Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Newport before and after Georgia O Keeffe

We keep returning to Newport Pembs.
It is a place with a definite identity - the history speaks out of its walls and landscape.

I just love the curving hills and estuary.

I sketched and took photographs.

Then on to London to absorb the landscapes of Georgia O Keeffe .
Georgia had a strong sense of place and I identify with her.

I am making some new paintings based on Newport - starting with this shore crab reaching for the moon!


Sunday, 9 October 2016

Shielded by birds


Up in the blue above this house
Between white cumulus
The whistle of red kite
Two glistening red/brown
Turn upsidedown
Engage with outstretched claw
And peel off
An acrobatic display
Followed by a pair of mewing buzzards.


A sparrowhawk
Chased higher and higher
In swirls and spirals
By a pair of small birds
A crescendo of harassment
Until she stoops
And plummets earthward
Like an arrow.


Raucous ravens call to each other
So close
They touch wing tips
In a feathered kiss.

Fresco - shielded by birds