A Contemplative Life – The Iris Painting on a Folding Screen = Returned

IRIS Screen

© CKATT 2019 Folding Screen with Dutch Irises

Folding Screen with Dutch Irises

It was our student days,

When he asked me to paint a folding screen with irises.

He brought Dutch irises to me in Spring.

I drew them individually on good paper

Each pencil stroke sure, true and honest.

A step closer to some rare understanding of the

shape, color, design of each flower

Stem, Petal, Leaves ~ their curves to curls understood.

I had a fine woodworker friend build the four panels

Then stretched the canvas for each one carefully. Primed the canvas.

Set out my paints to work. So very long ago it happened.

Rejected, months of work, when he took one look at the finished panels,

He said: “I don’t like it.” Stood there and wiped away the joy of the work.

Later Linda, my friend, loved it and took it for a small sum.

Years later…

During a phone call, her husband asked me to take it back.

Their journey on earth was ending though it was unspoken, I knew.

Time utterly obliviates, yet,

The painting is intact.

Kept pristine for all these years in their home,

My past stands before me again beckoning revival.

The flaws apparent to my matured eye.

Sets me contemplating how best to fill the empty space

With more irises

To repair the past mistakes.

Thanks for stopping by my kitchen.

Have a good week wherever you may be.




About kunstkitchen

Visual artist and writer hunting words, languages, visions, and insight in my kitchen - connecting Art (Kunst) and culture and slow food cooking. Classically trained artist. Paint and draw with traditional materials. Live in the Northland where it's six months of winter. Appreciate the little things in life. Sharing food and art experiences and the lessons that my talented and generous friends have given me.
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6 Responses to A Contemplative Life – The Iris Painting on a Folding Screen = Returned

  1. mydangblog says:

    The poem is as stunning as the panels. I also love irises, and have done a couple in watercolour. They’re not easy, and yours are definitely more well-rendered than mine:-)

  2. willedare says:

    How on G-d’s green earth could anyone NOT love your beautiful work of art and love?! We humans can be so odd… Thank you for sharing this lovely panel of irises with all of us bloggers! They are one of my favorite flowers!

    • kunstkitchen says:

      Thank you, Will, for your comment and kind thoughts. The iris is a favorite flower of mine. They are part of my childhood and taught me about beauty. The fragrance of the Bearded Iris is special for me. Have a good weekend.

  3. anne leueen says:

    I shall think about this for some time. How this painting went through different people’s lives. Interesting and thanks for sharing it.

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