When he met her, his landscapes were always bright; viridian held sway on fresh canvas
Painting after painting he pushed sunlit strokes; smooth paint across rough taut cotton
Tirelessly laboring, an intense singular focus
When he went to paint foreign terrain she remained with drying canvases and memories of viridian, emerald, and hunters’; fresh and vital
When his attention faded, careless hands sketched her in simple black and white with tonal shading of funeral-ash gray
The color of cold river clay settled on her and she was becoming obscure
He came home one day to find his studio tilted, the brushes and pencils broken, torn sketches littering the floor like autumn leaves and everywhere, spilled, ruined, useless paint
Lively colors splattered surreal; a dizzy kaleidoscope view. Disorder and chaos contrasted his memories of steady cool winds and verdant trees of the mountains where he found her
With careless daubs his heavy brush had faded her with sad tones and merciless shadow.
It took him decades to clean off the soot and dust of his own making.
Gradually seasons passed, her beauty becoming the soul of his work.
Past midnight as she slumbered fitfully, he sometimes cried painting her on new canvas.
Eventually she would reemerge with that sad-but-wise radiant smile of forgiveness and eternal loyalty.
Those eyes, soft and kind, assuaging him as he incessantly rebuked himself for darker palettes and smears of long ago
He has since painted no subject with more pains-taking effort and detail. She was and remains his focus, retaining the green of life in her long draping gown edged in gold.
Elegant, ever vigilant, regally posed on a solid rock in a wave bashed shoreline.
Here he: Still painting sunlight and blue skies, viridian memories and eternal beauty
Sorrow in true beauty; real or captured on canvas
Here she: Marooned

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  • Sassafras
    Sassafrasalmost 2 years ago

    Oh, Rhino~~
    This touches me at a few intersections…..Quite lovely in its spareness: ..its verbal pictures;;..I see him
    I feel her…and see her also
    Such tension..such an evolution.
    Beautifully written…universal story
    Peace in your New Year,

  • Thanks Sass! Nice to hear from you! Thanks for the kind words. I am humbled. I have been somewhat away for the last year but am getting back into things. All the very best to you and yours this new year. Cheers! J

    – Rhinovangogh

  • JRGarland
    JRGarlandalmost 2 years ago

    You paint awesome pictures both with words and on canvas!! Love this creation of yours!!

  • Thanks JR! It is a heartfelt peice for my dearest Hyacinth Yun and should go with the painting titled “Marooned”. But I think I also have another poenm for that work aptly titled marooned. Thanks for your kind words and friendship all these years now. Cheers, J

    – Rhinovangogh

  • evon ski
    evon skialmost 2 years ago

    this moves me sooo . . . crying tears of many flavors . . . truly well crafted but above all the love that comes through this is . . . phenomenal!! think it’s a masterpiece. :)) Happy New Year to You!!

  • Yvonca I do so appreciate your kind words. I am glad it moved you. Happy new years to you as well. I hope that it will be a great year for all of us. Cheers, J

    – Rhinovangogh

  • Sassafras
    Sassafrasalmost 2 years ago

    Dear Rhino~
    Have missed seeing your work but with the changes around here, I didn’t look to sharply when I managed to get on myself. So…all that said
    Welcome back, Rhino. Hope you’ll stay with us now that you’ve returned.
    Peace and peace again

  • Donna19
    Donna19almost 2 years ago

    Please join me in congratulating Erich, Our Vibe of the Week;
    Congratulations on your feature, wonderful work.
    Jan 2012

  • LoreLeft27
    LoreLeft27almost 2 years ago

    very lovely writing beautiful creation and painting that goes with it

  • So glad you like it and the painting. Cheers, J

    – Rhinovangogh

  • tori yule
    tori yulealmost 2 years ago

    Excellent write! Congrats on your Vavoom Feature!
    The feature page is here

  • Thanks Tori and Happy New Years to you sister! Hoping this will be an exciting and creative year for all of us. Cheers, J PS Thanks for the feature. :-)

    – Rhinovangogh

  • IzzyGumbo
    IzzyGumboalmost 2 years ago

    outstanding writing, I dashed over to see the images too, so beautiful!

  • Thanks Izzy woman! I hope to be uber inspired and productive this year. Cheers, Happy New Years!!!! J

    – Rhinovangogh

  • madvlad
    madvladalmost 2 years ago

    the re awaking,brings forth,paint, song and word,,and a warm melody,pleasure, put to rest,back in your breast,and arty hand,now, now, your the man,,set to go in paint?nobody knows,but your muss and you,yes, yes do,,lick the canvas with your soul,,past is past,now, go, go ,go ,

  • Wowsers! Love that line! “Lick the canvas with your soul!” You should know, like postage stamps and fanmail… You rock my dear friend. Paint on!!!!! :-) Ever, J

    – Rhinovangogh

  • Donna19
    Donna19almost 2 years ago

    I love this story. It just moves me. One that I will read again and again. Amazingly beautiful as well your painting. Such wonderful art.

  • Thanks Donna, coming from you this is a wonderful compliment. Cheers, J

    – Rhinovangogh

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