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Wave on Rocks, Summer Isles by BillCowe

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Oil on board. 1966

“Waves crashing on Rocks”

With mounting certainty the greeny wall bears down –
it’s crest a-chattering with excited anticipation.
Relentless, unhesitating it comes onward
The eager tops can wait no longer and teeter on the brink
and curl
and just begin to fall – when
Smash! and Crash!
Pounding the rock with unleashed energy
that booms of power
A sound that redounds and resounds and rebounds
around the bay
Foam and spume and froth fly
in a million smashes
ind splashes
And leap toward the sky
as if to climb over the obstacle
of mossy rock.
And fail
and fall
and slip and swirl
and curl in desparate, frustrated fury
and fret and fume.
And lie all spent a moment.
Then, black and oily,
Slip away

w.g.c. 2007

Note: the original painting 50cm x 75cm is for sale – enquire by bubblemail direct to Bill Cowe

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  • Alan Findlater
    Alan Findlaterover 6 years ago

    beautiful work

  • Thank you Alan!

    – BillCowe

  • Linda Ridpath
    Linda Ridpathover 6 years ago

    wow, so much colour and movement….

  • Thank you Linda, nice to get feedback!

    – BillCowe

  • NordicBlackbird
    NordicBlackbirdover 6 years ago

    Gorgeous work, Bill :))
    …i can hear and taste the sea!


  • Rahul Kapoor
    Rahul Kapoorover 6 years ago

    Excellent……………. You might want to add it to the challenge at Real Life Art…

  • Thank you, Rahul. You will see that I’ve taken up your suggestion. Regards, Bill

    – BillCowe

  • amarica
    amaricaover 6 years ago

    Well done!

  • thanks again, amarica

    – BillCowe

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