Saturday, September 13, 2008

The STARGAZER


The Stargazer Lily Acrylic on Canvas 28" x 24" Mary Maki Rae - 2008

PAINTING The STARGAZER

A friend - a bouquet - a stargazer lilly -
placed atop a pedestal -
next to a painting table.
Here all flowers are observed -
in a loft-like studio -
above and near a front door.
I catch - the seductive sweet scent.
I am inspired -
to begin again.

DAY ONE:
Many swatches of cotton ticking -
ticking - ticking.
A pale gold stripe -
I paint the wall.
Gray blue - lavender - aqua stripes
for the table.
A sienna brown basket -
threads of lavender - blue -
and burgandy -
to blend - to warm - to entwine.
The first flower - scented - seductive -
a siren lilly -
then a violet dahlia.

DAY TWO:
My own garden -
a small garden - big enough for today.
I tug on my imagination - my memories.
I find: bright fuchsia geranium - and dianthus -
soulful purple petunia -
ruffled marigold - startled auricula.
The day ends - an exotic vibrant rhododendron.

DAY THREE:
Leaves - heart-shaped - rounded - pinnated.
Pointed gray blues echo the ticking.
Vivid greens - setoff the flowers like jewels.

DAY FOUR & FIVE:
Some whimsy -
cooing turtle doves - tall handled parasols -
bobbing flower buds and blueberries -
a line of snapdragons.
I leave it there - for now.
I am dreaming of -
blue butterflies - soft flower petals -
a souvenir - a keepsake -
a memento. -MMR


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