Watercolors Over Oil
It is one of my earliest paintings.
A watercolor. I can remember painting it,
unsure of what I was doing or why,
trying to capture a mood. Unsure
until I was done whether I was on the right path
That’s what I remember, the feeling.
The uncertainty. Half melancholy,
half excitement. Learning but at the same time
not wanting to fail.
A decade later, I am a bit more certain
with my brush strokes. A bit more skilled.
I have some understanding of color and line
and my tools. I waste a lot less paper.
But I have a restlessness, a tendency to wander,
to push myself into ideas and the trying of things
that leave me, still, uncertain,
and that feeling comes back. Again and again.
Tempered a bit by a lifetime of failure
somehow made right, or
not mattering the day after.
I can never rid myself of the feeling,
but it dries faster, like watercolors
over oil, I am not better,
About this poem
The painting is called “Cold Rain” and it is indeed one of my first watercolors painted after I had discovered an artistic “voice”. All the feelings are real.
But the poem was inspired by a messy mistake-laden day yesterday and feeling that same feeling. Poetry, and perhaps art, abstract art at least, are never about one thing.
I like the colours!