Scenery for Artists

I looked o’er the Stonebridge rail,
to see sights that might prevail.
To all my most astute vision,
suddenly a scene has risen,
of the people’s recreation in the park,
before dark.
Scenery made, for artists.

Painting on museum walls,
with their decorated halls,
have the same chiaroscuro
as this scene, lighted here below,
with reflections, and the shadow’s scattered light.
Quite a sight!
Scenery made, for artists.

A tempera look applies,
as if the hues comprise
gouache tinted greens and blues,
that fill the vision through and through.
Water ripples, that draw critic’s eye again,
offer zen.
Scenery made, for artists.

Diagonal perspectives rage,
from left to right upon the stage.
Repousoir at lower left,
carries to the right, aloft,
past the people who are playing in the park.
What a lark!
Scenery made, for artists.

Feel the depth contained within,
from kayak, where views begin:
the water to the open plain,
where all the picnic tables reign,
to the building at the corner of the spread.
Which is red.
Scenery made, for artists.

Couldn’t paint a better scene;
palette touched with blue and green,
tree reflected in the water,
kayak playing like an otter,
in a place, where all the images unite.
Such delight!
Scenery made, for artists.

Author’s Notes:

A photographer’s image as being viewed by an art critic. This image was taken at Lake Phalen, as I peered over the railing of an old stone bridge in the park. I’m contemplating whether to put this image on canvas, and wondered what a critic might think. So I delved in to some terms I learned in my college Art Appreciation class. Here’s the terms I used:

Chiaroscuro: Chi-a-ro-scu-ro (pronounced: key-a-row-skoo- row) is the contrasting use of light and shadow. artists who are famed for the use of chiaroscuro include Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio and Rembrandt. Leonardo used chiaroscuro to enhance the three-dimensionality of his figures.
Gouache: Gou-a-che (pronounced: goo-A-che) is opaque watercolor paint.
Repoussoir: Re-pous-so-ir (pronounced: ra-poo-so-ear) is a method of creating or enhancing depth perspective in a painting, for instance by placing a large figure/object in the foreground. Such repoussoir figures were common features of Dutch figure painting of the seventeenth-century. Dutch Realist landscape artists often exploited the dramatic effect of repoussoir to enliven their pictures of the flat and featureless Dutch countryside.
Pallette: Pal-lette (pronounced: pall-it)is a slab of wood, metal or glass used by the artist for mixing paint. Also: figuratively: the range of colors used by the artist.
Tempera: Tem-per-a (pronounced: tem-per-rah) is the technique of painting with pigments bound in a water-soluble emulsion, such as water and egg yolk, or an oil-in-water emulsion such as oil and a whole egg.
Zen: a variety of Buddhism, seeking to attain an intuitive illumination of mind and spirit, through meditation, usually in a quiet, peaceful setting.

This is a lyrical poem.
It is meant to by read to the meter of Simon and Garfunkel’s famous song, The Sounds of Silence.
Syllable count: 7,7,8,8,11,3,7, with a mixed meter.
Rhyme scheme: aabbccR, where R represents the repeated refrain.

This photograph was taken by the author himself on July 17, 2016.

Synergy of Poetry and Verse. Author, Poet, Photographer

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