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