Rapture by Angela  Burman


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Daler Rowney Acrylic on board 12″ × 16″

My inspiraton came from a wonderful poem by Mary Oliver called The Rapture

All summer
I wandered the fields
that were thickening
every morning,

every rainfall,
with weeds and blossoms,
with the long loops
of the shimmering, and the extravagant-

pale as flames they rose
and fell back,
replete and beautiful-
that was all there was-

and I too
once or twice, at least,
felt myself rising,
my boots

touching suddenly the tops of the weeds,
the blue and silky air-
passion did it,

called me forth,
addled me,
stripped me clean
then covered me with the cloth of happiness-

I think there is no other prize,
only rapture the gleaming,
rapture the illogical the weightless-

whether it be for the perfect shapeliness
of something you love-
like an old German song-
or of someone-

or the dark floss of the earth itself,
heavy and electric.
At the edge of sweet sanity open
such wild, blind wings.


abstract, acrylic, angela burman, fine art, happiness, joy, jubilation, rapture

Born in Cardiff, but now live in the West Midlands. Graduated from Birmingham City University with a BA (Hons) in Visual Arts.

Key styles: impressionism, abstracts and whimsical,which cover a wide range of subject matter from pure abstract, figurative, portrait, still life, nature and wildlife.

Media used: oils, acrylic, mixed media, collage, textiles and digital photography and photoshop.

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  • neilbrown
    neilbrownabout 4 years ago

    Defiantly. :-))

  • Thank you Neil :O)

    – Angela Burman

  • Igor Shrayer
    Igor Shrayerabout 4 years ago

    WOW! This is so beautiful composition and colours!
    Fantastic work my dear friend!

  • Igor, you are such a wonderful support and full of encouragement. Thank you very much x

    – Angela Burman

  • robpixaday
    robpixadayabout 4 years ago

    So forceful and LOVELY!!!

  • Thank you very much Robin :O)

    – Angela Burman

  • Anthea  Slade
    Anthea Sladeabout 4 years ago

    Rapture indeed! This is so beautiful Angie. I love this. Anthea

  • Thank you so much Anthea. Hope you are feeling so much better now

    – Angela Burman

  • leonie7
    leonie7about 4 years ago

    Wow Angie this is just fabulous beautiful words my friend love it lol lee

  • Morning Lee. Thank you so much for your lovely comments. You are such a wonderful support my friend xxx

    – Angela Burman

  • Dania Reichmuth
    Dania Reichmuthabout 4 years ago

    Fabulous Angela, love the vibrant colors, just stunning work, congrats! Cheers:)

  • Thank you so much Dania :O)

    – Angela Burman

  • Renate  Dartois
    Renate Dartoisabout 4 years ago

    This is a beautiful inspired abstract I can see that after reading this wonderful poem….

  • Thank you Renate. Your encouragement and support are wonderful :O)

    – Angela Burman

  • Dawn M. Becker
    Dawn M. Beckerabout 4 years ago

    your work is so cool…I really like this and always love your colour choice!!! :-)

  • Dawn, you give such wonderful encouragement. Thank you so much for that :O)

    – Angela Burman

  • DebraLee Wiseberg
    DebraLee Wisebergabout 4 years ago

    WOW..look at those colors and flow! Very nice work Ms. Angie! Right to my fav’s!


  • Thank you Debra. You have made my day :O)

    – Angela Burman

  • biddumy
    biddumyabout 4 years ago
    Summer rain brings vivid effervescent colours in your beautiful abstract!!!
  • Such a lovely comment Biddumy. Thank you so much

    – Angela Burman

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