Harbinger of Winter

acrylic and acrylic skins collage, brush pen on w/c paper, 10 X 11″

harbinger of winter he holds
tight the branch of a living
thing now leafless but sap running
marrow flowing

there won’t be a spring for a while
even longer for a summer
yet i will not ponder
grim reapers
blankets of frost

not while the patterns of our world
swirl in multitudinous colors,
leave me awestruck and reaping
the art of it

The election today, I know, and I have my hopes and prayers.  And the sap will keep running and the storms will keep coming, regardless of the results of this election.  And the art will keep speaking of all the undercurrents, the whispers on the wind.

The Monday Muse Group played with acrylic skins yesterday, pouring acrylics onto plastic sheets, flattening the paint by running a roller through it, then taking the paint covered roller and rolling the paint onto damp watercolor paper for a lovely underpainting.  It takes a day or two for the acrylic skins to dry so they can be peeled up and used for collaging, anything from tree bark to feathers to flower petals to flowing water!

6 Responses to “Harbinger of Winter”

  1. November 6, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Love the effects you achieved with this collage. There’s also a deeply sinister feeling about it.


  2. November 10, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Absolutely love this – and the acrylic skins idea is intriguing! Great results … =D


  3. 5 rosilov
    November 10, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Susan, do you do any online courses? I would love to join you but I’m waaay over here in Norway. Plunged into darkness now, November the darkest month before the snow comes. Wine and candlelight time. ;-)


    • November 11, 2012 at 4:34 pm

      Funny you should ask Rosi! I’m in the process of finishing a multi-media e-Course which will be live hopefully relatively soon. We just have to iron out the tech details. So, stay tuned!
      Where do you live in Norway? CAn’t remember if I told you that I lived in Bergen for two years (over 40 years ago!) So I remember fonldy the hyggelig candlelight and tea/coffee that would warm and brighten up those short short winter days.


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In conversations with the Muse I mix paint with vision, collage with story, word with meditation and prayer. And out of the mixture comes a release of energy and healing and a lightening of the load of everyday living. You'll find most of it here, where I've been showing up for the past few years, along with collectible paintings, travel sketchbooks, figure studies and an invitation to join me in art play and discovery!

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