RAINSTORM ON POND, Top To Bottom by Barbara Sparhawk

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oil on canvas
20 X 30 inches, $1150. USD

What IS the magic in rain hitting the surface of a lake, the ocean, a stream, a pond. A plane of glass gets wind-rippled then punctuated by drops, distorted and pushed and heaved right and left by torrents from the sky.

I wanted to see the turbulent top along with a dunk below. The motion most intense at sky level, then gradually shifting the stems and roots underneath. When I see plants in motion (which is most of the time) I get a fine internal boost, I’m that sure they’re happy. As a friend once said, Of course the wind loves growing things. Otherwise there wouldn’t be poetry.

These are dark Prussian blues, rich greens. Waterlilies on the surface go from pale pink to yellow-whites. Some russet in the stems and great twisting escapades.

(The original oil painting is for sale in my California gallery. Email me if you’re interested. sparhawk@barbarasparhawk.com
The price is $1150. USD.)


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  • billyboy
    billyboyalmost 2 years ago

    The way you glorify nature is unbelievable.
    And I know how you do this cause you actually believe in the magic.
    I know of no other artist who has looked beneath the surface of a pond. In ANY weather condition.
    Then you come along and combine botany and rainstorm… as if allowing us to see what made life happen at the very beginning.

    I think that every time I see something new from you I get one step closer to understanding your deep connection with the universe Barbara. Could be you’re a goddess. If you were you probably wouldn’t know it yourself. But nature would. And so when I see the way nature poses for you, I’m all but convinced.
    maybe just need to see a couple more…

    I love your Prussian blues. And your Lily lilacs… and your Sur sennias and Periwinkle purples and your Absinthe asparagus. But most of all I love the way you see life.
    The wind loves going things otherwise there wouldn’t be poetry… I also love that you shared that.
    This is absolutely amazing work.
    And yer still selling it too cheap.
    Having said that, it’s on my wish list :-)

  • Thanks a million for all these lovely thoughts about my efforts, Billy. You are, as always, introspective with my work and, as always, warming my heart from far away.
    I sure do love nature. I love the interaction, its happy response to human attention. Your color descriptions are a delight to read, did I do that? I’m thinking.
    I wonder about adding the prices but I figured what the hell, who knows, and it’s kind of interesting. I’ve been selling some paintings on eBay so I’m not far off the mark.
    Thank you for everything, you encourage so very much. My hand is lighter and readier every time you do.
    xxooBabareebob the Goddess

    – Barbara Sparhawk

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyalmost 2 years ago

    this is beautiful! the colors, forms and even the light are very attractive for the eyes. I have the feeling that I am entering an unknown world. maybe some little tiny creatures will appear. for sure it’s an amazing painting from an artist I just discovered ;)

  • How perfectly lovely of you, Manon. You’ve gotten all the things I hoped to do, the unknown world, yes there and welcome to it, and tiny creatures somewhere, absolutely. Thank you so much for such high praise.

    – Barbara Sparhawk

  • linaji
    linaji7 months ago

    Oh wow is what I can say, this stopped me in my tracks… the colors alone

  • Thanks so much, linaji. I aplogize for missing your comment when you first made it, don’t know how it slipped past me. I’m so glad you like this, ah color, nothing like it.

    – Barbara Sparhawk

  • Linda Woodward
    Linda Woodward2 months ago

    I really love this painting Barbara…excellent creation! :)

  • Many thanks, Linda. It was so interesting to watch it take off in its own direction. I’d begun to paint flowers, landlocked, a garden, and realized there ws so much movement in the stems it was improbably, it must be underwater! Lilies, and iris and things that are pond favored. Then I thought there must be a rainstorm on the surface, and added the moving water at the top. A great delight of painting is finding out what your brain is up to. Thank you again for liking this.

    – Barbara Sparhawk

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