Sunday, 28 February 2010

A song of enchantment


A Song of Enchantment by Walter de la Mare

A song of Enchantment I sang me there,
In a green-green wood, by waters fair,
Just as the words came up to me
I sang it under the wild wood tree.

Widdershins turned I, singing it low,
Watching the wild birds come and go;
No cloud in the deep dark blue to be seen
Under the thick-thatched branches green.

Twilight came: silence came:
The planet of Evening's silver flame;
By darkening paths I wandered through
Thickets trembling with drops of dew.

But the music is lost and the words are gone
Of the song I sang as I sat alone,
Ages and ages have fallen on me -
On the wood and the pool and the elder tree.

My entry for Mixed Media Monday's Enchantment theme. I was inspired by this beautiful poem which I think does most of my talking for me today!

The photo of my piece looks a bit flat which is a shame because this really does have some depth of colour and texture to it. The more observant among you may recognise this enchanted nymph for she graced my blog just a week ago in a more reflective mood.

She was a part of a painting that didn't quite turn out as expected, but seeing as I think she has a bit of my Muse in her, she wasn't going to take that laying down. No siree, as I contemplated what I would paint for this, a red haired beauty with green eyes came to mind. Something nagged at the back of my mind and I remembered I had left her abandoned and unfinished.

The wonders of acrylics - so forgiving, you can just paint over your mistakes! I also used a bit of collage at the bottom and I'm sure you can spot the fibres. The flower on the left was a print out of a photograph of mine, the bird and flowers on the bottom right are gift wrap - though they have both been so heavily painted over that they bear little resemblance to the original!
My Muse was happy with the result. She's very vain and likes to be seen out as much as possible!

27 comments:

  1. Lisa, this is beautiful. It doesn't even look like the same piece (I love these colors). And I know what you mean--they always look so much better in person--no matter how good the camera or scanner is. The bird is awesome!!

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  2. An enchanting picture! I love the colors and composition!

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  3. ooooh - i want to go to that place in the poem. Beautiful.

    Amelia.x

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  4. I do so love poetry -- the old-fashioned, rhyming kind. This one is special, and your illustration is beautiful as well.

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  5. Your art is always enchanting to me- this is no exception - beautiful colors and such a lovely innocent face!

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  6. This is wonderful. The colors are great, and her eyes are haunting. Beautiful.

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  7. Gorgeous artwork...beautifully created.

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  8. Fabulously Enchanting!!!

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  9. What a beautifully enchanting painting, Lisa! Diane (MMM)

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  10. Hi Lisa,
    I recognized her wright away! Love her new
    makeover :)
    I also wanted to compliment you on the journal page Bad Hair Day. I love your humor!
    xox

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  11. Oh how beautiful!!! And I love that it has a poem with it too...gorgeous work!!

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  12. She is so beautiful and full of color and life! I love this, Kristin xo

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  13. OMG this is really special and absolutely unique. Amazing painting Lisa. Love them.

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  14. This is beautiful!! and the poem.. I love it!

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  15. What a beautiful piece, love the colors and composition and the poetry.

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  16. oh wow!!! I love it!!! what a creative and fun piece...very enchanting!!!

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  17. Lovely art Lisa. I love the bird looking all ruffled up. She looks so alive. It's very enchanting.

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  18. Wonderful piece and I always love de la Mare as a go-with!

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  19. You just make sure you keep letting that Muse of yours run rampant. I recognised her well! Love all that colour Lisa. And I want to go to that place too!!

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  20. Thank you so much for your lovely comment! I love your painting as well, the bird and everything is pretty awesome!

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  21. The colors are just beautiful. Your skill improved greatly. Well Done!

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  22. Wow beautiful piece and lovely poem!! I adore your use of colour in this it flows so beautifully. I love using acrylics too beause they are so forgiving I think it loosens me up so much!!! Wonderful work!!!

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  23. Love the image! And the inspiration too. :)

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