Friday, June 23, 2017

Vitaliy Mashchenko paints



Laurie Kuntz writes

Peonies and Peacocks

After a painting by Maruyama Okyo (1733-95)
painted in 1777 during the Edo Period

In Japan, spring peonies bloom and girls learn
of the subtle opening of petals,
the faint odor of a blossoming season.
Mothers whisper, tateba shakuyaku, behave like a peony,
grace in fullness, reserve in a showy petal.

Maruyama paints peonies as backdrop,
fading flowers become ground cover
under peacocks strutting their palettes
muting all other colors.

To look beyond the painting,
is to enter a garden at dusk
and see tulips closing as the cicadas' drone
harmonizes with the conversation of women,
who wear the luxury of rose scented baths.

Their kimonos swish in the grace of windswept grass,
they finger blue and white teacups, dwell on the fine sip of conversation,
and by the peonies' blind bloom they stand on ceremony
accepting the dimming light, the truth about petals,
and the conceit of the strutting peacock
living in grace and ceremony,
not far beyond the scope of the picture.
 File:Okyo Peacocks and Peonies.jpg
 Botan-Kujaku-zu (Peonies and Peacocks) -- Maruyama Okyo

Maruyama Okyo - Peony And Peacocks:
 Peonies and Peacocks -- Nagasawa Rosetsu

Blair Gowrie writes

A Sunny Day

Sometimes I like to sit in the shade
On a park bench, watch the ducks on parade,
In a long line, smoothly swimming somewhere,
Causing hardly a ripple as they move here and there,
And gliding so gracefully, supercilious swans,
Plucking at grass from newly mown lawns,
See the flowers in bloom in yellows and reds,
Artfully arranged in bright flower beds,
The bees buzzing busily as they do their day’s work,
Hear the pigeon wings flap and the little birds chirp,
With trees in the background, every size, every shape,
Their reflections outlined in the shimmering lake,
The leaves multi-coloured in orange, brown and green,
Creating a sublimely harmonious scene,
All this, and the sun’s rays caressing the ground,
Tell me it’s heaven on earth that I’ve found.


Zo performs

The Cure 4 What Ailz U
  (Mike Geroni / Alonzo Gross)

PL Middleton (backing vocals, mixing)
Adail-Dilly Santiago (director, editor)