Part of a series of works inspired from my dreams of trees…
acrylic on canvas
91cm x 91cm – Sold

Survivors
by Christine Lanham

Late afternoon , light waning,
driving East to that little village.
Summers’ garb velveting the lands’ swellings’,
luminous cloak… protecting earth.

The endless ribbon climbs heaving , breath expanded hills,
denuded long ago to graze hungry mouths .
So long , the remnant veterans forget the company they kept.
I feel their ghosts this evening… swaying in the wind , saying last farewells
as they crumple to another life .
A hut , or boundary claim , some rising as a pheonix from warming fires , escaping cunningly.
Those that remain stand alone or in huddled groups for strength.

Their last stand… through drought , stress and mistletoe, survivors who deserve their place.
Cresting the summer grass waves ,
filigree lace in silohette , introducing land to sky.
Some advancing like a last charge , in unbroken lines over the ridge,
no pounding hooves or lances held….just their dignity as armour.

They filter the suns low rays in conversation flowing , inviting me to join,
and join …I do….with eyes held wide , drinking in the silent words.
My body feels the whispers offered in this moment that is as long as eternity.
Im part of the dialogue now, drinking in this scene , absorbing proffered stories of all they have seen, captured in this softened light which pours itself on me.

Time shifts and all is whole , absent forests stand and croon, lamenting lost potential.
They reach up from the dust , restaking their positions , claiming their ground.
I feel them clamouring all around , even as I pass by.
The veterans feel them too…memories stir and spread through leathery leaves.
Tucked away for lonely times , imprinting dreaming nearly lost.
And on this evening they are young again as distant storm fed breeze allows play .
Come dance with us , and those we grieve.

Pay homage to the life force that still flows deep within our roots.

Copyright – Christine Lanham


Thank you Christine for letting me have your poem along side my painting… :o)

Cary drew in biro from the age of 4 until his first oil painting at the age of 16. With the strong foundation of the values of drawing when he began painting there was an explosion of bright colour in his art. The creative flood-gates had opened! Cary has won many Art Awards all over Australia, ranging from The Portland Art Prize and more recently the Bendemeer Art Prize (twice).
“With my art, I focus on the beauty of our environment and our effect we have upon the natural world.”

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Comments

  • NautilusBlue
    NautilusBlueover 4 years ago

    A lot of drama going on here. Nice use of colour and movement Gus :)

  • Thanks Mate..yeah I painted it in about 3 hours, to meet a deadline for an artshow, which was later extended anyway…their deadline was at Easter Friday! I think that they have had some ‘Positive’ feedback from other artists…don’t have any ‘entry forms due’ within a couple of days before Easter…I think that they have realised that Artists are people who have time issues as well!!! . ;o)

    – Cary McAulay

  • Maryann3
    Maryann3over 4 years ago

    Beautiful color/theme.

  • Thanks for that, Maryann :o)

    – Cary McAulay

  • JennyMac
    JennyMacover 4 years ago

    Love the colours, perspective and energy in this work! Brilliant…. : ))

  • Thank you so very much… JennyMac!!! :o)

    – Cary McAulay

  • scallyart
    scallyartover 4 years ago

    Love this one.

  • Thanks again…scallart…;o)

    – Cary McAulay

  • Kendra Taber
    Kendra Taberover 4 years ago

    very lovely love the blues

  • Thanks Kendra… ;o)

    – Cary McAulay

  • Isa Rodriguez
    Isa Rodriguezover 4 years ago

    this is so lovely…. what strokes so deep yet delicate:)….

  • Thanks Isa for your kind comment… :o)

    – Cary McAulay

  • carol brandt
    carol brandtover 4 years ago

    gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous…
    this image was sitting smack in the centre of my 9 image-feed pics when I opened the page and immediately grabbed my attention… you’re surely a magician with a brush for a wand… a fantastic work

  • Thank you very much Carol really appreciate it- :o)

    – Cary McAulay

  • madvlad
    madvladover 4 years ago

    energy plus colors off the wall-the speed made it-free and uncluttered with angst-only love of doing shows

  • Thanks also for your positive view of my work! :o)

    – Cary McAulay

  • hsien-ku
    hsien-kuover 4 years ago

    like a nerve node stretching out of the earth – living, breathing tree, more alive than many people are. love its emphatic red and the tilt of its head.

  • Thank you – your comments humble me :o)

    – Cary McAulay

  • silvercircles
    silvercirclesover 4 years ago

    Wow! I love this! The colors are great, and the tree is beautiful.

  • Once again I am humbled ..:o)

    – Cary McAulay

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