work in progress. I've started this painting and gesso'd over it three times now so it may end up back in the gesso pile. ;-) Here it is in the raw state (no filters):


The poem was my inspiration, though. If you've been following my site at all you know how much poetry and music inspire my art. I stumbled upon the bentlily site through Susannah Conway's website. She's awesome in her own right as inspiration through her photography, courses, etc.  She mentioned the bentlily site on one of her posts so I had to check it out. You create your own instant poems by filling in some prompts. This was the poem from the introductory prompts. Check out the site; it's pretty cool. I've also signed up to receive the daily poem. ;-) 

I'm offering this for Paint Party Friday. Have a great weekend everybody! 


ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Actually both are excellent ~ colorful, dynamic, textural ~ and very creative ~ love the poem ~thanks, namaste, ^_^

Carol said...

I love it and the poem is the perfect inspiration for it.

Pointy Pix said...

Both look brilliant to me. I love the colour palette. I know what you mean though - I've painted over one I'm working on twice now - third time's the charm!

The poem is wonderful - it made me really nostalgic for the carefree days of childhood (all those years ago!)

Bill said...

I agree, too. Both are excellent. I love all the colors and the way you've blended them. I'm going to check out that poem site. Sounds awesome!

Martin said...

I love the way you combine wonderful poems with your wonderful paintings, unfinished or not : )

craftattack said...

I love both versions! I'm glad I'm not the only one with a gesso pile! The poem is beautiful, too! Have a good weekend, hugs, Valerie

Alicia said...

this is so beautiful and lovely - the sentiment and the colours

Netty said...

Loving both versions Pam and am sure this won't end up on the gesso pile as it has all the makings of a fab picture. Really love the great poem as well. Happy PPF, Annette x

Lynn said...

Lovely work. I love how wax and paint mix!

carlarey said...

Lovely painting, I really like the shapes and colors just being barely visible.

I tried the poem generator. Mine was not nearly as successful as your.

Mary C. Nasser said...

Beautiful painting and poetry!
Happy PPF!!
Mixed-Media Map Art

Sherry said...

I love the poem and the art is very happy. Nice piece.

KAT said...

I WILL check out the poetry site because it sounds so fun. I like your creative art. I look forward to seeing how this develops.. So much fun to visit everyone today !

- KAT -

Ayala Art said...

I like it! I hope you don't gesso it anymore, looks perfect to me. Both of them!

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

I LOVE your painting just as it is AND the poem! On my way to check out instapoem now...

Gloria said...

Very nice post, love what you had to say and your piece is awesome. Thank you for sharing.

Clare said...

I love this art work - I think that often abstract work speaks more clearly and loud than any other. What a sweet poem, poetry is like magic isn't it, it fills up the mind with such wonderful images and inspiration.

Micael Chadwick said...

I know I have been distant (aka non-existant) lately. My world seems to have been dumped on its head and kicked in the ass, but I have come back to this one time and again. There's something here that I just cling to for some reason - as happens with so many of your creations.

These remind me of the line in the Cure song "Fires outside in the sky look as perfect as cats." Gets stuck in my head everytime I come back to it.

You. Are. Brilliant.

As always.