Sunday, April 14, 2013

Life's Colors


A Rooftop With Flowers
Painting by Spanish Impressionist Joaquin Sorolla
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no matter what life throws at me
i will catch it like a bridal bouquet
scented with the joy of sunflowers
and the passion of red geraniums

no matter what was yesterday
i will live each day like a fresh beginning
the colors of the past fading away
a new painting emerging

no matter what the ups and downs
i will dance on the rooftop
to the rhythm of gentle breezes
amidst spring flowers, hope will bloom 


Sunflowers and Geraniums
Digital Photo Art by Loredana Donovan
Inspired by Joaquin Sorolla's Painting
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My post is in response to the ekphrasis challenge at the Imaginary Garden With Real Toads, where we are invited to write a poem inspired by a painting of Spanish Impressionist Joaquin Sorolla. I fell in love with his painting, "A Rooftop With Flowers," the first image featured here, which to me seems full of light and hope and passion. I believe the red flowers in containers he depicted in the painting are geraniums, some of my favorite blooms. Sorolla's painting inspired my poem as well as my digital photo art. My poem is in anaphora style, which uses repetition for emphasis. I took a photograph of a bouquet of sunflowers and geranium blooms and gave my image a painterly effect. Well, mine is not quite an impressionistic painting, but I sure had fun trying! Enjoy!

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42 comments:

  1. Mi ha colpito moltissimo il secondo dipinto, i colori caldi e avvolgenti emanano una forte energia positiva. Complimenti

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    1. Grazie, Simo. La seconda immagine e' una mia foto di girasoli che ho fatto sembrare come un dipinto. Cercavo di mostrare colori caldi come nella prima immagine, che e' veramente un dipinto di un pittore impressionistico. Ciao :)

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  2. You have caught the flavour of his painting with your own artwork. Well done. :)

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  3. It´s magnificent, thank you for this post, I love Sorolla.

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  4. Wonderful post. Love your photos and of course, Sorolla

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  5. I love the lind about catching what life throws at you like a bridal boquet...what a wonderful analogy.

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  6. I love the feeling of hope in this piece ... beautifully done !!!

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  7. Loredana, this is beautiful.
    Really love what you did here.
    Happy !onday to you!

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  8. I hope it is not something heavy though, as you may drop it and it could land on your toe haha but the best way to be at ones sea.

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    1. Haha, I stubbed my toe literally
      many times and metaphorically
      But time heals, fortunately :)

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  9. Mmm. With such a picture, this is a perfect response! (Otherwise I might bring up safety issues!)

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    1. Hello, Susan, if you're referring to my line about dancing on the rooftop ... that is purely metaphorical :)

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  10. How lovely, and lively a description of the riot of floral colours. I'm especially impressed with your own photo art.

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  11. I love your optimism and attitude towards life ~ Each day is always a fresh beginning ~

    And your art is just beautiful ~

    Have a happy day ~

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  12. wonderful, I wish I could bottle that

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  13. Great inspirational poem and exquisite artwork!

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  14. I'm sure there are rooftops safe for dancing, and Sorolla's looks like one of them.
    Your photo/painting is wonderful. I thought it was a Sorolla painting I had missed!
    A wonderful response to the prompt.
    K

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    1. Thanks, Kay! Yes, Sorolla's rooftop looks safe and colorful. I had fun trying to achieve the same warm colors in my artwork :)

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  15. This personal pledge ... beautiful and so inspirational.

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  16. What a beautiful poem of inspiration to live with joy no matter what life brings. I needed your words today.

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  17. "no matter what life throws at me i will catch it like a bridal bouquet" this has to be one of my favorite lines of yours ever! I just love it and it's such a great way to look at life. Your image is so beautiful as well. Really great work, Loredana!

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    1. So glad that's your favorite line, Tammy! :)

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  18. I think they're geraniums, too, and that is actually one of my very favorite paintings of Sorolla--you captured the passion and intensity well, the play of light and color in life as well as the garden, and I was reminded a bit of Neruda in some of your phrasings, which is a tribute indeed, and also fits the mood. Thanks so much for participating.

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    1. Thank you, Joy, I'm flattered. Neruda is one of my favorite romantic poets, as passionate with words as Sorolla is with colors. I enjoyed this challenge so much, thanks! :)

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  19. This is a poem that should be inserted in a daily prayer book! It reads like a heartfelt pledge or promise. The photo art looks like a detail of the artist's painting!

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    1. What an enthusiastic comment. Maybe I should print this up and keep it as a bookmark :)

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  20. A beautiful and enthusiastic poem. It gives me such a positive boost to read it and your art work is lovely.

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    1. So glad this gives you a positive boost! :)

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  21. Cara Loredana i tuoi versi sono magnifici ed il completamento estetico,con le immagini è meraviglioso. Sei bravissima!
    (I girasoli erano nel bouquet di nozze di mia figlia...)
    Un abbraccio,Rita.

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    1. Cara Rita, che bello i girasoli nel bouquet di nozze. Le mie erano rose bianche. Grazie del complimento! Un abbraccio :)

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  22. I love those paintings and your poem makes them come alive

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  23. I love your art and your poem!
    So vibrant and carefree...I long to dance on the roof, too ;D

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  24. such a beautiful and optimistic poem.
    love also the paintings you paired with it.

    have a nice day!

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  25. I love your poem, Loredana. It goes perfectly with the picture.

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  26. So vibrant and full of joy! Lovely, Loredana. Wishing you a lovely week! xoxo

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  27. Quand la photo rejoint la peinture et la joie de vivre...
    Tout est possible...

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    1. Translation:

      When a photo resembles a painting
      and the joy of living ... everything is possible ...

      C'est vrai!

      Life is a miracle

      Merci, Pascal :)

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