'fleurs' by Benedicte Delachanal

The Artist

Are you deaf woman?
the husband snorted
Must I always talk to myself!
he gave up, thwarted.

His wife was drowning
you see, no longer of this world,
submerged into the depths
of watercolour swirls,

enveloped in opulent oil strokes,
iPod touches and gouache,
painting portraiture, landscapes
and blooms with panache,

drowning and spinning
in a sensory vortex,
of smell, touch, and sound and
aroused visual cortex

she was swathed in the petals
of vibrancy and dreams
deep in an underwater garden,
flowing imaginative streams.


Dedicated to the wonderful Canadian artist Benedicte Delachanel of blog Carnet de Dessins

27 thoughts on “The Artist (a poem with fleurs)

  1. one of the interesting way-points of art is in seeing it outside of the context within which it is created (published or displayed on a wall either one). does it hold up then?

    within the context of creation – even within the artist’s own blog a work can stand up well and live. can it survive out in the other worldness of life? an interesting phenomena to see as well as contemplate for an artist. it can be a very difficult reality to see at times, even tho it can tell us a lot about where we have to go in our work – or where we are…

    seeing Benedicte Delachanal’s work here. outside of her blog and it’s creation world – wow. it not only survives and stands up well. it blossoms. and holds it’s own life-worth well beyond the studio or environment in which it was created.

    interesting take and words Gabrielle. with a soaring image (seeing the image a second time here, i’m even more wowed-away than i was when i first saw it in one of it’s original environments). your words add a deeper layer which fully blossoms in the focus and beauty of this work (both works together). an interesting way to get at that depth and may be too often an artist’s plight.

    ultimately we have to believe in our self.

    way cool on doing exactly that.

    way cool on you in bringing all of this out in and through your words – the depth of focus when an artist works. yeah. way spot-on cool.

    oh. aloha Gabrielle. and aloha too.

    1. Wow, that is a spectacular comment (10/5 – haha) and adds something to the whole collaboration as well – the sum is greater than the parts type thingy πŸ˜‰ this is one of the main reasons I love blogging – the sparks coming off in all direction from posts and comments. I love the combination of images and text and you do so well on your blog – haiga and haiku – it creates a whole new level. And a double aloha to you to Rick and a gidday thrown in as well – hahaha.

      1. bwahahahahaha on me, and aloha on you Gabrielle. (…i forgot to add the “i like it” click. …musta been too taken by the synergism effect in what you two have produced). yeah, collaboration and blossom. words and image – and blossom. transcending disciplines – and blossom too. aloha.

  2. Hi Gabrielle,
    I am speechless, more that usually…
    I love your poem and recognize my world when I am among colours and shapes, and I can see ,now that you used the words, a vortex, spinning, and also an underwater garden.
    Thank you very much.
    I had to put a star for you and me!

    1. You’re welcome Ben πŸ™‚ I have been studying your words as well as your art for a long time and learning all the time – something I could never have imagined just two years ago – thankyou artiste Benedicte πŸ™‚

  3. I have long been a fan of Benedicte’s work. Her use of colour is exuberant, full of life. Your poem is so spot on. So many of the artists I know become totally immersed in their work to the point that they are almost part of the work. Those who appreciate the art also become immersed. It is a mutually beneficial process.

    I truly loved this!

    1. Thanks Selma – the arts are one way of altering one’s mind without the use of mind altering drugs – haha πŸ™‚ I love Benedicte’s use of colour (and she has used my favourite red, with blue undertones, colour).

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