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Colour the World ... Colour my Life

I prop up the canvas
Stretched
White
And empty
Leaning into the easel in silent readiness

I look through the brushes
Pointed
Bristly
And waiting
Standing in their bunches in quiet expectation

I lay out the colours
Untouched
Distinct
And bright
Radiating in swirls of brimming potential

In broad strokes I set the scene
With grace and confidence I colour the world
In fluid motion the brush dips the paint and dances across the canvas
I paint and dance, I feel the textures, one with the motions
I pour myself onto the canvas, creating a world coloured by my emotions
I feel it swirling into a life of its own – I am its creator, beholder and careful observer
It is one with me and I with it, expressions of each other living an intimate relation as I find myself responding to its call and beckoning, drawn into the world of the canvas of my creation, boundaries blur and swim like waves on the ocean, and I am swept along by the energy of the bright brimming potential … quivering with anticipation

Briefly … the energy fades … and in a moment of quiet confusion …
I feel the canvas
Stretched
Bright
And colourful
Leaning into the easel in silent expression

I look through the brushes
Pointed
Bristly
And waiting
Standing in their bunches in quiet expectation

I inspect all the colours
Smeared
Combined
Yet bright
And radiating in swirls of brimming potential

In broad strokes I have become one with the scene
… and in my moment of quiet confusion
… the energy begins to rise
… slowly …
As with grace and confidence I colour the world
I am the fluid motion, the brush dipping the paint, dancing across the canvas, feeling the textures, one with the motions … I pour myself onto the canvas creating the world of my emotions … I feel myself swirling with the life of which I am creator, beholder and carefree explorer … I am one with it and it with me … mirrors of each other living an intimate relation, as I find myself calling and beckoning, responding and drawn further into the world of the canvas of my creation … boundaries blurred, swimming like currents of the ocean and I am swept along energy of bright brimming potential … quivering with anticipation
As with grace and confidence …
I colour
My world

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I wrote this piece maybe two or three months ago … I used to sketch a lot some years back, but was never any good at painting … my father works really well with water colours, but hasn’t done so in years … anyway … Painting is one of those things that I love, even though I am no good at it myself in this sense … but to me … well … the creation of a canvas is very much like the creation of our very lives … and the similarities and sybmolisms always resonate strongly for me …
Some weeks ago I met an artist who was exhibiting his work here in the reception area of our building where I work in the city. I saw the posters in the lifts the days before … Art With Soul … hmmmm … now that resonates. I made a point of speaking with him when he was here. I think his work is fabulous … have a look for yourself – He is Louis Parsons – Art With Soul

For ages I’ve been thinking I’d like to photograph a painter at work … get images of the paints and the brushes and the works half complete … look for the essence of the energy in the studio and capture that … I think I will ask Louis Parsons whether this would be an option, whether his schedule, patience and humour permit :) … If not, I;ll be on the look-out for another artist I think, but regardless of that – I think Louis artwork is quite fabulous and entirely appealing :)

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Comments

  • clickinhistory
    clickinhistoryover 5 years ago

    well going to be finishing the painting of my flat this coming week or so if that is any use?

    PS poem not bad either..

    PPSyou any good at making cups of coffee?

  • how do you like your coffee Richard & how much of the stuff do you drink?
    PS thanks ;)
    PPS different kinda painting I had in mind, but yeah, that’ll also yield some cool results … I’m in Wales this coming weekend though … and in Berlin the weekend after … can we postpone? … and what colour you painting it out?

    – BettinaSchwarz

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganover 5 years ago

    lovely work Tina

  • thanks Tina :)))
    ~ Tina

    – BettinaSchwarz

  • Erhan OZBIYIK
    Erhan OZBIYIKover 5 years ago

    Beautiful writing !!!!
    Its always a good feel to think about.. Therefore existance.. Existance is learning..
    GReat !!!

  • indeed … expanding, experiencing, creating, feeling, learning … it’s a beautiful thing, this thing we call life :)

    – BettinaSchwarz

  • redeemed
    redeemedover 5 years ago

    This is a wonderful expression of how a lot of artists feel from time to time. Thanks for this very realistic impression of what goes on in one’s mind when the creative process is at work. Thanks Bettina, ( I see myself in this one).

  • ooohhh and as I was watching, you uploaded an image for a buddy icon :) cool :)
    that entirely besides the point though …
    what I actually wanted to say is a hearty thank you!!
    Your comment means loads to me!! You have given me such honest and naked feedback … I’m honoured. Thank you !!!
    I look forward to seeing your work as you begin to upload :)
    Welcome to the Bubble – I’m sure you’ll enjoy your time in here – the folk really are quite lovely!

    – BettinaSchwarz

  • clickinhistory
    clickinhistoryover 5 years ago

    going back to Egyptian cotton from white, sets off the photos better lol.. getting the air miles in I see in time for Xmas lol

  • you didn’t tell me how you take your coffee, Richard … I’ve got a lovely organic Costa Rican blend at the moment, brought over by friends who have just been there … tastes quite delicious … milk? sugar? or black?
    Egytian cotton is nice .. neutral but warm yet bright … yes – lovely
    nope, not about air miles … just about seeing people who are important to me … can’t be helped that they’re scattered all over the globe ;)

    – BettinaSchwarz

  • sfmilner
    sfmilnerover 5 years ago

    Greetings Tina; Your writing is wonderful !
    steve

  • Ah Steve :) you’ve made my morning – thank you for the kind comment :))
    ~ Tina

    – BettinaSchwarz

  • clickinhistory
    clickinhistoryover 5 years ago

    Tina sounds fine by me, love real coffee, instant gives me a headache these days, just strong and white and if you were so important to them, they all would live closer so more time for drinking healthy drinks rather than airports ;) Have a wonderful two weekends

  • strong & white is certainly doable :) Soya, cow’s or goat’s milk? I ask, because I’ve recently been in a household where truly that question must be asked … I’ve learned not to take any preferences for granted … though I don’t normally keep goat’s milk at home myself …
    Hmmmm … they’d live closer, huh? … hmmm … maybe it’s me whose moved about so much … shan’t be expecting everyone to move around with me …
    and they do visit too … so it’s a two way street … and a change of scenery can be really rather stimulating :)

    I gather you don’t like airports then? … or is it travelling in general?

    – BettinaSchwarz

  • clickinhistory
    clickinhistoryover 5 years ago

    lol like the Two Ronnies Sketch.. cows milk will do

    Travel every day in my job lol but like the getting on a coach or train and then sitting watching that half world that is international departures. Do not travel as much as I would like, cash flow and time

  • KEITH  R. WILLIAMS
    KEITH R. WILL...over 5 years ago

    very colorful writing excellent indeed

  • thank you so much Keith!! I appreciate that very much indeed!

    – BettinaSchwarz

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