Friday, 29 May 2009
A poem about a painting
I had a lovely day at a workshop at Charleston. This is the outcome:
Vanishing Point (looking at -- Girl Wearing an Orange Shawl, c. 1894-1895, by Edouard Vuillard)
The little girl with her orange shawl
Appeared on my canvas
In response to the vermillion mark
I had placed at the vanishing point.
Diagonal leading there,
A line for the eye,
And the two of them, going
Cobalt blue in her hair
Jaunty and brave.
Will she be brave enough for this?
I mixed some of that cobalt blue
Into the cadmium orange hue
With a touch of Mars black.
Turned them under the palette knife
Colours bleeding into one another.
A greenish brown emerged,
Took her by the hand
And led her
Out of the picture.