Compass Rose

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follow between
the compass rose and the waters
follow between
the words unspoken and unseen
years binding mothers and daughters
names holding memory’s augurs
follow between


The poem is my response to Jane Dougherty’s challenge this week to write a rondelet.  She provided another wonderful painting as reference, above.  I did not use the prompt word of “journey” although perhaps it’s inferred.

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Once again, I had something different in mind when I began my painting.  I meant to make it looser, and do much more collage, but as I started framing out a compass rose in pencil, I decided to embrace the geometry.  It reminded me of painting print designs, something I did a little bit of during my mostly-knit designing career.  Slow and peaceful.

 All my watercolors are done in Luma dyes, the paints I used (along with gouache) for print textile designs back in the 1980s.  They don’t seem to make them anymore; Dr. Ph. Martin’s liquid watercolors are the closest thing I’ve found online.  I’ve never used tube watercolors, only paintbox, so I can’t compare, but I like having paint in a liquid form.  It’s pretty intense right out of the bottle; just water it down for a lighter shade.  And it mixes and layers well.

I painted each triangle solidly; some have 2 layers of different colors to make a 3rd shade.  For the circular border I used lots of water and a larger brush and let them bleed together.  Then I cut out the circle, pasted it on top of some ocean, and put a rose in the center.

Happy 4th to all celebrating, see you next week.

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28 responses to “Compass Rose”

  1. Laura (Createarteveryday) says :

    This is gorgeous and love the verse – makes me think of my daughter and you with yours as well. 💜

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  2. Jane Dougherty says :

    Mothers and daughters. Sometimes we do need a compass to keep us on the right path.

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  3. Jodi says :

    So lovely ❤️🎀

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  4. memadtwo says :

    Lovely. Really great and powerful work.


  5. Tori says :

    Beautiful, this really struck a chord with me as our boat is named “Wind Rose” which was the predecessor to the compass rose. I’m hoping to have a similar design painted on her one day.

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  6. artandmoondreams says :

    Beautiful pairing of image, symbols, and verse. An enjoyable way to start the day with. Thank you for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Sharon Mann says :

    Very meaningful post. By the way, I spent 10 years as a crochet designer.

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    • memadtwo says :

      Thanks Sharon. I knew you had worked with fiber. Crochet is one thing I never mastered, except for a basic chain stitch. But I have a beautiful afghan crocheted by my grandmother.


  8. merrildsmith says :

    I love both the poem and the painting. I think “follow between” is an interesting phrase–it’s a kind of unfixed space and I like the way your verse flows. The painting does have sharp edges (and points), but there is still that in between space. 🙂 The colors are great!

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    • memadtwo says :

      Thanks Merril. Playing with the color arrangement was one of the pleasures of doing this one. And one of the pleasures of textile design. I don’t know where “follow between” came from, but I liked the ambiguity as well.

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  9. Cathe says :

    Insightful poem and wonderful and creative compass!

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Kat Myrman says :

    Beautiful imagery Kerfe! 🙂

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