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Love was found, swimming by full moon

Love was found, swimming by full moon

Heavy sky, empty land, threatening sea, the dike holds.

Heavy sky, empty land, threatening sea, the dike holds.

Low sun on the (Dutch) High land, grain, cattle, folk,  everything turns gold.

Low sun on the (Dutch) High land,
grain, cattle, folk,
everything turns gold.

A note on the above text- in the Gronings dialect, goud also means ‘good’. So in the Dutch, the sun is setting, touching all on the land with a golden light and all is good/gold

Put on the sky, today it looks good on you.

Put on the sky, today it looks good on you.

Friends of mine celebrated the 15th anniversary of their stone cutting business. Bertus is a skilled letter carver and we’ve had some great collaborations over the years. To celebrate, there was a poetry contest organised, the poems were not allowed to be longer than 45 letters. The poem winning the first prize would be carved in stone and presented to the village where Bertus lives and works.¬† And the other top 9 chosen would be typeset or calligraphed. I received the commission to letter 4 pieces.

The text, loosely translated from the Dutch is under each piece. I used collage, watercolour, and oil pastel/gouache.

It was a bit difficult getting into doing calligraphic work again. But once into it, it was fun. They were well received and one, possibly two have sold.

The poets are, from top to bottom: Maarten Bronts, Frits Visser, Sijmen Tol, and Mischa van Huijstee

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