May 15, 2012

"Dogwood and Azeleas" - The May Diana Moses Botkin Artist's challenge

Oil on museum quality Ampersand Gessobord panel - 8" x 10"

      THINK that I shall never see 
      A painting lovely as a tree.
      A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
      Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;
      A tree that looks at God all day,
      And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
      A tree that may in Summer wear
      A nest of robins in her hair;
      Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
      Who intimately lives with rain.
      Paintings are made by fools like me,
      But only God can make a tree. 
      Forgive me Joyce (Kilmer) for taking liberties with your poem.   This month's artist challenge was to paint a tree indigenous to your area.  Perhaps I'm not a big picture guy or maybe I just like the intimacy of these dogwood blossoms set against a backdrop of crimson azaleas.  They remind me of Andy Warhol's "Flowers" circa 1964.

      I don't know if there were dogwoods in the forest of Arden, but there should have been.  This artist's life, my studio nestled in bucolic woods, pleases me well.  [My] life, exempt from public haunt,  finds tongues in trees, books in the running brook, sermons in stones, and good in everything.  ~ William Shakespeare

      As for my fellow challengers, some have acquainted me with their woodland endeavors but alas, not all.  There is an slight abatement of imagery.  I fear this forest is but a glade.

                    "Reaching for the Sky"
                    Original oil on hardboard 11.5"x6"
                    ©2012 Diana Moses Botkin

       "West of Healing Springs"
      11x14" Oil on Linen Panel
      © Vicki Ross
       "Palo Verde Sunset"
      14"x18" oil
       Becky Joy Fine Art


martinealison said...

Je ne sais pas si vos arbres atteignent le ciel, mais vos peintures atteignent mon regard...
Magnifique travail.
gros bisous à vous.

Mark Adams said...

Merci beaucoup, Martine

Diana Moses Botkin said...

I love your intimate painting of the Dogwood. We don't have them up here where I live now in the Northwest, but I remember them fondly from when we lived in Kentucky.

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Diana.

vickiandrandyrossart said...

Gee, Mark! You're a romantic as well as a fabulous artist. I was so busy painting indoors that I completely missed our spring here in the Ozark mountains of Northwest Arkansas. Bad me, huh?

suzanneberry said...

beautifully done mark! i love it. i've missed the challenge and will be back next month. again, lovely work as always.

Mark Adams said...

Yea! Suzanne's coming back! Thanks for the kind words.