Traces

She applied pale and
ethereal
colors in her paintings.
Sometimes they were
almost imperceptible,
and just shadows or echoes
of her subject. It had both
a ghostly and melancholy
effect. Her artistry spoke
in hints and shades of
times that have now been lost.

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  1. shadows, echoes…ghostly, melancholy…
    hints and shades

    I love your word choices here, Gayle.

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  2. A visual echo. I love the painting with words.

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  3. I really love this.. the melancholy of what’s lost… tragic, truly.

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  4. Mmm, painting with echoes. Your Quadrille does have a muted tone, Gayle, like the pale and ethereal colours.I really love the final lines:
    ‘… Her artistry spoke
    in hints and shades of
    times that have now been lost’.

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  5. Lovely word pictures drawn for us!

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  6. Ah, this tugs at my heart. I loved it.

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  7. Gayle, You make me long for lingering in front of such art. Quite beautiful 🙂

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  8. Never thought of shadows as echoes, but I can see the reality of that now that you presented it, Gayle! Such a splendid offering!

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  9. Just Barry

     /  May 8, 2017

    Barely audible echoes and trace elements of spiritual aura… I like this very much.

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  10. So many echoes here–of colors, of people or other things painted, of the past, of time… I hear echoes of spirits/souls as well. Great work!

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  11. I liked the comparison of pale colors to what is ghostly and melancholic and lost.

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  12. The sensitive artist can capture these ghostly and melancholic shades to their work ~ Perhaps this is path to healing of what was lost ~

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  13. Glenn Buttkus

     /  May 8, 2017

    Sensitive poetry relative to sensitive art–uber cool. Making the echo an image, trumping the audible, is something several of us tried–you succeeded.

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  14. Not surprising how many of us dug back into the world of memory for this echo prompt. Wistful.

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  15. recapturing what is lost- beautiful image of wanting to keep something in our memory forever though the intensity starts to fade

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  16. I love what you have done here – the artist painting echoes with pale colours, which contain so much more light and intensity – absolutely beautiful!☺💜 xxx

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  17. sanaarizvi

     /  May 9, 2017

    This is so beautiful! I love how you compare pale colors to all that is ghostly, melancholic and lost.

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  18. Your words painted the images right before our eyes … lovely.
    Isadora 😎

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  19. Ghostly. Melancholic. Lost. Oh Gayle, such moods to echo in this art out of time, beautifully painted with your words.

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  20. The last line was my favorite! This whole poem feels like an echo of the artist’s painting.

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  21. Art and poetry is a wonderful combination. I liked the way you defined art in your poem.

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  22. Descriptive words for a beautiful write, Gayle.

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  23. Beautifully written, Gayle, and though it has a melancholy feel, I couldn’t help but feel the resonance of capturing that which was lost. Memories on canvas, forever.

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  24. “Her artistry spoke
    in hints and shades of
    times that have now been lost.

    such a beautiful closing line, Gayle. ❤

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  25. Very beautiful! You have the ability to paint with words. I’m jealous of your talent.Barbara

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    • Thank you! But don’t be jealous, you have the same talent. I’ve been very moved by your word pictures…when you write from your heart especially. See you tomorrow! xo

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