Talking Paint

"Painting is silent poetry & poetry is painting that speaks." Plutarch

Artwork and Poetry ~ by Vivien Steels

More Artwork - The Blues

Ever since I began painting, I've loved the blue colours of the palette and their names - Azure, Cerulean Blue, Cobalt, Ultramarine, Prussian Blue, Indigo...  The artwork below showcases these colours in some of my favourite paintings.



‘Himalayan Poppies’
These beautiful cerulean blue poppies are quite difficult to grow in your garden and as the name suggests, they originate from Tibet. In this painting I wanted to accentuate the blue of the fragile petals, so I created a dark watered-silk effect background in indigo causing the gold stamens to sparkle in contrast.



‘Pear Blossom’
One spring I took a photograph of the pear blossom on our one hundred year old pear tree in our back garden. This painting is a direct copy of the way the blossom fell and how petals were being blown onto the wind. It always reminds me of spring and these two paintings are hanging on the wall in our hall at home.




‘Loen, Nordfjord, Norway’
My father went to Norway on business in 1960 and sent me and my sister lots of postcards while he was there. When he came home he had bought me a lovely turquoise, enamelled butterfly brooch (which I still have) and a book of photographs of Norway. I always promised I'd paint this one – my favourite.




I have been to Lindisfarne, or Holy Island, twice and loved it each time. There is something special about an island, especially when it is cut off by the sea at certain tides and only reached by a causeway. This painting shows Lindisfarne Castle in the far distance to the left and it is the sky and sea that are the main focus of the picture.




'Mermaids' Pearls'                                                                                                        I have always wanted to paint mermaids.  The large mermaid in the foreground is blowing out bubbles to the shoal of purple fish.  This stream of bubbles looks like a string of pearls and meanders through the fish to her right hand to be caught by the next mermaid in her right hand and up to the third mermaid swimming in to the picture.





'Blue Iris' 
















'Snow Sky'










'Tibetan Full Festival Costume, Gondalen Monastery'



♥  To be completed very soon .