Your oozles & wazzles delight me no end.
Your drips, runs, and splatters I shall not try to blend.
Your sedimentary washes, your crisp clean edges
Cause me to make a bouquet of pledges:
I shall not restrict your frolicking play
Only when needed to enhance your display.
I will freely allow your surprising mingles.
I shall employ dry brush, but only in singles.
I watch others wrestle you within their bounds…
I almost hear you wailing, “Call out the hounds!”
If others accuse that my paintings are sloppy,
I secretly vow to be even more gloppy!
Your colorful allure has me aflutter;
This lovely chaos verges on clutter.
To let you breathe,run, and skip is my daily delight.
May others be willing to let you take flight.
–Jennifer Edwards 6/1/09
Though watercolor is at its best on good 140 lb.+ paper, I do like how it behaves on cheap paper! Here are a couple of quick sketches of the outside of my house and the inside of my kitchen. Mmmm…love that paint!
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Love how loosely these are painted!
Your poem and your paintings are a perfect match! Love them all! I struggle to paint ‘loose’ and usually loose the battle. So good to see it well done.
Beautiful paintings!! The poem could have only been written by a true watercolorist!
Fun poetry, (shades of Ogden Nash) and delightful watercolors. You are truly a free spitit.
Excellent ode and nice sketches!