Sunday, February 12, 2012

A Watercolor and Haiku

watercolor on 3-1/2" x 7" 140 lb Fabriano Artistico hot press
Along the path
Pigeons gather to be fed--
The house empty.

26 comments:

  1. Love it Dan, especially how you create the feel of texture with the paints, fantastic colours (I like them when they are more earthy and warm, almost like late afternoon or early sun light). How is the acrylics coming along?

    I like the haiku (had to ask my son about what it really means, he loves poetry)... Im trying to learn and understand more of and about poetry and the different kinds of it (I have been trying to read a book about old Karelian poetry or epic stories "Kalevala" and its been a bit painful)... I kind of like them shorter and the once Im reading are everything but short.
    And this one you wrote works so well with the painting. Less is more : ) Well done!!!!

    Mari

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  2. Nice painting Dan, and the poem fits it to a "T". I'm with Mari amazing texture on that very smooth hot pressed paper... you've got a great technique for doing that... as your other work has a similar style. I always enjoy your work.

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  3. This is beautiful, Dan! A perfect day in the park. . . and a very lovely haiku to accompany it. This scene makes me long for spring!!

    I did as you suggested and read up on cowbirds. I have had no interaction with them, but the name conjured up big and brown and ugly. And if "pretty is as pretty does" . . . they are ugly, indeed!!!

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  4. Hi Dan, I really enjoy this art work!! The atmosphere it created, the color has been applied so warm!I love it and it does bring me into the image !! well done.!

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  5. You haiku too? It's hard to believe this beautiful painting is on a small piece of paper--wonderful perspective.

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  6. Lovely atmosphere in this painting, what a beautiful work!

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  7. We see so many people just like that,there's a beautiful soft feeling to your painting.

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  8. Ooooh... I love the greenery, and the multicam colors, very earthy, very lively, and it looks like such a sentimental scene.
    Appreciate your comments as always Dan, especially when you took time to choose words for my posts. It means a lot to me =)

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  9. This makes me long for warmer weather with the fragrances of flowers and grass in the air. Lovely.

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  10. Gorgeous! And dreamy. I love that.

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  11. looking forward to some warm weather to sit in the park! love this!

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  12. I'm having lots of trouble posting a comment to your blog Dan...but I just want to say that I have really missed out lately. What wonderful drawings and paintings!

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  13. Short and sweet.

    Great watercolour Dan

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  14. Lovely, Dan. So warm and comforting.

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  15. Wonderful serene atmosphere ! It makes me long for mild weather !

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  16. I agree with Hallie. It is hard to believe this beautiful painting is so tiny. How do you do it? With teeny tiny brushes I presume. Truly amazing to this big surface, house paint brush enthusiast. I haiku too sometimes. This one suggests lonely--or thrilled he's finally in a peaceful spot. I like thrilled. Nice work Dan. I do admire painters who can work small.

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  17. Oh, yeah! LOVE this gentle, serene scene. Wonderful soft colors, just what I like. I would be proud to have painted this myself. You have landscape skills!!! Your blog is always interesting. This painting would make a beautiful blog header, by the way, Dan.

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  18. Both the haiku and the painting are small gems. Beautiful work, Dan.

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  19. What a lovely watercolor with such a lovely mood..incredible how you managed such a seemingly big painting on such a small piece if paper!

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  20. awww the painting and the haiku make me think of someone who lost their spouse.
    This is a really different post for you....so few words!! I am used to "settling in" to read your posts! (not that I mind, I love your narratives). Sometimes "less is more:-- your short haiku is very powerful. Great painting too

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  21. Thank you all for the encouraging comments. When I posted, I didn't really know how it would be received so I very much appreciate it. Addressing a few of your thoughts:

    Mari - The acrylic is not much further than when we last spoke - I went away, and then such a busy week and I've been so tired many nights. I have more time when I am out and about than with my easel - I really need to figure out how to work on something like this "to go". I am very excited about the painting anyway (fingers crossed) and am dying to get back to it.

    Captain, thank you. I am using the paper because of past successes with it, that's all. So I'm glad it's working.

    Hallie - With me, you should be surprised when I go large, which I am struggling to do.

    Jenna - The birds were really the only planned part. Everything else was en plein air conditioning (including the man). There were no birds. I decided to insert them and it really added to the picture. I had to decide on their arrangement and to paint them with minimal suggestion, so I was proud of how they came out, so thanks!

    Betty, Mary, Revelle, Jennifer, Martine - I forgot about the cold weather up there where you all are. Glad I was able to send some warmth your way!

    Linda - Re the size, see my comment to Hallie. I was thrilled with your happy interpretation of the Haiku. I had intended two meanings, a surface meaning and a deeper one, but it is like art - you throw it out there and it is the viewer/reader that finds his or her own meaning. I love that.

    RoseAnn - You are so skilled in watercolor, so I so appreciate your compliment that you would be proud to have done this yourself. Wow and thanks.

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  22. This little painting is just lovely, and the haiku grabbed my heart. It's a perfect partner for the painting.
    nancy

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  23. Dan...I'm waiting for some more of your watercolors from Florida! (fingers drumming on table!)

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