Sunday, May 03, 2009

"the space/between the leaves"

A misshapen little watercolor-paper sketchbook I put together a few years ago using a page of croquis for a front cover. I came upon it tonight while gathering supplies for next week's workshop in Rehobeth, Delaware.
I messed up the sewing and the spine so badly that I never used the book, but I couldn't toss it, either!
I used the first page to test out my one of my conclusions from yesterday. And while I can't say this was painted with "expressive abandon," I did do it without drawing first! So that's a step in the right direction anyway.

Oo-Koo Kang Grosjean

The space
between the leaves
is full of sunlight.

At the sharp edge,
no longer crowded
with past and future,

fruits ripen on the lemon tree
in the silence
from the morning air.
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Fábio Cembranelli said...

Hi Laura,your work, " without drawing", is brilliant and spontaneous everything you paint!

Hey Harriet said...

Your artwork is just lovely! I've tried using watercolours but my attempts are quite icky! Not impressive like yours!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Laura,

I've loved all of these palms, and the poem is great. What a complete pleasure it is seeing your entries. They always make me feel like art matters.

Take care,


Cathy Gatland said...

You certainly can't toss that! Sometimes the flawed and misshapen become the most precious. I love the cover and your freely painted palm, as well as the ones in the previous post - your work never looks laboured.

caseytoussaint said...

These are beautiful, Laura!

Lindsay said...

I have a book just like that! Filled with lovely Fabriano paper but wonky sewing. Lovely sketch too and thanks for the poem.

A Brush with Color said...

Wow--I love that book. The size of it is interesting, and the images you have in it are terrific, Laura. Did you do the palms without drawing first as well? Lovely. I think that's a hard exercise but inevitably it does loosen me up which I like. That book looks like a treasure!

RH Carpenter said...

Beautiful, Laura, and I love how you pair your visuals with words, always, that enhance and ripen the work like a sweet apple (I know we're talking coconuts here but I prefer apples! haha)

Sherry Pierce Thurner said...

Perfect! I love love love the way yu combine poetry with your watercolors. Maybe we should start our own version of the virtual sketch date, only instead of a reference photo, we use a poem.