Image-ine: Rally of Aqua

canvas by Staszek Kotowski

Invoking Blue

The scrape of palette knife
an accident of memory, the slashes

of indigo across stretched linen
canvas bleed out into a rally of aqua

hues, lightening the warm blue
feelings scored in my Russian-sculpted soul.

Painting by Staszek Kotowski. Poem by Maureen Doallas, author of Neruda’s Memoirs: Poems


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  1. L. L. Barkat says

    I simply love the peace of this painting. And yet, Maureen, you’ve brought out the poignancy that seems to lie just under the surface of it. Such sensitive word-painting in response to this abstract.

  2. Shelly says

    Pastel painting whitch flows
    in my brillant mind
    never to end as if the next
    thought passes by
    Pastel paints my passage
    I feel those thoughts
    that belong to me in another
    longing to be with him
    my son who has passed
    BeFOre ME…
    bringing me a smile of you .

  3. says

    Maureen, this makes me thing of the most recent “RadioLab” on colors, about how blue is the last color to enter ancient literature. To think of living without indigo, aqua, blue …

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