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Ode to the Plein Air Painter

Starting New Year, what are your goals,
as an artist who paints "En Plein Air"?
To increase you skills, pay all your bills,
and become an "Art Millionare"?
By January first, become fully immersed,
in what inspires us to create.
Prepare for all weather, travel "light as a feather",
and remember.....not all will be "great"!
Throughout the year, it becomes clear,
as the secrets to "art" are revealed.
Not a moment to rest ,  you're on a quest-
and eyes ,  continuously "peeled"....
For that outdoor scene, we attempt to glean
a " likeness", a "spirit", a "feel"...
a struggle, a fight, a sudden changed light-
...damn, now where's that colour wheel?
Then suddenly one morning, it comes without warning-
like a gambler whose dealt a "royal flush".
The "zone" you have entered, and finally "centered",
create effortlessly, "at one with the brush"!
So in Art don't despair - we never "get there"
as our goal is a life-long quest-
We create and perspire, bewilder, admire-
and, will always be seeking our best!!

Copyright © Karen Scannell | Year Posted 2011

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  1. Date: 2/18/2016 1:19:00 PM

    Karen, Enjoyed the way you expressed every line. Please keep writing and sharing your poetry. LOVE LINDA
  1. Date: 12/6/2015 1:29:00 PM

    KAREN, Enjoyed reading your poem today. LUV **SKAT**
  1. Date: 12/27/2011 7:29:00 AM

    Congratulations on your well deserved featured poem this week Karen. I wish you the best on your writing endeavors in the new year. Love, Carol
  1. Date: 5/6/2011 2:15:00 AM

    I really enjoyed that, keep up the good work Karen!
  1. Date: 5/1/2011 7:01:00 AM

    A warm welcome to PoetrySoup I offer to you Karen. I wish for you the best in your writing endeavors whatever they may be. May you find inspiration by reading some of the poetry written here by other poets. Read and comment on their's and they will return in kind. May the sun shine on you that you might find great joy in your life. Love and blessing always, Carol