Sunday Series: 6
In an old life, I was an English teacher. One of the best parts of that job was that people had to listen to me when I read poetry aloud. I miss that.
I’ve found a few new poets lately that I love. People around me can only take so much poetry, so I had to figure out a way to share it with someone, so every Sunday I’m going to take a quote from a favorite poem and put it with a watercolor painting. Why watercolor? Because for some reason, I think it works better with words, and just for a little variety.
Here’s the sixth one. Mary Oliver again. The biggest challenge with her poetry is knowing what to leave off. I think as we progess, I’ll have to paint larger watercolors simply because I want to include more words.
My first real art work was a water lily in pen and ink in 9th grade. I’ve always liked painting them since then, because that was the first time I made something I was really proud of. So when I read this poem last week, I knew immediately that I had the next Sunday painting. And here it is.
“each pond with its blazing lilies
is a prayer heard and answered
whether or not
you have ever dared to be happy
whether or not
you have ever dared to pray.”
— Mary Oliver
(You might want to click through to see more detail, since the paintings are larger this week.)
9×4 Watercolor on Cotton Fiber Paper. $42
Special rules apply to today’s painting. Everyone wins. On Sundays only, instead of one buyer, I’ll paint a version of this for everyone that requests one, because I think if the quote speaks to you then you should have it. Each painting will be an original and slightly different from the others I send out, but based on the painting you see above. The only rule is that in order to paint one just for you, I must receive your email by 5pm Pacific time today.