In Praise of Watercolour

Art, like a compass,
guides my soul – watercolour
inspiring life force.

(Written for Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge:  art & compass.  The image is a piece I recently started.  It did not turn out so well, but I like the idea. Maybe I’ll start again. Also, I’m linking up to dVerse poetics, which tonight is all about journeys.  Since I don’t leave the house very often, and when I do, my husband is driving, my journeys these days are more ethereal – into the realm of imagination.)


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Permission to write, paint, and imagine are the gifts I gave myself when chronic illness hit - a fair exchange: being for doing. Relevance is an attitude. Humour essential.

29 thoughts on “In Praise of Watercolour”

  1. I love your watercolor. I started playing around with it a few years ago and it is really hard to control watercolor (as opposed to say, acrylics). You are brave to try to do a realistic painting. I tend to just do a third graders version of a Monet! 🙂

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  2. The image appeals in its hues and layout – and the perky bird. A second pass akin to revisiting the scene of prior travels … much the same, but many details different? We always see something new even in places we’ve been to multiple times. Sorta intriguing to think of painting in that manner … more options with paints than with photo-edits. I can see how watercolours could be a life force!

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  3. ah a wonderful journey! into the imagination guided by a love for art. i love the first line where you say it it a compass, it symbolises something that is trusted and will never fail. guided and informed by forces we cannot see, yet the intangible has a stronger effect on us than what we can see and touch. really good haiku V.J

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