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Wednesday, 28 January 2009

The Painter's Family : Matisse


All movement is first an idea

and only then

a property of life



Conversation : Matisse


Words heard and spoken

are more enthralling

than the beauties of nature



La Joie de Vivre : Pablo Picasso


The joy of life

expressing itself

most clearly in the feet



Snowstorm - Steamboat off a Harbour's Mouth : Turner



Out in the turbulent trysting of tides

where the kingdom of chaos begins,

the currents much deeper, more secret than thoughts

and the murmurs are murmurs of sins

23 comments:

Rachel Cotterill said...

I love that Turner, and the accompanying poem (which I assume is your own?) is incredible. I can tell I'm going to have to come back & read that a few more times today. Love it :)

Dave King said...

Rachel
Yes, you are correct: 'tis mine.
Thanks for the kind words.

Shadow said...

now this is the best picture/poem combination i've come across in a long time. your words are so suitable!

High Desert Diva said...

I agree with Shadow.


I love that Picasso painting. Love. (I don't like Picasso...odd)

Dave King said...

Shadow
Thanks for that.

High Desert Diva
Maybe you just admire him?

willow said...

Powerful post. I especially like "Conversation".

Lyn said...

All are filled with beauty...and then there is the Turner, always Grace. The poem..now my favorite of yours..kingdom of chaos, murmurs of sins.
Great! Thank you.

Jim Murdoch said...

Beautiful. The first three work best as a set I think.

Jo Horswill said...

Dave...wonderfully chosen artwork and your beautiful words! I especially love the Turner and the poem that accompanies it! I think Turner himself would have sat back smiling too!
Thank you! Jo

Karen said...

This is wonderful and complete in itself for all of the imaginings it invokes, but I'd love to read more...

Madam Z said...

You paint with words, King Dave. You are a master of the genre.

mansuetude said...

so beautiful~

i love the ones about the words, cause i struggle with them so often, and you are right, its so soulfull to hear and to speak wonderful sounds that mean.

the last phrase, murmers... i might change sin to heart, for my own reading of it, just because i think we are always casting shadows and judgement onto our hearts' murmers and calling them sin... but that is a secret the reader might never tell the writer while she is in her own intimate self reading his words. (I hope it is allowed).

Thanks.

Watercolorist said...

I love the way you put words to art. I shall visit often.
Jean

Linda Sue said...

Back in the day i went to the Turner exhibit in the Tate. I had never seen his work, I was barely out of childhood. Completely caught off guard I had to sit on the floor and just feel the intensity- the "turbulent trysting of tides"...beautifully put...knock me to the ground.

Dave King said...

Willow
Thank you so much for that.

Lyn
Welcome, Lyn, and many thanks for the feedback.

Jim
Thanks for that observation. I think I agree.

Jo
Welcome and many thanks for the comment.

Karen
Welcome. I shall try to oblige - in the not too distant future.

Madam Z
Thanks for those kind words.

Mansuede
Thanks for that. I shall give your suggestion some thought. "Sin" was the one word I was not completely happy with.

Watercolorist
Thanks for that.

Linda Sue
Yes, Turner is a revelation upon first exposure. Thanks.

Tumblewords: said...

A wonderful trip this was - through image-full words and images word-full.

Totalfeckineejit said...

Great painting by Turner, never seen it before , but must try and get a small print of it.Hard to know where the boat begins and the sea ends and vice versa. Beautiful but scary at the same time and your words are quite a match for it - 'Out in the turbulent trysting of tides' what a great first line with the alliterative T's crashing like waves! Wunderbar!

hope said...

Picasso was never my favorite but I like how your words made that particular painting come to life. Well done!

ELAINE ERIG said...

hummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmDave,I AM LIKE SYLVIA SCORPIO AND MAD.KISSES

Natalie said...

Love the Turner and the words are clever, Dave. I like the line 'the currents much deeper,more secret than thoughts'. NOICE :D

SUSAN SONNEN said...

Wonderful! I especially love the first two! What a beautifully clever idea to combine a beautiful painting with a short verse/thought. Would you mind terribly if I gave it a shot at some point?

Dave King said...

Tumblewords
Thanks for the feedback.

Totalfeckineejit
Late on in his career the tempestuous and the chaotic seemed to draw the best out of him.

Hope
I must confess I am not consistent where Picasso is concerned: I have periods of being on and off.

Elaine
Wowwwwwwwwwwwwwww! Welcome!

Natalie
Thanks very much.

Susan
Be delighted. Be my guest. Thanks for that!

Roxana said...

wonderful! I love all the paintings you selected and the words are incredibly fitted. I am not very sure about the 'common thread' uniting them all, I mean I can't verbalize it very easily, but I can feel it, like a 'current much deeper, more secret than thoughts'.