Thursday, 1 March 2012

Beneath the surface

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Like the snowdrops
Waiting
Beneath the surface
Below the autumn leaves
We sometimes forget
The beauty we seek
Is already there
It always was
It always will be
And will return to greet us
To blossom in the spring
 ~~~

(c) M Bailey 2012

For my wonderful wife Sue. A Pina Colada moment. 
 Thank you, Gorgeous ... you are my life x


'Beneath the surface', Pebeo Fine watercolour on Matt Hannemuhle Cornwall watercolour board (450gsm), 24x17cm

Common Snowdrops in Hartford, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire UK

And finally, happy St David's Day to all our Welsh friends, both at home in Cymru and across the globe. The descendants of my paternal grandmother's family appear to have moved across the border from England into Monmouthshire in Wales over a hundred years ago ... so that makes me slightly Welsh.
Yaki da !!!  Lucky Sue decided to cook leeks for the main veg last night LOL.

Happy painting and drawing (And any other arty 'ings') to you all:)
Tara !

26 comments:

  1. Your ability to paint such beautiful landscapes always amaze me.. BJ

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    1. Why, thank you BJ! I will need to widen the back door of the house (again) to get my head through :) I can only say I feel the same about your artwork!

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  2. lovely sketch mike .. and poem

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    1. Thank you Jane, perhaps I'm a poet and don't know it :)

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  3. A very merry post, full of life as spring, it's cool to see you so "gai comme un pinson"

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    1. Merci Lydie. Gai comme un pinson ... c'est ca!

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  4. The Spring equinox is just twenty days away Mike. I announced it this morning to the love of my life who shrugged and finished cutting up the hothouse strawberries. But those snowdrops aren't by my doorway; the deer ate every one. A lovely poem full of Spring Eternal to go with a very lovely watercolor. Happy painting to you too. I just discovered I really am a portrait painter, now what am I supposed to do with that with tulips showing their tips and my woods about to spring to life?

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    1. Thank you Linda. I thought it was only donkeys that ate strawberries? Oh well, we learn something every day! Landscapes or portraits ... Tulips or two lips - a difficult one!

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  5. Ah so sweet.

    Lovely painting Mike. It is so easy to overdo these paintings, I think, but you have done this perfectly.

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    1. Thank you Sue, sweet is the new bitter! I still struggle with avoiding the overdoing/fiddling ... but I'm getting there :)

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  6. Beautiful words for the love of your life. Very romantic too. Spring is in the air...

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    1. Thank you Helene! Spring has indeed very much sprung !

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  7. Hi Michael.
    A Lovely poor Watercolour scene. I like it very much. Also a lovely poem. We also have a few snowdrops showing but not as definite as yours. All the best Michael.
    Vic.

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    1. Thank you Vic my friend. I hope the snowdrops are up for you now too!

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  8. Beautiful, Michael.. your poem says so much about the hope of spring.. love the dewdrops too!
    Your paintings always have just enough detail. Lovely!

    Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you Rose. Yes, spring is a time of renewal and hope. It is difficult to know when to stop ... even after fifty-one years !

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  9. How romantic...sigh...
    Anyway, a beautiful poem followed by an equally beautiful painting :0D

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    1. Thank you Sandra, I'd like to add ... for a beautiful woman :)

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  10. Oh you smoothie!!! Lovely poem Michael and a great painting. Coincidentally I have just finished browsing photo's I've taken of the Snowdrops in my garden and was trying to decide whether to post some on my blog.

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    1. Thank you John. Smoothie is my other middle name (after sweet). I'll be popping over to see what everyone else has been up to very soon!

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  11. Great work, Michael, this landscape is full of poetry and tenderness, it accompanies perfectly your love poem!

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    1. Thank you Lucia. I love it when a painting just emerges like this one did.

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  12. How could I have missed this post? It's a wonderful painting and a wonderful poem, Michael!

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    1. Thank you Judy. I was beginning to wonder where you'd got to ... You're normally one of the first to comment! Better late than never :)

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  13. Hi Michael, your works are gorgeous, i'm glad i found your blog :)

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    1. Thank you Egle and a big welcome to Paint Bytes .. I will be checking out your blog soon!

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