My Impression of Australian Artist Margaret Olley

My Impression of Australian Artist Margaret Olley
by Karin Taylor (April 2014)

She had a rapport with things that she saw
They glowed with the goodness that light could bestow
Each painting a discourse on all that she owned
Yet she gave them away and was humbly drawn
To giving, encouraging, building up artists
Who were younger than she, and were yet to encounter
The cynical eyes of the critics whose guise
Would be to pretend they’re most credible guides
And what she conveyed with her brush and her toil
Was layer on layer of richness in oils
Imbuing her works with shape, form and colour
And filling the world with her great sense of humour
The yellow, the blue, the alizaron crimson
A petal, a jug, or cylindrical prism
She gave them their colours, presenting their forms
Each one an expression of home and of warmth.

I recently attended an exhibition of the late Margaret Olley, who has since inspired me to find a renewed joy in drawing and painting. This was my simple impression of her a couple of days after the exhibition. More info

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