My on-line diary began in the 1990's from my studio in the North of England. After a lapse of ten years, I resumed posting from my present studio on the Caribbean island of Dominica.

From the far beginning, the intention has been to give an insight into my working methods, and to share the triumphs, trials and tribulations of work-in-progress.

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Friday, March 14, 2014

The painter and the poet


If the requirement of an artist’s model is an ability to sit still, my model would fail miserably.  On the other hand, if a model’s fundamental task is to inspire, she wins hands down

I have found a way of keeping her "almost still" by encouraging her to indulge in her passion for writing poetry while I paint.  Not only did this ploy enable today’s painting, it also produced a poem, the title of which I have used for today’s post.  Although still a work in progress it begins:

  
          When the painter and poet combine
          Each searching for that illusive line, 
          Which only a true lover can define.
          ‘tis then, they find their hearts entwine.    

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