August 5, 2020

Talking to Loneliness - Poetry by Sarah Myers

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Studio Still-life, Sarah Myers. 2020.



Well, Loneliness, here you are again.
You refuse to enjoy the morning sunlight with me
Or help me to mix up the paint.

Instead you tell me all the bleak memories we share,
All the time you knew me so well,
All those hours you had your arms wrapped around me
And clung to me, as melancholy
As a rat in the rain.

I can't tell you to go away.  Why not?
Not out of pity, certainly, you're no happier with me
Than without me, sitting on the hill,
Sniffling instead of singing, Loneliness.

No, because of circumstance only.
I can't shake myself, and put on a face,
And go see the rest of the world
And leave you alone by yourself, Loneliness.

Outside, the quail whistles in the long grass.
The wild green grows like a disreputable botanical garden
Full of jungle specimens with dangling berries
And spiky thistles.

The little dog dozes, whiskers spread
On the brown carpet, as if some morning magnetism
Between fur and floor
Keeps her sound asleep.

Listen, Loneliness, this time my life is different than it was.
This time you're no more here
Than a thousand, million others of real souls
Who sit the same way I do, in the quiet.

These I invite, even as I bow you out.
Look, friends, here
Is the slant of sunlight from an open sky,
Coursing across a shuffle of winged papers.
Papers unkempt
But covered with pencil lines,
Faces that look at yours, and waving arms,
Arches and lines, notes from a future
Sketched in a most primitive way, as if
Someone was one step away
From charcoaling them on the walls of a cave
With a burnt-out torch.

Over here is a raucous crowd of paint tubes,
Caged in a gracious fruit-basket of silver wire.
Here are the eyes of a line of canvases, staring
In bewilderment at their own chaotic colors.
They aren't alone, a whole party of them
Clamors for us
To put on our brightest clothes, put on jewels,
Hats, wreaths of flowers,
Pose elegantly before the broken mirror,
Hear the silence and the music
Of a year gone down a road none knew,
Not even those
Who found Loneliness beside them every moment,
Spreading dust in the food,
Blurring the outlines of the world
Like rain distorting light beyond the glass.

In this silence I hear the solitude, but not the loneliness.
A burden rolls along, a planet like the rock
That Sisyphus trundled up the slope in Hades.
We slip aside, like sparrows, out of the way,
Fluttering and trembling.

But this I say, both to my friends
And to the ghost of Loneliness with its muttering and threatening.
We have more courage, we who dare the quiet,
Than those who shriek and run from it, gathering, grinning and boasting
That nothing can change them, that they cannot die
Because they would rather die, and see others die,
Than face this empty light, this warm silence.

Far less courage we have, perhaps, than those
Who armor themselves with kindness and good
And stand between the wreck of life
And the shadow that comes with an in-drawn breath.

But all the same, friends, invite me in
Instead of the Loneliness that left by my window
A moment ago, shredding away in the sunlight.
If we cannot sing, at least we will whisper.
There is a way, and a place,
Made of many ways and all places.
Perhaps it takes solitude to find
The faces of friends where we saw
Only Loneliness and the sunlight of summer.


The Orange Flower - Painting by Sarah Myers


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The Orange Flower, Sarah Myers.  Acrylic on canvas, 2020.

She turns toward us, but her dark eyes remain averted; the expression of her scarlet mouth and her downward glance shows she is deep in her own thoughts. The bloom in her hair flares like a torch against the rich blue of the background. Painted 2020, acrylic on canvas.


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The Orange Flower, detail.  Sarah Myers, 2020.


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The Orange Flower, Sarah Myers, 2020.  Detail of flower.



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The Orange Flower.  Close-up.  Sarah Myers, 2020.

January 8, 2020

The Pink Toque - Painting by Sarah Myers

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The Pink Toque, Sarah Myers
2019

   She faces us directly, her eyes sparkling like the rich jewellery ornamenting her sinuous neck. A large aqua-green collar wraps her warmly and a pink satin toque hat sits perched elegantly on her head. The canvas, even with its deep, intense red, recedes from woman's poised presence, her confidence filling the entire picture. This work was painted toward the end of 2019.


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The Pink Toque, detail of face.  Sarah Myers.

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The Pink Toque, detail of necklace.  Sarah Myers.

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The Pink Toque.  Close-up of face.  Sarah Myers, 2019

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The Pink Toque, detail of mouth.  Sarah Myers.

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The Pink Toque, detail of eyes.  Sarah Myers.


December 6, 2019

The Green Flower - Painting by Sarah Myers

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The Green Flower, Sarah Myers
Acrylic on canvas, 2019
She glances downward gently, lips smiling at some pleasant, quiet thought.  Long, simple lines form the shapes, head elegantly poised on the neck with its graceful curve.  At the top, a little burst of acid-green marks the bloom she wears pinned in her hair, a bright hue which stops and accentuates the lengthy contours creating the rest of the image.  She is surrounded by a warm atmosphere of rose-pink and vibrant orange bordering on brown.  Behind her, blue shades toward the realm of purple and lilac.  Acrylic on canvas, 2019.

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The Green Flower, Sarah Myers, detail of face.

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The Green Flower, Sarah Myers, detail of flower.

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The Green Flower, Sarah Myers, detail.

The Sunbeam - Poetry by Sarah Myers

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Sunlight
Photography (c) Sarah Myers 2019


A droplet from the fountain of the Sun
Rolled through my window to my floor today;
I saw it melt like molten sugar, run,
And flow together, laughing as it lay.

I touched it, barely, with an outstretched toe;
It climbed my foot, and like a tiny bird
Sat perched with golden feathers all aglow
To sing the sweetest silence.  And I heard.

November 28, 2019

Sidewards Glance - Painting by Sarah Myers

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Sidewards Glance, Sarah Myers.  Acrylic on canvas, 2019.

The dashing sweep of her hat darts in same direction as her eyes… Black, red, blue all rush across the canvas of the first painting in my newest series of artworks. Simple, rapid brush strokes define the face with its sideways glance and slightly parted, slightly smiling lips. A wider range of play from a larger brush, loaded with rich, intense black, gives the rough outline of the hat. Yellow-orange and even metallic gold speak from time to time to detail the woman's lively expression or the edges of her stylish headgear. November 2019.

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Sidewards Glance, Sarah Myers.  Detail.


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Sidewards Glance.  Detail.  Sarah Myers.

August 14, 2019

Two Ladies and Sky - Drawings by Sarah Myers

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Lady with a Flock of Sparrows, Sarah Myers
Charcoal on paper, 2019

A lady with a flock of sparrows fluttering in the air behind her, the whirl of their wings echoing the spiral of the long ringlets trailing down her shoulder… and a woman staring earnestly out at us from a background filled with climbing, billowing clouds which mirror her bouffant bows, her frills and edges of lace. These two drawings are part of a recent collection of artwork in charcoal, sketched with simple lines across large sheets of paper. The darker, stronger charcoal contours follow paler pencil lines which form the preparatory stage.
I am happy to finally return to my blog – after a long and very unintended absence – and to post these two sketches here.

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Woman with Clouds, Sarah Myers
Drawing in charcoal, 2019


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Lady with Sparrows, detail of face.
Sarah Myers

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Woman with Clouds, Sarah Myers
Detail of face

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Lady with Sparrows, detail of birds.
Sarah Myers

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Woman with Clouds, detail
Sarah Myers