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
       
       
       

7 comments:

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.