Sunday, January 11, 2009

Yupo Koi and a Poem

Koi, watercolor and acrylic glazes on Yupo

I know, everyone paints koi.  But I wanted to try something watery for this plastic surface.  A local garden shop has a koi pond in their greenhouse, and on bitter cold days, sometimes I walk there among the houseplants, and sit to watch the fish.

by Amanda Jernigan

My little lack-of-light, my swaddled soul,
December baby.  Hush for it is dark,
and will grow darker still.  We must embark
directly.  Bring an orange as the toll
for Charon: he will be our gondolier.
Upon the shore, the season pans for light,
and solstice fish, their eyes gone milky white,
come bearing riches for the dying year:
Solstitial kingdom.  It is yours, the mime
of branches and the drift of snow.  With shaking
hands, Persephone, the winter's wife,
will tender you a gift.  Born in a time
of darkness, you will learn the trick of making.
You shall make your consolation all your life.


winna said...

this has a wonderful vibrant look and feel---I like it so much

Kate (Cathy Johnson) said...

WOW. That is just wonderful! Great combination and a beautiful use of the surface. (Besides, I love Koi!)

Brenda Yarborough said...

Outstanding! I think Yupo is YOUR support. . . would love to see more.

Ann said...

Wow. These yupo pieces are stunning. Such rich color!

Judybec said...

What a great subject for Yupo! And, your poetry selections are so nice to read.

seesue said...

Yeah for the YOU using Yupo combination. Most Excellent! Rich colours, lovely flow.

laura said...

I agree w/Judy--a great subject for Yupo. I always have wanted to paint koi (but don't have access to any)--everyone must paint them because they're such a great subject! And blue and orange--what could be better?

Margaret Ann said...

Yippee for Yupo!!! WooHoo...Thisis great! :)

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

How good to see some work on this plastic YUPO surface as I have just had an order delivered and cant wait to have fun with it. Your rooster reminds me of a trip to stay with a friend in Ireland last year when I did a rooster who lived down the lane in pastel for the farmer. Thanks for the poems as part of your posts.

mARTa said...

I might have to try this yupo! This is a great painting! It has a very sensual feel to it......I want to glide along with the fish!